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NZ researchers back promising new therapy for depression

A treatment for clinical depression that uses magnetic energy to target parts of brain isn't being used enough in New Zealand, researchers say. University of Auckland scientists have demonstrated, for the first time in a...

Volunteering initiative eases transition to retirement

Volunteering Auckland’s Ambassador Programme is designed to ease the transition to retirement by giving those still working the opportunity to volunteer in the lead up to their retirement. Volunteering Auckland general manager Cheryll Martin said...

Measles frontline: Parents of unvaccinated kids told to stay away from Auckland, kids being...

Parents of unvaccinated children are being encouraged not to take them in or out of Auckland as authorities try to prevent the measles outbreak from spreading any further. It comes as more than a thousand...

Single-patient hospital rooms reduce spread of superbugs

Canadian doctors used the opportunity of a move to a new hospital building to test whether moving from shared rooms to single-patient rooms reduced the spread of superbugs. A Montreal hospital moved from an...

Response: 5G and Wireless Risks to Public Health

There has been a lot of hype around 5G and there is some misinformation in this information-overloaded time we live in. We contend the article by Katie Chadwick-Smith titled “Response: Claims that 5G is...

Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – Top tips for surviving the winter bugs

It seems timely to discuss my top tips on treating and preventing ‘colds’ and ‘flu’ with the abundance of patients that seem to be succumbing to them.  These tips are in no particular order. ...

New Zealand lacking best treatment options for blood cancer patients, warns Myeloma NZ

Kiwis diagnosed with the country's most common form of blood cancer are being put at unnecessary risk because they are not getting access to the best treatment options available, a support group warns. Myeloma New...

Sugary drink taxes reduce consumption, major review shows

Researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington, combined evidence from settings where a sugary drinks’ tax had been applied and evaluated it into a meta-analysis. Studies included four cities in the US: Cleveland, Ohio;...

Survey: Children’s sleep is Kiwi parents’ biggest concern

A new State of the Nation Parenting Survey carried out by health insurer nib, in partnership with Nielsen, showed that among the 1,200 respondents, issues around quality of sleep were most commonly cited as the...

DR WELLNESS

More than just a ‘pill for every ill’

Dr Tracy Chandler (a.k.a. Dr Wellness) says we need to move beyond the current ‘pill for every ill’ model of general practice to a more patient-centred integrative approach.

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“There for me every step of the way”

“Lucky” is not an adjective many people would choose after going through what Barbara Bew experienced.  Yet despite enduring a terrifying domestic assault after...
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