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In Australia, there are 350 cases of traumatic spinal cord injury each year. More than half of these injuries will be to the cervical area of the spine (neck), leading to quadriplegia. While quadriplegia is commonly associated with paralysis of all four limbs, it also affects the major respiratory muscles. This reduces cough strength, which can lead to associated respiratory infections. Respiratory complications, such as pneumonia and atelectasis, are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the first year of quadriplegia. These respiratory complications are particularly prevalent in the first six weeks of injury, with an incidence rate of…

New report reveals the Australian burden of disease for brain disorders is almost twice the global figure

Mindgardens Neuroscience Network (Mindgardens) has commissioned a white paper on the burden of disease and cost of brain disorders in Australia. The burden of all brain disorders in Australia accounted for 20.5 per cent of disability-adjusted life years, nearly twice the global figure of 11.1 per cent illustrating the scale of the health care challenge. The white paper reports the disease burden associated with neurological, mental health and substance use disorders is in excess of $74 billion. Between 2010 and 2017 substance misuse (drugs, alcohol) grew at 24.7 per cent, followed by neurological disorders at 15.6 per cent and mental…

New report shows economic burden of brain disorders in Australia over $74 billion pa

A newly commissioned white paper on the burden of cost of brain disorders in Australia reports the staggering economic burden associated with neurological, mental health and substance use disorders is in excess of $74 billion. In Australia, the burden of these brain disorders accounted for 20.5 per cent of the burden of disease, nearly twice the global figure of 11.1 per cent illustrating the scale of the health care challenge. Substance abuse recorded the highest growth rate between 2010 and 2017 growing by 24.7 per cent, followed by neurological disorders at 15.6 per cent and mental health disorders by 8.6…

MIND over Mediterranean: Australian study suggests MIND diet reduces the risk of dementia

A study of dietary patterns in older adults in Australia showed those who followed a diet designed for brain health had a reduced risk of developing cognitive impairment. Following a diet designed to increase brain health in the long term appears to reduce the odds of cognitive impairment and disorders including Alzheimer’s and dementia, in a study led by researchers from Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), UNSW Sydney and ANU. Published last week in Alzheimer’s & Dementia, the authors reviewed the potential protective effects of the Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay diet, also known as the MIND diet. DASH stands for Dietary…

NeuRA researcher receives 2019 Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship

Westpac Scholars Trust has announced its 2019 Westpac Future Leaders Scholars, awarding over $2 million to 17 outstanding postgraduate students who are investigating solutions to some of Australia’s most complex issues. Amongst this year’s recipients is NeuRA researcher, Nicole Ee. Nicole is a member of Professor Kaarin Anstey’s multi-disciplinary ageing research team and plans to use her scholarship to explore the relationship between social engagement and dementia risk. Nicole’s research is focused on whether early intervention and increased social engagement may mitigate the onset or progression of dementia. “I’m delighted to be a part of the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship program,”…

What are we doing about high rates of dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations?

Rates of dementia in Indigenous Australians are 3–5 times higher than the general Australian population and onset of dementia starts earlier. However, the major causes and risk factors for dementia in Indigenous Australians are not yet known. Understanding the causes and risk factors of dementia in Indigenous Australians is essential for developing targeted, effective dementia prevention strategies. On February 28 and March 1, 2019, NeuRA will host the ‘Growing Old Well Gathering’ to translate research findings for Aboriginal healthcare workers, community partners and community Elders. Presentations will include best practice advice for dementia assessment, discussion of what healthy ageing looks…