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Time for a new wave of dementia design

Writing in the 2019 Alzheimer Disease International Annual Report released on World Alzheimer’s Day (September 21), Prof Cunningham suggested the impetus may now be present to see dementia design innovation become prevalent in society. He said there...

New online therapy tool provides mental health support for New Zealanders

The recent Mental Health Inquiry identified that people want choice. It showed that people need help that is accessible. It identified the need for more talking therapies. But as cognitive behavioural therapist Anna Elders says,...

Keeping up with your fitness may delay the development of Alzheimer’s in old age

Exercising for 30 minutes four times a week may delay brain deterioration in people likely to develop Alzheimer's, scientists have shown. Researchers from the University of Texas found that people who had an accumulation of...

New frailty guides to empower nurses and reduce variation for patients

As Aotearoa’s aged population increases, the recognition and treatment of frailty has become crucial to all health care environments. Ngā aratohu maimoa hauwarea | Frailty care guides, published today by the Health Quality & Safety...

Health Ministry’s new Health Infrastructure Unit on its way

Karl Wilkinson has been appointed to the role of Director of Health Infrastructure within the Health Infrastructure Unit. Helene Carbonatto has also been appointed as acting Group Manager, Capital Investment Management. “I’m very pleased that...

Hip fracture report: hospital treatment improving but delays remain

The Australia and New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry (ANZHFR) has released a report today showing 75 percent of patients in New Zealand receive a nerve block injection to help manage pain after a hip...

Delivering Mental Health Transformation in New Zealand

Sponsored article Treating mental health in New Zealand is a challenge our healthcare system has experienced for decades. With a large portion of the country - one in six New Zealand adults - having been diagnosed with...

Aged care sector welcomes work visa reforms

Aged care providers are relieved to hear the Government’s plans to ease many of the stringent immigration settings which currently make it difficult to employ migrant workers who make up a large chunk of...

Scabies needs to be taken more seriously, says health researcher

Researchers from the University of Auckland found children diagnosed with scabies were more likely to develop rheumatic fever. Scabies, a skin disease caused by a tiny parasitic mite, is also linked to impetigo, kidney...

Healthy homework gets results

Researchers from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and the University of Otago have investigated the effects of a compulsory, health-related homework programme on physical activity, dietary patterns and body size in primary school children. Auckland...

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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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