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loneliness is a social cancer, every bit as alarming as cancer itself

Loneliness is a social cancer, every bit as alarming as cancer itself

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Young adults and people living in the inner city are among those most likely to be lonely, according to the ABC’s Australia Talks project.  Image from www.shutterstock.com The ABC’s Australia Talks project aims to stimulate a conversation...
how to stay fit into your 60s and beyond

How to stay fit into your 60s and beyond

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Ageing is inevitable and is influenced by many things – but keeping active can slow ageing and increase life expectancy. Evidence shows that ageing alone is not a cause of major problems until you are in your...
tough as nails: older people reluctant to ask for mental health support

Tough as nails: Older people reluctant to ask for mental health support

One in seven Australians is aged over 65. But while we're living longer, we're not necessarily living better or happier.   Edith Cowan University (ECU) researcher and psychologist Claire Adams' PhD study investigated help-seeking intentions for...
how to check if your mum or dad’s nursing home is up to scratch

How to check if your mum or dad’s nursing home is up to scratch

If family members are in a nursing home, it’s difficult to know if they’re getting the care they need. Here are some ways to find out.  Nancy Beijersbergen/from www.shutterstock.com If you’ve read the headlines about...

Why is there a March being organized to support a new Australian play?

Michael, on the March  Welcome to the Revolution When I was young I remember watching the news and seeing women burning their bras. It was a time when Germaine Greer was clearly our era’s Joan of...
will eating chicken reduce your risk of breast cancer?

Will eating chicken reduce your risk of breast cancer?

While this research has merit, it doesn’t exactly tell us eating chicken reduces risk of breast cancer. From shutterstock.com You might have seen headlines recently claiming eating chicken reduces a person’s risk of breast cancer. These reports...
what is herd immunity and how many people need to be vaccinated to protect a community?

What is herd immunity and how many people need to be vaccinated to protect...

The vaccine coverage needed for herd immunity varies from disease to disease. Ryoji Iwata/Unsplash The term herd immunity comes from the observation of how a herd of buffalo forms a circle, with the...
media hype and increased testing: this year’s flu numbers are high, but there’s more to the story

Media hype and increased testing: this year’s flu numbers are high, but there’s more...

The media suggests we’re in the midst of a horror flu season, but there are nuances to consider. From shutterstock.com Over recent months, the news has been saturated with headlines claiming we’re experiencing a “killer...
why is nursing home food so bad? some spend just $6.08 per person a day – that’s lower than prison

Why is nursing home food so bad? Some spend just $6.08 per person a...

If residents are given poor quality foods that don’t meet their needs or preferences, they’re less likely to eat it. Shutterstock The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety last week turned...
it’s a bad year for flu, but it’s too early to call it the worst ever – 5 charts on the 2019 season so far

It’s a bad year for flu, but it’s too early to call it the...

The impact of the flu on a population can be measured by looking at figures including cases, hospitalisations and deaths. From shutterstock.com From early this year it’s been apparent the 2019 Australian influenza “season” was...