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August 2014

New patient IT system for South Island hospitals

Friday 29 August 2014, 9:36AM

Health Minister Tony Ryall has given the go-ahead for the introduction of a single patient information system to all hospitals in the South Island
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Reducing pain, increasing prevention

Friday 29 August 2014, 8:44AM

A re-elected National government will invest $50 million extra of new money over the next three years in a plan to help New Zealanders live free from bone, muscle and joint pain and provide thousands more people with elective surgery
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More action needed on alcohol law reform, says NZMA

Friday 29 August 2014, 8:43AM

An editorial in today’s [29 August] New Zealand Medical Journal, drives home the message that New Zealand has too many risky drinkers, and too little alcohol law reform, says the New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA)
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Gobal Ice Bucket Challenge helps change the lives of kiwis living with MND

Thursday 28 August 2014, 4:33PM

The global social media phenomenon, the Ice Bucket Challenge, has bought in much needed funds for kiwis living with MND and raised unprecedented awareness of the fatal disease says Beth Watson, President of the Motor Neurone Disease Association of New Zealand
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Cancer treatment to be sped up even further

Thursday 28 August 2014, 2:59PM

If your doctor suspects you have cancer, the Government will ensure you see a cancer specialist and receive treatment faster than ever before
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Auckland measles outbreak over

Thursday 28 August 2014, 12:16PM

After nearly three months with no new confirmed cases, Auckland’s measles outbreak is officially over
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Excellence and impact for top quality research

Thursday 28 August 2014, 11:10AM

Research that is both scientifically excellent in the international setting and has significant community impact was discussed by a panel of experts in a seminar at the University of Auckland this week
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World Health Organization holds groundbreaking health and climate conference

Thursday 28 August 2014, 11:07AM

The World Health Organization (WHO) is holding its first conference on climate change and health at its headquarters in Geneva this week, with New Zealand health experts in attendance
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Showcasing the newest member of the Tick family

Thursday 28 August 2014, 9:33AM

The Heart Foundation’s Tick family has grown even bigger with the introduction of ‘Two Ticks’, making it easier for Kiwis to identify the core foods used in a healthy diet
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Ball starts rolling on Taranaki Stoptober event

Thursday 28 August 2014, 9:26AM

A giant red disc rolls into town on September 12 as New Plymouth prepares to join the country’s first stop smoking month, Stoptober
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Jacobs Diversity Committee produces winning results

Thursday 28 August 2014, 8:36AM

For the 17th year in a row the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust is once again proud to celebrate the fantastic organisations across New Zealand who are leading the way in workplace diversity
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Revolutionary handheld DNA diagnostic unit allows lab-quality analysis in the field

Wednesday 27 August 2014, 9:44AM

A revolutionary handheld and battery-powered DNA diagnostic device invented at the University of Otago is poised to become a commonly used field tool for rapidly detecting suspected viruses or bacteria in samples while also determining the level of infection
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VTE risk of drospirenone-containing oral contraceptives analysed in prospective study

Wednesday 27 August 2014, 9:29AM

Data from prospective study of more than 85,000 women suggests no significant difference regardless of hormone compared in study
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Cross-party consensus on climate change critical says Climate and Health Council

Wednesday 27 August 2014, 8:49AM

Senior NZ health professionals welcome recent policy announcements on climate change by major political parties, saying cross-party consensus is critical to address this leading health issue
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NZMA welcomes fluoride report

Tuesday 26 August 2014, 3:06PM

The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) welcomes the report released by the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Professor Peter Gluckman, examining the scientific evidence for and against community water fluoridation
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Ethiopia: Tens of thousands of South Sudanese refugees receive cholera vaccine

Tuesday 26 August 2014, 1:15PM

A vaccine against cholera is being used on a large scale for the first time in Ethiopia by teams from the international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders)
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Performance in primary health targets almost doubles in past year

Tuesday 26 August 2014, 1:00PM

The Canterbury District Health Board’s performance against its toughest health targets have paid off with an almost 40 percent increase over the past year
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Health services focused on prevention

Tuesday 26 August 2014, 12:47PM

The latest National Health Target results show more New Zealanders are getting help to quit smoking and getting checked to see if they are at risk of developing diabetes or heart diseaseiuuu
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West Coast DHB health targets improve

Tuesday 26 August 2014, 12:40PM

The West Coast District Health Board’s fourth quarter performance against the National Health Targets has improved, or equalled in all results, bar immunisations
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Blind ignorance

Tuesday 26 August 2014, 12:26PM

Thousands of New Zealanders have problems with their vision every year
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Goodbye Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

Tuesday 26 August 2014, 10:58AM

Northland DHB will soon be walking the talk by eradicating all sugar-sweetened beverages on-site
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Breakthrough in diabetes research: single mechanism may cause both types of disease

Monday 25 August 2014, 3:41PM

University of Auckland scientists are reporting a major new development in diabetes research with the discovery of a single molecular mechanism they believe triggers both major forms of the disease
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Funding boost for rest homes & dementia care

Monday 25 August 2014, 3:04PM

The National-led Government is increasing the rest home bed subsidy by $10 million a year – a 5 per cent increase – as part of the government's ongoing plan to meet the changing needs of our population
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APC Colloquium 2014 – That’s a wrap!

