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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What the 45 and Up Study tells us about the mental health of older Australians

16 October 2019. October is Mental Health Awareness Month in Australia. Many organisations working in this space are using the opportunity to promote awareness, foster conversations and galvanise support for initiatives to improve Australians’ mental wellbeing.

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Which chronic diseases are linked to depression and anxiety?

15 October 2019. New research reveals that long-term cancer and cardiovascular disease are hard on mental health, but it’s osteoarthritis that could pose the greatest risk for depression and anxiety.

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Australian women missing out on critical heart disease treatment

10 September 2019. New research based on data from the 45 and Up Study reveals that women hospitalised with a suspected heart attack get poorer treatment compared to men. What’s going on?

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The secret to improving community mental health? More trees please

6 August 2019. Science has some good news for nature lovers: trees really do make us happier.

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Smoking and heart disease: worse than we thought

Smoking causes untold damage to the heart and major blood vessels and triples the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.

Media Release: 4 July 2019. Smoking is not just bad for your lungs: it causes untold damage to the heart and major blood vessels and triples the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, according to a major new study based on data from the Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study.

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Can physical activity offset the health risks of too much sitting?

Office worker sitting at desk

Media Release: 23 April 2019. In findings that could relieve desk-bound office workers, a weekly dose of at least 150 minutes of physical activity could substantially reduce or offset the mortality risks in ‘high sitters’, according to new research using data from the Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study.

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Study links breastfeeding with lower risk of heart disease in Australian mums

Media release: 19 March 2019. Mothers who breastfed are 34 percent less likely to die of heart disease Mothers who breastfeed their babies have a lower risk of developing or dying from heart disease than those who don’t breastfeed, finds new research from the University of Sydney.

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