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Alzheimer’s disease will become manageable like HIV

Alzheimer's sufferers may be able to live with the disease without the devastating symptoms within the next few decades, scientists said as they were awarded the Brain Prize for their work fighting the illness.

Opioids unnecessary for chronic pain, finds study

A year-long study has shown that opioid-based medicine was no better at improving chronic pain for veterans than non-opioid drugs.

2500 more Kiwis would have survived cancer if they lived in Australia

You are more likely to survive cancer if you live in Australia than New Zealand.

Think heart health this Valentine’s Day

The number of Kiwi adults living with heart disease has jumped back up to nearly five per cent reversing a trend downwards, according to the latest Health Survey findings.

Cancer patients waiting a year for Keytruda funding decision from Pharmac

Hundreds of lung cancer patients whose lives could be saved by a new treatment labelled a "miracle drug" are still waiting for a funding decision a year after it was first lodged.

Cancer ‘vaccine’ eliminates tumours in mice, study finds

An American study is recruiting lymphoma patients for a clinical trial of a cancer ‘vaccine’ after successful trials in mice.

Latest statistics indicate more Kiwis living with arthritis

Latest Ministry of Health figures show 17 percent of adults have arthritis, up from 15 percent five years ago – and Māori are more likely to have arthritis than non-Māori.

Breakthrough blood test brings new hope for early detection of eight common cancers

American researchers have just announced a breakthrough single blood test for eight common cancer types – including “silent killers” like pancreatic and ovarian cancer that currently have no screening tests.

Pioneering NZ study to aid war on rheumatic fever

A first-of-its-kind study could lead to better treatment for a cruel disease affecting kids in our poorest, most over-crowded homes.
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