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Otago University partners with Pacific Health Plus in Porirua on community-driven research project by...

Over the next ten weeks four medical and health students from Otago University will work at Pacific Health Plus, a primary healthcare service, in Cannons Creek, Porirua, on a research project to better understand...

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...

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...

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...

Estimating calorie content not clear-cut for all

Lead author of the University of Otago study, Dr Mei Peng says inaccurate judgements about food energy and/or portion size can lead to overeating and subsequent weight problems. “It is very important to understand how people make...

Dangerous Decibels course teaches importance of protecting hearing

Dangerous Decibels training is back, and will enable the 16 Dangerous Decibels Educators to run training in colleges, schools and kindergartens on the dangers of excess noise, the irrevocable damage to hearing it can...

‘Still Me’ campaign to mark Alzheimer’s Awareness Month this September

At just 57 years old, Amrita Francis’ world turned upside down, with an early-onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis that within five years would heavily affect her memory and ability to work. Now at 62 years old, ex-music...

Scientists warn vaping can damage the heart

E-cigarettes may damage the heart, scientists have concluded, and have called for Public Health England (PHE) to stop recommending vaping. Researchers looked at 38 studies into the cardiovascular impact of vaping and found worrying signs...

Seven measles cases in Waikato; university on alert after infected person visits campus

The University of Waikato is on measles alert after a part-time student infected with the disease visited the campus. It's one of seven cases of measles that have been confirmed in Hamilton in the past...
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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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“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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