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Increasing bone health

Every day $325,000 is spent treating fractures. There are 30,000 clinical fractures and more than 4000 hip fractures annually. Half of hip fracture sufferers will require long-term care and a quarter will suffer an early death. One in three women and one in five men will suffer from an osteoporotic …

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Being active with a health condition or disability

Physical activity is not only good for your physical health, but also has a bunch of other positive spin-offs. This includes helping you cope with life’s daily demands, giving you extra energy, enjoying an active lifestyle, and connecting with others in the community. Most people with disabilities are capable of doing …

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Eating well to prevent gout

It wasn’t all that long ago that anyone diagnosed with gout was told to avoid such pleasures as fish, shellfish, asparagus, mushrooms, beer, cured meats, beans, tomatoes, and the list goes on! These are all considered “high purine” foods which were thought to cause gout attacks. Many people still restrict …

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Melanoma – What you need to know to protect your skin

Melanoma is one of the most common cancers in New Zealand. Melanoma is a type of skin cancer, and most melanoma (80–96%) is caused by UV exposure. In 2018, New Zealand had the second highest melanoma incidence and mortality rates in the world, after Australia. In 2015, 378 people died …

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Vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin

Vitamin D is important for strong bones and muscle function. Your body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium into its bones. Older adults who don’t get enough vitamin D can develop bone and muscle weakness and have an increased risk of falls. There are three sources of vitamin D- sunlight, …

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Could day clinics be the answer for elderly people with mental-health issues?

The baby boomers are longer-lived than previous generations, but they still experience similar rates of mental illness. Day clinics may be the way to address this concern. When most of us think of elderly mental-health problems, we think of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. But psychiatric disorders such as depression and anxiety are rife in older …

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