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Painkillers and Heart Attacks — Expert Reaction

Tessa Evans posted in on May 10th, 2017.

A new study published today in The BMJ found that taking NSAID painkillers (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to treat pain and inflammation could heighten the risk of heart attack. Collectively, the study analysed data from 446,763 people from Canada, Finland and the United Kingdom, and found that taking any dose of NSAIDs for a week, a month, or over a month was […]

Obese children at risk of serious illness – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 19th, 2016.

Researchers at the University of Auckland studying obese Kiwi kids have found early warning signs that the children are at risk of developing serious problems like type-2 diabetes, heart and liver disease. Over 200 Taranaki children and teenagers took part in a 12-month intervention programme involving home visits from a health professional. At the start […]

Saturated fats debate plays out in media

John Kerr posted in on October 31st, 2013.

by SMC media advisor John Kerr It was once taken for granted that dietary fat was what made us… well… fat. However, the issue of obesity, its causes and health effects is becoming more muddled in the wake of academics, both in New Zealand and abroad, calling for a re-evaluation of the role of fat […]

Dietary fats and heart disease in New Zealand- experts respond

John Kerr posted in on July 31st, 2013.

Switching ‘bad’ fats for ‘good’ fats in the typical Kiwi diet would have a substantial impact on heart disease in New Zealand, according to a new analysis. The question is, how can we make the change happen? In a new study, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington analysed the data from several international studies […]

Birth order linked to diabetes risk factors

John Kerr posted in on February 14th, 2013.

First-born children have greater difficulty absorbing sugars into the body and have higher daytime blood pressure than children who have older siblings, according to new research. The study, conducted by the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland, was published this week in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Researchers led by Prof Wayne […]

Statin risks highlighted in US labelling change

John Kerr posted in on March 2nd, 2012.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has added diabetes and memory loss to the list of side effects for cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins. This week the governing body for pharmaceuticals in the US, the FDA, announced it was adding several side effects to the information required to be made available with statins, a […]

UN Non-Communicable Disease meeting concludes

John Kerr posted in on September 22nd, 2011.

As the United Nations High Level Meeting on Noncommunicable diseases (NDCs) concludes, some general resolutions have been agreed to – but public health researchers are deploring a lack of action and accountability from Member States. The meeting was held in New York on the 19th and 20th of September, bringing together UN Member States to […]

Combined forces of ‘polypill’ cut down heart disease

John Kerr posted in on May 27th, 2011.

An international study involving New Zealand patients and researchers has shown that a pill containing  a combination of treatments has significant impact on heart disease in at-risk individuals. The international randomized controlled trial tested the efficacy of the ‘polypill’ in reducing risk factors for heart-disease, such as blood pressure and cholesterol. The pill contains a […]

RadioNZ: Vitamin D no panacea – UK study

Peter Griffin posted in on December 20th, 2010.

A UK study has found that, while vitamin D is essential for good bone health, there is no evidence for for claims of some of its other benefits, including combating heart disease and cancer. Vitamin D is made by the body when skin is exposed to UV, and can also be found in some forms […]

Dr Helen Petousis-Harris: The demonization of fat

Peter Griffin posted in on August 16th, 2010.

From SkepticsNZ: Some of the links between diet and health outcomes in the 1970s were very tenuous. However these have been translated into ‘fact’ and public health policy in the belief that this was for the greater good. This talk explores some of the fallacies behind the ‘science’. Helen Petousis-Harris is a scientist in molecular […]

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