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Changes to cervical cancer screening – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 14th, 2016.

From 2018, women will begin cervical screening at age 25 – instead of 20 – based on evidence that suggests screening younger women does more harm than good. The Ministry of Health announced the change today, with clinical director of the National Screening Unit Dr Jane O’Hallahan saying the human papillomavirus (HPV) causes more than 90 […]

Time to flush out truth – Iain Rabbitts

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 25th, 2016.

Supplying un-chlorinated water is like driving without a seatbelt, writes water treatment engineer Iain Rabbitts in the NZ Herald, it’s not longer safe – if it ever was. An excerpt (read in full): It wasn’t safe to drive a car then without seatbelts but people had been doing it for over 35 years – why […]

Dietary fat recommendations – experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on February 12th, 2015.

A research review published in the journal Open Heart claims that decades-old recommendations on dietary fat intake in the UK and US are completely unfounded. The authors of the study say that the trials that the recommendations were based on did not include any women, and that no trials tested any dietary guidelines or recommended that any dietary guidelines be drawn up. “It […]

Fat review re-ignites debate on NZ diet advice

Laura Goodall posted in on February 12th, 2015.

A research review published in the journal Open Heart claims that decades-old recommendations on dietary fat intake in the UK and US are completely unfounded, sparking debates on whether New Zealand’s Ministry of Health should review its current eating guidelines. The authors of the study say that the studies that the recommendations were based on did not include any women, and that no trials […]

Cancer – it’s more than just numbers

Kent posted in on July 25th, 2012.

Cancer continues to kill more New Zealanders than any other cause of death, even though death rates for the illness have fallen by more than 16 percent since 1999. Each year the total number of cancer deaths increases – driven by population growth and demographic changes to an older age structure – and a small […]

NZ cancer survival rates improve

Peter Griffin posted in on December 22nd, 2010.

A newly-released Ministry of Health report shows that New Zealand survival rates for cancer improved between 1998 and 2007. However, there were differences in survival rates by gender, disease extent, ethnicity and level of deprivation, with women having slightly higher survival rates than men, and non-Maori having higher survival rates than Maori. Media coverage: Stuff: […]

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