Article - Oncologist says bowel screening benefits real:

Scientific evidence supporting the merits of bowel screening is stronger than that for breast or prostate screening, Dunedin oncologist Christopher Jackson says.

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Article - Anaemia:

Iron deficiency anaemia in a young woman: a plea for early investigation - Following a tragic case of late diagnosis of colorectal cancer, a father calls for an overhaul of current guidelines for the investigation of iron deficiency anaemia in premenopausal women.

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Article - Gluten drug could allow normal diet:

A new vaccine that could be the world's first cure for coeliac disease is being tested in New Zealand. Clinical trials are under way in Christchurch to test the jab that stops the body reacting to a protein found in most breads. Coeliac sufferers can't eat anything that contains gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. It is in in everyday products such as pasta, biscuits, beer and sausages.

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Article - Sufferer wants people to talk more about illness


Living with inflammatory bowel disease makes "leading a normal life virtually impossible", a 27-year-old sufferer says. Andrew McCombie was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2008 while he was in Asia on his OE. Inflammatory bowel disease, which includes Crohn's and ulcerative colitis, affects about 2000 Christchurch people.

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Article - What I Learned from My Cancer Scare


At some level, I knew I was standing in the middle of New York City traffic, but my mind was in another dimension entirely. Reminders of your mortality will do that 

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Article - The truth about gluten


Roland Dallas never saw the great gluten-free phenomenon coming, although it's fair to say he played a part in it. When the Nelson baker-turned-businessman came out with his first range of gluten-free Dovedale bread in 1996, inspired by low- level but building demand from customers, there was nothing like it on the supermarket shelves

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