Posts Tagged ‘Health’

Treatments tailored to you: how AI will change NZ healthcare

Monday, March 25th, 2024
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Imagine this: a novel virus is rapidly breaking out nationwide, resulting in an epidemic. The government introduces vaccination mandates and a choice of different vaccines is available. But not everyone is getting the same vaccine. When you sign up for vaccination, you are sent a vial with instructions to send a sample of your saliva Read more

Pope Francis has no plans to retire despite health concerns

Monday, March 18th, 2024
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In his newly released autobiography “Life: My Story Through History” Pope Francis asserts that he has no plans to retire despite ongoing criticism and health challenges. The autobiography, co-authored with Italian journalist Fabio Marchese Ragona, delves into key moments of his life and papacy, shedding light on his stance amidst controversies surrounding his leadership. At Read more

Brain signals for pain decoded: Hope for chronic pain treatments

Thursday, June 1st, 2023
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Researchers have recorded brain signals for pain for the first time, using a machine learning technique that could lead to treatments for the condition. They recorded pain-related data inside the brains of individuals with chronic pain disorders caused by stroke or amputation. Scientists have long sought to understand how pain is represented by brain activity. Read more

If you’re the only one in a mask, will it still keep you safe?

Thursday, October 13th, 2022
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COVID-19 restrictions are winding down and in Australia, as of Friday anyone who tests positive will no longer be required to isolate. It is one of the last COVID rules to be scrapped following two years of restrictions lead by health advice. Masks, too, seem to be being left behind. Once mandatory in public places, Read more

Rising cost of groceries could drive unhealthy choices

Monday, September 19th, 2022

For many the price of groceries is prohibitive. At many supermarkets, tomatoes cost $15 per kilogram. A bag of Homebrand potato chips is $1.50, and a litre of soft drink is $0.90. For many families, the choice is obvious. Why get a bag of vegetables, when you could get 10 bags of chips or 16 Read more

Pope Francis, vaccines and global health

Thursday, December 9th, 2021
Pope Francis, vaccines and global health

As we live through the tragic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is useful to reflect on the current vaccination process and, in particular, the innovative contribution of Pope Francis’ teaching and action. Michael Rozier, a Jesuit professor of health management and policy, has reflected on the importance of commitment to health care and identified Read more

Lifelong health toll from childhood adversity revealed in New Zealand research

Thursday, November 25th, 2021

Poor mental health is almost three times more prevalent among people in New Zealand who experienced four or more “adverse childhood events” compared with people who experienced none, Auckland University research suggests. The study covered eight types of childhood adversity: Emotional, physical or sexual abuse, and growing up in a household where there was violence, Read more

IVF mix-up gives women the wrong baby

Thursday, November 11th, 2021
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An IVF mix-up resulted in two California couples giving birth to and going home with each other’s babies, a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles alleges One couple said they had immediate suspicions that the girl she gave birth to in late 2019 was not theirs, due to the child’s darker complexion. However, they fell in Read more

Taking responsibility for health is not at odds with worship

Monday, November 1st, 2021
vaccine mandates and church

A great deal has been heard of late about the use of vaccine mandates to control who can and cannot work in various organisations, from hospitals to schools, and who will or will not be allowed to attend concerts and sporting fixtures. In the midst of what can be a confusing scene, the leaders of Read more

Unprecedented demand for ACC from sex abuse victims

Thursday, September 30th, 2021

The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) is struggling with the almost 400 percent increase in unsuccessful attempts by sex abuse victims to get mental health support over the past 15 months. Its national waitlist figures indicate failed attempts by sex abuse survivors to get mental health help increased by 387 percent and reaching 4131 in the Read more