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Consumer NZ and Dental Association call for added sugar labelling

Consumer NZ and the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) are asking the government to back new rules for the labelling of added sugars in food and drinks.

International leptospirosis conference coming to Manawatu

Members of the Massey University Leptospirosis Research Group, (left) Neville Haack, Dr Jackie Benschop, Dr Julie Collins-Emerson and Professor Cord Heuer.

Research finds older men need more protein to maintain muscles

The amount of protein recommended by international guidelines is not sufficient to maintain muscle size and strength in older men, according to a new study.

Researchers say their findings mean older men should aim to have high quality protein at every meal.

Parents need to lead responsible drinking behaviour - Claridge

Parents are being urged to take the lead and talk to their teenagers now about responsible drinking after the latest Ministry of Health figures show well over half (56.3%) of Kiwi 15-17-year-olds have drunk alcohol in the last year - and 7.6% (or 15,000) are drinking at hazardous levels.

Spotlight on parenting a child with FASD

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) will be in the spotlight again this week when international expert Jeff Noble gives insight and hope to New Zealand parents, caregivers and professionals dealing with fetal alcohol and its effects daily.

Screenings address poor health of people with intellectual disabilities

More than 1200 athletes with intellectual disabilities from around the country will receive free ear, eye, feet and teeth checks at the Special Olympics New Zealand National Summer Games 2017.

Improving the health of New Zealand children

More can and will be done to improve the health of New Zealand children, the Ministry of Health has highlighted today on United Nations Universal Children’s Day, November 20.

Hazardous drinking rates fall

A just released Ministry of Health survey confirms that hazardous drinking amongst younger consumers has fallen by almost five percent compared with previous surveys.

Vaping helps reverse smoking harm - asthma expert

Smokers with asthma or chronic obstructive respiratory disease have the most to gain from switching to vaping, says international asthma specialist Professor Riccardo Polosa, who is speaking at Massey University next week.

Ruling out heart attacks faster

A new study has found that protocols implemented across New Zealand’s emergency departments are helping rule out a heart attack in patients, a lot sooner.

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