Health & Lifestyle

Science - Mega bushfires

The recent news from across the Tasman during the early summer months has been dominated by reports of exceptional bushfires in Queensland and New South Wales. The appearance of these destructive fires has led to loss of life, damage to homes and loss...... Read More

Pharmacies under pressure

Every day I feel privileged to serve my community and look after their health needs. After all, as the saying goes, “the pharmacist is the health professional you see most often”. Whether you have a sore throat, a bite on your arm or...... Read More

Health - Water safety

Finally, we are beginning to feel that summer is here and that likely means long, fun-filled days at the beach or beside the pool. When we have children at the beach, we need to constantly be aware of their whereabouts. The ocean can be a dangerous place. A...... Read More

Spins, turns and squiffiness

I see a lot of dizzy people. It’s really quite a common symptom that patients come to see me about and the interesting thing is the variety of ways in which people describe it. I’ve heard: ‘lightheaded, vertigo, unsteady’. Also...... Read More

Seasonal favourite

Summer is coming right? Well we hope so; whilst the rain is still good for the garden it isn’t that good for the soul! At least we are starting to see some of the new season’s fruit and veg coming into stores. This asparagus recipe is loosely...... Read More

Health - Countering cateracts

Over the last decade, many locals have benefited from having their cataract surgery reliably undertaken at the Rodney Surgical Centre. Since cataract surgery commenced in Warkworth in 2010, there have been quite a few refinements. Ten years ago, all surgery...... Read More

Cusine - Environmentally friendly eating

A plant-based diet is very on trend at the moment, with its claims of reducing your carbon footprint and improving your health. These are achieved by increasing your vegetable intake and reducing your meat consumption. As regular readers will know, I...... Read More

Science - Problem plastics

For international travellers, plastic waste seems to exist everywhere – even on the most pristine and unique seascapes and landscapes. Most of the plastic materials swirling in gyres around the world’s oceans, including the Pacific Ocean,...... Read More

Food choices give you power

If recently released statistics are anything to go by, the future health of New Zealanders is looking bleak. Our obesity rates are now the third highest in the OECD and it is predicted that within the next 20 years, two million people – nearly...... Read More

Science - The science of coffee

Why is coffee so important to so many people around the world, who use it to start the day well, and later to maintain alertness at work? The volume of coffee consumed in the USA alone each year is 66 billion cups. New Zealand ranks 47th among coffee...... Read More