Monday 25 August 2014, 10:43AM

The Australian Pharmacy Council’s 2014 Colloquium, “Mysteries of Time and Space: Preparing future practitioners for patient centred care”, was held on Tuesday 19th August 2014 at Rydges Southbank, Brisbane
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New premises for Pharmacy 547

Friday 22 August 2014, 4:20PM

Hamilton’s specialised community pharmacy - Pharmacy 547 - has moved to new premises
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Médecins Sans Frontières to hold Recruitment Information Evening in Auckland

Friday 22 August 2014, 2:53PM

Médecins Sans Frontières is a leading international medical humanitarian organisation providing assistance to people in need in over 70 countries around the world
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Review finds community water fluoridation safe and effective

Friday 22 August 2014, 2:42PM

A review of the scientific evidence for and against the efficacy and safety of fluoridation of public water supplies has found that the levels of fluoridation used in New Zealand create no health risks and provide protection against tooth decay
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Expert scientific fluoridation findings welcomed

Friday 22 August 2014, 2:33PM

DHBs across the Northern region have welcomed the findings of an expert scientific review of fluoridation of public water supplies finding ‘compelling evidence’ of dental health benefits for New Zealanders
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Capital & Coast DHB Crown monitor appointed

Friday 22 August 2014, 2:09PM

Health Minister Tony Ryall has today announced the appointment of Dr Margaret Wilsher as the replacement crown monitor for Capital and Coast District Health Board (DHB)
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Operative care needed for NZ homes

Friday 22 August 2014, 10:21AM

Medical students can normally be found tucked away in a library, but today they ventured onto the streets to perform an ‘operation’ on a ‘sick’ house, taking their call for improved housing standards to unfamiliar territories
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Wholesale pharmaceutical businesses given clearance to merge

Friday 22 August 2014, 10:10AM

The Commerce Commission has granted clearance to CDC Pharmaceuticals Limited (CDC) and Pharmacy Wholesalers (Central) Limited (PWL Central) to merge their respective businesses
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Dematic’s New Modular GTP system to deliver 500% picking efficiency improvements in Pharmaceutical Distribution Centres

Friday 22 August 2014, 9:08AM

Global engineering and logistics automation company, Dematic, today announced the launch of its Modular Goods-to-Person storage and retrieval system to the Australian and New Zealand pharmaceutical market that can deliver a picking rate improvement of 500% compared to a traditional environment
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Needs of Māori a priority to address poor stomach cancer survival - researchers

Thursday 21 August 2014, 10:30AM

New research shows that Māori diagnosed with stomach cancer are 27% less likely to survive than non-Māori, prompting calls for recently-released national stomach cancer standards to prioritise the needs of Māori
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Social networks key to improving health in New Zealand

Thursday 21 August 2014, 8:49AM

Turning conventional thinking about health and healthcare on its head by championing social networks is vital if New Zealanders want to improve their health outcomes, and ultimately save the nation money, says a leading public health expert
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Obesity affects breast cancer treatment

Wednesday 20 August 2014, 3:07PM

Obesity may affect a common drug that is used as part of the treatment to fight breast cancer in post-menopausal women
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Two new treatments funded for blood disorders and cancers

Wednesday 20 August 2014, 11:04AM

Up to 400 patients a year are likely to live longer as a result of PHARMAC funding two new medicines
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Future of healthcare pay-for-performance schemes thrown into doubt

Wednesday 20 August 2014, 8:28AM

The effectiveness of the widespread use of pay-for-performance schemes in hospitals has been thrown into doubt by new research revealing reductions in patient death rates are just a short-term effect
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Sentence handed down after steroid ring uncovered

Tuesday 19 August 2014, 4:47PM

The head of a steroid ring has been imprisoned for 9 months and 3 weeks for the illegal supply of medicines
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Commerce Commission launches website for health sector

Tuesday 19 August 2014, 4:16PM

The Commerce Commission has today launched a new website aimed at helping the health sector understand more about competition and consumer laws and what they need to do to comply
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Ensuring New Zealand is prepared for Ebola

Tuesday 19 August 2014, 12:58PM

Public health officers are being given additional powers to hold aeroplanes and ships at the border if there is a sufficient concern that a person on board is infected with the Ebola virus, says Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew
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