Urgent action needed to address increasing asthma hospital admissions

Urgent action is needed to address childhood asthma, health care professionals say, as a new report shows Rotorua has the second highest rate of child hospital admissions for the condition.

Study shows system failing to save Māori and Pasific people from bowel cancer

Findings from the country’s largest ever study of bowel cancer have shown that Māori and Pacific patients have worse bowel cancer survival rates than other Kiwis.

Impact of primary health services on Kiwi health under microscope, thanks to research grant

How effective has the push since 2001 to improve primary health care services been and what are the ongoing barriers to Kiwis accessing care are being examined in a major research project.

Deaths from heart disease decline

Hospitalisations and deaths from heart disease decline, but ethnic disparities continue, according to a new study published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal. By Rebekah Fraser

Timaru-based health board condemned after ex-patient dies

Health workers and their employer have been subjected to official criticism following the death of a man who had mental health and addiction troubles.

“Ultimate family doctor” amongst GP award winners

A “true generalist” GP and “ultimate family doctor” who stitches up wounds in farmers to pets was amongst the winners at the recent College of GP awards.

Planned new physiotherapy school hopes to reduce shortfall

Plans to launch New Zealand’s first new physiotherapy school in 45 years are being welcomed by Physiotherapy New Zealand to help ease the national shortage of physiotherapists.

Teaching babies good sleep patterns reduces childhood obesity risk, surprising NZ study finds

Five-year-olds given a sleep intervention as infants were less likely to be obese than children whose families were just encouraged to eat well and be active, an Otago study has found.


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