Posts Tagged ‘Health’

Research: need for spirituality to be integrated into health system Comments 0

Monday, November 26th, 2018

Spiritual care must be integrated into health system care plans, policies and training in order to reflect national guidelines and strategies more effectively, according to University of Otago researchers. In interviews with 24 cancer survivors, their whanau and health workers, the researchers found participants felt as if documentation of their spiritual beliefs had the potential Read more

Restart vaccination programme in Samoa Comments 0

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Samoa’s health authorities are desperate for the whooping cough vaccination programme to resume. Following the death of two babies, the programme was suspended in July and the nurses who administered the vaccinations have been stood down. University of Auckland vaccinologist Dr Helen Petousis-Harris told NewsTalkZB in July that one death, let alone two, was extremely Read more

Attending church is good for your health Comments 0

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

The latest in a long line of studies, now numbering in the hundreds, if not thousands, shows that church attendance is good for your health. Published in May by researchers from Vanderbilt University, the study found that middle-aged adults who attended religious services at least once in the past year were half as likely to die prematurely Read more

Believing in miracles a health hazard? Comments 0

Friday, October 7th, 2016

There are many moments – the loss of a job, finding out you have cancer, a child’s walk home from school in a dangerous neighbourhood – when faith in a loving God watching over you can provide comfort and hope, several studies have found. But are there times when too much control can be ceded Read more

Pope stumbles, falters, twice in three days Comments 1

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Pope Francis has stumbled in public twice in three days. On Saturday, the Pope tripped up on the steps of St Peter’s Basilica, stopping his fall with outstretched arms. Two aides helped him back to his feet. On Monday, the Pontiff faltered on his way up the steps during a service at the Basilica of Read more

Vatican dismisses report of Pope brain tumour Comments 0

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

The Vatican has dismissed as “baseless” a report that Pope Francis has a benign brain tumour. As reports of the story originally published in Italy’s Quotidiano Nazione spread around the world, the Vatican issued three denials. The report was called “a grave act of irresponsibility, absolutely inexcusable and unconscionable”. Quotidiano Nazionale reported on its front Read more

Doctors call for stricter alcohol laws Comments 0

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

New Zealand’s top medical body had called for a clampdown on our rampant boozing, including banning advertising, raising the drinking age, and increasing taxes. In a “briefing” published last week, the New Zealand Medical Association says the Government needs to intervene more heavily in the liquor industry for the nation’s collective health. “We consider it Read more

Christian health workers need help to fight Tuberculosis Comments 0

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

A Catholic Sister in Papua New Guinea’s Western Province says Christian health workers alone cannot adequately fight tuberculosis in the remote province. Sister Anna Sanginawa says the sporadically-funded job that Christian Health Services commit themselves to is not enough to beat TB. Western is one of three provinces in PNG that the national government recently Read more

World Toilet Day – cleanliness is close to Godliness Comments 0

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

The UN has declared the 19 November to be World Toilet day. This year Samoa has celebrated World Toilet day with great panache and a nod in the direction of the Old Testament. In the opening remarks of his spiritual message Reverend Aumua Seuga Aumua reminded everyone that even in the time of Moses, proper Read more

Pope Francis urged to take holiday amid health speculation Comments 1

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Pope Francis’s advisors have asked him to take a holiday this year, as he sometimes gets very fatigued. In the first year of his pontificate, amid a hectic schedule, Pope Francis did not have a break and did not even spend time at the traditional papal summer retreat at Castel Gandolfo. Church officials have said Read more