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Kiwi kids consume five unhealthy snacks a day

On average, 12-year-old children snack on unhealthy food and beverages five times a day, according to new research from the University of Otago. The average child snacked on confectionary, salty snacks, cookies/cakes and sugary drinks...

New bioactive beverage to be developed using kawakawa, a NZ native species

The High-Value Nutrition (HVN) National Science Challenge has awarded $1,297,299 in funding for research which, in collaboration with industry partners Wakatū Incorporation and Chia Sisters, will explore the potential health benefits of incorporating the...

Eating disorders result in significant financial impact on carers

Anorexia Nervosa has not only a detrimental impact on the people who suffer from the eating disorder, but often a significant financial impact on their carers, new research from the University of Otago, Christchurch,...

Research shows self-administered cervical screening has lifesaving potential

Research from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington has shown the offer of an HPV self-test could increase the uptake of cervical screening by almost three times for under-screened Māori women.

Death on the streets: Homeless population dying 30 years younger. Experts warn ‘we can...

WARNING: DISTRESSING CONTENT Homeless New Zealanders are dying 30 years younger than those with a roof over their heads. And the most common killers are heart disease and suicide. That is the "devastating and dehumanising" finding...

Proof Chronic Fatigue Syndrome not psychsomatic

University of Otago researchers have “unequivocally proved” – contrary to the long-held belief of some health practitioners – that Myalgic Encephalamyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is not psychosomatic.

Health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 response: NZ compared against OECD countries

New Zealand has achieved the lowest death rate in the OECD from the COVID-19 pandemic, equivalent to around 2000 lives and 32,000 life-years saved compared against the OECD average, say researchers at the University...

Research finds impacts of games psychologically complex

University graduate Florian Flueggen’s research explores how people use games, and how gaming influences their wellbeing. Florian, a PhD graduate of Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Education, first came to Wellington in...

Demand surges for kids’ mind health programme

Demand for a programme aimed at equipping school children with tools to navigate life’s ups and downs has more than doubled in the past three months. Interest in 'Pause Breathe Smile' with Southern Cross has...

Otago study finds link between teen chewing pace and obesity

Overweight teenagers chew slower and spend less time eating compared with their thinner peers, a University of Otago study has found. Lead author Dr Ghassan Idris (left), of Otago’s Sir John Walsh Research Institute and...

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Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – Health pregnancy optimisation tips (for you,...

Whilst pregnancy is an exciting time for most, it does take some planning to keep both you and baby well. Ideally you would see...

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