New Zealand

How to brew the prefect coffee cuppa

How to brew the prefect coffee cuppaWellington, May 2 - An expert coffee researcher has revealed the secret to brew the perfect cup of coffee.

Dr Gordon Troup, a 38-year-old physicist from Melbourne's Monash University, had taken up the quest and given his 28 years to study the bean, and to figure what makes the perfect cup of coffee, Stuff. co. nz reported.


Hormone Replacement Therapy experts say risk of ovarian cancer 'extremely small'

Hormone Replacement Therapy experts say risk of ovarian cancer 'extremely small'Wellington, Mar. 02 - Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) experts have stated that risk of ovarian cancer "extremely small" amidst reports that treatment poses serious threat to health.

In 2002, the largest study of women ever undertaken scared millions of women off HRT. Sales plummeted and product lines vanished from pharmacy shelves, Stuff. co. nz reported.


Peanut allergy may soon be history

Peanut allergy may soon be historyWellington, Jan. 29 - Researchers may have recently found a potential peanut allergy cure, it has been reported.

Researchers from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute gave around 30 allergic children a daily dose of peanut protein together with a probiotic in an increasing amount over an 18-month period, Stuff.co.nz reported.


Men sperm quality does deteriorates with age

Men sperm quality does deteriorates with ageWellington, Dec 1 - A new study has demonstrated that sperm quality in men reduces with age and it can lead to couple's infertility and a range of negative health problems for the child.

The study conducted by University of Otago suggested that men waiting longer to have children could have a significant impact on the health of their offspring, Stuff.co.nz reported.


Women at high risk of ovarian cancer urged to have surgery by age 35

Women at high risk of ovarian cancer urged to have surgery by age 35Wellington, Feb 26 : A new research suggests that for women who carry a notorious cancer gene and need to remove healthy ovaries through surgery, may benefit most from having the operation as young as 35.

Women who inherit either of two faulty BRCA genes were at much higher risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer than other women, and at younger ages.


If you are overweight, chances are that you are eating more than you think

If you are overweight, chances are that you are eating more than you thinkWellington, Feb 23 - Brian Wansink from Cornell University, in his book, ' Mindless Eating' has written that even people of normal weight underestimate their food intake by about 20 per cent.

He said that people, who are overweight, can underestimate what they eat by more than 50 per cent, Stuff. co. nz reported.


It's confirmed! Cellphones do not cause cancer

Cellphones cancerWellington, Feb 12 : A new study has found that cellphones do not increase the risks of childhood cancer or leukaemia.

Fears have long existed that radiofrequency fields from cellphones and towers can cause brain tumours, headaches and cancer, but the British study confirms the international consensus that cellphone use is safe, Stuff. co. nz reported.


Benefits of New Nordic diet revealed

Benefits of New Nordic diet revealedWellington, December 2 : The New Nordic diet, which consists of seasonal berries, cold-climate vegetables, wild meat and fat-rich fish has been hailed by both foodies and health experts.

According to Sydney-based dietitian Geraldine Georgeou, the easiest way to reap benefits of the Nordic diet is by replacing wheat with rye as it is packed with slow-digesting fibre and prevents sharp rises in blood sugar that create food cravings, Stuff. co. nz reported.


Experts advise parental control on excessive tech use by kids

childrenWellington, Oct. 29 - A group of paediatricians have reportedly advised that parents must exert limitations on the excessive use of technology by their children.

The American Academy of Pediatrics said that parents need to know that unrestricted media use can have serious consequences, including violence, cyberbullying , school woes and obesity among others.


Trampolines and alcohol just don’t mix, warns expert

Trampolines and alcohol just don’t mix, warns expert Wellington, January 12 : Don't drink and trampoline, and think twice about jumping on with your grandchildren, an expert has warned.

About one person aged 70 or over has been injured each month for the past four years while trampolining, figures from the Accident Compensation Corporation show.


Eating vegetables could help digest red meat

Eating vegetables could help digest red meatWellington, Jan 9 : A healthy complement of vegetables can help in the digestion of steak or beef and prevent illnesses that come with diet heavy in red meat, scientists from New Zealand said Wednesday.

Experts with the government-run Plant and Food Research Institute investigated the effects of red meat consumption with and without fermentable carbohydrates on the bowel health of rats, Xinhua reported.


Thinspiration blogs slammed for encouraging young women to lose weight

Thinspiration blogs slammed for encouraging young women to lose weightWellington, Dec 5 : Online thinspiration blogs are encouraging life-threatening behaviour among slimmers, with girls as young as six being treated for severe eating disorders, experts have warned.

The director of New Zealand Eating Disorder Specialists, Charles Fishman, is alarmed at the popularity of websites touting potentially harmful tips for losing weight and displaying images of dangerously thin bodies.


