Video: 'It's like a curse' - tearful Stan Walker releases raw and personal trailer for documentary on health battles

Kiwi singer Stan Walker has released the trailer for an intimate documentary detailing his serious health battles over the last year, after discovering a rare cancer-causing gene which runs in his family.

Walker unveiled the trailer on his Instagram account yesterday, posting with it the comment:

The Kiwi singer said he wanted to "represent the people of the land, indigenous people around the world". Source: Seven Sharp

"The biggest thing I think I've ever had to share with the world. Thank you @threenewzealand for letting me do this the way I want to & allowing me to document probably the most vulnerable time of my life. Kia ora."

In the short trailer, Walker speaks of his fear the illness may end his music career.

The Kiwi singer songwriter goes back to his musical roots and will soon release his first album in almost two years. Source: Breakfast

"What if I can't sing again, this is my bread and butter," Walker says.

"It's like a curse, it's quite scary, the unknown."

The NZ Herald reported that last year, Walker discovered he has a rare cancer-causing gene mutation responsible for the death of 25 members of his family.

It is understood that Walker has had his stomach removed as a result.

The genetic mutation which runs in Walker's family is expected to cause stomach cancer in 70 per cent of people by the age of 40.

Four weeks ago, Walker made an Instagram post recognising his cousin who had his stomach removed, following cancer.

The popular singer is inspiring young Kiwis through his work with Youthline. Source: Seven Sharp

The documentary Stan is set to air on Three.



New vaccine to protect Kiwis from rheumatic fever could save hundreds of lives

Work towards a new vaccine to protect against rheumatic fever has been given a funding boost by the Heart Foundation.

New Zealand is one of the few developed countries to still struggle with high rates of the debilitating disease and the vaccine could save hundreds of lives.

Several times a week fitness instructor Helene Kay helps people get their hearts pumping, but two years ago her own heart wasn't working so well.

After being diagnosed with rheumatic heart disease, she had major surgery to replace two valves.

"I thought I was quite invincible really, but yes, that diagnosis just threw me," she said.

Ms Kay had no idea she'd had rheumatic fever as a child, which caused the damage.

"Really surprising, I was in shock for ages...and that really impacted on how I felt...I was devastated."

Rheumatic fever is often found in developing countries, but last year there were 160 new cases in New Zealand, affecting mostly children and Māori and pacific communities.

However, now a new vaccine is being developed which mimics the bacterial infection which leads to the disease.

Dr Jacelyn Loh, a researcher at University of Auckland said, "by doing this we can prime the body without making it sick, to be ready for when a real infection comes along."

The vaccine targets a strain of the disease only found in the country, and although it won't be on the market for a few more years, it's already predicted to be life changing for Kiwis.

"We never want to see people affected by rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease...the ultimate would be that we would not have that in New Zealand," said Heath Foundation chairman Professor Rob Doughty.

The Heart Foundation is now funding further research to investigate the possibility that the vaccine could be in a liquid form and easily administered.

"Let's get out children vaccinated and get them on a good path so they don't have to end up like me," said Ms Kay.

Hope grows for Kiwis that the debilitating disease can finally be banished.

New Zealand is one of the few developed countries to still struggle with high rates of rheumatic fever, and the vaccine could save hundreds of lives. Source: 1 NEWS

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Most read: Auckland bar responds to Pink's outburst: 'It was a bit of a shock'

This story was first pubksihed on Wednesday September 12.

The pop star wasn’t happy her group wasn’t allowed into Deadshot, and let her millions of followers know. Source: Seven Sharp

After seven world class concerts Pink decided to celebrate and head to Auckland's food and beverage hotspot of Ponsonby on Tuesday.

Pink’s first choice of bar was Deadshot, but unfortunately, her large group was turned away.

Soon afterwards, the whole world heard about it when the pop star Tweeted about the encounter to her millions of followers.

After the unwanted publicity, manager Heather Garland spoke to Seven Sharp.

“One of the crew came in earlier in the day and spoke to Brian over the bar and he told them we just couldn’t take a group that big, and offered to find them somewhere else," she said.

“But they showed up anyway and we couldn’t fit them in.”

Garland said they simply couldn’t cater for 30 people.

“They just went on their way and we didn’t realise there was a problem.”

Pink then took to Twitter saying, “She’s been to some cool bars around the world and Deadshot is not one of them.”

