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Last Build Date: Sat, 25 Nov 2017 12:00:16 +1200

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A psychology professor explains why cult leaders like Charles Manson lure followers in

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 09:01:02 +1200

Charles Manson, who died Nov. 19, famously attracted a coterie of men and women to do his bidding, which included committing a string of murders in the late-1960s.Manson is undoubtedly a fascinating figure with a complicated life...

Media Files:|caption=A psychology professor explains why cult leaders like Charles Manson lure followers in. Photo / AP

Inside the 'summer camp' for A-list addicts

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 09:00:00 +1200

Set on a former dude ranch in Arizona's Sonoran Desert, an hour outside of Phoenix, The Meadows boasts mountain views, clear air, cacti and, latterly, a growing reputation as a pre-eminent rehab facility for the A-list.Its alumni...

Media Files:|caption=A big part of the culture there is that everybody is treated the same, everybody has to be humble, and it is very ordered and structured.

Nanogirl Michelle Dickinson: Moods and booze - It's all in the mind

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +1200

For many New Zealanders, having a drink after work or with friends and family is an important part of socialising and relaxing.People drink for many reasons, and many use alcohol to positively help their emotions and increase their...

Media Files:|caption=The social environment we are in when drinking alcohol has a big influence on changing our mood. Photo / 123RF

Can you find the bird in this Christmas puzzle?

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 16:07:48 +1200

There is a little bird hiding somewhere among these Christmas trees, but can you find him? The brainteaser, created by UK flower delivery company Bloom & Wild, is said to take the average person two minutes and 26 seconds to find...

Media Files:|caption=Christmas brainteaser from UK florist Bloom & Wild. Photo / Bloom & Wild

How many calories you should eat a day to lose weight?

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 12:13:57 +1200

Weight loss is tricky.You need to know how many calories each day you should be eating, what your balance of carbs, proteins and fats should be then what you do when you add in exercise and even the exact times of day you should...

Media Files:|caption=As a rough guide, a small female doing less than an hour of exercise each day will require just 1400 to 1600 calories each day. Photo / 123RF

Four breakfast foods that can boost your sex drive

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 08:00:00 +1200

Many factors can affect sex drive, including relationship issues, stress or tiredness.Diet too can have a direct effect on the hormones which drive whether you're in the mood for intimacy.According to a nutritionist, you can give...

Media Files:|caption=You can give your libido a boost by choosing the right foods for breakfast. Photo / Getty Images

Report into bullying of senior medical staff reveals violence and intimidation

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +1200

More than a third of senior doctors and dentists have been victim to bullying behaviour ranging from violence to exclusion which left some fearful of going to work, according to a survey of workers.A major survey released by the...

Media Files:|caption=More than a third of survey participants said they had been bullied. Photo / Stock

Woman coughs up period blood due to endometriosis-related condition

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 11:08:08 +1200

A young woman who coughs blood every month during her period has learnt that she suffers from a rare condition that causes her menstrual fluid to flow into her windpipe. The unnamed woman, 20, discovered that she had the condition...

Media Files:|caption=There are believed to be fewer than 50 documented cases in the world. Photo / Getty Images

Why you should never go on a diet again

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 09:20:00 +1200

Back in 1961, Jean Nidetch was mistaken for pregnant during a trip to the supermarket. Mortified, she immediately began a strict diet, reached her "goal" after a year and managed to keep it off until she died at the age of 91 in 2015.Oh,...

Media Files:|caption='If you look at the science behind weight loss and dieting, it becomes obvious that nothing works,' A psychologist says. Photo / Getty Images

Kyle MacDonald: The real reason people get so angry about beggars

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 07:45:00 +1200

Calls to once more " ban begging ", this time in Christchurch, have hit headlines. It's sadly one of those stories that flares up from time to time, with the predictable outrage on both sides ensuring the debate gets aired but never...

