New research to make living with perthes disease less painful

New research hopes to prevent hundreds of children living with perthes disease from suffering chronic pain.

Potential rheumatic fever vaccine amongst latest Heart Foundation research grants

Rheumatic fever vaccine research involving special ‘yoghurt’ and a whanau-led approach to healthy nutrition are amongst $4.3m worth of grants just announced by the Heart Foundation.

Overmedication is injuring older people: world-first study

A world-first study reveals that over-medication increases the likelihood of older people falling and injuring themselves, which can lead to premature death.

Drinking in pregnancy affects child’s behaviour, NZ study confirms

Even drinking small amounts of alcohol during pregnancy can impact on a child’s temperament, according to the latest research from the longitudinal Growing Up in New Zealand study.

Kiwis amongst world’s most inactive adults, finds global study

A new global report on physical activity shows the world’s richest countries are becoming increasingly inactive – and New Zealanders are the third ‘laziest’ of the rich Western nations.

Fewer blood transfusions best for older heart surgery patients

Hundreds of older Kiwis were part of a major international study that's found it is safest for older heart patients to have less rather than more blood transfused.

Teaching babies good sleep patterns reduces childhood obesity risk, surprising NZ study finds

Five-year-olds given a sleep intervention as infants were less likely to be obese than children whose families were just encouraged to eat well and be active, an Otago study has found.

Kiwi students binge-drinking culture exposed in new study

Despite claims the millennial generation is a health-conscious bunch easing up on the drink, a University of Otago academic has found when it comes to Kiwi students, that's not the case.

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.

Cancer and epigenetics researcher wins $30,000 award

Research into epigenetic therapies – including  vitamin C – to see whether they can reverse the ‘switches’ in cancer cells, has been given a boost with a Christchurch scientist winning a $30,000 cancer research fellowship.


Death: the symptoms of dying

How much do many of us actually know about the act of dying? In the first of Health Central’s special focus on death and dying – The Death Series – FIONA CASSIE talks to palliative care specialist Brian Ensor about the symptoms of dying.


Remote radiology service offers treatment for waiting lists

A virtual radiology service being set up by SEQURE Health could double the capacity of District Health Boards to read X-rays, CT Scans, MRI...