Much evidence supports that peer support is a critical and effective strategy for ongoing health care and sustained behavior change for people with chronic diseases and other conditions, and its benefits can be extended to community, organizational and societal levels. Overall, studies have found that social support: decreases morbidityContinue Reading

“I watched all the hearings that took place last week and was just floored at the number of people who offered that as an explanation,” said Ira Hyman, a cognitive psychologist who specialises in traumatic memories at Western Washington University. “This story (of mistaken identity) that’s being offered here isContinue Reading

Immunologist bewildered by anti vaccination group's actions — Karen Brown (@RNZhealth) October 2, 2018 An immunologist is bewildered by the actions of an anti-vaccination movement he has likened to organised terrorism. More than 140 complaints were sent to the Advertising Standards Authority about a billboard erected alongside Auckland’s southernContinue Reading If Little were to change the law to make bail easier, sentencing smarter and parole more obtainable, then it would put to the test Gluckman’s research that the rate of imprisonment is not linked to crime rates. Gluckman’s report said crime and justice needed “evidence-based approaches to prevention, intervention,Continue Reading But Rabbitts argues that Havelock North has taught us much more about the potential risks to water supplies and that for Christchurch to somehow be exempted from mandatory chlorination, it would need to do much more than its current $21.5 million programme of upgrading and repairing 103 compromised well-heads.Continue Reading Some sceptics will never be convinced – and the scientists say they may be best ignored. “There are the extreme views where nothing you say makes any difference, and they’ll just make up reasons to believe what they want to believe. That’s what we find. And it’s just pointlessContinue Reading Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he wants unvaccinated children to be banned from childcare centres, and is pushing state and territory leaders to take a firm stance on the issue. As part of the proposal, immunisation rates of all preschools and daycare centres would be made publicy available.Continue Reading For a glimpse of how treatment works elsewhere, I traveled to Finland, a country that shares with the United States a history of prohibition (inspired by the American temperance movement, the Finns outlawed alcohol from 1919 to 1932) and a culture of heavy drinking. Finland’s treatment model is basedContinue Reading