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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...

Healthy older adults sought for swallowing study

University of Auckland doctoral candidate Marie Jardine is investigating age-related swallowing changes, particularly in adults 80-years-old and over.  Jardine says prior research has mostly focused on the 60-80 years bracket, however with the world's ageing...

Medical interventions aren’t always the best option for older people

Choosing Wisely clinical lead Dr Derek Sherwood says just because medical interventions are available doesn’t mean we should always use them. Choosing Wisely, coordinated by the Council of Medical Colleges, supports reducing unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures...

New Zealand’s first Dementia Action Plan drafted

The Director-General of the World Health Organisation said, “we do not have a comprehensive and affordable plan for coping with the tidal wave of dementia that is coming our way…we cannot wait to take action. The job...

Memory Walk to Parliament to deliver global dementia report

The report, “Attitudes to Dementia”, tracks the world’s largest survey to date on people’s attitudes and stigma around dementia. Seventy thousand people across 155 countries participated, including 1,088 New Zealanders. One of those New Zealanders...

We have seen the tooth fairy, but where are the toothbrushes?

New Zealand Dental and Oral Health Therapists’ Association (NZDOHTA) is disappointed that the promises made in Budget 2014 have still not been implemented by the Ministry of Health. In a Budget 2014 announcement Associate Health...

Evidence to Everyday – what to eat in plain English

The Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre (EDOR) held a one day symposium at the University of Otago, Wellington, on Friday. Titled ‘From evidence to everyday: Translating nutrition research for a healthy Aotearoa’, the event...

New mental health and addiction qualifications for 2020

As New Zealand grapples with alarming rates of suicide and addiction, a new offering from Massey University’s College of Health aims to future-proof the education and professional development of those working on the frontline. The...

Supporting Māori communities during Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

The Mental Health Foundation theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 is ‘Explore Your Way to Wellbeing. Whāia te ara hauora, whitiora’ The Māori public health team from Hāpai Te Hauora will be facilitating workshops...

Time for a new wave of dementia design

Writing in the 2019 Alzheimer Disease International Annual Report released on World Alzheimer’s Day (September 21), Prof Cunningham suggested the impetus may now be present to see dementia design innovation become prevalent in society. He said there...

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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“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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