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Pets in rest homes – good idea or impractical?

Pets are often a popular feature in retirement villages around the country with many recognising the benefits for older people. Research has shown that pets are beneficial for the elderly as they can bring joy,...

Calls for action on alcohol marketing

Alcohol marketing is the subject of several letters published in the New Zealand Medical Journal. One is on behalf of the board of the Health Coalition Aotearoa, calling for more regulation in this area. The Advertising...

Researchers call on Govt to support heart health

Data from a cohort study of 500,000 New Zealanders have allowed more precise calculations of an individual's cardiovascular risk and researchers now say the Ministry of Health should support a national risk generator that...

Quick hit of exercise can boost your brain power, says Kiwi scientist

Stuck in the office all day? A few lunchtime laps of the stairs can help your brain just as much as a long walk or bike ride, a Kiwi researcher has found. That's the upshot...

Doctor Bennet Omalu claims contact sports ‘won’t exist’ within a generation

The doctor who discovered shocking brain injuries in American football stars has predicted that people will stop playing contact sports within "one generation". Doctor Bennet Omalu was the pioneering neuropathologist who first discovered chronic traumatic...

Scared and underprepared – how New Zealanders feel about dementia

It’s one of the biggest challenges facing the country’s health system – one that will cost the economy $4.5 billion and affect more than 170,000 New Zealanders by 2050. It is dementia, and 91% of...

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...

Relationships between DHBs and Schools of Nursing

Around the country there is plenty of evidence that relationships between District Health Boards (DHBs) and local schools of nursing are thriving, resulting in benefits for students, graduates, healthcare providers and - ultimately -...

Low income retirement village residents get rates relief

Approximately $2.5 million has been paid to eligible retirement village residents following changes to the Rates Rebate Act. When the Act was passed in 1973 to help support people on low incomes to afford local...

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...

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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