Nurse Well-being/Health


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    Smokers speak up in new website for nurses

    24 October 2014

    *Nurses are asked to be "kind and non-judgemental" in series of videos released on a new website aiming to help nurses better understand and help smokers stop.*

April 2017 VOL. 15 (2)

February 2017 Vol. 15 (1)

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    The nursing blues: are we caring enough for our carers

    Anxiety and depression are expected to be the leading causes of missed work days worldwide in the next five years. International research indicates that nurses already have higher levels of depression and anxiety than the general population. Nursing Review explores the issue.

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    Stress-proofing yourself

    Annette Milligan, a nurse entrepreneur who has run stress management courses and seminars for 27 years, shares some of her top stress-proofing tips.

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    There's more to life than work: nurses on wheels

    Nursing Review reports on three nurses – one a racing car driver and two motorcyclists – and why they believe their passion for wheels is good for their wellbeing.

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    Patient handling: getting it right for both staff and patient

    Moving a patient without harming them or yourself is basic, but not simple, care. Getting it right requires not only good training, equipment and bedside spaces but also a good workplace culture. Nursing Review finds out more.

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    iNature: can delivering nature digitally reduce anxiety and pain?

    Visiting American nursing professor Margaret Hansen has set out to establish whether delivering complementary therapies – like nature and music – through mobile technologies is a feasible way of reducing anxiety and pain for surgical patients.

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    Food for thought: can nutrients nurture better mental health?

    When people are suffering from a mental illness, eating healthily often falls by the wayside. But what if nutritional deficiencies are a contributing cause in the first place? Nursing Review talks to psychology professor Julia Rucklidge about the links between nutrition and mental illness.

August 2016 Vol. 16 (4)

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    Bullying and the 'caring profession'

    Bullying is prevalent in New Zealand workplaces and the ‘caring profession’ is far from an exception. Nursing Review reports on some challenging research on nurse bullying, some nurse leader thoughts on bullying and a nurse manager’s project to encourage nurses to be kinder to each other.

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    Try a little kindness

    Nursing Review talks to nurse manager MIKAELA SHANNON about a project to encourage and role model caring and kindness between nurses.

June 2016 Vol. 16 (3)

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    Caring for family with an LTC: when the personal and professional intersect

    A nurse is naturally often the ‘go to’ person when someone in the family or whānau is diagnosed with a long-term or chronic condition. PATRICIA McCLUNIE-TRUST explores the issues involved. 

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    Cyberbullying in nursing: what is happening?

    Workplace cyberbullying is an insidious form of bullying that can stalk you from the hospital to home via the phone in your pocket. Researcher Natalia D’Souza wants to talk to nurses who may have experienced unwanted aggressive behaviour via any form of electronic media from text and email to social media and instant messaging. FIONA CASSIE reports.

February 2016 Vol 16 (1)

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    ED's Letter: Caring for yourself and others

    One of the articles in this edition quotes that oft-shared airline safety advice to “put on your own oxygen mask first before assisting others”.

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    Fun in the ward: Stories of the good old, bad old days

    Nurse researcher JOCE STEWART believes some fun and camaraderie in the ward can only be healthy for both nurses and patients. Nursing Review shares tales of laughter, mischief and collegiality amongst nurses in the 1970s and 1980s from Stewart’s thesis oral history research.

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    Māori and Pacific Nurses: Is burnout inevitable?

    Nursing Review looks at the extra expectations that are often placed on Māori and Pacific nurses and shares some advice for nurses and workplaces on how to avoid the risk of burnout.

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    Pacific nursing students: walking the talk

    Loma-Linda Tasi got tired of teaching nursing students about Pacific people’s negative health statistics. The nursing lecturer, co-ordinator for year two of Whitireia Community Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Nursing (Pacific), decided she had to start somewhere to make a difference and a good place to begin was with herself and her students.

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    Pay equity wanted for Māori and iwi health provider nurses

    Back in 1908, one of the country’s first Māori registered nurses and midwives, Akenehi Hei*, struggled to get the government to pay for her work. More than a century later, nurses working for Māori and iwi health providers are still struggling with pay equity issues, says Kerri Nuku, kaiwhakahaere of Te Rūnanga o Aotearoa NZNO.

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    Self-care for nurses

    Nurse turned life coach JAN AITKEN reflects on how well nurses look after themselves and offers some advice on self-care for nurses.

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    When nurses grieve

    FIONA ROWAN asks how well the caring profession cares for its own when nurses lose loved ones and shares findings from her survey of 70 bereaved nurses that indicate New Zealand could do better.

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    Are you match fit for nursing?

    LYNDA LOVATT – a nurse turned personal trainer – shares tips on being ‘match fit’ for the physical demands of nursing.

