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Issue 4 - 9 February 2015

Ageing and Dementia: A compendium of New Zealand Research Literature

Articles – Health Promotion

1. Empowerment in the field of health promotion: recognizing challenges in working toward equity
By Berry, Nicole S; Murphy, Jill; Coser, Larissa.
Global Health Promotion 21.4 (Dec 2014): 35-43

Abstract: The goal of this study, therefore, was to try to understand the empowerment agenda within the context of everyday health promotion. We conducted semi-structured interviews with health promoters from a variety of geographical regions, institutional backgrounds, and job capacities. Essentially we found that empowerment remains conceptually dear to health promoters' understanding of their work, yet at the same time, mainstreaming empowerment is at odds with central trends and initiatives that govern this work.

2.  Achieving the Goal of the London Summit on Family Planning By Adhering to Voluntary, Rights-Based Family Planning: What Can We Learn from Past Experiences with Coercion?
By Hardee, Karen; Harris, Shannon; Rodriguez, Mariela; Kumar, Jan; Bakamjian, Lynn; et al. International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 40.4 (Dec 2014): 206-214.
: The 2012 London Summit on Family Planning refocused attention on family planning, garnering much-needed support for the goal of reenergizing and expanding programs in 69 low- and medium-income countries "to enable 120 million more women to use contraceptives by 2020". Although the response to the summit's initiative (referred to as "FP2020") was generally positive, reproductive health and rights advocates expressed concern that the focus on a numeric goal was a retreat from the 1994 consensus of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which promoted rights and repudiated targets

3. Clustering of Midlife Lifestyle Behaviors and Subsequent Cognitive Function: A Longitudinal Study
By Kesse-Guyot, Emmanuelle; Andreeva, Valentina A; Lassale, Camille; Hercberg, Serge; Galan, Pilar. American Journal of Public Health 104.11 (Nov 2014): e170-7
: We examined the association between individual and clustered lifestyle behaviors in middle age and later in cognitive functioning. Middle-aged participants (n = 2430) in the Supplémentation en Vitamines et Minéraux Antioxydant study self-reported their low physical activity, sedentary behavior, alcohol use, smoking, low fruit and vegetable consumption, and low fish consumption. We assessed cognition 13 years later via 6 neuropsychological tests. After standardization, we summed the scores for a composite cognitive measure

4. Food Insecurity in Children but Not in Their Mothers Is Associated with Altered Activities, School Absenteeism, and Stunting
By Bernal, Jennifer; Frongillo, Edward A; Herrera, Héctor A & Rivera, Juan A.
The Journal of Nutrition 144.10 (Oct 2014): 1619-26.
: Household food insecurity has substantial detrimental effects on children, but little is known about the mechanisms through which these effects occur. This study investigated some possible mechanisms by examining associations of food insecurity reported by children and mothers with daily activities, school absenteeism, and stunting. We conducted a cross-sectional study in a nonprobabilistic sample of 131 mother-child pairs from a poor peri-urban area in Miranda State, Venezuela.

Articles – International Journal of Nursing Practice, February 2015

5. Quality of life, depression, adherence to treatment and illness perception of patients on haemodialysis
By Manar M Nabolsi, Lina Wardam & Jehad O Al-Halabi
International Journal of Nursing Practice, February 2015, 21(1), 1–10

The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between quality of life, depression, perception of seriousness of illness and adherence to treatment among Jordanian patients with end stage renal disease on maintenance haemodialysis. The study was carried out using a descriptive, correlation design.

6. Physical activity levels and torso orientations of hospitalized patients at risk of developing a pressure injury: An observational study (pages 11–17)
By Wendy Chaboyer, Peter M Mills, Shelley Roberts & Sharon Latimer
International Journal of Nursing Practice, February 2015, 21(1), 11-17

Pressure injury guidelines recommend regular repositioning yet patients' mobility and repositioning patterns are unknown. An observational study using activity monitors was undertaken to describe the 24 h activity patterns of 84 hospitalized patients at risk of developing a pressure injury

7. The effect of individual education on patients’ physical activity capacity after myocardial infarction
By Hilal Uysal & Şeyda Ozcan
International Journal of Nursing Practice, February 2015, 21(1), 18-28

