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Meningitis-related hearing loss leaves more children requiring cochlear implants

ENT surgeon and chairperson of the Northern Cochlear Implant Programme Advisory Group, Michel Neeff says the programme undertook a review after they noted "a dramatic spike" in referrals for children who had become deaf...

Air pollution may enter the placenta

In a small study of 28 women, researchers in Belgium have found black carbon particles on the foetal side of the placenta in women exposed to air pollution during pregnancy. These particles are released...

Low decile students need greater access to sporting events

The results of the University of Auckland and National Institute for Health Innovation research which analysed perceptual data from more than 2,400 New Zealand parents, found families from lower socio-economic areas were more likely...

One community’s fight against fast food

It’s fast food central near Henderson Intermediate School. Located on Lincoln Road in West Auckland, the route to and from school for many students involves walking past an array of fast food outlets. Within...

Primary schools should be better equipped for early menstruation

National-level data on the age at first period hasn't been collected until a recent Ministry of Health survey, which University of Otago researchers used to estimate how many girls started their periods at primary...

Healthier homes could cut hospital stays for young children

Almost 20 per cent of hospital admissions of young children with acute respiratory infections could be prevented if their houses were free from damp and mould, researchers have found. The research, published in the international...

Moving house linked with behavioural difficulties in children

Lead researcher, Kim Nathan, a PhD student at the University of Otago, Wellington, says two- thirds (69 per cent) of the more than 300,000 children studied had moved house at least once by the...

Research looks to improve neonatal care experiences for Māori

Research led by Victoria University of Wellington academics that aims to improve the care provided to Māori families in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) has had a Health Research Council funding boost. “Most participants in...

Developing healthy eating habits early on

Taste preferences start to develop early in life and can influence food choices in the future. Now, a new study is investigating how exposing babies to a variety of fruit and vegetables when they...

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...

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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