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Have we got the cause of depression all wrong?

Have we got the cause of depression all wrong?

For years, doctors have attributed depression to an imbalance of serotonin, a chemical messenger that is thought to keep our moods balanced.
Sunbeds increase skin cancer risk

Sunbeds increase skin cancer risk

People who regularly used a sunbed are 90 per cent more likely to develop the second most common type of skin cancer.
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A mile a day to keep cancer at bay

A mile a day to keep cancer at bay

A brisk mile-long walk every day is all it takes to cut the risk of dying from breast or prostate cancer, British experts say.
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Researchers to examine surgery tissue

Researchers to examine surgery tissue

Canterbury University researchers will keep tissue taken during some surgery alive for five days as part of a heart disease project.
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Healthy foods to receive 'two tick' rating

Healthy foods to receive 'two tick' rating

Foods you should eat daily for good health will soon be bearing a two-tick logo thanks to the New Zealand Heart Foundation.
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Prenatal exposure to antidepressants could increase risk of ADHD

Prenatal exposure to antidepressants could increase risk of ADHD

Exposure to antidepressants in the womb may be linked to an increased risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but not autism...
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Handheld DNA device to speed up diagnosis

Handheld DNA device to speed up diagnosis

Otago University medics have invented a handheld device which can quickly detect viruses or bacteria in samples in the field.
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Bacteria may help food allergies

Bacteria may help food allergies

A bacterium, called Clostridia, appears to minimise the likelihood that rodents will become allergic to peanuts, and researchers want to test it on people.
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Man with 45kg scrotum to undergo surgery

Man with 45kg scrotum to undergo surgery

An American man with a scrotum weighing more than 45kg will have surgery to remove the inflamed mass on his groin on Thursday and said he looks forward to...
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Rarer forms of flu could help with vaccine

Rarer forms of flu could help with vaccine

Research suggests immunisation against bird flu strains that don't usually threaten humans may provide the nearest thing yet to a "universal" flu vaccine.
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Doctor 'forgot' to diagnose cancer

Doctor 'forgot' to diagnose cancer

A doctor has been heavily criticised for forgetting to tell a patient that she probably had metastatic breast cancer.
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Diabetes research breakthrough in Auckland

Diabetes research breakthrough in Auckland

An Auckland University discovery that a single mechanism causes both types of diabetes may lead to new treatments.
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Woman died after 'healthcare failings'

Woman died after 'healthcare failings'

A woman died of cancer after healthcare professionals failed to follow up an abnormal chest X-ray, the Health and Disability Commissioner has found.
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Kiwis less worried about dementia

Kiwis less worried about dementia

New Zealanders are less fearful about dementia than people from other countries, a study has found.
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People who use public transport weigh less

People who use public transport weigh less

Walking, cycling or taking public transport to work is a sure-fire way to shed kilos, UK researchers have found.
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Virginity pledges cause sex confusion after marriage

Virginity pledges cause sex confusion after marriage

Teenage boys who pledge not to have sex before marriage not only feel pressure and confusion during teenage years, but once they're married as well, according...
How parents juggle work hours affects kids’ weight

How parents juggle work hours affects kids’ weight

Parents who aren’t home for breakfast or after school could be more likely to have overweight teenagers, according to a US study.
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Botox may slow tumour growth in stomach

Botox may slow tumour growth in stomach

Botox may slow the growth of tumours, extending the lives of people with inoperable stomach cancer, a study says.
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Mums who don't breastfeed have high risk of postnatal depression: study

Mums who don't breastfeed have high risk of postnatal depression: study

Mothers who want to breastfeed but don't are twice as likely to suffer postnatal depression as those who decide to use formula from the outset, according to...
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Writer labels parents immoral for not aborting children with Down syndrome

Writer labels parents immoral for not aborting children with Down syndrome

Provocative atheist writer Richard Dawkins has been criticised for saying it is "immoral" not to abort an unborn child with Down syndrome.
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