Men and women living in areas of highest socioeconomic disadvantage have a 29% higher risk of being obese.
The government's focus on treating chronic disease neglects the importance of obesity and the benefits of preventive health measures tailored to gender and socioeconomic circumstances.
People with a chronic illness find it challenging to keep to their medication regime.
Patients with chronic illness need support and encouragement to take their medications. SMS messaging is a simple, cheap and seemingly effective way to keep them on track.
About a million Australians now have diabetes.
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Better primary care could have prevented more than a quarter-of-a-million hospital admissions for health problems such as diabetes each year.
Almost two-thirds of over-65s have three or more diagnosed chronic conditions.
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Over-65s use twice as many health resources as the average Australian. But it's worth the expense.
The federal minister for Health, Sussan Ley, sourced her assertion to AIHW data.
Federal health minister, Sussan Ley, said that one in two Australians is now suffering from a chronic disease. Is that right?
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological conditions in the world.
Saying someone has epilepsy is a little like saying they're ill. Its cause can vary from a brain tumour to an inherited genetic condition, the consequence of injury or a disorder affecting the brain.
Older people are more likely to drop out of the workforce for good when they’re sick than young people.
Economic modelling shows that policies to reduce chronic diseases can have large economic benefits –A$4.5 billion a year for diabetes alone – by reducing health costs and boosting the workforce.
Public hospital funding is in a critical condition.
Any health reform proposals should start by addressing public hospitals and chronic care. But successful change in these areas requires getting the state-Commonwealth funding and incentives right.
Research in mice shows emulsifiers damage the gastrointestinal barrier, allowing bugs to enter the body.
Have you ever wondered what those food additive numbers included in the ingredients list on your food packing were really doing to your body?
Despite widespread condemnation, Tony Abbott has defended suggesting people living in remote communities are making a ‘lifestyle choice.’
Abbott's claim that people in remote communities are making a "lifestyle choice" reveals an underlying view that social circumstances are the responsibility of individuals, rather than societies.
New Zealand’s got more for export than lamb and All Blacks.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said he wants to develop “integrated care organisations” in the English NHS, with NHS hospital trusts taking a lead role in forming them. This has been challenged, quite…
Researchers have found that treating gum disease (periodontal disease) may reduce heart disease, diabetes and other conditions…
Life expectancy continues to rise, and years lived with disability decline.
Australians have one the longest life expectancies in the world but are living with growing levels of lifestyle-induced chronic illness, according to the latest national health report card. The Australian…
Aboriginal patients with chronic disease are having $1,700 too little spent on them, according to a study published today…
Discussions of erectile function can be challenging but it’s important for more than your sex life.
Erection problems are common but they can be embarrassing for men to discuss with partners and doctors. The sales of erection drugs on the internet or billboard advertising are boosted by keeping erectile…
Taste and flavour perception is standing in the way of treatment options for chronic disease patients experiencing taste…
Much too slow.
As a medical student in India in the early 1980s, the biggest problems I encountered were under-nutrition, sanitation, high burden of infectious diseases and woefully inadequate vaccination of children…
Australian general practitioners are seeing more patients with chronic diseases than they were a decade ago. As Australia’s…
Antioxidants are often portrayed as the good forces that fight evil free radicals.
Antioxidants are a commonly promoted feature of health foods and supplements. They’re portrayed as the good forces that fight free radicals – nasty molecules causing damage thought to hasten ageing and…
Nearly a third of agriculture workers are over 55.
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A more sustainable Australia As we hit the half-way mark of the 2013 election campaign, we’ve asked academics to look at some of the long-term issues affecting Australia – the issues that will shape our…