The present study aims to determine the effects of individual education and counselling given to first-time myocardial infarction patients, including its effect on compliance with treatment

8. The effects of a catheter clamping protocol on bladder function in neurosurgical patients: A controlled trial (pages 29–36)
By Yi Si Liu, Shuang Wei & Malcolm Elliott
International Journal of Nursing Practice, February 2015, 21(1), 29-36

There is scant evidence-based literature on the best strategies for short-term urinary catheter removal. This clinical trial explored the effects of an early urinary catheter clamping protocol on bladder function in neurosurgical patients. Eligible patients were divided into observation and control groups

9. Breast-feeding and human immunodeficiency virus infection: Assessment of knowledge among clinicians in Kenya (pages 37–42)
By Florence Murila, Moses M Obimbo, Rachel Musoke, Isaac Tsikhutsu, Santau Migiro & Julius Ogeng'o
International Journal of Nursing Practice, February 2015, 21(1), 37-42

In Kenya, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevalence ranks among the highest in the world. Approximately 60 000 infections yearly are attributed to vertical transmission including the process of labour and breast-feeding. Clinical officers and nurses play an important role in provision of primary health care to antenatal and postnatal mothers. The aim of this study was to evaluate clinicians’ knowledge on HIV in relation to breast-feeding in Kenya

Journal - Table of Contents

10. From Employment Today, December 2014/January 2015
10A. Why coaching doesn’t work
10B. Working spaces
10C. Green with envy (What’s the key to a healthy, happy workforce? According to a growing body of international research, the quality of work environment—including factors like daylight and fresh air—may be more crucial than you think, says David Craven).
10D. Health and safety and an ageing workforce (Katherine Percy explains how to identify, manage and mitigate the increased health and safety risks associated with an ageing workforce).
10E. Sleeping Beauty awakes with a roar (The Equal Pay Act 1972 has been shaken awake by a landmark Court of Appeal judgment, says Rachel Burt. She discusses the implications)
10F. What do world class boards look like?
10G. New Report on workplace diversity in NZ
10H. Transforming workplace design
10I. Learning & Development: Conference call  (How do you make your next company conference memorable for all the right reasons? Eugene De Villiers says there are three key factors that will ensure delegates come back from your next conference with more than a hangover)


11. One Year On: The Sale And Supply of Alcohol Act 2012
Hosted by Alcohol Healthwatch and the Health Promotion Agency

Keynote speakers include Judith Moorhead from the Alcohol Regulatory Licensing Authority (ARLA).
Auckland – 11 March 2015
Christchurch – 24 March 2015
Wellington – 26 March 2015
More information; Amy on (09) 520 7038 or

12. Rural Healthcare Symposium:Science to Practice
Date:  11th May 2015
Venue:  Heartland Hotel, Gore
More information:

News – National

13. Forget the genome, Australian scientists crack the 'methylome'
Stuff - February 3 2015

Scientific breakthrough: Susan Clark from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and her team have for first the first time translated the methylome of breast cancer, finding distinct patterns associated with different types of breast cancer. Decoding the letters of the human genome revolutionised scientists' understanding of the role of genetic mutations in many diseases, including about one in every five cancers.

14. Golden age no stranger to digital age
Images of life at retirement have changed substantially over recent years.
Thanks to improvements in health, wealth, education, and work conditions, our whole population is changing; of all people old enough to work (aged 15 and over), 1 in 6 are now 65 years or over (65+). But we’re discovering that those entering this age group are not only living longer, they're also living 'smarter'

News – international

15. Seven skin myths put to the test
by ABC Health & Wellbeing
There's plenty of myths and misinformation about the largest organ in our body, the skin. Here, experts with years of experience and knowledge offer the low-down on seven popular beliefs about skin

16. What's the story with fat?
Where does fat go when you put it on, and where does it go when you're getting rid of it? Dr Karl has some unexpected answers to these questions.You lose weight is by breathing it out. The most effective way to breathe more often is to exercise. When someone is tempted by a delicious slice of cake, you might have heard them paraphrase the words uttered by the waifish supermodel Kate Moss: "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels

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