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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...

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...

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...

Dentists back call for Government action on unhealthy food and drink

The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) is backing the findings of a recent report from Healthy Auckland Together. “Sugary drinks are demonstrably a factor in both dental decay and obesity,” said NZDA sugary drinks spokesperson...

Evidence to Everyday – what to eat in plain English

The Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre (EDOR) held a one day symposium at the University of Otago, Wellington, on Friday. Titled ‘From evidence to everyday: Translating nutrition research for a healthy Aotearoa’, the event...

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...

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...

Pancreatic cancer lowest one-year survival rate in NZ – study

New Zealand is falling behind other comparable countries, including Australia, on cancer survival, according to a new study released today. The Lancet Oncology study looked at survival against seven key cancers in seven high-income countries,...

Vegetarians may have lower risk of coronary heart disease – but higher risk of...

Vegetarian (including vegan) and pescetarian diets may be linked to a lower risk of coronary heart disease, or CHD for short, than diets that include meat, suggest the findings of a large UK study...

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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