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July 2014

Funding puts asthma anomaly under scrutiny

Tuesday 29 July 2014, 1:40PM

Health researchers at Massey University have been awarded nearly $1.2 million to identify an anomaly in one particular underlying cause of asthma in New Zealand
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Charity walk and cycle to raise funds

Tuesday 29 July 2014, 1:33PM

Get your walking shoes and bikes out for the annual West Coast DHB’s Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal Charity Walk on Saturday 9 August
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Erin Simpson tackles new role as ambassador

Tuesday 29 July 2014, 11:44AM

Erin Simpson tackles new role as ambassador of the Asthma Foundation
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Nurses to play bigger role in bowel cancer care

Tuesday 29 July 2014, 11:36AM

Health Minister Tony Ryall has today announced specialist nurses will now be trained to perform colonoscopies, a diagnostic test which can identify whether a person has bowel cancer and can find and remove pre-cancerous growths
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Growth in health claims, premiums

Tuesday 29 July 2014, 10:43AM

Health insurers have seen modest growth in claims and premium over the past year as public health spending growth continues to be reined in
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New oral drug regimens for hardest-to-treat hep C patients

Tuesday 29 July 2014, 10:40AM

Two new pill-only antiviral drug regimens could provide shorter, more effective treatment options with fewer side effects for the majority of patients infected with hepatitis C [1], even those most difficult to treat, according to the results of two studies published in The Lancet
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Prevention not cure: Health on the high street key to NHS survival according to new report

Tuesday 29 July 2014, 9:49AM

A new cross-sector paper, We Are Primary Care, published today by a broad spectrum of primary care health professionals, urges the public and policy makers to look beyond general practice as the only alternative to hospital care
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Efficacy and safety profile of Pradaxa® (dabigatran etexilate) repeatedly confirmed

Monday 28 July 2014, 11:30AM

Boehringer Ingelheim wants to set the record straight following misleading statements that the British Medical Journal (BMJ) published today regarding Pradaxa® (dabigatran etexilate), as we are concerned that the reporting might put patients at risk of stopping their important stroke preventing medication
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Results of new study into low-back pain don’t justify change in paracetamol guidelines

Monday 28 July 2014, 8:57AM

The New Zealand Self Medication Industry (SMI) today suggested that the results of a new study into the use of paracetamol for acute low-back pain do not justify a change in paracetamol guidelines
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Speech to The Prostate Cancer Foundation in Wellington

Monday 28 July 2014, 8:34AM

Thank you for inviting me to your annual conference. It is my pleasure to be here to express my support for your organisation and to hear how your work is progressing
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Videoconferencing improving patient care

Friday 25 July 2014, 3:48PM

Health Minister Tony Ryall has been given a first-hand demonstration of a video link that gives patients in the small central North Island community of Taumarunui access to medical expertise from specialists at Waikato Hospital
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New food app puts the microscope on ingredients in foods

Friday 25 July 2014, 9:04AM

Kiwis have an easy new way to make the right food choices to meet their needs with the launch of New Zealand’s latest food app, Foodeye
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Pink envelopes smooth transition to hospital

Thursday 24 July 2014, 9:37AM

Transferring patient information between aged residential care providers and Palmerston North Hospital emergency services and wards has been made easier with the implementation of a bright ‘pink envelope’ service
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Students encouraged to be brave and never give up if they want to 'make it happen'

Thursday 24 July 2014, 9:24AM

Angela Francis, chief executive of the Asthma Foundation, shared her inspiring leadership journey with students at St Catherine's College, Wellington on Wednesday, 23 July as one of the nominated leaders of the 2014 Sir Peter Blake Trust Dream Team
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Toddlers now get benefits of probiotics

Thursday 24 July 2014, 9:10AM

Dunedin-based BLIS Technologies has launched a new probiotic powder suitable for children as young as six months old. The powder, part of the BLIS K12™ product range, is aimed at introducing healthy bacteria into the mouth and throats of young children to support ear, nose and throat health
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More political momentum needed to achieve Smokefree 2025 goal

Thursday 24 July 2014, 8:49AM

New research published in the New Zealand Medical Journal by ASPIRE 2025 researchers suggests the Government’s goal to achieve a Smokefree New Zealand by 2025 may be failing to gather the political momentum needed to ensure it is achieved
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Be Medicinewise this national pain week

Thursday 24 July 2014, 8:45AM

This National Pain Week (21 – 27 July 2014), NPS MedicineWise is urging people living with pain to know how to use pain relieving medicines safely, and to have a conversation with their health professional about both the type and dose of pain relief medicine that are right for them
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Lasting impact of pre-birth environment on future health

Wednesday 23 July 2014, 3:33PM

The Liggins Institute’s newest professor, paediatrician Paul Hofman will present his Inaugural Lecture “Persistent echoes of early life” at the University of Auckland on Wednesday 30 July at 5pm
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Helix Personas: the future of customer profiling in NZ

Wednesday 23 July 2014, 3:32PM

Roy Morgan Research has today launched Helix Personas to the New Zealand market at a special business briefing session in Auckland
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Measles update: Waikato DHB

