In addition to bed availability, look for specialist dementia wards, skilled staff and good communication channels.
Admitting a loved one to a nursing home is a difficult decision and is usually only arrived at once the person's care needs cannot be met by the family and community-based services.
Why is it we feel sympathy for George Eliot’s Hetty Sorrel, but judge women who abandon their babies in real life?
Stories of child abandonment in fiction have remarkable parallels to the real life experiences.
The pathology lies in society discriminating against transgender people, not in transgender people themselves.
Poor mental health in transgender people is primarily the product of social stigma and violence. This counters the view that being transgender is itself pathological.
If your child has flat feet do you have to do something about it?
Flatfoot is normal in infants and young children, and in the absence of any associated symptoms, treatment is highly debatable.
In attempting to avoid labelling killers as terrorists, some have shifted focus to their mental health issues.
Efforts to avoid stigmatising people from Muslim backgrounds seem to be coming at the unexpected cost of adding stigma to those with mental health issues.
The thing all five viruses have in common is they can cause mild to very severe liver damage.
Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E are very different viruses. Hepatitis A is genetically closer to the common cold than it is to hepatitis B. Hepatitis C is closer to the virus that causes dengue fever.
If the child is shy with other kids their age, or doesn’t warm up to strangers after a time, this may be a concern.
If a child is shy and poorly treated by other children their age, this may be cause for concern.
A blood test for dementia would be great, but there are limitations as to what blood can tell us about our brains.
Blood has some disadvantages for diagnosis as it is separated from the brain by what is called the "blood brain barrier". This makes it difficult to establish that a signal is actually coming from the brain.
Terrorists and hostages were gassed with a drug suspected to be fentanyl in 2002.
It is thought that in 2002 fentanyl, or a drug based on fentanyl, was used by Russian special forces to disable Chechen rebels after a four day stand off in the Dubrovka theatre in Moscow.
There are a number of reasons some children struggle to walk with a flat foot.
Some toddlers are unable to walk with their whole foot on the ground. This should be checked out by a health professional.
Recent studies have revealed an emerging understanding of the benefits of birthing relationships through the childbearing process.
Dallas Rogers speaks with Hannah Dahlen and Jacqueline Nelson about the importance of the relationship between a midwife and an expectant mother.
One can’t accurately predict a rampage shooting based on exposure to violent video games or any other single factor.
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There is agreement that violent video games lead to aggression. But one can't accurately predict a rampage shooting based on exposure to violent video games or any other single factor.
Dysplasia of the hips is more likely where they baby has less space - like when they come out upside down (breech).
Developmental dysplasia of the hip is a chronic condition present from early childhood which can cause permanent disability if not identified and treated early.
Are players victims of workplace hazards or willing participants in known dangers?
The 2016 State of Origin rugby league competition is over for another year and the focus has shifted to off-field events with claims for compensation for brain injury.
Normal pee should be the colour of straw.
Beetroot, artificial colours, vitamin supplements, medications and illnesses can change the colour of your urine or bowel motions.
Between a third and half of all adolescents aged 13 and over report back pain about every month or more often.
The blame for pain in kids is often directed at school bags, computer and small-screen device usage, posture, or other biomechanical targets.
Some regions have had rates of preventable hospital admissions 50% above the state average for more than a decade.
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People ending up in hospital for diabetes, tooth decay, or other conditions that should be treatable or manageable out of hospital is a warning sign of system failure.
A new mathematical model has predicted Zika will soon stop spreading due to mass immunity.
During a disease outbreak, lots of people can become infected in a short time and develop immunity, making it hard for the pathogen to spread.
This approach will help concentrate efforts on evidence and value rather than ideologically based, slash-and-burn approaches.
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The government must do more to deliver a 21st-century health system – not just to improve its standing with voters but to meet the health needs of all Australians.
While very common and not too serious in kids, slapped cheek can be serious, and even fatal, if a foetus is infected through its mother.
“Slapped cheek” describes the typical bright red rash on the face caused by human parvovirus infection.
Some bacteria can to survive inside the oxygen-deprived environment of a tumour.
Scientists are working on a new method to cure cancer and have shown they can genetically program certain bacteria to invade the tumour cells of cancerous mice.
The higher your blood pressure, the greater your risk of a heart attack or stroke, but there are many other risk factors too.
New Australian blood-pressure guidelines support a new lower pressure target of 120, but not for everyone.
Indigenous women who smoke are well aware of the risks for their babies and want to do something about it.
Almost half of pregnant Indigenous women smoke compared to one in eight in the non-Indigenous population. This means 7,000-9,000 Indigenous babies every year are exposed to smoking in the womb.
PrEP works by preventing susceptible cells becoming infected with HIV. Truvada blocks the HIV virus from making copies of itself.
Efficacy is estimated to be as high as 99% in men who have sex with men who take Truvada daily.
Childhood migraine has been found to be associated with early stress.
Many adults who have a lifelong problem with migraines first experience them in childhood or adolescence.