Don’t let your holidays get you down

a man sitting in his office staring sadly at a globe You’re on the last few days of your holiday. You’re lying on the beach, soaking up the sun and enjoying thinking about how nice it’s been to be away from the office…the morning commute, the endless emails… “Don’t think about it”, you tell yourself. But sure enough, as the day goes on, this feeling sets in. An aching sort of pain all over, upset stomach, irritability…maybe it was something you ate? Although it’s known as post-vacation stress syndrome (PVS), the physical and emotional symptoms associated with going back to work or daily routine can begin even before your holiday ends. From Read more

What do patients really want?

a doctor taking a patient’s blood pressure

We are, more than ever before, a society which goes to great lengths to take care of our bodies. We’re reading more food labels, taking time for the gym, doing yoga and meditation to “connect” with our inner selves…yet when it comes to our own medical treatment decisions, we are surprisingly out of touch.

The body blind spot When we are diagnosed with a medical condition, even a minor one, we are often so concerned with getting better that we develop a treatment blind spot, failing to consider the following: Is the proposed treatment my only option? Why has it been proposed? What are the advantages and disadvantages of all my treatment options? How will the side effects of this treatment affect my quality of life? What implications does my treatment have, beyond recovery? What is the evidence that my treatment has been effective in similar conditions to mine? If I chose to do nothing at all, how would my condition Read more

Slow and steady wins the race: an interview with Dr John Mayhew

a young woman jogging, followed in the distance by a young man

Best Doctors asks renowned sports medicine specialist Dr John Mayhew for key advice that everyone should keep in mind before heading out on the road or the treadmill. Whether you are a seasoned athlete or just getting started with a new sport, read on for insight on how you can lessen your risk of injury and reap the greatest fitness benefits.

Dr John Mayhew is an Auckland-based consultant in Sports Medicine who has served as advisor and consultant for a number of New Zealand sports associations and teams, including New Zealand Rugby and New Zealand Squash. Chairman of the Australia and New Zealand Insurance Medical Association, he is currently team doctor for the New Zealand Warriors of the National Rugby League and is the former team doctor and chief medical advisor for the All Blacks, New Zealand’s national rugby team. For how long has jogging been a popular exercise option, in your opinion? Is it something that has only recently become popular? Regular Read more