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PTSD more common than expected, especially among young people

Many of us think Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a relatively rare psychological problem. In reality, however, PTSD can affect anyone – and, looking into the findings of a new study into the issue,...

Drug testing shows Kiwis using $8.9 million in illicit substances each week

Illicit drugs detected in New Zealand's wastewater in the last few months would have generated almost $500 million of criminal profit over a year. And on average Kiwis use $8.9 million worth of drugs each...

Pharmac confirms free access to contraceptives

Pharmac has confirmed it will fully fund contraceptives Mirena and Jaydess from November 1. The medicinal giant announced last month that it was proposing to widen funding access to the contraceptives, and this morning confirmed it...

Rongoā Māori scholars to study traditional health system in India

A multi-disciplinary team of senior scholars, practitioners and community members will undertake a six-week indigenous health and entrepreneurship scholarship programme this summer. Associate Professor Mera Penehira leads Whakatāne’s Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi international indigenous...

Dentists back call for Government action on unhealthy food and drink

The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) is backing the findings of a recent report from Healthy Auckland Together. “Sugary drinks are demonstrably a factor in both dental decay and obesity,” said NZDA sugary drinks spokesperson...

Seeing The Early Signs of Myopia

On the eve of World Sight Day on 10 October, Hamilton optometry practices Rose Optometrists, Visique Rototuna, and Total Vision Optometrists are launching a myopia (or short-sightedness) awareness campaign with local schools and General...

Scientists discover ‘cure’ for cervical cancer after gene-editing breakthrough

Australian scientists believe they have found a cure for cervical cancer thanks to a breakthrough in gene-editing technology. Researchers from Griffith University in Queensland have been able to use the gene-editing technology to target and...

New research to get a better night’s sleep for tamariki and their whānau

A new strategic research project with the aim of improving sleep for pepi and their whanau has been awarded $1.7 million over three years by A Better Start National Science Challenge. As well as...

ACC urges parents to limit kids’ sports after massive surge in injuries

A dramatic rise in the number of kids being injured playing organised sports has sparked warnings for parents to limit how much sport their kids participate in each week. Experts fear kids are doing too...

Do you have ‘wine face?’ Tell-tale signs alcohol is ageing you

It's not just a ruddy snout and red cheeks that suggest someone might be overindulging in alcohol. A UK facialist and nutritionist has revealed to the Daily Mail there are several tell-tale signs your wine...

DR WELLNESS

More than just a ‘pill for every ill’

Dr Tracy Chandler (a.k.a. Dr Wellness) says we need to move beyond the current ‘pill for every ill’ model of general practice to a more patient-centred integrative approach.

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“There for me every step of the way”

“Lucky” is not an adjective many people would choose after going through what Barbara Bew experienced.  Yet despite enduring a terrifying domestic assault after...
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