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    Gynaecological cancers: Silent no longer

    More than 1,000 New Zealand women are diagnosed with gynaecological cancers every year and around 400 die of them – the majority from ovarian cancer. Nursing Review seeks to raise awareness of this female-only group of cancers, including why labelling ovarian cancer the ‘silent killer’ is not helpful, what obesity has to do with endometrial cancer, and how a vaccine can save lives. FIONA CASSIE reports.

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    The cancer that screening and vaccine can prevent

    The number of women who die from cervical cancer in New Zealand has dropped dramatically by 60 per cent since 1990. The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, available free to all young women under 20, may in the future see even fewer women lost to this most preventable and most high profile of the gynaecological cancers.

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    We need to talk more about vulvas

    A “very, very distressing” cancer that nobody talks about. This is how Christchurch gynaecological oncologist Bryony Simcock opened her address on vulval cancer to last year’s NZNO Women’s Health section conference.

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    Caring for colleagues: Noticing factors leading to disciplinary action

    PATRICIA McCLUNIE-TRUST looks at caring for nursing colleagues who are close to the edge and shares insights gathered from her research into Health Practitioners’ Disciplinary Tribunal misconduct cases.

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    Nurse education: Adapting to education Kiwi-style

    Challenges faced by India-trained nurse educator Reen Skaria prompted her to ask fellow overseas-trained nurse educators about their experiences of teaching in New Zealand. She shared her research findings, and some of her respondents' frank reflections, at last year’s Australasian Nurse Educators Conference (ANEC). Nursing Review reports.

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    Empathy: Does nursing have a monopoly?

    Are nursing students more empathetic than their medical colleagues? Former nurse and medical education advisor Dr Peter Gallagher* and colleagues set out to test this hypothesis. Nursing Review reports that the findings may surprise.

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    Does minding the moment matter?

    Is mindfulness clinically effective? Check out this edition’s Critically Appraised Topic (CAT)

December 2015 Vol 15 (6)

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    In Balance: The Fit Between Work and Other Life Commitments

    Is your New Year resolution to have a better “work-life balance” in 2016? As a Christmas and Summer bonus we have updated and re-published our first ever RRR professional development article & activity that looks at just that topic. 

August 2015 Vol 15 (4)

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    Fad diets article feedback

    The last edition of Nursing Review contained an article called ‘Fad diets: what do dietitians say about the latest crop?’ that looked at some of the latest dietary trends; in particular, the Paleo diet, the 5:2 intermittent fasting diet, the no-sugar approach and the low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) approach.

June 2015 Vol 15 (3)

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    E-cigarettes: lifesavers or smokescreen?

    When it comes to smoking cessation tools, it seems there are mixed signals around e-cigarettes. Some argue they could be lifesavers for tobacco smokers struggling to quit; others argue they are a smokescreen for a new generation of problems. *So what knowledge should nurses have on the subject? Nursing Review attempts to clear the air.* 

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    Fad diets: what do dietitians say about the latest crop?

    Any diet that bans fruit has to raise eyebrows. The same goes for a diet that advocates lashings of cream and butter with every meal. The demonising of one food group as the source of all dietary evil, or the fixation on another as a saviour, is often the key selling point for the latest fashionable weight loss diet.

April 2015 Vol 15 (2)

February 2015 Vol 15 (1)

  • Shiftwork

    Coping with shiftwork: is there a perfect roster?

    Shiftwork isn’t natural, and long-term it isn’t healthy – but it is essential for modern health care. So the challenge is to minimise the risks and maximise any lifestyle benefits. FIONA CASSIE talks to a sleep physiologist and nurse leaders to find out how to do just that.

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    Sexuality: keeping it ‘normal’

    Sexuality is central to being human but is not always a topic we are ready to discuss indepth over a cup of coffee or raise with our patients. Nursing Review asked Mary Hodson, a therapist specialising in emotional and sexual intimacy, to share some thoughts on maintaining your sexual wellbeing.

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    Mental health matters: boosting nurses’ wellbeing

    Four years on, Christchurch’s nurses are still driving on bumpy roads to workplaces that are often temporary or under repair before returning to a home that may still be cracked or leaking. And with a $650 million rebuild, redevelopment and reshuffle of hospital services underway over the next four years and increasing demand for mental health services, it seems there is little relief in sight.

  • All Right Canterbury

    Wellbeing messages relevant to all

    FIONA CASSIE talks to SUE TURNER, manager of Canterbury’s All Right? wellbeing initiative, about one small silver lining of the quakes – people’s awareness of their own mental health – and how All Right? is helping people restore and maintain their personal wellbeing.

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    Laughter is the best medicine? You must be joking…

    Nursing Review takes a quick look at the science of laughter before getting down to the serious stuff of sharing some nursing humour.

