Loneliness and being alone

Loneliness can be a precursor to depression in older people. NICKY DAVIES for her PhD thesis asked older people what they think loneliness actually is. FIONA CASSIE reports on the findings and the take-home messages for nurses working with older people who may be lonely… or just alone.

Does minding the moment matter?

Is mindfulness clinically effective? Check out this edition’s Critically Appraised Topic (CAT)

Gynecological cancers: silent no longer

More than 1,000 New Zealand women are diagnosed with gynaecological cancers every year and around 400 die of them. FIONA CASSIE reports to seek awareness of this female-only group of cancers.

Fad diets: what do dietitians say about the latest crop?

Any diet that bans fruit has to raise eyebrows. The same goes for a diet that advocates lashings of cream and butter with every meal. The demonising of one food group as the source of all dietary evil, or the fixation on another as a saviour, is often the key selling point for the latest fashionable weight loss diet.

Laughter is the best medicine? You must be joking…

Nursing Review takes a quick look at the science of laughter before getting down to the serious stuff of sharing some nursing humour.

Skin care for the busy health professional

Looking after our skin often comes a distant second to extramural study, full-time work and looking after family in the busy world of today’s nurses. Cosmetic nurse LARA MOLLOY shares some practical and quick skin care tips for nurses on the go.

Sexuality: keeping it ‘normal’

Sexuality is central to being human but is not always a topic we are ready to discuss indepth over a cup of coffee or raise with our patients. Nursing Review asked Mary Hodson, a therapist specialising in emotional and sexual intimacy, to share some thoughts on maintaining your sexual wellbeing.

Stress-proofing yourself

Annette Milligan, a nurse entrepreneur who has run stress management courses and seminars for 24 years, shares some of her top stress-proofing tips.

Rejuvenate the body through exercise and diet

GARY SYME discusses how his exercise programme, ‘Born Again Bodies’, combined with a healthy diet, can help older people can stay fit and healthy.

Insomnia: is it worth losing sleep over?

Had a good night’s sleep recently? No? You are not alone – about one in four Kiwis have chronic insomnia at some point in their lives.
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DR WELLNESS

Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – the increasing cancer burden

Dr Tracy Chandler (aka Dr Wellness) says with 30-50% of New Zealanders expected to get cancer in their lifetime, there needs to be more public awareness of modifiable factors.

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