The discontinuing of the telestroke service in Nelson – that gave local doctors access to tertiary hospital advice on stroke treatment – saw treatment rates fall backwards again, a new study found.
Researchers are calling for a re-think on Government prescription charges after being surprised by their own survey findings on how many chronically ill people struggle to pay.
Nearly $5 million is being invested in a research programme looking at practical strategies – including influencing supermarket shopping habits – to help Kiwis eat more healthily.
An almost $5 million grant will be used to find out more about the role of hormone brain signals and excess androgen in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – one of the leading causes of female infertility.
How effective has the push since 2001 to improve primary health care services been and what are the ongoing barriers to Kiwis accessing care are being examined in a major research project.
Important fertility studies are being held back by New Zealand's "restrictive by default" stance on using viable human embryos, researchers say.
Two major research projects into mind and memory – including following a family with a genetic predisposition to dementia – are amongst the 49 research projects funded in the latest $55.5 million Health Research Council grants round.