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National grants further WA Medical Research
National grants totalling more than $6 million dollars have been awarded to the state's premier medical research facility, the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research, in support of a range of ground-breaking, world-first research projects. (2008-10-29)

Bacteria cause old buildings to feel off-color
The assumption that time, weather, and pollution are what cause buildings to decline is only partly true. Bacteria are also responsible for the aging of buildings and monuments -- a process known as biodeterioration. Leonila Laiz from the Institute for Natural Resources and Agrobiology in Seville, Spain, and colleagues have just isolated five new strains of bacteria that degrade old buildings. Their work is published online this week in Springer's journal Naturwissenschaften. (2008-10-27)

Asthma prevalence and deaths in Australia still high by world standards, despite declining trends
Asthma remains a significant health problem in Australia, with prevalence and death rates that are high by international standards despite declines, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2008-10-20)

Alzheimer's disease research attracts first partner
The Australian Alzheimer's disease cluster study -- the Australian Imaging, Biomarker and Lifestyle Flagship Study of Ageing -- has secured its first collaborative research agreement with a major strategic alliance partner, Pfizer Australia. (2008-10-15)

Alzheimer's study at Queen's boosted by £228,000 grant
A Queen's University Belfast academic has been awarded £228,000 to further his research into how Alzheimer's disease progresses. (2008-10-09)

Genetic finding implicates innate immune system in major cause of blindness
Scientists have identified one of the genes implicated in age-related macular degeneration, the most common cause of blindness in developed countries. (2008-10-07)

Are we spending too much on health?
In this poor economic climate and period of lower growth is it time to consider limiting spending on health care budgets? Two experts debate the issue on bmj.com today. (2008-09-25)

Scientists identify the genes that cause blindness produced by corneal edema
A study carried out by researchers of the UGR and the San Cecilio Teaching Hospital opens the door to new treatments for corneal oedema and will even allow to modify the affected genes by means of gene therapy. The work was published in the month of May in the renowned journal Experimental Eye Research. (2008-09-18)

Inflammatory response to infection and injury may worsen dementia
Inflammation in the brain resulting from infection or injury may accelerate the progress of dementia, research funded by the Wellcome Trust suggests. The findings, published this week in the journal Biological Psychiatry, may have implications for the treatment and care of those living with dementia. (2008-09-16)

New research could hold the key to keeping older people fit for longer
A carefully framed combination of moderate exercise and nutritional supplements could help older people maintain an active lifestyle for longer. (2008-09-11)

A stronger future for the elderly
Experts at the University of Nottingham are to investigate the effect of nutrients on muscle maintenance in the hope of determining better ways of keeping up our strength as we get old. (2008-09-11)

World-first trial proves exercise helps memory
West Australian health experts are urging older people to get active after proving for the first time that just 20 minutes of activity each day can prevent memory deterioration. (2008-09-02)

Australian over-50s walk away memory problems in world-first trial
An Australian study has found that walking for two and a half hours a week can significantly improve memory problems in the over-50s. (2008-09-02)

Obesity in elderly a ticking time bomb for health services
Research carried out at the Peninsula Medical School in the South West of England has discovered that obesity in later life does not make a substantial difference to risks of death among older people but that it is a major contributor to increased disability in later life -- creating a ticking time bomb for health services in developed countries. (2008-08-21)

The benefits of a little resistance for older adults
University of Queensland research is showing the benefits of resistance training in keeping older Australians in tip top form. (2008-07-17)

Slowing down the aging process -- the future of disease prevention?
Slowing the aging process would have a much greater benefit for people's health than traditional medical approaches that target individual disease, say experts on BMJ.com today. (2008-07-08)

Pilot study promotes peer review for medicos
Junior medical officers will be aided in their professional development by their peers, as part of a pilot study put together by staff of the medical school at the Australian National University. (2008-06-29)

What price for a more effective health care system?
The pressures from an aging population on the rising costs of health care in Australia will be the subject of the third annual Menzies Oration to be held at the Australian National University tonight. (2008-06-26)

Overcrowding and understaffing in hospitals increases levels of MRSA infections
A review article authored by a University of Queensland academic has found overcrowding and understaffing in hospitals are two key factors in the transmission of MRSA infections worldwide. (2008-06-24)

Advance towards early Alzheimer's diagnosis
An Australian research project has found a way to bring forward the detection of early stage Alzheimer's disease by up to 18 months. (2008-06-17)

UQ research finds aging is satisfying
University of Queensland research is turning conventional wisdom on its head when it comes to grumpy old men and women. (2008-06-15)

