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  • Slavery in NZ more widespread than previously thought

    5 October 2017 4:03 PM 11

    That's according to the author of a New Zealand Medical Journal study on modern forms of slavery, which includes worker exploitation and forced marriage. Lead author, Doctor Paula King told Larry Williams the human rights abuse is happening in a huge list of sectors. "Dairy, horticulture, construction, fishing, and sex work, hospitality, domestic work but also quite

  • How to avoid paying eye-watering prices for hayfever meds

    4 October 2017 7:35 PM 10

    With summer approaching, sufferers of hayfever will be dreading not just the sniffles and sneezes, but the wallet-emptying cost of antihistamines. But research by Consumer has found wide variances in pricing for medications like Razene, Telfast and Claratyne - even within the same pharmacy chain. The group shopped for seven popular hayfever medications

  • Physical abuse, punishment may impact kids' academic performance

    30 September 2017 8:54 AM 15

    Is your child not engaging and performing well in classroom activities? It may be the result of physical abuse and punishment that he or she is subjected to at home, researchers have found. The findings showed that children's exposure to mild, harsh and abusive physical abuse at home was associated with decreases in children's cognitive performance

  • Three-fold rise in cardiovascular disease in national capital, says survey

    28 September 2017 10:33 AM 11

    New Delhi: Ahead of World Heart Day, a survey on Wednesday revealed that there has been a three-fold rise in cardiovascular disease (CVD) among Delhiites over the last three years. Meting out a warning for diabetics and obese people, the survey said that the risk of heart attack and stroke is increased for those suffering from the conditions. About 40 percent

  • Thousands unite against dementia at Portsmouth Memory Walk

    25 September 2017 4:31 PM 12

    Thousands of dedicated fundraisers donned their walking boots to tackle up to 7km at this year’s Alzheimer’s Society Portsmouth Memory Walk. A total of 2,500 walkers, today (Sunday 24 September) united against dementia in Castle Field in Portsmouth. People of all ages and furry four-legged friends took part in either the 3.5km or 7km walk along the seafront

  • Mothers-to-be urged to eat more fish

    21 September 2017 5:01 PM 12

    Most pregnant women in New Zealand are failing to get enough omega-3 in their diet, according to a Massey University study. Adequate dietary intake of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids is needed during pregnancy to support the mother and foetus, researchers say. They surveyed 600 pregnant women about their diet and the questionnaire was conducted

  • Frogs in Minnesota, across U.S. dying from disease

    21 September 2017 4:24 PM 22

    Scientists studied 247 frog die-offs in 43 states from 1999 through 2015 and found that severe Perkinsea infections, or SPI, caused 21 major mortality events in 10 states total. Those included mass die-offs at locations in Minnesota, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and New Hampshire where in some cases up to 95 percent of the tadpoles died from the disease

  • UPDATE – Pedestrians hit on Wairau Road, North Shore

    19 September 2017 9:52 PM 11

    Police remain at the scene where five people were struck by a car on Wairau Road around 8.30am this morning. Police can confirm that five people have received injuries. Four have been taken to Auckland hospital and a fifth person was treated at the scene. All of the five people injured are students from Westlake Girls and Westlake Boys schools and their

  • Suspected Norovirus Outbreak in Bay

    19 September 2017 3:36 AM 25

    Acting Director of Nursing Rosalind Jackson says that as of midday there have been no new cases of suspected norovirus either in patients or staff at the unit. “The infection control measures put in place appear to have contained the outbreak but it's an ongoing situation and we are monitoring it closely,” says Rosalind. The ACU is operating normally

  • More surveillance for oyster parasite

    19 September 2017 12:15 AM 11

    Further surveillance of the wild flat oyster fishery in Foveaux Strait for Bonamia ostreae will begin later this month. Sampling will start in the last week of September as part of an enhanced national surveillance plan for the invasive parasite, says Ministry for Primary Industries Response Manager David Yard. Under the plan, MPI will survey the Foveaux