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Quitting smoking could be best Christmas present

Tuesday 20 December 2011, 10:46AM

Smokers can give themselves and their families the best Christmas present by kicking the habit, says the Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand
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Community pharmacies are holiday heroes

Tuesday 20 December 2011, 10:05AM

Community pharmacies are holiday heroes for families who have health emergencies or run out of medicines while away from home, says the Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (Inc) President, Karen Crisp
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Pregnancy warning on alcohol products

Friday 16 December 2011, 1:59PM

Alcohol Healthwatch is pleased that, after more than a decade of dithering, there will finally be a pregnancy warning on all alcohol products in Australia and New Zealand
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CROSSMARK celebrates successful year across the business - 16 Dec

Friday 16 December 2011, 1:52PM

CROSSMARK has delivered on its business plan in 2011, to make the company more efficient for clients with a new executive structure and cutting-edge technology advances, plus creating a more environmentally sustainable organisation
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HRC & Ministry of Health to halve NZ smoker rates by 2020

Thursday 15 December 2011, 4:47PM

HRC and the Ministry of Health invest in new research to halve the number of New Zealand smokers by 2020
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Investment in medicines highest in PHARMAC history

Thursday 15 December 2011, 2:12PM

A surge in the medicines budget over the past three years, combined with PHARMAC’s savings programmes, has seen PHARMAC investing heavily in new medicines
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New Zealand innovation revolutionises natural healthcare worldwide

Thursday 15 December 2011, 9:33AM

Global leaders in the production of therapeutic grade manuka honey, Manuka Health, have revealed the next step in their evolution towards becoming a worldwide force in the natural healthcare industry
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Getting paid to sleep on the job

Thursday 15 December 2011, 9:25AM

Elizabeth has been part of a training program at her work designed to nurture staff and help them be at their most productive by allowing them to nap for 30 minutes after lunch every day
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Guild welcomes $12 million rheumatic fever funding boost

Wednesday 14 December 2011, 9:18AM

All New Zealanders will reap a benefit from the doubling in funding dedicated to fighting rheumatic fever, says the Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand Chief Executive, Annabel Young
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New community respite care programme starts next month

Monday 12 December 2011, 2:53PM

A service giving older people the opportunity to have respite care in a homely and comfortable setting is starting on the West Coast next month
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Updated Pharmacy Translation Kit now in 11 languages

Monday 12 December 2011, 9:04AM

Patients who have difficulty with the English language can now get good healthy advice in one of 11 languages from their community pharmacy, thanks to the updated Pharmacy Translation Kit
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Confusion around Fats Could Scupper Kiwi Health Efforts

Thursday 08 December 2011, 3:47PM

Lack of understanding means Kiwis may be missing out on healthy fats, says leading New Zealand nutritionist
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Exotic mosquitoes intercepted at Ports of Auckland

Thursday 08 December 2011, 1:26PM

Local residents close to the ports of Auckland and Tauranga are being asked to keep a look out after two unwanted species of mosquito were found on a visiting cargo ship
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One Heart Many Lives supporting health and competition at IronMāori

Friday 02 December 2011, 9:51AM

The IronMāori event in Napier on 3 December is serious competition but brings a serious health message too, says PHARMAC’s Māori health manager Marama Parore
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GPs need better information: Atlantis Healthcare survey

Thursday 01 December 2011, 1:10PM

The majority of NZ doctors lack understanding of whether their patients take their medicines as recommended and are keen to learn more about this and how to deal with it, according to a recent survey of New Zealand GPs
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Comvita skincare awarded Natural Products Association seal

Wednesday 30 November 2011, 4:54PM

Global natural health and beauty products company Comvita has won certification by the prestigious U.S-based Natural Products Association™ (NPA) for its skin care range
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High DHA fish oil improves memory in healthy adults

Wednesday 30 November 2011, 4:26PM

Fish is often referred to as brain food. Alongside a decent whack of protein and minerals, it is thought that the main constituent in fish that supports brain function is docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)
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Key antioxidants may help maintain healthy vision

Monday 28 November 2011, 11:09AM

Age-related vision problems affect one in seven New Zealanders over the age of 50
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Australians have better and faster access to medicines than New Zealanders, new study shows

Friday 25 November 2011, 3:13PM

A new study comparing access to prescription medicines in New Zealand with that in Australia highlights the alarming deficiencies of the medicines system across the Tasman, Medicines Australia chief executive Dr Brendan Shaw said today
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NZMJ article comparing medicines access - Medicines New Zealand responds

Friday 25 November 2011, 3:09PM

Debate about the optimal level of medicines access for New Zealand patients has received a substantial contribution from internationally respected health economic analysts
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Submissions sought on proposed amendments to the Cosmetic Products Group Standard 2006

Thursday 24 November 2011, 9:31AM

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is calling for submissions on a suite of proposed amendments to the Cosmetic Products Group Standard
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CROSSMARK New Zealand opens new Auckland office - 22 Nov

