A drink a day won’t keep cancer at bay

Young woman refuses alcohol

16 November 2020. The link between alcohol and cancer is the subject of an important new research paper using data from the Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study – and the findings are disturbing to say the least. The authors found not only that regular alcohol consumption confers a...

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Loneliness: the other pandemic of our times

17 August 2020. As Melburnians struggle through their second round of lockdown, the mental health consequences of the tough measures needed to curb the COVID-19 virus are becoming ever clearer. Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that loneliness has been the most common stressor during the COVID-19...

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Older Australians paying more to treat high blood pressure

22 July 2020. Ageing Australians with hypertension are bearing significant out-of-pocket expenses for treating their condition, according to new research based on longitudinal data from our 45 and Up Study.

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45 and Up Study surveys set to boost COVID-19 research

Latest news 20 July 2020. Australia’s largest longitudinal study is rolling out a series of surveys to help answer some of the most pressing questions about the impact of COVID-19, funded by a NSW Ministry of Health grant.

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Older Australians seeking more care for whooping cough

30 April 2020. While whooping cough is mostly seen as a danger to babies and young children, new research based on the 45 and Up Study has found that older people are accessing whooping cough treatment at much higher levels than expected, suggesting further preventative measures may be needed...

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Asthma patients hit by out-of-pocket costs

19 March 2020. An asthma diagnosis doesn’t come cheap, say the authors of new research based on a survey of asthmatic women enrolled in the Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study.

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Diet and memory loss – is there a link?

26 February 2020. We know that eating fruit and vegies keeps us healthy, but should we change what we eat as we age? Yes, according to a new study that looks at the effects of certain food groups on memory loss and long-term health.

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Do cancer patients get equal access to radiotherapy?

19 February 2020. Radiotherapy is one of the mainstays of cancer treatment, with one estimate suggesting half of cancer patients should undergo radiotherapy at some time point post diagnosis. But new research shows that some patients are missing out, and the actual take-up is lower than previously thought –...

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What the 45 and Up Study showed us in 2019

Cheerful senior woman on a swing at the park

22 January 2020. Over the past 12 months, researchers from around the world have been using the 45 and Up Study to make new discoveries into healthy ageing and what we can all do to live longer, happier, healthier lives.

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For older women with heart disease, depression is a barrier to better health

Profile of a fed up mature Asian woman.

19 December 2019. Depression is preventing middle-aged women with hypertension or heart disease from taking up healthier lifestyles, according to new research based on data from the Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study.

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