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How to prevent the spread of colds and flu

As the weather cools down, winter illnesses tend to ramp up. Rebekah Fraser spoke to an infection control nursing expert about how the spread of colds and flu can be prevented. Simple hygiene practices could...

Government abortion law announcement ‘weeks away’ . . . again

Abortion law reform advocates are calling for the Government to "get the lead out" after what appears to be further delay to long-awaited legislation. Justice Minister Andrew Little has been looking at potential changes to...

Salvation Army to trial free GP clinic in West Auckland

The Salvation Army is to trial a free GP clinic in West Auckland because it says there's an immediate demand for it. It is holding the clinic once a week over July at the army's...

Respiratory ‘WOF’ improves Māori and Pacific children’s asthma management

Hawke’s Bay Māori and Pacific children have a much higher rate of hospital admissions for respiratory disease (7.3 and 10.4 per 1000 respectively) compared with New Zealand European children (4.5 per 1000). Unichem Russell St...

Whanganui and Rangitikei water supply under microscope in Ministry of Health water quality report

A report looking into the country's drinking water quality shows both Whanganui and Rangitikei district councils failed to comply with standards and aspects of the Health Act - mainly around reporting. The Ministry of Health...

Ministry of Health unveils action plan to tackle syphilis after babies’ deaths

Health officials plan to tackle an outbreak of syphilis that has led to the death of six Kiwi babies by running more "awareness" and education campaigns. With reported syphilis cases surging more than 500 per...

Faye Flam: Healthy living can’t prevent cancer

Comment: Recent news that random bad luck plays a big role in cancer has been misinterpreted as bad news, when it's actually very useful in helping humanity understand what cancer is and what can be...

New Zealand experts play crucial role in global fight against pneumonia

Findings from the decade-long global Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health (PERCH) study are published in the latest edition of the prestigious Lancet journal. Professor David Murdoch of the University of Otago, Christchurch, is a renowned infectious disease expert who led establishment of...

Baby food pouches come under the spotlight

They dominate the baby food section in supermarkets, but could baby food pouches be setting our babies up for future problems with obesity and dental cavities?   Squeezable baby food pouches with plastic spouts are described...

$1.2m funding for allergy and asthma prevention research

Asthma prevalence in New Zealand is amongst the highest in the world and there is no cure or effective prevention. A grant from the Health Research Council of New Zealand’s annual project funding round will...
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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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