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PTSD more common than expected, especially among young people

Many of us think Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a relatively rare psychological problem. In reality, however, PTSD can affect anyone – and, looking into the findings of a new study into the issue,...

Drug testing shows Kiwis using $8.9 million in illicit substances each week

Illicit drugs detected in New Zealand's wastewater in the last few months would have generated almost $500 million of criminal profit over a year. And on average Kiwis use $8.9 million worth of drugs each...

Pharmac confirms free access to contraceptives

Pharmac has confirmed it will fully fund contraceptives Mirena and Jaydess from November 1. The medicinal giant announced last month that it was proposing to widen funding access to the contraceptives, and this morning confirmed it...

Scientists discover ‘cure’ for cervical cancer after gene-editing breakthrough

Australian scientists believe they have found a cure for cervical cancer thanks to a breakthrough in gene-editing technology. Researchers from Griffith University in Queensland have been able to use the gene-editing technology to target and...

Do you have ‘wine face?’ Tell-tale signs alcohol is ageing you

It's not just a ruddy snout and red cheeks that suggest someone might be overindulging in alcohol. A UK facialist and nutritionist has revealed to the Daily Mail there are several tell-tale signs your wine...

Estimating calorie content not clear-cut for all

Lead author of the University of Otago study, Dr Mei Peng says inaccurate judgements about food energy and/or portion size can lead to overeating and subsequent weight problems. “It is very important to understand how people make...

Dangerous Decibels course teaches importance of protecting hearing

Dangerous Decibels training is back, and will enable the 16 Dangerous Decibels Educators to run training in colleges, schools and kindergartens on the dangers of excess noise, the irrevocable damage to hearing it can...

Report finds stillbirths significantly reduced over last 10 years

The rate of stillbirths is reducing for Māori and NZ European mothers, a report by the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee (PMMRC) has found. The PMMRC is an independent committee that reviews deaths of...

Air pollution may enter the placenta

In a small study of 28 women, researchers in Belgium have found black carbon particles on the foetal side of the placenta in women exposed to air pollution during pregnancy. These particles are released...

‘Still Me’ campaign to mark Alzheimer’s Awareness Month this September

At just 57 years old, Amrita Francis’ world turned upside down, with an early-onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis that within five years would heavily affect her memory and ability to work. Now at 62 years old, ex-music...

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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