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Opinion: Tracy Chandler – Fluoride 2020

2020 is my year to be brave.  And so, with my big girl boots on, I’m going to tackle the controversial topic of fluoridation of our water.  As this is just a brief summary...

Dental Association says UK evidence shows sugary drinks tax is effective

The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) says a major UK study revealing that sugar in soft drinks sold in the UK has dropped by 30 per cent since 2015 shows that sugary drinks taxes...

Whooping cough bug becoming ‘smarter’, researchers warn

By RNZ Australian researchers are warning that whooping cough is evolving, and new vaccines will be key to combat it in the future. New South Wales researchers examined various strains of whooping cough bacteria and their behaviour....

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...

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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