Media Files:|caption=We want to turn a blind eye because the truth is too hard to see. Photo / Getty Images

'My breasts won't stop growing': Mum's K-cup breast reduction plea

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:45:00 +1200

An Australian woman who lives with K-cup breasts says she's so desperate to get a reduction that she's turned her hopes to fundraising for the required surgery.Sheridan Larkman's breasts started growing when she was just 8 years...

Media Files:|caption=Sheridan Larkman says she struggles buying the approriate bras and clothing for her large breasts. Photo / GoFundMe

Family of botulism trio 'shattered' seeing their relatives unresponsive

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:41:00 +1200

The relatives of a trio who have been unresponsive in hospital for 12 days after eating wild boar have arrived in New Zealand to support their family. Husband and wife Shibu Kochummen, 35, and Subi Babu, 32, and Kochummen's 62-year-old...

Media Files:|caption=Subi Babu, her husband Shibu Kochummen and his mother Alekutty Daniel remain critically ill in Waikato Hospital after eating suspected contaminated wild boar. Photo / Facebook

Mother of boy born without eyes pleads for help

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:10:51 +1200

A determined mum is hoping to raise £58,000 ($112, 000) for pioneering treatment after her son was born with no eyes. Archie Innes, aged ten-months, was born with rare SOX2 Syndrome, leaving him "black blind", hearing impaired and...

Media Files:|caption=Archie Innes is "black blind", meaning his world is one of complete darkness. Photo / MEGA, SWNS

Kiwi Instagram star Jess Quinn: How she overcame losing her leg to cancer

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:56:31 +1200

Social media star Jess Quinn, who lost her leg to bone cancer as a child, says she's grown to love each of her three prosthetic legs.The 24-year-old runner from Auckland, who has over 160,000 Instagram followers, says it took a...

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Rachel Smalley: Comparison is the thief of joy

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:17:32 +1200

I was in Queenstown at the weekend to run the half marathon. There were almost 10,000 athletes who took part, and it was a cracker of a day. The weather was stunning and I don't think you'll find a more beautiful marathon in the...

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Tess Nichol's boot camp, week one: 'Everything hurts and I want a wine'

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +1200

NZ Herald reporter Tess Nichol has signed up to boot camp in a bid to get shredded for summer. A self-confessed couch potato, this is her very honest journey to getting fit. I've never really been a morning person.One ex-boyfriend...

Media Files:|caption=Journalist Tess Nichol learning how to be less bad at exercise with DRILL boot camp trainer Raphael Barcellos. Photo / Michael Craig

Children's heartbreaking Christmas requests

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 14:02:10 +1200

A charity has lifted the lid on what Christmas is like for poverty-stricken children, publicising what kids want for Christmas.Rayn Boncie started Things of My Very Own, Inc. out of her home in 2008 in order to bridge the gap...

Media Files:|caption=One boy's heartbreaking wish for Christmas has left readers in tears. Photo / Facebook

John Berry: Men, let's look after ourselves

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +1200

Emirates Team NZ's story is not a simple headline of winning the 2017 America's Cup.The real story is the incredible journey leading to the podium.Planning, innovation, practice and, most of all, decision making. They knew how...

Media Files:|caption=Make small changes to look after yourself. Nehe Milner-Skudder is the Maori Men's Health ambassador. Photo / Alan Gibson

Niki Bezzant: Craving carbs may mean you're carb-sensitive

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +1200

Do you feel like you crave bread, pasta and rice? Are you addicted to carbs? If you can't get enough of the starchy stuff, it might not be pure lack of willpower. It could be down to your individual sensitivity to what's now being...

Media Files:|caption=We have developed a serious obesity problem, but is it all because of carbs? Photo / Getty Images

One expert claims that women use PMS as an 'excuse'

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:59:57 +1200

Most are thought to have been affected at some point in their lives by premenstrual syndrome (PMS), which can cause symptoms such as mood swings, bloating and breast tenderness.According to Monash University 90 per cent of women...

Media Files:|caption=Study's show that PMS can occur from a few days to two weeks before a woman's period begins and can be highly problematic for some but Robyn Stein DeLuca disagrees. Photo / 123RF