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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...

Uncontrolled online marketing of e-cigarettes putting youth at risk, study finds

Only 10 per cent of New Zealand websites selling vaping products require proof of age before purchase, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington, have found. In an article published in today’s New Zealand Medical...

Fewer Kiwis will die of bowel cancer if new screening tool introduced

Introducing flexible sigmoidoscopy screening into the national bowel screening programme would significantly reduce both the incidence and mortality of bowel cancer in New Zealand, new University of Otago research reveals. The number of bowel cancer...

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...

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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