Do you ever walk into a room and forget what you went in for? Forget the names of people or misplace your keys? Thankfully, that is no cause for concern and is common for people of all ages. However, dementia affects 43,000 New Zealanders and their families. Dementia occurs as a result of physical changes in the structure of the brain, affecting memory, behaviour and emotions.
Asthma is a major issue in New Zealand. One in four of our kids and one in six adults suffer from asthma, over 600,000 people. It hasn’t always been this common and research hasn’t come up with a definite answer as to why it is becoming more common, but our lifestyles do seem to have many contributing factors. The major suspects seem to be allergies, diet and poor digestion.
Due to recent changes, accredited pharmacists are now permitted to supply a selection of oral contraceptives to certain women. This is an exciting change to improve convenience for women who fit the criteria. We'll take a look at the range of contraceptives available through pharmacy.
Meet Sam, a gorgeous Hawke’s Bay 9 year old boy full of life. You may have seen his story, unfortunately Sam has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. Sam needs treatment at Starship Hospital for the next 3 years. What is worse is that Sam’s Dad, Derek, has undergone treatment for male breast cancer in 1995 and 2009 and his Mum, Helen, was also diagnosed and fought breast cancer 2½ years ago. Sam has 2 siblings who have had most of their childhood memories linked in some way to cancer.
Having regular bowel motions is part of being healthy. Bowel habits vary widely between individuals - for some people, being regular means having a bowel motion every day, for others, passing a motion every two days, or even less frequently, is regular for them. It is when changes occur to your bowel motions and their usual pattern, that you can consider you have constipation.