Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Virtual heart model shedding light on new treatments

A virtual heart model developed by Auckland researchers is being used to improve atrial fibrillation treatment beyond the current ‘one-size-fits-all’ option often used.

Kiwis research smoke-damaged teeth of Irish Famine victims

Pipe-smoking not a potato diet contributed to the badly rotten teeth of victims of the Great Irish Famine discovered in an unmarked grave, believe Kiwi and Irish researchers.

Seven health winners at 2018 Research Honours Aotearoa

A virtual patient developer, fertility researcher and a kaupapa Māori health research group are amongst the seven health winners honoured at the 2018 Research Honours Aotearoa awards.

Speedy bedside blood test may rule out heart attack within 15 minutes

Half of patients arriving in ED with suspected heart attacks may be able to have their fears allayed within 15 minutes, according to a Kiwi preliminary study of a new bedside blood test.

Hidden pills, forced pregnancy and denied abortions

The country’s first ever report on women facing reproductive coercion from abusive partners is a “must read” for everyone who works in health, says Family Planning chief executive Jackie Edmond.

Eating your feelings: fruit and vegetable consumption linked to better mental health

We all know about the importance of eating fruit and vegetables for a healthy body, but what about a healthy mind? Soumya Bhamidipati talks to University of Otago senior psychology lecturer Dr Tamlin Conner to discover the impact of vegetables and fruit on psychological wellbeing.

Stigma harms fat people’s health, say researchers

The stigma and discrimination faced daily by fat people is harming their health argue researchers who spoke out to mark World Obesity Day.

Strong cultural identity may slow down dementia

Early findings from a large research project into developing a kaupapa Māori theory of dementia and culturally relevant screening tools are signalling the importance of culture to health and wellbeing. By Sara Carberry

Alcohol law changes fail to make dent in ED admissions, study finds

The numbers of drunk patients visiting Christchurch’s emergency department is unchanged despite legislation aimed at reducing harm, found researchers. But the proportion buying their alcohol at liquor stores or supermarkets has increased.

Eating wholegrains reduces risk of heart disease by up to 30 per cent, new...

Eating wholegrain foods can reduce risk of heart disease by up to 30 per cent, a new study has found.


Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – Sugar questions answered

With November being Diabetes Awareness Month, Dr Tracy Chandler (aka Dr Wellness) says it’s perfect timing to answer two commonly asked questions about sugar.


Sponsored: Empathy, culture and kindness – the quest for healthier communities

It’s going to take a groundswell of change to inject the empathy and values-based leadership that is so desperately needed in society. Jude Barback talks to Anah Aikman, the founder of Changing Lenses, about how we can achieve this change in our communities.