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Otago researcher’s discovery paves way for advances in treating cardiovascular disease

A University of Otago researcher has made an innovative discovery which paves the way for advances in treating cardiovascular disease including high blood pressure. Dr Martin Fronius from the Department of Physiology led the research...

Best practice treatments for chronic pain overlooked as media focus on opioids and medicinal...

Media reports on chronic pain are focusing on treatments involving opioids and cannabis at the expense of best practice non-drug treatments, researchers have found. Chronic pain, defined as persistent or recurring pain present for more...

Auckland scientists make world-first breakthrough which could help treat dementia

Auckland scientists have made a major world-first breakthrough discovery which could help treat dementia and other brain illnesses. For decades it has been suspected that the brain had a way of monitoring and regulating its...

Tobacco sales only through liquor stores, petrol stations or pharmacies

The sale of tobacco only through liquor stores, petrol stations or pharmacies would considerably reduce the overall availability of tobacco and assist the Government in achieving its 2025 smokefree goal, new University of Otago...

‘Lonely in a crowd’ can reduce brain function

And emotional loneliness is actually a bigger risk factor than depression, heart disease, diabetes and stroke for cognitive decline, she found. Dr Whitehouse, who graduated with Doctor of Clinical Psychology from Massey University last month,...

Older people in care find meaning in life

Most older New Zealanders living in rest homes and long-term aged care facilities around the country find meaning in their day-to-day lives, interRAI New Zealand says. Most old people living in aged care homes have...

Op-Ed: Aaron Davy: How misdirected kindness can hamper aid

Goods sent through the generosity of the public in response to an emergency is not a new phenomenon. However the history of emergency responses similar to the Samoa measles epidemic includes numerous examples of...

interRAI oral health study highlights life links

An international study using New Zealand interRAI home care data has revealed the close links between healthy teeth and general good health. “This study shows the benefits of good oral health for a person’s overall...

Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – Loneliness

What factor has the same health risk as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, is as lethal as alcoholism, is twice as harmful as obesity, is associated with a 30 percent increased risk of having...

Privilege of working with the elderly

When you feel it’s a privilege to be working with and looking after the elderly, you know you have that special gene. It takes a special type of person to be working in 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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“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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