  • Skin care

    Skin care for the busy nurse

    Looking after our skin often comes a distant second to extramural study, full-time work and looking after family in the busy world of today’s nurses. Cosmetic nurse LARA MOLLOY shares some practical and quick skin care tips for nurses on the go.

December 2014 Vol 14 (6)

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    Smart steps – no selfie required

    Is a smartphone app more successful in increasing physical activity than setting goals? Step up and check out this edition's critically appraised topic (CAT). 

August 2014 Vol 14 (4)

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    Maintaining appropriate boundaries with patients

    There’s a slippery slope between going the extra mile for a patient or their family and crossing the threshold into inappropriate behaviour. Nurse-turned-solicitor ROBIN KAY explores the boundaries of this tricky issue.

June 2014 Vol 14 (3)

May 2014 Vol 14 (2)

March 2014 Vol 14 (1)

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    Ed's Letter

    You can’t tell at a glance whether somebody walks to work every day, swims three times a week, or is a keen tramper – nor whether they live on coffee and adrenalin or three healthy balanced meals a day. But at first glance we’ll, often subconsciously, make a judgment on whether somebody is ‘skinny’, ‘fat’, or some nebulous ‘in-between’ using our own scale of whether someone has an ‘unhealthy’ (or unfashionable) physique.

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    Nurses not immune from obesity

    Promoting healthy lifestyles is bread and butter for today’s nurses, but recent research indicates Kiwi nurses are more likely to be obese then their patients. FIONA CASSIE discovers more about nursing, obesity, and weight management.

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    Nurses and obesity: Helen’s story

    When orthopaedic nurse Helen Bloomer talks to her overweight patients about weight loss, she can see them thinking “what would that skinny runt know”.

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    Watching and weighing

    So should employers be walking the talk by supporting their nurses to maintain a healthy weight by supporting healthy lifestyle choices?

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    Assertiveness: A much maligned term

    So you want to say no, or want someone else to say yes, and you feel you have right on your side. You don’t want to be a doormat but neither do you want to be seen as bossy or demanding. Communications specialist ROBYN WALSHE shares some tips on how to assertively – not aggressively – put your case.

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    There’s more to life than work …

    Nursing Review talks to two nurses about their out-of-work passions.

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    Exercising pelvic floor: weak = leak

    Forget about crunchies and taut abs – exercising your pelvic floor and transversus abdominis have rewards all of their own. FIONA CASSIE talks to nurse-turned-personal trainer Lynda Lovatt about exercise to protect and strengthen your pelvic floor for new mums, the middle-aged, and vigorous athletes.

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    Birds of a feather should flock together

    NICOLA RUSSELL challenges each of the country’s 47,000 or so registered nurses to this year step up and take action – small or large – in a collective effort to make a difference for the patients they care for.

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    New migrant nurses feel welcome?

    JUDY SECCOMBE looks at nursing attitude to those who are ‘different’ and challenges kiwi nurses to be more welcoming to new colleagues from different ethnicities, cultures, or countries.

January 2014 Vol 13 (8)

  • Starched caps to care rationing

    It is 50 years since College of Nurses co-chair and nursing lecturer JUDY YARWOOD donned a starched nursing cap for the first time. She reflects back on those five decades plus on caring and care ‘rationing’ for today’s nurse.

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    A letter from London: who are health services serving?

    JO ANN WALTON writes from London about lessons to be learned from yet another NHS bad news story – this time one where ‘bullied’ health staff falsified cancer patient waiting lists to keep funding flowing.


September 2013 Vol 13 (6)

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    Career paths: the short, sweet, and roundabout

    We look to nurses as learners, educators, and leaders in this edition. Read on about teaching fledgling nurses in the classroom and on the ward, fostering leadership skills, nurses sharing their career tales, and milestones past and future in the recognition of competence and professional development.

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    I lived through it: teaching through telling tales

    Wintec nurse educator JACKIE McHAFFIE shares a tale or two about the role of storytelling in teaching nursing.

July 2013 Vol 13 (5)

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    Influenza Vaccine and Health Professionals

    Last year 46 per cent of district health board nurses got vaccinated against the flu – less than the 48 per cent average for all DHB heath workers. This article explores the debate around the value, ethics, and efficacy of health professionals getting the annual flu vaccination and looks at some of the statistics, research, and prevailing attitudes around the sometimes contentious topic.

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    Nurses perceived not to care?

    JO ANN WALTON reflects on the state of nursing in the wake of the United Kingdom’s damning Francis Inquiry and the need to reiterate respect, kindness, and dignity as nursing core values.

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    Nursing hours of practice: how long is too long?

    Christchurch nurse MICHAEL McILHONE reflects on just what is a typical nursing working day and asks when working long hours becomes counterproductive both personally and professionally.

