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Plant-based diets: are they healthy for a child?

With the increasing popularity of plant-based diets, there is much discussion about whether these are healthy and nutritious for... View Article

December 2021

Diagnosing and managing lactose intolerance

Primary lactase deficiency, the main cause of lactose intolerance, is estimated to affect 8% of people in New Zealand, with substantially... View Article

December 2021

Cancer care: the role of primary care in identifying and managing cachexia

Through improvements in diagnosis and treatment, one in three people in New Zealand with cancer now achieve sustained remission... View Article

April 2021

Managing cows' milk protein allergy in infants

Dietary avoidance of cows’ milk is the only management strategy for infants with cows’ milk protein allergy (CMPA). If continued... View Article

November 2019

Weight loss: the options and the evidence

The benefits of intentional weight loss in people who are overweight are obvious and undeniable. However, the vast number of diets,... View Article

May 2019

The optimal management of patients with COPD - Part 2: Stepwise escalation of treatment

This article contains some information on the use of inhaled medicines for COPD treatment that is no longer current. More recent... View Article

February 2015

Managing patients who are obese: Encouraging and maintaining healthy weight-loss

A more recent article has been published on this subject: Weight loss: the options and the evidence The mainstays of obesity... View Article

December 2014

The “supporting weight management in primary care” programme

The Western Bay of Plenty PHO (WBOPPHO), in conjunction with the University of Auckland, has launched a pilot weight management... View Article

December 2014

Irritable bowel syndrome in adults: Not just a gut feeling

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder characterised by recurrent bouts of abdominal discomfort... View Article

February 2014

What your lipid test means for you

This A4 printable patient information sheet is designed to help patients understand the results of blood lipid tests and to describe... View Article

December 2012

Addressing weight issues in young people and families in New Zealand

New Zealand is one of the most overweight countries in the world. The proportion of people who are overweight or obese is highest... View Article

August 2012

News in brief: Dabigatran; Antibiotics and COC; Prescription kitchen

Dabigatran to be listed | Most broad spectrum antibiotics do not affect the combined oral contraceptive | Prescription kitchen View Article

June 2011

Dietary advice for people with coeliac disease

People with a confirmed diagnosis of coeliac disease must adhere to a life-long gluten-free diet. When first diagnosed, nutritional... View Article

May 2011

The nutritional management of unintentional weight loss in people with COPD

People with COPD are generally underweight, have reduced muscle mass and are often malnourished, leading to other health problems.... View Article

May 2011

Strategies to improve nutrition in elderly people

The incidence and impact of malnutrition in older people is underestimated. The best option for treating malnutrition is to enhance... View Article

May 2011

Allergy to cows' milk protein and the appropriate use of infant formula

Extensively hydrolysed formula for infants aged under six months and soy formula for infants aged over six months are the first-line... View Article

May 2011

Prescription Kitchen videos

Links to video files of the TV show broadcast on Sky channel 950, Thursday May 5th View Article

May 2011

Promoting healthy lifestyles for Pacific peoples

Ask a Pacific person what a healthy lifestyle means for them and the response will depend on who you are talking to. For young... View Article

November 2010

Medicines for weight loss - do they work

A more recent article has been published on this subject: Weight loss: the options and the evidence Improving diet and increasing... View Article

April 2010

Investigating the Gut: Steatorrhoea

In the past, the faecal fat test was sometimes used to aid the diagnosis of steatorrhoea. This practice is no longer recommended.... View Article

March 2010

Upfront: Discussing weight loss in general practice

New Zealanders are getting fatter. That’s a fact. When a problem is getting worse, it is time to reassess the methods we are using... View Article

December 2009

The science behind lifestyle risk factors for cardiovascular disease

When advice is provided to patients about reducing cardiovascular risk, lifestyle advice is usually discussed first. The mechanisms... View Article

December 2008

Nutrition and supplements during pregnancy

Pregnancy outcomes can be improved by following important nutritional guidelines; achieve a healthy body weight prior to conception... View Article

December 2008

Is a vegetarian diet healthy for a child?

Vegetarian diets are becoming increasingly popular, but is this type of diet healthy for a child? The answer is that a well-planned... View Article

December 2008

Prevention of osteoporosis

Osteoporosis and subsequent fracture may be prevented by maintaining adequate calcium and vitamin D levels, undertaking regular... View Article

October 2008

Patients understanding of cholesterol

A summary of the findings of a recent study which raises questions about how much people understand about cholesterol and its... View Article

October 2008

Dietary advice for people with coeliac disease

When people are newly diagnosed with coeliac disease, their nutritional status is often compromised, and they may require repletion... View Article

August 2008

The nutritional management of weight loss in COPD

People with COPD are generally underweight, have reduced muscle mass and are often malnourished, leading to other health problems.... View Article

August 2008

The nutritional management of diabetes

Managing diet is a priority for the health and wellbeing of people with diabetes. Measures such as glycaemic index, glycaemic... View Article

August 2008

Strategies to improve nutrition in elderly people

Many older people suffer from the “anorexia of ageing”. The best option for treating malnutrition is to enhance normal... View Article

August 2008

Infant formula

Although breastfeeding is the best option for an infant, cows’ milk based formula is recommended if breast feeding does... View Article

August 2008

Manaakitanga Tikanga related to food healthy kai.

Advice on Māori customs and protocols relating to food. View Article

August 2008

Vitamins and minerals: dietary sources supplements and deficiencies

In most cases, nutrient needs can be met by consuming a well balanced diet, without the need for supplements. When a nutrient... View Article

August 2008

Irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome affects approximately 1 in 10 people, mainly women between the ages of 20 and 50 years. Treatment is... View Article

October 2007

Coeliac Disease

Coeliac disease is a common but often unrecognised disorder, affecting about 1 in 100 people. Symptoms of coeliac disease are... View Article

October 2007


Most cases of constipation in adults are mild and intermittent and respond to lifestyle changes such as increasing fibre in the... View Article

October 2007

Lactose intolerance

Lactose intolerance affects many adults and children. It is either genetically determined or experienced transiently as a result... View Article

October 2007

The Importance of Being Regular

Assessing the risk and benefit of alternative therapy for GI conditions View Article

October 2007