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Diseases & Conditions

Whooping Cough Epidemic in Northland Poses Risks for Babies

Whooping cough causes outbreaks in New Zealand every 3-5 years, partly as a result of historically low immunisation coverage. Whooping cough is a highly infectious bacterial infection spread by sneezing and coughing.

  • 19 Jun 2013

Cambodian's to Benefit From Expertise of Kiwi Eye Specialist

A Kiwi eye specialist is set to help prevent blindness and visual impairment in Cambodian children, by leading the way for a group of Australasian surgeons who will train the country's local surgeons.

  • 17 Jun 2013

Population ageing is Australasia’s greatest health challenge

If “demography is destiny”, emergency departments will inevitably be overwhelmed by the acute care needs of older people, according to a paper published in the latest issue of Emergency Medicine Australasia, the journal of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.

  • 17 Jun 2013

Obesity does not appear to adversely affect ED treatment

Obesity does not appear to adversely affect emergency department (ED) treatment, according to a study published in the latest issue of Emergency Medicine Australasia, the journal of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.

  • 17 Jun 2013

Research needed to help people with swallowing disorders

About 3000 New Zealanders are affected by dysphagia, or swallowing difficulties, from stroke alone in New Zealand each year.

  • 17 Jun 2013

Rural Women launches Y Front Up for Prostate Cancer campaign

Pikelets are proving popular with the punters at the Rural Women New Zealand stand at the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek in Hamilton.

Low vitamin D = high blood pressure

Low levels of vitamin D can trigger high blood pressure, a new study shows. British scientists have demonstrated a direct genetic link between lacking the "sunshine" vitamin and hypertension, or high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart attacks and stroke.

  • 12 Jun 2013

Gaining cancer insight through illness

"I never thought it could be me." These thoughts ran through Lara Winders' mind at the inaugural WHK Cancer Society Gala Ball last year.

  • 12 Jun 2013

Vegetable Fats Could Help Prostate Cancer Patients Live Longer

For men with prostate cancer, consuming vegetable fats — like those found in olive oils, nuts and avocados — instead of animal fats or carbohydrates may bring a longer life, according to new research.

  • 11 Jun 2013

Erectile Dysfunction May Affect 1 In 4 Men Under 40, Study Suggests

Erectile dysfunction is generally thought of as a condition only affecting older men, but a new study shows just how many young men may also have ED.

  • 11 Jun 2013

Tackling kids’ asthma part of $4.2m awarded for Māori health

A comprehensive school-based programme to help reduce the burden of asthma for Māori children has received $1.2 million in the annual Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) funding round.

  • 06 Jun 2013

Sexually spread virus a growing cause of cancer - research

Actor Michael Douglas' comments about throat cancer have thrown a spotlight on cancer risks from a sexually spread virus.

  • 04 Jun 2013

Simple Home Test Detects Leading Cause of Blindness

Taking place this week is Macular Degeneration Awareness Week – a nationwide campaign that aims to educate Kiwis about the leading cause of blindness in New Zealand, macular degeneration (MD).

  • 31 May 2013

More Data Needed on Children with Disabilities

A lack of clear data on children with disabilities is a barrier to ensuring their rights for inclusion, support and visibility are properly realised, says UNICEF’s annual international State of the World’s Children report, this year titled Children with Disabilities.

  • 31 May 2013

ADHB removes gloves in fight against rheumatic fever

More than 4000 primary and secondary-aged students across 16 central Auckland schools will soon take part in a programme that aims to reduce the rates of rheumatic fever in the city’s most vulnerable communities.

  • 31 May 2013

Gluten Free More than a Diet Fad for the Undiagnosed

Coeliac Awareness Week – 26 May - 1 June - Going gluten-free is more than just a diet fad for coeliac disease sufferers, who have a permanent intolerance to gluten and can suffer long term health problems if not diagnosed.

  • 23 May 2013

Cancer risk gene testing announced

A pioneering programme to test cancer patients for nearly 100 risk genes is to start in London and could represent the future of treatment in the NHS. It will look for genes such as those which led Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie to have a double mastectomy.

  • 21 May 2013

Vitamin D helps beat asthma symptoms - research

Vitamin D could help asthma patients breathe more easily, British researchers claim. Scientists at King's College London have discovered vitamin D has the potential to significantly cut the symptoms of sufferers.

  • 21 May 2013

Sunshine vitamin 'may treat asthma'

The amount of time asthma patients spend soaking up the sun may have an impact on the illness, researchers have suggested. A team at King's College London said low levels of vitamin D, which is made by the body in sunlight, was linked to a worsening of symptoms.

  • 20 May 2013

Social factors contribute to emergence of coronavirus

A number of social factors make the emergence of viruses such as the new coronavirus more likely to recur a Massey specialist in the spread of infectious diseases says.

  • 15 May 2013