Men's health

What's that? Men's hobbies could be sending them deaf

Popular hobbies such as going to the footy, car races, live music gigs and DIY jobs around the home may be sending Aussie men deaf - but they’re just not listening to the warning signs.

As part of Men’s Health Week (June 11-17), Australian Hearing is urging men to have their hearing checked.

“Almost twice as many men as women suffer hearing loss – and excessive noise is a leading cause,” said Dr Brent Edwards, director of the National Acoustic Laboratories, the research division of Australian Hearing.

Men's health not a 'one-size-fits-all'

A new study shows a one-size-fits-all approach to men’s health is putting patients at risk.

Researchers at Victoria’s Deakin and Monash universities found nurses were not addressing the specific needs of men in primary care.

Men’s health researcher Dell Lovett said in-depth interviews with nurses and male patients throughout Victoria identified more could be done to help nurses prioritise men’s health.

“Unfortunately, we found that a lot of nurses didn’t like to discuss sensitive or personal health issues with male patients,” Ms Lovett said.

Aussie men are eating twice as much salt as they should

Australian men are consuming almost twice the recommended maximum daily intake of salt, with women not far behind, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published online by the Medical Journal of Australia.

Led by Professor Bruce Neal, senior director of the Food Policy Division of the George Institute for Global Health, the authors analysed 31 published studies and one unpublished dataset, including a total of 16,836 participants over 26 years (1989–2015). They found that measuring salt intake based on self-reporting substantially underestimated consumption.

Dementia Australia launched

A unified, national peak body for people of all ages living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers has been launched.

Dementia Australia is the new voice of what was previously Alzheimer's Australia.

Announcing the change, the organisation said that while Alzheimer’s disease was the most common form, there were more than 100 types of dementia and, for this reason, its message needed to be inclusive of all.  

The organisation said that awareness and understanding about dementia was still alarmingly low, but the prevalence of dementia was growing.

Give the gift of life in 2018

Australians are being asked to begin the year by discussing their organ and tissue donation wishes with family and friends and joining the Australian Organ Donor Register.

Federal Minister responsible for organ and tissue donation, Ken Wyatt AM, said almost anyone could become a registered donor, including people aged in their 70s and 80s.

“I’m calling on all Australians to make this a priority for 2018,” Mr Wyatt, who is also Minister for Ageing, said.

Bupa calls for pensioners to pay more for care

A shock increase in aged care costs could be included in this year’s Federal Budget if Treasury heeds a call to force pensioners to pay more for nursing home services, according to a report this week on retirement website YourLifeChoices.

The proposal by insurance company Bupa recommends that the capped value of people’s homes be increased from the current $162,087.20, so those with valuable homes are asked to pay more for care.

Better ways of assessing cognitive health

Given the central importance of normal cognitive function to decision-making in later life, National Seniors Australia contracted the Flinders Business School and the University of Western Australia to undertake a study into better ways of assessing cognitive health. This research project investigates the relationship between cognitive health and financial decision-making among older Australians aged 55 years and over, and identifies factors that will encourage regular cognitive screening among older Australians.

Healthy Ageing: The state of the evidence and available resources

Australia’s population is growing older and a greater proportion of Australians are living longer than ever before. As a result, more people are developing, and living longer with, diseases and disabilities associated with ageing. With escalating health care demands the expected increase in burden of disease in Australia has been reported to be unsustainable. On an individual level, disease and disability can impair quality of life and wellbeing by restricting activity, mobility, social connectedness, and community participation.

Australia’s worst flu outbreak

Australia is suffering its worst flu outbreak on record.

Vaccination advocates The Immunisation Coalition said that as of the morning of 16 August, more than 75,000 cases of influenza had been laboratory confirmed, including a record-breaking 30,000 cases nationwide last month.

New South Wales and Queensland were the worst-affected states, with reported cases numbering 35,315 and 19,662 respectively.

The Immunisation Coalition’s Professor Paul Van Buynder said that with several weeks of flu season still to go, 2017 was set to be a record breaker.

Lack of sleep costing billions, report shows

Australians are not getting enough sleep and it is costing the country billions, a new report shows.

The report Asleep on the Job: Costs of Inadequate Sleep in Australia, compiled by Deloitte Access Economics for the Sleep Health Foundation, found that inadequate sleep kills more than 3,000 people a year.

This includes 394 dying after falling asleep at the wheel of a vehicle or from industrial accidents involving tired workers.

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