Can pain medication help to reduce behavioural symptoms of dementia? New Australian research

Researchers from the National Ageing Research Institute based in Melbourne are leading a double blind placebo controlled trial to see whether pain relief could reduce the severity of behavioural and psychological symptoms in older people with dementia.

Funding for the trial has been provided by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

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National Aged Care data now more accessible

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare have developed the new National Aged Care Data Clearinghouse, an independent and centralised repository of national aged care data.

The Data Clearinghouse is a component of the Australian Government's package on aged care reform measures and was developed to provide aged care data to a range of stakeholders including policy makers, researchers, service providers and consumers.

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Healthier lifestyles could lower rates of dementia

Dementia Australia Media Release

A report released today by Alzheimer’s Australia and the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), Is the Incidence of Dementia Declining?, suggests that action on preventative health could lower the risk of dementia for future generations.  

Professor Perminder Sachdev, author of the report and the newly appointed Chief Medical Adviser to Alzheimer’s Australia, said:

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Discovery could lead to new drug targets to fight Alzheimer's Disease

University of Wollongong Media Release

In collaboration with researchers at the University of Oxford (UK), scientists at the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI), based at the University of Wollongong, have made a significant contribution to the worldwide search for drug targets to prevent or treat age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer’s Disease and other types of dementia.

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Deaths due to dementia increasing: new figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has today released a report showing that dementia was the second leading cause of death in women in Australia in 2012.

The figures, contained in the report Causes of Death, Australia, 2012 also show that deaths from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease continue to increase.

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UK Government appoints World Dementia Envoy

Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) welcomes the appointment of Dr Dennis Gillings as the World Dementia Envoy, who plans to create a World Dementia Council to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research.

The announcement was made by the UK government as part of a new dementia package which aims to speed up diagnosis, fund research and encourage businesses and services in the country to become dementia-friendly.

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Australia could be first to pioneer a Bionic Brain

Australian Academy of Science Media Release

Australia could be the first country to develop a bionic brain, according to a new report calling for a national investment in brain research.

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Dementia research grant winners announced

Twenty nine of Australia’s best and brightest young scientists will share in $2.5 million to conduct ground-breaking dementia research, following an announcement by the Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation, naming the 2013 grant recipients.

Alzheimer’s Australia National President, Ita Buttrose said:

“The grants will allow researchers to start working on some of the biggest challenges in the field of dementia research.

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