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Healthier homes could cut hospital stays for young children

Almost 20 per cent of hospital admissions of young children with acute respiratory infections could be prevented if their houses were free from damp and mould, researchers have found. The research, published in the international...

Moving house linked with behavioural difficulties in children

Lead researcher, Kim Nathan, a PhD student at the University of Otago, Wellington, says two- thirds (69 per cent) of the more than 300,000 children studied had moved house at least once by the...

Research looks to improve neonatal care experiences for Māori

Research led by Victoria University of Wellington academics that aims to improve the care provided to Māori families in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) has had a Health Research Council funding boost. “Most participants in...

Developing healthy eating habits early on

Taste preferences start to develop early in life and can influence food choices in the future. Now, a new study is investigating how exposing babies to a variety of fruit and vegetables when they...

Respiratory ‘WOF’ improves Māori and Pacific children’s asthma management

Hawke’s Bay Māori and Pacific children have a much higher rate of hospital admissions for respiratory disease (7.3 and 10.4 per 1000 respectively) compared with New Zealand European children (4.5 per 1000). Unichem Russell St...

New Zealand experts play crucial role in global fight against pneumonia

Findings from the decade-long global Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health (PERCH) study are published in the latest edition of the prestigious Lancet journal. Professor David Murdoch of the University of Otago, Christchurch, is a renowned infectious disease expert who led establishment of...

Baby food pouches come under the spotlight

They dominate the baby food section in supermarkets, but could baby food pouches be setting our babies up for future problems with obesity and dental cavities?   Squeezable baby food pouches with plastic spouts are described...

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...

Building hope for child health research

Kiwis in the market for a brand new home will be able to make a “purchase with a purpose” when a four-bedroom house in Auckland goes to auction in coming months, with all proceeds...

Kiwi kids are starting school on the right foot

Most Kiwi children are starting school without any emotional or physical development delays. By Ruby Harfield

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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