Eating good food may help boost your mood

Eating good food may help boost your moodWellington, November 12 : Australian researchers will carry out a world-first study to investigate whether major depression can be treated with wholesome food.

In the study, participants who have been diagnosed with depression will follow a Mediterranean diet high in fruits, vegetables, fish and legumes and low in processed foods, sugar, salt and saturated fats, Stuff. co. nz. reported.


A cuppa of tea daily improves overall health

A cuppa of tea daily improves overall healthWellington, November 1 : Tea, in all its true forms, offers wide range of benefits for your health, recent studies have found.

All true tea (white, green, oolong and black, as opposed to herbal varieties) comes from one plant: Camellia sinensis.

The differences are in how they are processed, with white and green being the least processed, oolong in the middle and black the most processed.


Tips for women to boost sex life revealed

Tips for women to boost sex life revealedWellington, October 30 : Sex drive for many women begins to drop once they’re in an established relationship, but help is at hand.

Dr Bella Ellwood-Clayton, a sexual anthropologist and author of Sex Drive: In Pursuit of Female Desire, has revealed some tips to increase female libido, Stuff. co. nz reported.


Now, guilt-free `chocolatey` chocolate with just half the calories

Now, guilt-free `chocolatey` chocolate with just half the caloriesWellington, October 10 : Researchers have discovered an innovative way for chocoholics to enjoy their favourite treat without piling on the extra kilograms.

In the quest for healthier chocolate, Dr Stefan Bon and his colleagues from Warwick University replaced half of the fat in chocolate bars with microscopic droplets of fruit juice.


''Cool'' kids find life easier than peers

''Cool'' kids find life easier than peersWellington, October 9 : So-called ''cool'' kids sail through life easier than their counterparts as they are generally happier and healthier, a study has found.

The study of more than 300 kindergarten children found those who were in subordinate social positions were more likely to develop problematic behaviour, be depressed and perform poorly at school.


Eating rice may help fight cancer

Eating rice may help fight cancerWellington, October 5 : Rice consumption may help reduce the risk of bowel cancer, a study has suggested.

Professor Ann Richardson of the University of Canterbury said more than 2800 Kiwis were diagnosed with bowel cancer each year and it was "very possible" dietary changes were associated with world cancer trends.


Hair-loss drug `causes sexual side effects in men`

Hair-loss drug `causes sexual side effects in men`Wellington, September 28 : Propecia, a hair restoration product manufactured by US pharmaceutical company Merck, interferes with male hormones, including testosterone derivatives.

Over the years, a vast number of men have reported experiencing unexplained sexual side effects, including impotence, erectile dysfunction, lower sex drive, infertility, testicular pain and genital shrinkage.


Want to get some exercise at your workstation? Try `Centeredbeing`

Want to get some exercise at your workstation? Try `Centeredbeing`Wellington, September 14 : Centeredbeing, a technique that has been adapted from yoga and Pilates, is a mindful movement system designed to fight sedentary behaviour and stress, it has been revealed.

The techniques can be strung together to build a solid workout, but they’re also handy whenever you need a moment to focus on your body rather than your computer screen.


How yoga has evolved over the years

How yoga has evolved over the years	Wellington, September 10 : The new styles of "yoga" that are gaining popularity around the world are fun, fast and will make you serene while working on a six-pack, it has been claimed.

While acro-yoga "blends the wisdom of yoga, the dynamic power of acrobatics and the loving kindness of healing arts", naked yoga, which many may not deem "fun", is certainly racy.


New study challenges babies with moral core finding

New study challenges babies with moral core findingWellington, Aug 16 - New Zealand researchers have challenged a landmark US study finding that suggested that even six-month-old children possess a moral core that permits them to judge people as 'good' or 'bad'.


Nutritional supplements reduce earthquake stress: New Zealand study

Nutritional supplements reduce earthquake stress: New Zealand studyWellington, Aug 9 : Nutritional supplements of vitamins, minerals and other healthy ingredients can help people through the stress of earthquakes and their aftermath, according to a New Zealand study.


2009 swine flu outbreak may have been 15 times deadlier

2009 swine flu outbreak may have been 15 times deadlierWellington, June 26 : The swine flu pandemic of 2009 killed an estimated 284,500 people, about 15 times the number that was confirmed by laboratory tests at the time, a new study has revealed.

The study, by an international group of scientists, said that the toll might have been even higher - as many as 579,000 people.

The original count, compiled by the World Health Organization, had put the number of deaths at 18,500.


Modern workplace `new human habitat harbouring bacteria`

Modern workplace `new human habitat harbouring bacteria`Wellington, June 11 : People in developed countries spend almost 90 percent of their time indoors, most of it working in an office without stepping outside, which makes the modern workplace the new human habitat harbouring many bacteria, a new study has revealed.


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