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Mental health focus of World Physical Therapy Day

The link between physical health and mental health – and physiotherapists' role in supporting people with mental health issues – is the focus of this year’s World Physical Therapy Day.

System failing Kiwi women with advanced breast cancer, says new report

The 300 Kiwi women told each year they have advanced breast cancer are likely to die twice as fast as people in comparable countries, says a just released Breast Cancer Foundation report.

Too few hip fracture patients leaving hospital with osteoporosis plans

Only a quarter of hip fracture patients leave hospital on osteoporosis treatment and with a falls prevention plan to reduce the risk of further breaks, found the latest hip fracture registry report.

Northland has highest rate of cancer deaths in the country

More staff have been put on the ground in Northland in an attempt to curb the highest cancer mortality rate of any region in New Zealand.

Clinician attitude important in helping people manage chronic pain

Clinicians listening and acknowledging a patient’s chronic pain can help them self-manage the pain, while feeling disbelieved can hinder them, found a recent Kiwi research review.

Whānau fun ride and hīkoi to honour ‘Smear your Mea’ legacy

The legacy left behind by Rotorua's Talei Morrison will be honoured on the anniversary of her cervical cancer diagnosis, reports the Rotorua Post.

Whanganui MS sufferer books trip to Russia in search of radical treatment

Whanganui multiple sclerosis sufferer Briar Novis is just two months away from the trip she hopes will give her back her life.

MS patient tells of stress of meeting Pharmac criteria

When Auckland man Brendan Rochford stopped being able to walk 500m unaided, he lost his access to the life-enhancing MS drug Tysabri.

Remove cancer ‘label’ for low-risk conditions, argue researchers

Using the ‘c-word’ for some low risk conditions prompts patients to seek surgery for tumours that are very unlikely to harm them, says an analysis published today in the BMJ.

Bowel screening workforce ‘fragile’ – urgent need to train more, says review

DHBs are already struggling to meet colonoscopy targets and workforce issues are impacting on the rollout of the National Bowel Screening Programme, says the independent review released today.

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