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Otago scientists’ discovery leads to greater understanding of Alzheimer’s disease

Otago scientists have made an important discovery in understanding the role a particular protein plays to impair memory in Alzheimer’s disease, which could lead to more effective treatment in future. Professor Cliff Abraham and Dr...

Tackling hearing loss and its consequences

With over 200 New Zealand adults currently on the waiting list for a cochlear implant, on Saturday 2nd of November the Pindrop Foundation Cochlear Implant Forum is bringing together global and national experts on...

Political leaders quizzed on aged care funding

Is the aged residential care sector underfunded? And will it see an increase in funding? Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa, who opened the three-day New Zealand Aged Care Association Conference attended by more than...

The implications of demographic transition for aged care and New Zealand

Like many countries, New Zealand is ageing – and ageing fast – and in the next years we will transition into a very different demographic profile. But it is a transition we are not prepared...

‘No One Dies Alone’ a winner in aged care

A volunteer programme that has provided more than 400 hours of time for dying residents at an aged care facility in Auckland has won the New Zealand Aged Care Association/EBOS Healthcare Excellence in Care...

Hope for sufferers: Revolutionary injection could help coeliac patients eat gluten again

Thousands of coeliac patients could one day eat gluten again without harm after a potential medical breakthrough. Scientists gave 17 patients an injection with medicine that hides the allergen inside a nanoparticle that the immune...

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,...

Is social media really hurting your mental health?

We blame friends' posts about weddings, babies and holidays for driving "digital depression" - but is social media really that bad for mental health? A new study that dug deep into how platforms like Facebook, Twitter...

Government announces $100 million for new mental health facility in Hamilton

The Government is putting $100 million towards building a new acute mental health facility for Waikato, replacing an aging facility and increasing capacity by up to 20 beds. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister...

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...

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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