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November 2014

Potentially toxic cyanobacteria health warnings

Friday 21 November 2014, 1:41PM

Health warnings have been put in place at two Canterbury rivers following the detection of potentially toxic algae (benthic cyanobacteria), while a health warning has been lifted for potentially toxic algae (planktonic cyanobacteria) for Lake Forsyth//Wairewa
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Dropping ANZTPA joint regulatory agency a wise decision

Friday 21 November 2014, 12:18PM

Dropping the proposed Australia New Zealand Therapeutic Products Agency (ANZTPA) is a wise decision, says the Medical Technology Association of New Zealand (MTANZ)
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New data show dabigatran-specific antidote idarucizumab* restores blood clotting mechanism in humans

Friday 21 November 2014, 11:33AM

New data on the investigational antidote idarucizumab show that it can reverse the effect of the oral anticoagulant Pradaxa® (dabigatran etexilate) on both blood coagulation and the blood clotting mechanism
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Future Bleak for Novartis’ Panobinostat in Relapsed/Refractory Multiple Myeloma, says GlobalData Analyst

Friday 21 November 2014, 8:46AM

Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee’s negative vote to approve Novartis’ panobinostat (Farydak) casts doubt on drug’s future
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NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved

Friday 21 November 2014, 8:42AM

Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia
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Joint statement by Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Health for Australia, and Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health for New Zealand, regarding ANZTPA

Thursday 20 November 2014, 3:24PM

The Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Health for Australia, and the Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health for New Zealand, today announced their governments’ agreement to cease efforts to establish a joint therapeutic products regulator, the Australia New Zealand Therapeutic Products Agency (ANZTPA)
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Medicine regulation upgrade planned

Thursday 20 November 2014, 3:23PM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government will upgrade New Zealand’s therapeutic products regulation following the decision not to proceed with a joint regulator with Australia
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Strike action averted as DHBs and Sonographers reach agreement over workforce crisis

Thursday 20 November 2014, 2:27PM

Strike action by DHB employed sonographers has been averted by a settlement negotiated between the sonographers union (APEX) and DHBs South of Auckland
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Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme

Thursday 20 November 2014, 9:32AM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has agreed to explore a proposal put forward by DHBs to move implementation of the shared services programme to a DHB-owned vehicle
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E-cigarettes significantly reduce tobacco cravings

Thursday 20 November 2014, 9:20AM

Electronic cigarettes offer smokers a realistic way to kick their tobacco smoking addiction
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Despite patent cliffs, pharmaceutical market shows signs of stability, says GlobalData

Thursday 20 November 2014, 9:00AM

Analysis of 30 leading pharmaceutical companies shows combined revenues of $718.7 billion in 2013, down just 0.2% from 2012
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Nurse's IT innovation improves arthritis care

Wednesday 19 November 2014, 2:35PM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says an innovative IT programme is enabling arthritis patients at the Hutt Valley DHB to self-monitor in the community, freeing up hospital resources for the sickest patients
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What’s your Wellness Score?

Wednesday 19 November 2014, 11:37AM

New quiz to provide personal and national view of Kiwis’ health and happiness
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Actavis Continues Consolidation March with Highly Priced Allergan Deal, says GlobalData Director

Wednesday 19 November 2014, 8:40AM

Integration of Allergan and Forest Laboratories will help grow Actavis to a $22 billion healthcare company in 2015
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Medical research award for leading paediatrician

Tuesday 18 November 2014, 3:14PM

An international expert in neonatal treatment and care, and one of New Zealand’s leading paediatricians, has been awarded the University of Auckland’s premier medical research award, the Gluckman Medal
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Running dogs helped save my life

Tuesday 18 November 2014, 2:36PM

Fiona Turner loves her dogs and doing dog agility courses
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Green Cross Health positions for future as New Zealand leader in provision of primary healthcare services

Monday 17 November 2014, 4:23PM

Green Cross Health Limited is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement to acquire Access Homehealth Limited (Access), a provider of home healthcare services to more than 16,000 people in New Zealand
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New patient information sharing system introduced

Monday 17 November 2014, 3:56PM

From today the West Coast health system has introduced HealthOne, a new electronic patient information system to assist health professionals with continuity of care
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NZ steps up support for fight against Ebola

Monday 17 November 2014, 3:15PM

Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman and Foreign Minister Murray McCully have outlined further support from New Zealand to help combat the spread of Ebola
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Quitting smoking is the only way for COPD sufferers to prolong their lives