Garland said it came as a bit of a shock, but was pleased by the support they had been shown.

“We never even saw her, we didn’t even know she was part of the group.”

But when Deadshot couldn’t cater for them, they went across the road to the Revelry bar.

Alex Dunn was about to shut up shop when the superstar and her crew dropped in.

“She came to the bar herself, so we were just sitting down together discussing what cocktail she was going for.”

It turns out Pink likes pink drinks so she had a blush negroni.

Dunn says, ‘It wasn’t intentional but I had a feeling that she might like the colour and that I might get a few extra bonus points.”

Her posts here were a little kinder calling the Revelry bar, “The perfect place in Auckland.”

Pink got down to some Kiwi tunes and the party ended around 2am.

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Watch: Rihanna unveils Savage x Fenty at New York Fashion Week, Gigi and Bella Hadid model in show

Rihanna unleashed the wild beast in a lush tropical land that turned to arid desert with women of all shapes, sizes and colours writhing, cackling, frolicking and stalking like animals for her second season of Savage x Fenty.

Her exotic world of bralettes, undies and pajamas was shown off in 50 looks amid a pond, hydroponics, moveable botanical biodomes and a plant growing station constructed deep inside a cavernous building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard as New York Fashion Week came to a close today.

"My mission is to just have women all over the world feel comfortable and sexy and have fun with lingerie," the pop star, fashion maven and beauty mogul told The Associated Press backstage after the unique show that had her crowd cheering.

"I think tonight was just one of those experiences that I wanted people to feel that energy. I wanted them to feel all the different body types, all the different women in different stages of their womanhood."

Rihanna's "beasts" came tattooed. They included two pregnant women showing off their swelled bellies with pride. Another was a nymph in neon green.

The famous model sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid were there, the former in browns, Bella in a soft blue.

All moved slowly through choreography at times, some beneath a waterfall, amid a set alive with fauna, greenery wending up two dome structures that moved slowly around as Rihanna's women slinked in and out.

At other times, women grouped together exploring their bodies as trios. One was very, very good at the splits.

"When you hear the word savage, it's pretty self-explanatory," Rihanna explained. "It's a confident word. It's a word that is fearless, and I feel like the women here tonight represented that word, savage, and I feel every woman has a savage inside of them, whether they found it or not. It's there."

The Savage x Fenty collection for fall-winter, fusing street style with bedroom ready for anything sexy, was available for purchase immediately after the show.

It comes in a range of neons, animal prints, nudes and neutrals, and tones of emerald, ruby and amethyst. There were new silhouettes when compared with her first highly successful season, cut high on the leg.

Bralettes and underwear were done in mesh, fishnet and lace. Pyjamas were oversized to be worn for day or night. Bodysuits ranged from knitted to barely there string options that revealed all, pasties in place. At least sometimes.

This savage world is available at SavageX.com, HarveyNichols.com, Zalendo.com and a pop-up shop in New York, with the Mall of America to follow.

The singer’s exotic world of bralettes, undies and pyjamas were shown off in 50 looks. Source: Associated Press


Consumption of full fat milk and cheese good for our hearts, new study says

A new UK study finds eating full fat dairy products like cheese and milk could actually be beneficial for our hearts.

People who consume three portions of dairy a day have a lower risk of stroke and heart disease, said researchers from King's London College.

This nine-year-study was based on data collected from 120,000 volunteers spanning 21 countries across the world.

Participants were placed into four groups, one which consumed no dairy, the other having less than one serving a day, another having two servings, and the last group having over two serving.

One serving equated to a cup of yogurt, a glass of milk, 15 grams of cheese or a teaspoon of butter.

Results showed marginal difference between eating full fat and low fat dairy foods, going against conventional health advice which urges people to limit their consumption of fatty foods.

“While this evidence shows that there is no added benefit in terms of cardiovascular risk in opting for low fat over high-fat milk, yoghurt or cheese, for those wanting to reduce their calorie intake, low-fat dairy may be a preferred option,” said Sarah Berry from King's London College.

Meanwhile, University of Cambridge professor Nita Fourouhi said to Evening Standard there was a need for further research on the matter, as it does not provide an explanation towards higher dairy intake and its relation to cardiovascular disease and premature deaths.

Channel Nine Australia’s Gabriella Rogers has more. Source: 1 NEWS


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