Wednesday 23 November 2011, 8:47AM

Australasia’s largest retail marketing services company CROSSMARK has opened a new office in Auckland as part of an aggressive new business drive, which saw the recent appointment of a new Managing Director and executive restructure
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Focus on prevention this Diabetes Awareness Week

Friday 18 November 2011, 9:03AM

Amongst high income countries, New Zealand has the fourth highest rate of diabetes in the world. There are almost 200,000 New Zealanders with diagnosed diabetes and it is estimated that a further 100,000 people are undiagnosed. The prevalence of diabetes in New Zealand is increasing at a rate of 8-9% per year with Type 2 diabetes recently being described in The Lancet as a ‘pandemic’
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Community pharmacy welcomes an increased role in warfarin monitoring

Thursday 17 November 2011, 3:52PM

An announcement by the Health Minister, Tony Ryall, that the Government intends to launch a nationwide pharmacy-based warfarin monitoring service is welcome news for the future of community pharmacy, says the Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand President, Karen Crisp
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NZ’s Simpl wins major UK health deal

Thursday 17 November 2011, 3:50PM

Leading New Zealand-owned IT Systems Integrator, Simpl has notched up another major win in the global health market, securing a multi-million dollar contract to deliver and support a Single Community Care Record (SCCR) solution for UK National Health Service’s Torbay Care Trust
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Diabetes Awareness Week 15-21 November - Diabetes New Zealand's tips

Tuesday 15 November 2011, 4:28PM

Diabetes is one of New Zealand’s biggest health problems. Over 200,000 New Zealanders have diabetes and it is growing rapidly - every day 40 more people are diagnosed
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Smile. World-first probiotic for naturally healthier teeth and gums available in NZ

Tuesday 15 November 2011, 4:13PM

A mint formulated to support the oral health of adults and children is now available in New Zealand
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Griffith secures ground breaking pharmacy project

Thursday 10 November 2011, 1:22PM

Griffith University has secured $2.1 million research funding through the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. The Griffith Health Institute research will significantly increase the role of the community pharmacy when working with people with mental health problems
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Secret deal could harm health for short-term trade gains

Wednesday 09 November 2011, 11:19AM

The Public Health Association (PHA) is calling for openness on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) because the agreement could harm our health future
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Keeping Kiwis healthy

Wednesday 09 November 2011, 9:31AM

Affordable, accessible healthcare; early intervention and a focus on children’s health are top health priorities for Labour, Health spokesperson Grant Robertson says
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A prescription for prevention

Monday 07 November 2011, 8:43AM

Medicine-related hospital admissions could be reduced by a simple initiative designed and implemented by researchers at the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Pharmacy
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Living it up? Look after your liver

Friday 04 November 2011, 9:11AM

The liver detoxifies or processes everything we eat, drink and breathe, including prescription drugs and environmental toxins. When the liver is overburdened it may lead to poor health and disease. So maybe it’s time to think about a detox programme
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AIA launches first-ever pan Asia-Pacific Healthy Living Index

Wednesday 02 November 2011, 3:42PM

AIA Australia's leading medical professional sounds alarm bell on spiraling obesity crisis
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Guild invites politicians to be seen in community pharmacy

Wednesday 02 November 2011, 10:01AM

The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand wants MPs and candidates on the election trail to be seen in pharmacies around the country as a way of demonstrating their interest in their local community’s health needs
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New Sun Protection Alert will help protect Kiwis’ skin this summer

Wednesday 02 November 2011, 9:20AM

From next month, New Zealanders will have a new, easy-to-use tool that tells them when they need to protect their skin from the sun, with specific reference to where in the country they live
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Guild welcomes amendments to the Pharmaceutical Schedule

Tuesday 01 November 2011, 10:50AM

The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand welcomes changes announced by PHARMAC to the General Rules in the Pharmaceutical Schedule that will allow pharmacists to amend certain types of prescriptions
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Papers reveal Pharmac’s cautious approach with new anticoagulant drug

Monday 31 October 2011, 3:59PM

Papers released by Pharmac today outline the careful consideration given before funding was approved for the new-generation anticoagulant drug dabigatran (Pradaxa)
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Discovery offers new hope for drug addiction treatments

Monday 31 October 2011, 8:30AM

Users of heroin and other addictive opioids may be spared from distressing withdrawal symptoms in the future thanks to a research breakthrough by University of Sydney scientists
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Party drug's brain tricks explained for first time

Friday 28 October 2011, 8:39AM

A researcher at the University of Sydney has for the first time explained how the increasingly common street drug mephedrone affects the brain, helping to explain why it is potentially such an addictive substance
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New study supports benefit of GARDASIL for males

Thursday 27 October 2011, 2:47PM

Results of a US study, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), support the growing body of evidence that GARDASIL® helps prevents not just females, but also males from developing certain human papillomavirus (HPV) related pre-cancers, cancers and other disease
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