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Significant psychological toll from COVID-19 lockdown

Research published today has confirmed the nationwide Alert Level 4 COVID-19 lockdown had a significant toll on New Zealanders’ wellbeing, especially for younger people – but the results were not all negative. Researchers from the...

Switch to Water Challenge: swap sugary drinks for water

New Zealand Olympic pole-vaulter Eliza McCartney’s message to New Zealanders this November is to swap their sugary drinks for water. Eliza is back as the face of the New Zealand Dental Association’s (NZDA) annual Switch...

Kiwi kids get half of energy intake from ultra-processed foods

New Zealand children consume almost half of their energy intake from ultra-processed food by 12 months old, with consumption rising even higher by the time they turn five. That’s according to new research by the...

‘Epidemic’ of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder among Māori to come under spotlight

A University of Otago researcher has been awarded a grant to undertake vital research on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) which she says disproportionately affects Māori in epidemic proportions. Clinical Neuropsychologist Sarah Goldsbury (Ngāti Porou...

Dodgy hips and knees among most common health insurance claims

The country’s biggest health insurer paid out nearly $1 billion worth of claims in the year to 30 June 2020 with New Zealanders’ hips and knees proving costly. Not-for-profit Southern Cross Health Insurance funded more...

Newly funded research aims to slash waiting time for COVID-19 results

A new method to screen for COVID-19 infections could slash the current turnaround time of around 24 to 48 hours to just a few minutes, AgResearch scientists say. AgResearch is leading the research into this method...

Otago study shows whole fruit vitamin C boosts ‘zest for life’

A University of Otago study has shown adults low in dietary vitamin C can improve their feelings of vitality by eating two kiwifruit a day for two weeks. The study highlights the advantages of ingesting...

No funding left for life-saving oral pathology service

There is no money left to fund life-saving cancer tests at New Zealand’s only dedicated oral pathology diagnostic service, the University of Otago says. Every year around the country, more than 3000 tissue samples are...

Level 1 great news for cannabis summit – waiting list now open

“Alert Level 1 is exciting news for large and important events like ours,” says Dr Zahra Champion, Executive Director of BioTechNZ and MedCan Summit 2020 organiser in response to Auckland joining the rest of...

PHARMAC confirms their new way of contracting for medicines  

PHARMAC is standardising the way medicines are contracted, providing better support to healthcare professionals when they are prescribing medicines for their patients. “I am pleased to confirm that the Principal Supply Status approach will be implemented...

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Opinion: Dr Tracey Chandler – Health pregnancy optimisation tips (for you,...

Whilst pregnancy is an exciting time for most, it does take some planning to keep both you and baby well. Ideally you would see...

Opinion: Hope is the key

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Psychological support for the wellbeing of Frontline healthcare workers during the...

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