Clinical practices for children: cautionary list released

A list of clinical practices for children that may provide little or no benefit – and even cause unnecessary harm – has been released by the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Strict referral criteria is causing major delays in bowel cancer diagnosis – research

New research suggests the criteria for patients to be fast-tracked for suspected bowel cancer needs to be improved to avoid delays in diagnosis. By Ruby Harfield.

Time for free dental care? The huge expense of going to the dentist

Desperate Kiwis are queuing at hospital pain clinics because they can't afford the dentist - and health bosses are now backing free dental care.

New tool could make aspirin safer for preventing heart disease and stroke

Auckland researchers have developed a new tool that could make aspirin a safer and better-targeted preventative for heart disease and stroke.

“Totally different angle” taken to Parkinson’s research thanks to major grant

Liggins Institute researchers will use a $226,000 grant from two major US-based foundations to investigate the genetics of Parkinson’s disease from an unusual and promising angle.

Fund Botox for migraine patients, say specialists

Health experts are calling on district health board bosses to cover Botox treatment for people suffering from chronic migraines.

Should we rename low risk cancers?

Global experts debate whether we should rename low risk cancers in a bid to reduce anxiety and harm from unnecessary investigation and treatment.

New global dementia report highlights NZ’s failings

A new report about the scale of the global dementia challenge means New Zealand needs to step up its response to this public health issue, says Alzheimers NZ.

New Zealand death rate for motor neurone disease five times global average

New Zealand's motor neurone disease death rate is the highest in the world and five times the global average, a new study has found.

Global push continues to eradicate polio

Polio cases reduced by 99.9% in the past 30 years, but with the virus still circulating in two countries, World Polio Day continues to campaign for total eradication of this crippling disease.


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.


“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...