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02 Aug 2018

Price, rather than energy efficiency, is the determining factor when Australians buy new electrical appliances.

Comparison website said 41 per cent of consumers failed to consider the energy rating even though such a feature could save them money.

The top three priorities were price (88 per cent), brand reputation (63 per cent) and features (60 per cent).

Finder’s Angus Kidman said Australian households were missing out on potential savings by not considering the energy efficiency rating of new appliances.

“Don’t be dazzled by cheap prices – a... Read More

26 Jul 2018

By National Seniors’ Chief Advocate Ian Henschke

In September last year my eldest brother died. Richard was 74. He had the smoking-related lung and respiratory condition known as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). He had been in and out of hospital over the years and had made an advanced care directive.

Because Richard requested no “extraordinary measures” be taken should he be in a life-threatening state, he was given palliative care and died over three days. 

I wrote about Richard’s end-of-life experience and that story was published on our National... Read More

26 Jul 2018

Australians are losing $4.3 million a month to investment scams and people aged 45-64 are most at risk, consumer watchdog the ACCC says.

So far in 2018, more than $26 million has been reported lost to investment scams — already 84 per cent of the total losses recorded in 2017.

“The losses to investment scams are horrific,” the ACCC’s Delia Rickard said.

“Each week the ACCC receives heartbreaking accounts of people losing hundreds of thousands, and in some cases millions, of dollars.

"Last year, Australians reported to Scamwatch and the Australian Cybercrime... Read More

26 Jul 2018

Older adults who exercise above current recommended levels have a reduced risk of developing chronic disease compared with those who do not exercise, new research has shown.

Researchers at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research interviewed more than 1,500 Australian adults aged over 50 and followed them over a decade.

People who engaged in the highest levels of total physical activity were twice as likely to avoid stroke, heart disease, angina, cancer and diabetes, and be in optimal physical and mental shape 10 years later, experts found.

Lead researcher Associate... Read More

26 Jul 2018

People with Type 2 diabetes are just as likely to lose weight and control their blood glucose levels if they follow a 5:2 diet than an ongoing daily calorie-restricted diet, a new Australian study has shown.

In a paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), lead author University of South Australia PhD student Sharayah Carter said intermittent fasting could be a solution for people with diabetes who found it... Read More

26 Jul 2018

If you think the texts you receive out of the blue are harmless and don’t cost you anything, think again.

More Australians are being scammed by premium service texts, according to comparison website

Its analysis of data from the ACCC’s ScamWatch shows mobile premium service scams are on the rise, with Australians scammed out of $44,179 in 2018 so far.

This year’s tally is almost six times larger than January to June 2015, when reported scams totalled $7,714.

Mobile premium service texts usually come from numbers that start with 19, and they... Read More

26 Jul 2018

More than one in three doctors plan to cut or stop visits to patients in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) over the next two years, a new survey has found.

The fourth AMA Aged Care Survey of more than 600 GPs, consultant physicians, and palliative care and geriatrician specialists, carried out in November 2017, found doctors were making more visits to RACFs than they were two years ago, and spending more time with patients.

But more than 35 per cent of the doctors surveyed reported they planned to refuse new patients and reduce the number of visits, or stop completely... Read More

26 Jul 2018

New research has found eating dinner at least two hours before bed could reduce the risk of developing breast and prostate cancer.

The Spanish study of more than 4,000 people showed eating late at night caused inflammation in the body and altered blood sugar levels, both linked to cancer.

Researchers led by the Barcelona Institute of Global Health found eating before 9pm, compared with having an evening meal after 10pm, reduced the risk of prostate cancer in men and breast cancer in women by an average of 18 per cent.

The researchers said in evolutionary terms, humans... Read More

26 Jul 2018

If you live in or near Brisbane and would like to exercise while meeting new people but your running days are over, why not try walking football?

Unlike soccer, the rules of walking football include six a side, with no running, no heading and no contact.

“Walking football is designed to help seniors remain active, fit and socially engaged without the physical impact associated with soccer,” said Alan Templeton, coordinator of Over 50’s Walking Football Brisbane.

“The great thing about walking football is that it is for everyone, from former players to novices, to... Read More

26 Jul 2018

Private health insurance reforms due to come into effect next year are expected to make it easier for people to travel from rural and regional areas to receive specialist medical treatment in larger towns.

Minister for Rural Health, Senator Bridget McKenzie, said the new arrangements would allow insurers to offer travel and accommodation benefits under private health insurance hospital cover.

At present, travel and accommodation could generally only be claimed by members of health funds with top level... Read More

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