App launched to remind people to take medicine

A new app's been launched to remind people to take their medicine.

Telestroke ‘upskilling’ of local staff short-lived, finds study

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.

University of Otago researchers call for rethink on prescription charges

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.

Researchers to work with supermarkets to trial healthier food shopping approaches

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.

Brain signals impacting on fertility to be investigated thanks to $5m grant

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.

Impact of primary health services on Kiwi health under microscope, thanks to research grant

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.

‘Restrictive’ guidelines holding back NZ fertility research

Important fertility studies are being held back by New Zealand's "restrictive by default" stance on using viable human embryos, researchers say.

Heart failure research could benefit all Kiwis

REBEKAH FRASER talks to heart failure clinical nurse specialist Dr Simone Inkrot, who hopes to validate years of nursing intuition when she presents her research findings at an international conference in June.

HIV diagnoses lowest in four years

Significantly fewer New Zealanders were diagnosed with HIV last year than the previous year but new diagnoses are still much higher than at the turn of the century.

Family driving force behind longitudinal dementia study

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.


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.


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