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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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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