University of Otago discovery could pave way for bowel cancer vaccine

Kiwi scientists believe they have identified a toxic bug that causes bowel cancer - a discovery that could lead to the development of a life-saving vaccine or early detection test.

Getting fit pre-surgery – what’s best for people in pain?

Research looking at the best ways to help people with osteoarthritis to get fit in preparation for hip or knee surgery has been awarded Health Research Council funding.

Long-stay ICU patients emerge emotionally fragile

Researcher who followed six patients spending a fortnight to 66 days in intensive care found they emerged not only physically debilitated but also psychologically fragile.

Research shows Kiwi kids benefiting from KickStart brekkies

New study shows that the KickStart Breakfast programme making a difference to children’s health.

Study shows system failing to save Māori and Pasific people from bowel cancer

Findings from the country’s largest ever study of bowel cancer have shown that Māori and Pacific patients have worse bowel cancer survival rates than other Kiwis.

Youth mental health – what does wellbeing mean to young Kiwis?

Improving youth mental health is an increasing priority of policymakers, researchers and politicians. Jody Hopkinson reports on a research project looking at what wellbeing means to youth.

Alarming levels of ED violence now normalised and shrugged off, finds NZ study

Emergency Department (ED) workers are exposed to such frequent and high levels of violence, that being on the receiving end of death threats, offensive sexual abuse and hitting, go unreported and are simply accepted as part of the job, a new study has found. By Rachel Helyer Donaldson.

Artificial tears not antibiotics recommended for the most common eye infection

A ‘timely reminder’ that viral conjunctivitis is the most common eye infection so doesn’t require to antibiotics, has been given by Australian eye researchers.

An end to tuberculosis in Māori in sight?

Every year, 300 active cases of tuberculosis (TB) are notified in New Zealand. Of the about 60 cases in NZ-born Kiwis - about half are Māori. Jody Hopkinson looks at a research project that ultimately hopes to eradicate TB in Māori forever.

Stressful job linked to earlier death for unhealthy blokes

A demanding job increases the risk of premature death in men with heart disease or diabetes, a major review of cohort studies involving more than 100,000 people 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.


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