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It’s hard to think about, but frail older women in nursing homes get sexually abused too

Eliminating sexual abuse in nursing homes is a major challenge. from shutterstock.com We don’t often think of older women being victims of sexual assault, but such assaults occur in many settings and circumstances, including in nursing homes. Our research, published this week in the journal Legal Medicine, analysed 28 forensic medical examinations of female nursing home residents who had allegedly been victims of...

Victoria votes: your guide to the 2018 election health promises

There are major differences – plus a few similarities – between the health promises from Labor, the Coalition and the Greens.  rawpixel/unsplash With health care spending accounting for 30% of the Victorian budget, or A$20 billion, health is a major policy area for the Victorian election on Saturday. While the Commonwealth pays for general practice, private specialists, pharmaceutical benefits and aged care,...

Infrared sauna is no better for your health than traditional sauna: busting a common wellness myth

People often enjoy sauna as a social activity.  From shutterstock.com If you follow wellness trends, you might’ve come across the claim that an infrared sauna, which heats the body with light, is better for you than a traditional sauna, which uses radiant heat from a stove. In short, this claim is a myth, and is not supported by any strong comparative evidence. While...

Explainer: what is irritable bowel syndrome and what can I do about it?

Women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome as men. Picture from shutterstock.com Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects one in ten Australians, and twice as many women as men. Its symptoms include chronic abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhoea, and bloating. These have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. Many people use the term...

Despite new findings, the jury is still out on whether omega-3 supplements reduce heart attacks

Omega-3s reduce the risk of blood clots and are anti-inflammatory. from shutterstock.com A recent widely-reported study has reignited debate around whether omega-3 supplements reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. The study showed a particular form of omega-3 oil lowered the risk of people with heart disease experiencing a major “end point” event by 25%. This end point is one or a combination...

Five food mistakes to avoid if you’re trying to lose weight

Five food mistakes to avoid if you’re trying to lose weight Salads are a lot less healthy once you make additions like croutons and a creamy dressing. From shutterstock.com Many people wonder why they’re not losing weight when they follow a strict diet and exercise routine. One possible reason is that what look like healthy options aren’t what they seem. Many foods and drinks...

5 Reasons Why Matcha Tea Is King

If there is one drink that is driving everyone gaga, that would be matcha. One can call the green tea powder as the wonder drink, thanks to that satisfying taste and health wonders one can’t get from other ingredients. But is anything matcha worth the investment and your taste buds? The simple answer is yes – definitely! There are many...

Mobile Health Hazards And Safety Precautions

Almost every one of us now owns a mobile phone. Before, calls and texts are the only things you can do with it. But today, you can video chat a loved one living miles away, play with games and apps and even do your business and reach out to clients and colleagues thanks to the innovation of smartphones. Mobile...

How Music Helps with Mental Health – Mind Boosting Benefits of Music Therapy

  “If you were to look at those brains, you couldn’t tell the difference between people who were interacting through music and people who were interacting verbally” – Edward Roth   Music has been with us for thousands of years as a form of entertainment, communication, celebration, and mourning. There are so many different emotions that music can help us to express, and...

One in four Australians are lonely, which affects their physical and mental health

Younger Australians struggle more with loneliness than older generations. Toa Heftiba One in four Australians are lonely, our new report has found, and it’s not just a problem among older Australians – it affects both genders and almost all age groups. The Australian Loneliness Report, released today by my colleagues and I at the Australian Psychological Society and Swinburne University, found one in two (50.5%)...