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New Zealand's Ebola risk still low

New Zealand's Ebola risk still low

The Ministry of Health says the risk of the deadly Ebola virus reaching New Zealand remains low following the first confirmed case in the United States.
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Weight factor behind diabetes in pregnancy

Weight factor behind diabetes in pregnancy

Researchers say the strongest individual risk factor in women who develop gestational diabetes is being overweight or obese before pregnancy.
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Smoking during pregnancy affects fertility

Smoking during pregnancy affects fertility

Researchers say women who smoke during pregnancy may be jeopardising the future fertility of their sons.
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Mother of child with genetic disorder pens heartfelt blog

Mother of child with genetic disorder pens heartfelt blog

The mother of a young boy with a cranial birth defect has written a heartfelt blog to the parents of children who make fun of his condition.
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Sports drinks as bad as fizzy, say doctors

Sports drinks as bad as fizzy, say doctors

A public health agency says allowing sports drinks to include health claims on its labels is bad for New Zealand's obesity epidemic, especially among kids.
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Petition to extend free breast screening

Petition to extend free breast screening

A five-year survival rate of 83 per cent for breast cancer leaves no room for complacency, says the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation.
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Girls lack iron due to energy drinks

Girls lack iron due to energy drinks

A British food industry body says teenage girls are showing increasing iron deficiency because of high-caffeine energy drinks.
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Exercise helps the body 'clean out' depressive chemicals

Exercise helps the body 'clean out' depressive chemicals

It's no secret that exercise helps ease stress and subsequent depression, but until now scientists have not known exactly why that's the case.
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Genes control whether or not you enjoy the taste of alcohol: study

Genes control whether or not you enjoy the taste of alcohol: study

Variations of a gene that controls how we respond to bitterness could explain why some people enjoy the taste of alcohol and others can't stand it, according...
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Antibiotics at early age ups obesity risk

Antibiotics at early age ups obesity risk

The risk of obesity in children rises if they are given antibiotics before the age of two, a US study says.
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Oversize tablets lead to pain for patient

Oversize tablets lead to pain for patient

A 65-year-old patient developed abdominal pain and was coughing up blood after a pharmacist gave him tablets five times the prescribed size.
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Density is 'hidden breast cancer risk'

Density is 'hidden breast cancer risk'

High breast density, where there is more collagen and glandular tissue in a breast compared to fatty tissue, is a "hidden" cancer risk.
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Yoga and meditation hope for paralysis and neurodegenerative treatments

Yoga and meditation hope for paralysis and neurodegenerative treatments

People who practice yoga and meditation over long periods are better equipped to control specially developed computers with their minds, offering hope to those...
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Breast cancer drug extends life: study

Breast cancer drug extends life: study

A study has shown that a new drug has extended the lives of some patients with advanced breast cancer by almost 16 months.
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Gout no laughing matter for Kiwis

Gout no laughing matter for Kiwis

A meeting is being held in Auckland to highlight the plight of 120,000 New Zealanders suffering from gout.
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Turmeric link to brain cell repair

Turmeric link to brain cell repair

Could the common curry spice turmeric have an effect on brain cell repair? Researchers say an ingredient in it may hold the key.
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Victoria Beckham a UN AIDS ambassador

Victoria Beckham a UN AIDS ambassador

Victoria Beckham has become a UN ambassador on AIDS, saying her visit to South Africa had been a catalyst for her to get involved.
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Paracetamol increases ADHD risk

Paracetamol increases ADHD risk

News that taking paracetamol during pregnancy increases the risk of children having ADHD is "alarming", says an Auckland University researcher.
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Skirt size linked to cancer risk: UK study

Skirt size linked to cancer risk: UK study

A UK study says overall weight gain has been linked to breast cancer but a thicker waist appears to be particularly harmful.
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Many diabetes patients 'not obese'

Many diabetes patients 'not obese'

Not everyone who has diabetes is obese, a British charity says, with 11.3 per cent of people with the condition in the UK deemed to have a normal weight.
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