Wednesday 23 July 2014, 3:28PM

Waikato District Health Board’s Population Health has been notified of 114 confirmed measles cases to date (23 July 2014). Over a third of the confirmed cases are household contacts of a confirmed case and were already placed in quarantine before they were unwell
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Study shows lowest HIV rates ever among injecting drug users

Wednesday 23 July 2014, 3:24PM

A recent study by the New Zealand Needle Exchange has revealed the HIV prevalence rate amongst injecting drug users in New Zealand to have fallen to just 0.2 percent; the lowest ever recorded in New Zealand and likely the lowest anywhere in the world
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St John is New Zealand’s most trusted charity

Wednesday 23 July 2014, 3:22PM

St John is proud to announce it has been voted the Most Trusted Charity in the highly competitive and respected Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brands Awards
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Winter chill stretches hospital capacity

Wednesday 23 July 2014, 8:32AM

A high number of presentations due to winter respiratory illness in the community is stretching capacity at North Shore and Waitakere Hospitals
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Using synthetic biology to make new antibiotics

Tuesday 22 July 2014, 10:42AM

Research at Victoria University of Wellington could lead to a new generation of antibiotics, helping tackle the global issue of ‘superbugs’ that are resistant to modern medicine
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Massey research on effect of near-death experiences

Tuesday 22 July 2014, 10:04AM

How does a close brush with death lead to a better life? It is known that nudging extinction can bring about dramatic life changes, and a Massey psychology student is researching the near-death experience phenomenon
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Measles case confirmed in Tairawhiti

Monday 21 July 2014, 9:49AM

A primary school boy has returned from the Waikato with measles. “This young chap unfortunately was not immunised and must have come into contact with someone with measles”, said Dr Bruce Duncan, Medical Officer of Health
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Improving prepayment electricity schemes could benefit households

Monday 21 July 2014, 9:30AM

As power prices continue in an upward trend as reported in the latest Consumer Price Index, a new study shows households looking to find ways to make savings could benefit from using prepayment metering
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Community Pharmacy Leaders Forum

Friday 18 July 2014, 3:45PM

The Community Pharmacy Leaders Forum (CPLF) met this week as part of its regular ongoing meeting schedule
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Precautionary recall of Amoxicillin Actavis Powder

Friday 18 July 2014, 1:12PM

Auckland, 17 July 2014 - Actavis New Zealand Ltd confirms that as a precautionary measure and in close co-ordination with the New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority, Medsafe, in New Zealand, the company has issued a consumer level recall of all batches of Amoxicillin Actavis Powder for Oral Suspension 125mg/5mL and 250mg/5mL. This recall is being madeto all pharmacies, pharmaceutical wholesalers and consumers
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More kidney transplants expected each year

Friday 18 July 2014, 11:01AM

Health Minister Tony Ryall has announced the government is investing an extra $4 million to establish a National Renal Transplant Service to increase the number of live kidney donor transplantations over the next few years
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Serious flaws in rare disorders medicine fund proposal

Friday 18 July 2014, 8:49AM

Patient advocates are rallying support for submissions to Pharmac about the U-turn they have made on medicine funding for ultra-rare disorders
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Glass fragments in Actavis brand of oral liquid Amoxicillin prompts recall

Thursday 17 July 2014, 10:53AM

Glass fragments found in two bottles of the Actavis brand of amoxicillin oral liquid have prompted a recall by the company
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More places earmarked for rural medical students

Wednesday 16 July 2014, 3:23PM

Health Minister Tony Ryall has today announced there will be an additional 34 medical places for students next year at our two medical schools, including more positions earmarked for rural students
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Pharmac looks to Pasifika community for new advisory committee members

Wednesday 16 July 2014, 2:57PM

Pharmac has appointed three new members to its Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC), all with strong links to the Pasifika community
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Fewer medicines subsidised in New Zealand than Australia

Tuesday 15 July 2014, 3:34PM

New Zealand has economical medicines policies, but subsidises fewer medicines and fewer new drugs, compared to Australia and other countries
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Students oppose library closure

Tuesday 15 July 2014, 2:58PM

Elizabeth Berryman, President of the Otago University Medical Students’ Association, is today condemning the closure of the only dedicated library and study space for health professional students.
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The Value of Medicines Award celebrates New Zealand’s finest health researcher

Tuesday 15 July 2014, 2:28PM

The 2014 Value of Medicines Award is now open for entries
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Having it out with Gout

Tuesday 15 July 2014, 1:22PM

For gout sufferers, the inflammatory affliction can cause feelings of embarrassment, denial, guilt and a lot of pain. Issue 3 of Pacific Peoples Health describes how New Zealand has been tagged the ‘Gout Capital of the World’ with many people suffering from the form of arthritis, caused by elevated uric acid levels in the blood
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NZAF to take its distinctive perspective to AIDS2014 Melbourne

Tuesday 15 July 2014, 8:43AM

The New Zealand AIDS Foundation has committed to a large programme at the upcoming conference in Melbourne, Australia. The team has several opportunities to present and share why our HIV prevention programme works
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Well well well… we’re the Well Foundation

Monday 14 July 2014, 5:03PM

A dynamic new charity – the Well Foundation – has launched and is ready to help Waitemata District Health Board meet its promise of “best care for everyone
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