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10 Northern Territory News, Tuesday, January 5, 2010 www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 5 -J A N -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 1 0 C O L O R : C M Y K with Nadja Hainke firstname.lastname@example.org Docs failing to detect age-related hearing loss HEALTH SAY WHAT? Many GPs fail to detect hearing loss CANBERRA:Medical researchers want doctors to becomemore pro-active about detecting age-related hearing loss. This would reduce depression and increase life expectancy of people over 50with a diminished ability to hear and communicate. Researchers foundGPs identify opportunistically relatively few cases of hearing loss. Instead, they responded to patients complaining about hearing loss and then in about 50 per cent of those cases referred them to specialists or allied professionals. A study of people aged over 50 found one third reported seeking help from their GPs. A number of factorsmay contribute to low rates of GP involvement in detecting andmanaging age-related hearing loss, researchers believe. They include time constraints, inadequate remuneration, lack of awareness of simple tools to identify hearing loss, or lack of knowledge of the benefits of hearing rehabilitation. PaulMitchell, from the WestmeadMillennium Institute at the University of Sydney, said internet-based education programs could be used to educate GPs about the importance of early identification of agerelated hearing loss. Diminished ability to hear and communicate is frustrating and affects both the individual and others in his or her environment, ProfessorMitchell said. Conversely, the use of a hearing aid was associated with self-sufficiency, reduced depression and longer life expectancy. Tuna and bean salad with lemonHEALTHY FOOD INGREDIENTS: (Serves 6) 2 x 185g cans tuna in springwater, drained 750g can four beanmix, drained, rinsed 4 tomatoes, deseeded, chopped 2 large celery sticks, trimmed, finely chopped 1 small red onion, halved, thinly sliced 1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped LEMONDRESSING: 1 large lemon, rind finely grated, juiced 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil teaspoon caster sugar METHOD: 1. Flake tuna and place in a large bowl. Add beans, tomato, celery, onion and parsley. 2.Make lemon dressing: Combine lemon rind, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, garlic, oil and sugar in a screw-top jar. Secure lid and shake until well combined. 3.Pour dressing over salad. Seasonwith salt and pepper and stir to combine. Serve. Source: Taste.com.au/ Super Food Ideas GET PHYSICAL How exercise can give your genes a lift DO IT: Exercise can change your genetic makeup, a study shows We can exercise ourchromosomes MILWAUKEE: For years, amantra of medicine has been you cant do much about your geneticmakeup. A new study has found, however, that strenuous, long-term exercise may have anti-ageing properties by virtue of its effect on chromosomes. People automatically assume theres not anything you can do about your genetics, said Patrick McBride, a professor of cardiovascularmedicine at the University ofWisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. We can exercise our chromosomes, he said. ProfMcBride said the new research helps explain on a cellular levelmany benefits of exercise. Regular exercise is an anti ageing activity, he said.While the study did not show exercise can change genes, it suggests exercise may have beneficial properties at a chromosomal level, specifically on telomeres, the ends of chromosomes that are believed to have an impact on ageing. Telomeres are like the biological clocks of cells, said physiologist Barry Franklin. He said the studymay help explain why exercise reduces the risk of somany diseases. In recent years, telomeres, the DNA structures found on the ends of chromosomes, have been the increased source of studies. The 2009Nobel Prize in Physiology ofMedicine was awarded to scientists who discovered how telomeres protect chromosomes. Telomeres have been comparedwith caps on the ends of shoelaces, protecting against genetic unravelling, which can lead to a variety of diseases. Dealing with those post-holiday blues REALITY CHECK: Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Charles Darwin University, Dr Peter Forster, has some tips on avoiding what he calls the January blues. Picture: STUART WALMSLEY Christmas bringsproblems. Theres a build-up of expectations By LAURENCRAWLEY WHILE some people are jumping for joy as they load family members back on to planes and pack away the Christmas tree and NewYears Eve party hats, others are suffering the January Blues. Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Charles Darwin University, Dr Peter Forster, said a feeling of let-down after the Christmas break combinedwith the stress of bringing families together and then going back towork all contribute to a flat feeling in January. Christmas brings problems. Theres a build-up of expectations, Dr Forster said. You get a bunch of people that arent used to being together the rest of the year. People dont have fantastic communication skills so youre going to get a sort of conflict break out and people dont handle it very well so it just adds to pressure. However tempting itmight be, Dr Forster said reaching for a glass of wine or a cold beer was not the answer. Alcohol is a big issue up here, he said. People drink waymore that anywhere else in Australia.Whatever problems people have got, or even if people are just having a tough time over Christmas, alcohol justmakes it worse. Dr Forster said the flat feeling peoplemight feel on the first day back at work after the holidays was contagious and could affect the entire workplace. Going back towork canmake people feel sad all the excitement is over, he said. They feel gloomy about being back at work and this spreads on to other workers. Then the credit card bills start arriving fromChristmas andmakes January tough for some people. January does not have to be all doomand gloom, withmanyways tomake yourself feel better. Dr Forster said regular exercise and contributing to the local community would ease the stress. One of the things that happens over Christmas is peoples exercise habits go out the window, he said. Try and get regular exercise and build social networks in your area. Reaching out to others and volunteering gives people a lift. It is important to seek professional help if the feeling doesnt go away. DID YOU KNOW? GETTINGmarried is good for you, a NewZealand-led international study of 35,000 people in 15 countries shows. Tying the knot was found to reduce the likelihood ofmost mental disorders, such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse. Gettingmarried is good for bothmen andwomen in terms ofmostmental health disorders, said clinical psychologist Dr Kate Scott of the University of Otago. PATRICKMcBRIDE Regular exercise is an anti-ageing activity.
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