first_imgNZ Herald 6 August 2017The number of Kiwis getting medical intervention for eating disorders has increased by more than 40 per cent in the last five years.But sufferers’ families say there are still not enough hospital beds to keep up with demand.In 2011, Ministry of Health-funded specialist services treated 894 people who were critically unwell through illnesses such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorders.Last year, 1290 New Zealanders with severe eating disorders were treated through these services.Four years ago the ministry said the number of beds in hospital mental health wards and residential facilities for people with severe eating disorders had increased from 12 to 27 since 2009.Today however the ministry says it doesn’t know how many beds are allocated specifically to people battling eating disorders as its data does not identify mental health beds by diagnosis.READ MORE: read more

first_imgMASON CITY — The fall Seniors and Law Enforcement Together Forum takes place tomorrow morning in Mason City, and the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff Kevin Pals says Investigator Al Perales with the Iowa Attorney General’s office will be giving a presentation about ongoing scams targeting seniors.“Unfortunately it’s still happening in North Iowa. I know just in the Sheriff’s Office alone, we get weekly calls of people trying to get scammed over the telephone. It is the number one scam way that we see in North Iowa, the internet is second, and mail would be the last, but unfortunately people are still falling for these scams. It’s hard to understand for us, but you know we’re not in their position.”Pals says Perales will talk with seniors about easy ways not to fall victim to a scammer.  “Number one thing he’s going to tell everybody, if you don’t recognize the number, don’t answer the phone. Your bank doesn’t call you on the phone and ask personal information…Social Security doesn’t do that, and they don’t change your Social Security number. Any credit card company, they don’t call you on the phone and try to get information, they already have it. That’s the number one thing, but it’s still happening.”Law enforcement agencies will also have booths set up and give updates, and a representative of the Community Health Center will also give a presentation. The SALT Forum takes place at the Grace Church at 440 North Illinois from 8:30 until noon tomorrow morning.last_img read more