Positive mental health spin-off from adventure education

Adventure education that puts troubled youth in situations needing resilience and teamwork, could have spin-offs for youth with anxiety and depression, suggests an Otago study.

Psychogeriatric day hospitals not just ‘nice to have’, finds study

Psychogeriatric day hospitals should be more widespread than they currently are, say Canterbury District Health Board experts running the only hospital of its kind in the country.

Antipsychotic drug use on the rise

Prescriptions of drugs designed to treat serious psychological conditions like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are on the rise in New Zealand – despite no evidence of increases in psychosis – and the highest users are European women being aged 65 and over.

Remove cancer ‘label’ for low-risk conditions, argue researchers

Using the ‘c-word’ for some low risk conditions prompts patients to seek surgery for tumours that are very unlikely to harm them, says an analysis published today in the BMJ.

Nurse care ‘equal or even better’ than GPs for some conditions, finds review

For chronic conditions nurses “probably achieve equal or better health outcomes” for patients then doctors, a major international research review has concluded.

Views on vulvas: cosmetic genital surgery in NZ

Female cosmetic genital surgery has been a growing field since the mid-to-late nineties. Dr Hera Cook discusses this emerging practice, particularly in relation to the history of women’s attitudes towards their genitals. By Soumya Bhamidipati.

Plastic cause of shrinking genitals, study claims

Scientists say men's exposure to chemicals in plastic is causing defects. But it's something "no one likes to talk about".

High-meat diet bad for health and the planet, finds review

Cutting back on a high-meat diet could be good for the planet and good for ourselves, a major international scientific review suggests.

Ground-breaking Kiwi research paves way for long-term flu vaccine

Thousands of lives could be saved with ground-breaking New Zealand research that has paved the way for a long-term flu vaccine.

Quicker reporting of gastro bugs shortens outbreaks, finds NZ study

The quicker that rest homes and early childhood centres report gastro bugs to public health services the smaller and shorter the outbreak, a research study has found.


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...