Heart Failure 2008
Despite the increasing prevalence and the urgency, there are huge challenges in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart failure. These will all be addressed at Heart Failure 2008 Congress, this year's annual meeting of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology, which takes place in Milan from June 14-17. (2008-06-12)

Discovery of cell linked to learning and memory
Queensland Brain Institute neuroscientists at the University of Queensland have discovered a fundamental component of the process that regulates memory formation. (2008-05-14)

Human aging gene found in flies
Scientists funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council have found a fast and effective way to investigate important aspects of human aging. Researchers at the University of Oxford and the Open University have discovered a gene in fruit flies that means flies can now be used to study the effects aging has on DNA. They demonstrate the value of this model in helping us to understand the aging process. (2008-05-11)

Ground-breaking new insight into the development of Alzheimer's disease
According to estimates there are 85,000 Alzheimer patients in Belgium and approximately 20,000 new cases every year. This spectacular increase is due to the increasing ageing population. Unfortunately it is still unclear precisely which ageing process forms the basis of this spectacular rise in the occurrence of the disease. VIB scientists at K.U.Leuven have discovered an important molecular link between Alzheimer's disease and the development of the typical plaques in the brains of Alzheimer patients. (2008-04-22)

Your neighborhood can affect your health
Research carried out at the Peninsula Medical School, South West England, has found strong links between neighborhood deprivation and the physical and intellectual health of older people. (2008-04-09)

Maintaining aerobic fitness could delay biological aging by up to 12 years
Maintaining aerobic fitness through middle age and beyond can delay biological aging by up to 12 years and prolong independence during old age, concludes an analysis published ahead of print in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. (2008-04-09)

Geriatric medicine should be nurtured not marginilized like some of its patients
Elderly people with multiple health problems have better outcomes when treated by teams led by geriatricians -- but too often, the specialty of geriatrics, like its patients, is disrespected and ignored. The issues are discussed in the lead editorial in this week's edition of the Lancet. (2008-03-20)

Prescription costs rise more than 6 times when patients reach 65 says study of 5M people
A detailed review of 5.47 million primary health-care records has revealed that prescribing costs rise dramatically when people reach 65. They are six-and-a-half times times higher than for people under 65 and 16 times higher than for children under four. (2008-03-13)

Sexual performance may hold key to men's health
Men's pride in sexual performance may help the fight against increasing obesity, according to internationally regarded expert on obesity, men's health and ageing Professor Gary Wittert. (2008-03-10)

Smoking doesn't make you happy
A study of 9,176 individuals has shown that smoking does not make you happy. (2008-03-06)

Quitting smoking -- it's never too late
Of all the times of life to give up smoking, a recent study from the Peninsula Medical School shows that on retirement is best. (2008-03-06)

No need for reduced alcohol consumption in later life
Provided they stick to the same guidelines about alcohol consumption as younger adults, regular moderate drinking poses no additional risks to the (2007-12-18)

Road injury research honored by NHMRC
Australian research into young drivers and road injury has tonight been recognized by the National Health and Medical Research Council, as an Australian researcher received a major new gong for her significant contributions in the field. (2007-12-12)

Women persist in plastic surgery treatments that are not working, research says
Women are more likely to persist with using creams, supplements and plastic surgery to look younger if they feel these are not yet working, new research says. (2007-12-12)

A drink to healthy aging
Researchers at the University of Newcastle say a glass of wine a day may be of benefit to the health of older women. (2007-12-12)

Scottish mothers have fewer children than other UK women
Fertility in Scotland is below that of other countries and regions in the UK. In comparison with their English neighbors, Scottish women leave longer gaps between their children and are more likely to stop at two children. As a result fertility in Scotland is not only below the average required to replace the population (as is the case in many developed countries) but also the lowest in the UK. (2007-12-07)

Scotland's economy challenged by population trends
Scotland's population is changing in ways that could transform the face of the country. While the latest figures show a recent upswing in births and migration to Scotland and a projected rise in the population over the next 25 years, in the long term Scotland's population (in common with many other developed nations) is predicted to decline and age markedly. (2007-12-07)

Use it or lose it
Research proves that maintaining physical activity in middle age leads to better basic physical abilities as we age, and that weight is not a deciding factor (2007-11-28)

Living arrangements, health and well-being: A European perspective
Ageing populations are an increasing issue for the Western world. The proportion of people over aged 60 is growing plus there has been a rise in older men and women living alone and a decline in those living with children or relatives. A new study, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, analysed the impact of living alone, with a spouse or with others on the health and happiness of older people and how it varies within Europe and in England and Wales. (2007-11-15)

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