Families who are around at mealtimes can check their relatives are swallowing food properly and alert nursing home staff if there’s a problem.
Poor oral health in our nursing homes can lead to many complications, including choking to death. Here's how family and staff can help advocate for better care.
BHP will go back to the future following the move to ditch “Billiton” from it’s name.
BHP's rebrand is unlikely to affect the bottom line, research shows. But if it improves relations with politicians and voters, it would still be a success.
The Australian Federal Police will receive $321.4 million over four years for a range of measures.
The Conversation’s political experts react to the 2017-18 budget's key measures in the areas of welfare, foreign aid, defence spending and more.
What was between the lines of Scott Morrison’s budget speech?
The Conversation's experts annotate Treasurer Scott Morrison's 2017-18 budget speech.
Bees have been living with the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder for a decade.
It's a decade since US beekeepers first noticed that their bees were mysteriously dying. Now we know much more about Colony Collapse Disorder, raising hopes that we can turn bees' fortunes around.
Gilgamesh explores what it means to be human, and questions the meaning of life and love.
From environmentalism to the meaning of life, the themes of the world's most ancient epic are still remarkably relevant to modern readers.
Simon Birmingham said a reduced HECS repayment threshold for graduates would deliver a ‘fairer deal for taxpayers’.
We shouldn't take the government’s own budgetary savings rationale at face value.
A rainbow wreath laid by defence forces at a contemporary Anzac Day service.
Daniel Spellman/Defence Gay and Lesbian Information Service
Until 1992, being a gay or lesbian soldier was illegal in Australia. New research is unearthing the heartbreaking stories of people who devoted their life to the military but were discharged when their sexuality was exposed.
Melbourne is Australia’s fastest-growing city. Across Australia, the share of UK-born residents is declining, and the share of China-born and India-born residents has increased.
AAP Image/Julian Smith
Melbourne is Australia's most rapidly growing city, a title it wrested from Perth around 2013-14. Several of Australia's big cities are growing well above the national average population growth rate.
Illicit drugs are priced differently depending upon which stage of the supply chain they are located.
Let's take claims about the value of drug seizures with a grain of salt.
Shooters exposed to lead at work over long periods of time, like military personnel in firing ranges, risk a range of medical complaints.
Millions of people who shoot, for work or leisure, risk lead poisoning, according to new research.
ASIC found that CommInsure didn’t breach the law with its handling of claims.
ASIC is telling CommInsure to do what it should have been doing all along. Let's forget the past and mistreatment of customers, it’s paradise for firms that prey on the sick and dying.
Ils jouent « notre chanson »…
La musique exerce une grande influence sur notre cerveau, et détient entre autres le pouvoir de reconnecter des personnes atteintes de la maladie d’Alzheimer à leurs souvenirs les plus personnels.
Music can be a stronger trigger for shared memories than photos as we age, even in people with dementia.
For couples, families or friends who share a significant song, the effects of music can be powerful and persistent, lasting well into old age, even piercing through dementia.
Mobile phones can be used as human tracking devices.
You can learn a lot about the movement of people and animals if you tap into the tracking data from many of today's mobile phones.
Colonising other planets may be possible, but does that mean we should?
Mars image from www.shutterstock.com
Interplanetary colonisation was once the stuff of science fiction but now there are plans to colonise Mars. How have film-makers and writers dealt with our rapacious Anthropocene age?
Celebrity chef. Not a health professional.
Who is your preferred source for health advice? Gwyneth Paltrow? Pete Evans? Dr Google is new and improved and beats these guys hands down.
Certain traditional owners and conservation groups allied to stand against a planned gas hub in Western Australia’s Kimberley region.
AAP Image/Tim Gentles
Relations between Indigenous peoples and environmentalists can be productive for both parties, but they will always be unstable.
Saul at the Adelaide Festival: the early scenes feel like hallucinatory dreamscapes unanchored in space.
With its themes of family dysfunction, love, death, madness and the supernatural, this Old Testament story is ready-made for opera.
A Canberra barista makes coffee. Many low-paid workers will be affected by the Fair Work Commission’s decision on penalty rates.
The government has a major headache on its hands with the proposed cuts to penalty rates, which could haunt it all the way to the next election.