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Media coverage fostered support for gun control in wake of mosque shootings, study finds

Media coverage of the March 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings contributed to an increase in public support for gun control, a study by researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington, has found. The researchers studied print...

Bowel Screening Programme resumes

The National Bowel Screening Programme is back in action after coming to a halt during the COVID-19 lockdown period. Dr Nick Tindle, Clinical Lead for the MidCentral DHB National Bowel Screening Programme, said having bowel...

College students raise funds for Pacific healthcare provider

In June, 68 students from Porirua College raised funds and chose to donate them to public healthcare provider Pacific Health Plus (PHP) by walking circuits of the neighbourhood, laps of their school field, and...

Kiwi-led study shows sugar-tax benefit – NZDA

An NZ study published in The Lancet shows different scenarios on consumer taxes for unhealthy products that are worth considering, says the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA). The study, by leading New Zealand public health...

Link found between rape and breathing problems

Rape and sexual trauma may have long-lasting consequences for physical health as well as mental health, University of Otago researchers have found. The team of researchers, led by respiratory specialist Professor Bob Hancox (left) and...

Smokers support Smokefree 2025 goal and measures to help achieve it

Most people who smoke or have recently quit smoking support New Zealand’s goal of becoming a smokefree nation by 2025, researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington have found. They also support many of...

EASIE Living Centre welcomes families into new sensory space

A new sensory space, which provides a safe and engaging place for families to explore, has been officially opened in Palmerston North by Mayor Grant Smith and Enable New Zealand General Manager Michelle Riwai. Nestled...

Food taxes and subsidies would bring major health gains, study shows

A consumer tax on the saturated fat, salt and sugar content of food, accompanied by a 20 per cent subsidy on fruit and vegetables, would bring major benefits for the health sector, researchers from...

Dementia services set to fail without urgent government funding

New Zealand’s already under-resourced dementia support organisations are at serious risk of going under unless government can step in and make a significant commitment to adequately support people living with dementia.  Lisa Burns, GM Fundraising...

Fears of increase in fetal alcohol disorder following lockdown

A University of Otago researcher fears the soaring rates of alcohol purchases during lockdown may result in more babies being born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) next year. Associate Professor Anita Gibbs says the...

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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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