Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Traditional advice on preventing UTIs not old wives’ tale, finds study

Flushing out your bladder by drinking lots of fluids may be sensible advice and not just an ‘old wives tale’ according to a just published study.

Play-based therapy effective for Kiwi kids with autism

A form of play-based therapy may be effective for New Zealand children with autism, according to new research.

Children prescribed fewer antibiotics but more antidepressants, NZ study finds

Fewer antibiotics are being prescribed to children but prescriptions to teenagers for antidepressants have jumped, found a major review of Kiwi prescriptions to children.

Have your say on NZ’s health research priorities

Clinicians to consumers are being urged to have their say as New Zealand seeks its first set of priorities for the country’s investment in health research funding and time.

Few Kiwis know their surgeon is likely a trainee, finds study

Three-quarters of Kiwi patients expect their surgery to be done by a fully-trained surgeon but most are unaware their surgery was actually done by a trainee registrar, a study has found.

Kiwi kids fatter and less fit than their parents, study warns

In a believed first, a Kiwi study has found today’s kids are not only taller and fatter but also less fit than their own parents tested at exactly the same age – particularly the girls.

Suffrage scholarship for traditional Māori birthing research

A Christchurch nurse has won the Kate Sheppard Memorial Trust Award to help her complete her PhD studies into traditional Māori birthing practices.

No increased risk for colicky babies given controversial medicines

Controversy continues over whether prescribing anti-reflux medicines for ‘irritable’ or ‘colicky’ babies is effective but a University of Otago study shows the drugs don’t increase the risk of lung infections.

New research to make living with Perthes disease less painful

New research hopes to prevent hundreds of children living with perthes disease from suffering chronic pain.

Potential rheumatic fever vaccine amongst latest Heart Foundation research grants

Rheumatic fever vaccine research involving special ‘yoghurt’ and a whanau-led approach to healthy nutrition are amongst $4.3m worth of grants just announced by the Heart Foundation.


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.