Purple kumara reduces risk of colon cancer by seventy-five per cent

Purple-fleshed kumara could reduce the chance of colon cancer by up to 75 per cent, research shows.

Damp, overcrowded homes bigger threat to kids than car crashes

The health impact on thousands of Kiwi kids of unhealthy homes – including frustration with funding of nurse-led healthy home initiatives – is investigated by New Zealand Herald's Kirsty Johnston and Chris Knox.

Heart failure: getting the dose right

Can nurse-led titration of heart failure medicine make a difference? Check out this edition’s Clinically Appraised Topic (CAT).

Untangling obesity and diabetes’ ‘missing link’

Genetic changes hidden among our so-called junk DNA have helped New Zealand scientists uncover a suspected missing link between type 2 diabetes and obesity.

New stroke management guidelines now available for Kiwi clinicians

Updated clinical guidelines for stroke management – from pre-hospital to community care – are now available to download, says the National Stroke Network.

Major inquiry on voluntary euthanasia does not recommend law change

The Health Select Committee has opted not to recommend legalising assisted dying following a two-year inquiry. Instead it has summarised the arguments for and against assisted dying after hearing from 1000 submitters, reports New Zealand Herald political reporter Isaac Davison.

Eradicating HIV with new drug, former Whanganui student tells

Emma Russell continues her series charting the stories of former Whanganui students who have gone on to success in the big, wide world

Drug could help diabetes patients lose weight and control sugar levels

A new drug to help diabetics lose weight and control their blood sugar is being trialled in 11 clinics around New Zealand.

Is what’s good for your heart also good for your brain?

Does taking statins reduce the risk of dementia as well as cardiovascular disease? This edition’s Clinically Appraised Topic (CAT) looks at the evidence.

Bowel screening rollout invites to begin

The first bowel screening invites are to be sent out this week to eligible people living in the two district health boards kickstarting the staged national rollout, says Health Minister Jonathan Coleman.
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