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New developments in Alzheimer’s disease: AD/PD 2015

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE/PARKINSON’S DISEASE 2015 12TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE NICE, FRANCE, 18–22 MARCH 2015 I was fortunate to attend this conference that is held every second year in one of the European cities on progress in research concerning Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.  This...

Ageism and age discrimination – against doctors

Ageism and Age Discrimination - Against Doctors! Ageism is stereotyping and discriminating against individuals or groups on the basis of their age.  Three elements make up ageism: prejudice against older people; discrimination against older people; and practices and policies that perpetuate...

Oscar Pistorius trial – update observations – again

In the next twist to this case the Appeals Court judge recently determined (December 2015) that Oscar Pistorius committed murder.  This decision is now being appealed by the Pistorius legal team to the highest court in South Africa - the Constitutional Court.  The hearing begins in early 2016. Not...

Should we have an Australian ‘Suicide Toll’?

Should we have an Australian 'Suicide Toll'? Death from suicide is too common in Australia. It ranks alongside motor vehicle accidents as a cause of mortality, especially among younger Australians. Despite that, no national or regional 'suicide tolls' are published. Economic circumstances,...

The Future of Psychiatry and Mental Health Services

The Future of Psychiatry and Mental Health Services A video copy of this talk is presented below: My talk can only be a series of remarks about the current state of some aspects of mental health services and the field of psychiatry and where I think the path of these important institutions will...

PTSD and dementia

Does PTSD cause dementia?   Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common condition in Australian ex-service personnel and veterans.  Depending on the type of deployment the rate of chronic PTSD among veteran’s ranges between 10-20%.  As veterans age they enter epochs associated with...

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