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Covid-19: A planetary disease

This blog by Louise Delany* focuses on the underlying environmental causes of Covid-19 (Covid) and the role of international law in tackling both Covid-19 and other planetary crises. I argue that major changes to...

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...

Inaugural Chief Advisor Māori appointed to PHARMAC

A dedicated senior Māori leadership role has been created in PHARMAC demonstrating the strong commitment PHARMAC has to ensuring equitable health outcomes for Māori. “PHARMAC is committed to upholding the articles of te Tiriti o...

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...

New tech sees teens with diabetes improve glucose monitoring, but not control

A world-first Otago study has revealed flash glucose monitors help youth with type 1 diabetes better monitor their blood sugar levels; however, it does not improve glucose control. A team of researchers co-led by Associate...

Nurses and midwives invited to return to practice in supportive new initiative

Nurses and midwives who have left the workforce are being invited to return through a supportive Return to Practice Programme at MidCentral District Health Board. A drop-in session to discuss the new Return to Practice...

Study identifies exercise as key to halting progress from diabetes to heart disease

An international study led by the University of Otago has revealed how exercise can reduce the chance of diabetes leading on to heart disease. The research has identified that exercise triggers the release of small...

Lung cancer screening a step closer to reality following combined study

Newly released study results present a strong case for lung cancer screening in New Zealand – particularly for Māori whose mortality rates are between three and four times higher than other ethnic groups. Around 450...
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DR WELLNESS

Opinion: Hope is the key

In an example of conventional medicine at its worst, a patient of mine recently had her beautiful hope dashed. This inspiring young mum of two...

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