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World Aids Day reflects importance of community effort

Sunday 1 December is World Aids Day and the theme of this year’s observance is that communities can make a difference by fighting to end the epidemic. One way for community-led organisations to act is...

Strategies for risk reduction in dementia and cognitive impairment

This year the World Health Organization published guidance on ways to reduce risk of dementia and cognitive decline (WHO | Risk reduction of cognitive decline and dementia, 2019) which was highlighted in the World...

Pancreatic cancer lowest one-year survival rate in NZ – study

New Zealand is falling behind other comparable countries, including Australia, on cancer survival, according to a new study released today. The Lancet Oncology study looked at survival against seven key cancers in seven high-income countries,...

‘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...

Osteoarthritis – is New Zealand neglecting our ageing population?

It’s not just the elephant in the room - it’s a herd of elephants on the rampage. Osteoarthritis is a severe health issue that is only going to get worse. New Zealand needs to...

Physiotherapy can reduce New Zealand’s opioid use

Yesterday (Sunday, September 8) was World Physiotherapy Day and New Zealand’s professional physiotherapy body is calling on the government and medical practitioners to promote this proven alternative to prescription drugs. “The devastating consequences of opioid...

Many Kiwis may be unaware they have ALK positive lung cancer

University of Otago pharmacologist John Ashton suffers from the cancer himself and after being diagnosed with advanced lung cancer in 2013 says he is lucky to be alive after testing for ALK positive and...

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...

Cancer Action Plan: “exciting and timely” or “too little too late”?

The Government has released its ten-year Cancer Action Plan aimed at improving cancer care and outcomes and ensuring care is accessible to all New Zealanders. One of the key actions of the plan is to...

Antibiotic use linked to heightened bowel cancer risk

Antibiotic use (pills/capsules) is linked to a heightened risk of bowel (colon) cancer, but a lower risk of rectal cancer, and depends, to some extent, on the type and class of drug prescribed, suggests research...

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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