Covid-19 Health

Life expectancy dropping in places with bad COVID-19 vaccine rates

Life expectancy in western Europe bounced back in 2021, a new study has found – but it hasn’t in some other places.

Health Sports

Rugby players more than twice as likely to suffer dementia, Parkinson’s

And that’s not all – playing at the top level boosts the risk of motor neurone disease by 15 times.


Scientists ‘discover’ obvious way to limit scooter head injuries

People who fall off scooters should try to shield their heads with their arms before they hit the ground, experts say.


Unborn babies love carrots, consider kale ‘poison’ – study

Even unborn babies aren’t fans of kale, screwing up their faces when exposed to the trendy leafy green.


Bad dreams, bad brains? Nightmares linked to dementia

We still know so little about why we dream, how the brain creates dreams, and importantly, what the significance of our dreams might be for our health.

Health What the hell

Treatment found for man’s allergy to his own semen

There have been only a few dozen cases of post-orgasmic illness syndrome ever recorded. Here’s the details on the latest.


Finally, a fat-burning exercise for people who like sitting (ie. all of us)

A health professor says he’s found a muscle which can trigger hours of fat-burning even while sitting around.


Totally not-evil scientists crossed a mosquito with bees and a ‘clawed frog’

It might actually be key to saving hundreds of thousands of lives a year.


NZ health boss says Joe Biden’s wrong to say COVID-19 pandemic is over

The head of New Zealand’s health ministry has dismissed the US President’s claim.


Cow mucus lube shows promise as condom alternative

Don’t want to wear a condom? How about just smearing some cow mucus down there? 

Social Media

Don’t cook chicken in medicines like Nyquil, idiots and children told

Social media users are being urged to resist the temptation to cook ‘Sleepy Chicken’.


New facemask can warn you if the person you’re talking to has COVID

What if rather than waiting to get sick, you could find out if you’ve been exposed via an app?


Even if fatty food tasted of nothing we’d likely still crave it – study

Think fatty food is addictive because it tastes good? Bad news.


Music festivals, religious gatherings could pose ‘highest level of transmission risk’ for COVID-19

People in large groups tend to mingle in a way that gives diseases like COVID-19 the best chance of spreading, a new study has found. At the beginning of the pandemic it became clear much transmission of the virus behind the disease happened in ‘superspreader’ events – one person infecting


Third of unvaccinated have no antibodies against COVID a year after infection

But only 2 percent of those who were vaccinated had run out. 


Some of NZ’s COVID precautions scrapped prematurely – experts

The decision to end most public health measures received a mixed response.


How the world screwed up the global COVID-19 response

“Multiple failures of global cooperation”, are to blame, according to a new report.


Comebacks for when a mouthbreather asks why you’re still wearing a mask

Some great comebacks that’ll leave them wishing they kept their piehole shut


Can vitamin D really prevent COVID-19? Probably not, latest research finds

Supplements seem to do nothing to stop most people from catching COVID-19.