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.

New research to make living with Perthes disease less painful

New research hopes to prevent hundreds of children living with perthes disease from suffering chronic pain.

Mental health focus of World Physical Therapy Day

The link between physical health and mental health – and physiotherapists' role in supporting people with mental health issues – is the focus of this year’s World Physical Therapy Day.

System failing Kiwi women with advanced breast cancer, says new report

The 300 Kiwi women told each year they have advanced breast cancer are likely to die twice as fast as people in comparable countries, says a just released Breast Cancer Foundation report.

Too few hip fracture patients leaving hospital with osteoporosis plans

Only a quarter of hip fracture patients leave hospital on osteoporosis treatment and with a falls prevention plan to reduce the risk of further breaks, found the latest hip fracture registry report.

Northland has highest rate of cancer deaths in the country

More staff have been put on the ground in Northland in an attempt to curb the highest cancer mortality rate of any region in New Zealand.

Clinician attitude important in helping people manage chronic pain

Clinicians listening and acknowledging a patient’s chronic pain can help them self-manage the pain, while feeling disbelieved can hinder them, found a recent Kiwi research review.

Whānau fun ride and hīkoi to honour ‘Smear your Mea’ legacy

The legacy left behind by Rotorua's Talei Morrison will be honoured on the anniversary of her cervical cancer diagnosis, reports the Rotorua Post.

Whanganui MS sufferer books trip to Russia in search of radical treatment

Whanganui multiple sclerosis sufferer Briar Novis is just two months away from the trip she hopes will give her back her life.


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.


Extra Health Support For Busy People

People spinning multiple plates often need additional support over and above good nutrition and exercise. Here’s how addressing things at the sub-cellular level can help.