April 2013 Vol 13 (4)

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    Reaching the Millennium Health Goals

    International Nurses Day

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    International Nurses Day Heroes

    To celebrate International Nurses Day this year Nursing Review invited district health boards across the country to contribute stories on nursing ‘heroes’ in their region. We got stories back on just some of the unsung, innovative, compassionate, high achievers and dedicated nurses that make up the New Zealand nursing workforce.

February 2013

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    Is 60 the new 50? The ageing nurse workforce

    You’re as old as you feel. Whether nurses feel wiser or worn -  more and more are nursing into their 60s and beyond. Persuading even more baby boomers to delay retirement is increasingly high on the agenda as we face the double whammy of an ageing population – more nurses due to retire at the same time as more demand for health services. Nursing Review looks at what nursing can do to better support older nurses to keep nursing.

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    Taking each year as it comes

    Reluctant to miss out on her OE, Carolyn Sengelow headed off to London to nurse nearly 40 years after starting her nursing training.

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    Not working ‘might be fun’

    The alarm goes off at 5am, and not long after, Margaret Woodcock is taking the brisk 20-minute walk to the train station to catch the 6am train to work.

  • Anna Clarkson

    INSOMNIA: is it worth losing sleep over?

    Had a good night’s sleep recently? No? You are not alone – about one in four Kiwis have chronic insomnia at some point in their lives.

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    Pick up the heartbeat, not the remote

    Want to get fitter and stronger but short on energy and time? FIONA CASSIE talks to nurse-turned-personal trainer Jo Stark about squeezing exercise into your life minute by minute.

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    Eating: getting it right…most of the time

    Eating healthily ain’t rocket science. And it isn’t about fad diets either. But it does take organisation. Nurse-turned-life coach Jan Aitken shares tips for becoming a healthier eater.

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    Pilgrim’s lessons for 21st century challenges

    College of Nurses co-chair JUDY YARWOOD shares some touchstones or life lessons for today discovered by a friend while following an ancient pilgrim’s trail.

November 2012

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    Doing the right thing

    How should nurses behave? The Nursing Council recently released its 21st century guide to what patients should and shouldn’t expect from their nurse. FIONA CASSIE looks at what’s new in a new Code of Conduct underpinned by traditional values

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    Change management: A classic theory revisited

    Reading, Reflection, and application in Reality. By Shelley Jones. A professional development activity proudly brought to you by Nursing Review

May 2012

March 2012

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    Nurses and smoking: where does duty of care end?

    About one in seven nurses smoke. Should they know better? Quitting is easier said than done. FIONA CASSIE talks to smokefree nurse advocates and nurse smokers about the battle to quit. And shares some top tips and research for nurses wanting to quit.

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    Nurses' quit smoking stories

    *Nurses' share their own stories about the battle to quit smoking*

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    Shiftwork nursing: Sugar, snacking and erratic eating

    A pilot study into erratic eating in shiftworking nurses and doctors raises questions about the health risks of shiftwork. FIONA CASSIE talks to researcher Anne Jaquiery.

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    Nursing footwear & foot health: treating your feet

    People often start to appreciate their feet once something goes wrong. Nursing Review talks to AUT podiatry professor Keith Rome about foot health and how good footwear maintains it.

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    Health promotion: Helping nursing students "walk the talk"

    FIONA CASSIE talks to Faye Cobden-Grainge about a Manukau Institute of Technology pilot study getting nursing students to ‘walk the talk’ of health promotion.

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    Body image: love the body you’re in

    Nursing Review talks to Professor Jenny Carryer – who has an enduring research and personal interest in the topics — about eating, exercise, body-size, and health.

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    Stress-proofing yourself

    Annette Milligan, a nurse entrepreneur who has run stress management courses and seminars for 24 years, shares some of her top stress-proofing tips.

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    Work-life balance 'in balance': the fit between work and other life commitments

    RRR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ARTICLE:  Work-life balance? We attach great cultural significance to the close of one year and start of another, whether dated by the Gregorian or Chinese calendar, Matariki or a more personal anniversary. Times of transition prompt review and reflection, prediction, and planning. Many of us will have taken stock of last year, wondered how we did it all, and resolved to better balance ‘work’ and ‘life’. In this learning activity, we’ll take a look at what work-life balance means – theoretically, critically and personally – by reviewing some of the themes most relevant to the experiences of nurses in New Zealand.   BY SHELLEY JONES

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    Nursing research: e-cohort nurses' survey funds run out

    A lack of funding has seen the longitudinal e-cohort survey of New Zealand and Australian nurses come to a halt after only five years.

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    The ‘French paradox’ revisited: le plonk or le stairs?

    JUDY YARWOOD muses over the French ‘healthy’ lifestyle.