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Dentists say ‘Zero Carbon’ bipartisan approach needed for water fluoridation

The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) says the approach on the ‘Zero Carbon’ Bill is needed for water fluoridation. The Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill was passed last week with the support of...

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...

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...

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...

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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