Monday 17 November 2014, 3:02PM

Over 200,000 New Zealanders suffer from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), a chronic lung disease that is usually caused by smoking. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death after cancer, heart disease and stroke but is almost entirely preventable by avoiding exposure to tobacco smoke. This World COPD Day the message is that suffers who smoke need to quit now
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Oral health grant recipients announced

Monday 17 November 2014, 2:02PM

Dental aid to remote Fijian islands, ensuring Hamilton’s homeless have access to oral health services and the study of developmental defects among children are just three of the projects being supported by the Wrigley Company Foundation and the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA)
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Asthma NZ warns more Kiwis will die without better COPD awareness

Monday 17 November 2014, 1:39PM

Asthma NZ is warning Kiwis of the growing burden of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), one it says few New Zealanders are aware of despite it being the fourth leading cause of death in this country behind heart disease, cancer and stroke
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Strategy needed to avert health funding crisis

Monday 17 November 2014, 11:56AM

A strategy to avoid a looming public health financing crisis is among recommendations from the health insurance industry contained in a briefing paper for Government ministers released today
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New Zealanders urged to go easy on their use of antibiotics

Monday 17 November 2014, 9:34AM

It’s Antibiotic Awareness Week and New Zealanders are being urged to go easy on their use of antibiotics
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More resources for diabetes welcomed

Friday 14 November 2014, 11:32AM

“The Government’s new suite of resources for upskilling the diabetes health workforce and supporting people with diabetes is welcome and it comes not a moment too soon,” Diabetes NZ President Chris Baty said today
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More screening & resources to combat diabetes

Friday 14 November 2014, 10:27AM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more Kiwis are being screened for diabetes, and more support is being offered to those living with the condition
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Cross-agency Ebola exercise a success

Friday 14 November 2014, 8:22AM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says New Zealand is prepared to respond to a range of potential scenarios involving Ebola, with a table-top exercise held in Wellington today as part of ongoing readiness activities
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First trials for Ebola treatments to start at Medecines San Frontieres sites in December

Thursday 13 November 2014, 1:39PM

In the absence of specific treatments for Ebola, international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) announced today that it will host clinical trials in three Ebola treatment centres in West Africa
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A new understanding of self-management could improve the health outcomes for people living with diabetes

Thursday 13 November 2014, 10:48AM

Over 240,000 people in New Zealand are living with diabetes and every day 50 more are diagnosed
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Tobacco prices increasing? Give quitting a go now and save your cash

Wednesday 12 November 2014, 5:09PM

Tobacco prices are proposed to rise by 10% on January 1, 2015
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Smartphone users needed for nutrition trial

Wednesday 12 November 2014, 3:18PM

An exciting five-week study on nutrition labelling is underway at the National Institute for Health Innovation at the University of Auckland
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Ministry of Health release - Advice around measles case

Wednesday 12 November 2014, 3:03PM

People who travelled on an international flight which landed in Auckland earlier this month are being advised that a child on the flight has since developed measles
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Community and national leaders lined up to attend Buddy Day

Wednesday 12 November 2014, 2:21PM

Buddy Day, taking place this Friday (14 November), is shaping up to be an action-packed event with overwhelming support from community and national leaders in the four participating centres of Wellington, Tauranga, Hamilton and Auckland
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Celebrity Trade Me auction raises awareness for child abuse prevention

Wednesday 12 November 2014, 1:20PM

The message that it’s up to all of us to keep kids safe was shared more than 16,000 times last week, thanks to the recent creativity of some household Kiwi names
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Say NO to pNeumO

Wednesday 12 November 2014, 9:58AM

Throughout the world, pneumonia causes more deaths than any other infectious disease
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Memorandum of Agreement acknowledges important and enduring relationship

Wednesday 12 November 2014, 9:47AM

The signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between Kōkiri Marae Seaview and Tū Kotahi Māori Asthma Trust and the University of Otago next week will formalise a relationship that began more than 30 years ago
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Innovative eHealth idea wins $10,000

Wednesday 12 November 2014, 9:24AM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has congratulated the winner of a challenge to find innovative IT ideas to improve health services
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Biologics to Complement Statins in Cholesterol Treatment Space, says GlobalData Analyst

Wednesday 12 November 2014, 8:34AM

Biologics will play an influential role in shaping the future of cardiovascular (CV) drug treatment, as these and other emerging therapies will compete for patients who cannot tolerate statins, or for whom statin therapy alone is insufficient, according to an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData
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Speech to Health Informatics NZ Conference, Auckland

Tuesday 11 November 2014, 4:53PM

Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman's speech to the Health Informatics NZ Conference in Auckland
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Ebola: Hard-won gains in Liberia must not be undermined

Tuesday 11 November 2014, 1:44PM

International response must adapt to changing epidemic pattern
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