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Uncontrolled online marketing of e-cigarettes putting youth at risk, study finds

Only 10 per cent of New Zealand websites selling vaping products require proof of age before purchase, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington, have found. In an article published in today’s New Zealand Medical...

Fewer Kiwis will die of bowel cancer if new screening tool introduced

Introducing flexible sigmoidoscopy screening into the national bowel screening programme would significantly reduce both the incidence and mortality of bowel cancer in New Zealand, new University of Otago research reveals. The number of bowel cancer...

Rise in Meningococcal Disease Among Infants Prompts Health Warning

Parents of infants, early childhood educators and doctors need to be more vigilant in identifying the early stages of meningococcal disease according to health experts. The call comes as a new Institute of Environmental Science...

Complications following tongue-tie surgery in babies, paediatrician warns

Be aware of potential for complications following tongue-tie surgery in babies, paediatrician warns Complications following a procedure to treat tongue-tie in babies are occurring that can result in admission to hospital, something a University of...

Junk food ads to be banned from around schools in anti-obesity actions agreed with...

Junk food advertising will be removed from around schools in anti-obesity measures also likely to change what's promoted in your supermarket aisle. The Weekend Herald can reveal a raft of measures agreed with food and...

Otago University partners with Pacific Health Plus in Porirua on community-driven research project by...

Over the next ten weeks four medical and health students from Otago University will work at Pacific Health Plus, a primary healthcare service, in Cannons Creek, Porirua, on a research project to better understand...

Government promises action on period poverty

The Government has committed to action on the issue of period poverty, with Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter promising progress on this issue before next year's budget. This comes as a petition calling on...

Allergy NZ and Pub Charity behind bid to give EpiPens to 2500 at-risk children

A funding boost is set to provide free EpiPens to 2500 children at risk of serious allergic reactions. Allergy New Zealand CEO Mark Dixon told Newstalk ZB's Mike Hosking they are joining forces with Pub...

Dentists say ‘Zero Carbon’ bipartisan approach needed for water fluoridation

The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) says the approach on the ‘Zero Carbon’ Bill is needed for water fluoridation. The Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill was passed last week with the support of...

How does midwifery in New Zealand compare with the Chinese model?

Alongside the improvement in Chinese people's living standards thanks to recent economic and technological developments has come an increased demand for high-quality medical care. In order to meet this demand, China is undertaking a significant...
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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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