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Human trial of potentially game-changing diabetes treatment

University of Otago researchers are ready to take a significant step in the development of a new natural product that could potentially prevent diabetes.

Procedure trial helps laryngectomy patient swallow easier

For most of us swallowing is something we do easily without thinking. But for patients like Mount Maunganui man Brian MacDonald, doing this has required a general anaesthetic and an overnight stay in hospital every couple of months.

Government must act on mental health - Doocey

With the Health Minister admitting in Parliament this week that there is $100 million set aside by the previous government for mental health he needs to confirm whether he will take action on the 17 mental health initiatives identified by the previous government, National Party Mental Health Spok

How to stay safe in the aftermath of flooding

The following advice is issued by Canterbury and West Coast Community and Public Health and applies to areas of the West Coast and Canterbury that have been affected by Cyclone Fehi.

Contaminated flood waters

Ending HIV celebrates first-year wins at Big Gay Out

One year from the launch of the Ending HIV social programme, the New Zealand AIDS Foundation is celebrating some major successes at the annual Ending HIV Big Gay Out:

Public health experts and public lectures: Considering big health issues

Public health experts and public lectures: Considering big health issues Leading international and New Zealand health experts will be in Wellington to participate in the 22nd Public Health Summer School run by the University of Otago, Wellington in February.

YMCA Auckland and Waikato network receives child-safe accreditation

The YMCA Auckland and Waikato network has taken a proactive step to reaffirm its commitment to child safety by becoming New Zealand’s first accredited Safeguarding Children organisation through the internationally-renowned Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF).

Concerns raised over impact of social media on waistlines

Growing dependence on digital devices and social media could be having a negative impact on Kiwi waistlines according to a new Ministry of Health report[1].

Super stars step up for Diabetes NZ

Some of the country’s most famous faces and top business minds are stepping up to the plate this February for Diabetes New Zealand’s annual Fitbit MoveMeant Challenge.

Otago study links childhood fitness to healthy lungs in adulthood

Fit children whose fitness improves during childhood and adolescence have better lung function as young adults, according to a University of Otago-led study.