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Apprentice develops pūrākau to address mental illness stigma and discrimination

Stigma and discrimination against people with mental distress or illness is still very much a problem and people’s negative view of those with a mental illness often comes from a lack of understanding. People...

Tracking COVID-19 and variants of concern in wastewater around the globe

An international team of researchers led by the University of Otago and Western University, Canada, is investigating how wastewater can provide an accurate picture of COVID-19 cases in a population and detect emerging variants...

Dental Association issues dire warning to Epidemic Response Committee on dental care  

Since the lockdown commenced on 26 March an estimated 400,000 New Zealanders have had cancelled dental appointments with as yet no deferment date. Speaking to the Committee NZDA President Dr Katie Ayers said she is...

Red Cross calls on the NZ Government to meet the planned refugee quota of...

New Zealand Red Cross welcomes the recent announcement of resuming the refugee quota – this is needed now more than ever and it will save lives. The plan to settle 210 people is a promising start and...

Dyslexia an advantage, says business owner

Dunedin-based business owner David Begg hasn’t let Dyslexia hold him back from growing two successful cleaning companies; in fact, he says it’s been an advantage. Begg’s exterior cleaning company Pure Services recently merged with the...

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...

Cervical cancer prevention, malaria vaccines receive $2.5m funding

Cervical cancer A Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington research team led by Professor Bev Lawton (Ngāti Porou) from the Wellington Faculty of Health, partnering with iwi Ngāti Pāhauwera, has received nearly $1.3 million in...

Strong sense of self key to Pacific sexual health

Confident Pacific children who grow up to be resilient adults is the goal of a University of Auckland project that has received $442,000 in Health Research Council funding.

Smoking ban, ten years on: Why more Māori light up

Ten years since smoking was banned in bars, Health reporter Martin Johnston looks at the socio-economic factors influencing tobacco use and we map smoking rates among Māori.

New research results show keys to longevity

The results of new research show that people can have some control over the ageing process, says Associate Professor Yoram Barak, a consultant psychogeriatrician at the University of Otago. “Electing not to smoke and committing...

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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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