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Colorectal cancer | Family history is an important indicator

Knowing your detailed family medical history is an incredibly important part of doctors being able to identify your inherited cancer risk. As many as 1 in 3 people who develop colorectal cancer have other family members who have had it. What is colorectal cancer? Colorectal or bowel cancer is a cancer that affects the digestive […]

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Staying active in aged residential care

Regular physical activity for older people is essential for optimal physical and mental health; specifically, a reduction of falls risk and injuries from falls, prevention or mitigation of functional limitations, and also as an effective therapy for many chronic diseases and decreases mortality risk. There is evidence that physical activity programmes can maintain or improve […]

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Dementia | Assessment and diagnosis

Dementia is the term used when a person experiences a gradual loss of brain function due to physical changes in the structure of their brain. It is not a normal part of the ageing process, however, it is more common for people over the age of 65, but can affect people as young as 45. […]

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Psoriasis management | What’s new?

Psoriasis is a common inflammatory disease of the skin which affects 2-3% of New Zealanders. Characteristic symptoms are thick, red skin, with flaky, silver-white patches. These patches can be small and may or may not be itchy and sore. More severe cases can cover large areas of the body and have a major impact on […]

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Exercise | Muscle cramps

A muscle cramp is a sudden and involuntary contraction of one or more of your muscles. If you’ve ever been awakened in the night or stopped in your tracks by a sudden charley horse, you know that muscle cramps can cause severe pain. Though generally harmless, muscle cramps can make it temporarily impossible to use […]

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Listeria | What is it?

Listeria is a foodborne bacteria which can make you sick. Infection with listeria bacteria is called listeriosis. Listeria is a common bacterium (bug) widely found in dust, soil, water, plants, sewage and animal droppings. It can be transmitted through infected food. It usually causes few or no symptoms, but can be serious for pregnant women, […]