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Lung cancer genetic mutation screening could save lives – doctors

By Meriana Johnsen of RNZ Lives are being needlessly cut short because there's no universal testing for a type of lung cancer mutation, cancer patient advocates say. About 8 percent of advanced lung cancer patients have the...

Aged care industry in Australia taking a role in the future

As part of the New Zealand Aged Care Association Conference in Wellington last month, Kerri Lanchester, General Manager Member Relations of peak aged care industry body Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) shared insights into where the industry is...

New blood test spots breast cancer five years before symptoms show

A revolutionary new blood test could detect breast cancer five years before any symptoms appear. Researchers at the University of Nottingham have developed a test which they say identifies the body's immune response to substances...

Otago scientists’ discovery leads to greater understanding of Alzheimer’s disease

Otago scientists have made an important discovery in understanding the role a particular protein plays to impair memory in Alzheimer’s disease, which could lead to more effective treatment in future. Professor Cliff Abraham and Dr...

Tackling hearing loss and its consequences

With over 200 New Zealand adults currently on the waiting list for a cochlear implant, on Saturday 2nd of November the Pindrop Foundation Cochlear Implant Forum is bringing together global and national experts on...

Political leaders quizzed on aged care funding

Is the aged residential care sector underfunded? And will it see an increase in funding? Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa, who opened the three-day New Zealand Aged Care Association Conference attended by more than...

The implications of demographic transition for aged care and New Zealand

Like many countries, New Zealand is ageing – and ageing fast – and in the next years we will transition into a very different demographic profile. But it is a transition we are not prepared...

‘No One Dies Alone’ a winner in aged care

A volunteer programme that has provided more than 400 hours of time for dying residents at an aged care facility in Auckland has won the New Zealand Aged Care Association/EBOS Healthcare Excellence in Care...

Hope for sufferers: Revolutionary injection could help coeliac patients eat gluten again

Thousands of coeliac patients could one day eat gluten again without harm after a potential medical breakthrough. Scientists gave 17 patients an injection with medicine that hides the allergen inside a nanoparticle that the immune...

PTSD more common than expected, especially among young people

Many of us think Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a relatively rare psychological problem. In reality, however, PTSD can affect anyone – and, looking into the findings of a new study into the issue,...

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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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