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Pancreatic cancer lowest one-year survival rate in NZ – study

New Zealand is falling behind other comparable countries, including Australia, on cancer survival, according to a new study released today. The Lancet Oncology study looked at survival against seven key cancers in seven high-income countries,...

Vegetarians may have lower risk of coronary heart disease – but higher risk of...

Vegetarian (including vegan) and pescetarian diets may be linked to a lower risk of coronary heart disease, or CHD for short, than diets that include meat, suggest the findings of a large UK study...

Physiotherapy can reduce New Zealand’s opioid use

Yesterday (Sunday, September 8) was World Physiotherapy Day and New Zealand’s professional physiotherapy body is calling on the government and medical practitioners to promote this proven alternative to prescription drugs. “The devastating consequences of opioid...

Brain wave breakthrough

The team grew hundreds of pea-sized brains from stem cells for 10 months and monitored their neural activities using electrodes. The organoids started producing bursts of brain waves after about two months - similar...

The importance of professional supervision in the medical context

New Zealand researchers looked at the importance of professional supervision of palliative care doctors. Their study, recently published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, showed professional supervision for was important both personally and professionally for enhancing...

Microplastics in drinking water signals need to curb plastic pollution

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a report on microplastics in drinking water, including an early assessment of potential risks to human health. The report says we're all drinking microplastics, and the direct effects...

Survey reveals depression and bullying in Kiwi workplaces

A wide survey of New Zealand workplaces by researchers from Massey University’s Healthy Work Group has found more than one-quarter of employees feel depressed much of the time and half of workers say their...

Antibiotic use linked to heightened bowel cancer risk

Antibiotic use (pills/capsules) is linked to a heightened risk of bowel (colon) cancer, but a lower risk of rectal cancer, and depends, to some extent, on the type and class of drug prescribed, suggests research...

New tool to measure quality of life in aged care

The Caring Futures Institute at Flinders University is leading research into developing a new quality of life measure that aged care providers can use for quality assessments with their clients. Researchers from the College of...

New cancer research collaboration

Cancer researchers are coming together in a new collaboration awarded a $2 million grant by the Cancer Society in a bid to better tackle a leading cause of death in New Zealand. Cancer research groups...

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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