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October 2014

Opening Address to New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Conference

Thursday 30 October 2014, 4:07PM

We are all aware that New Zealand has one of the best health systems in the world. We are also aware that despite this we are faced with increasing levels of chronic diseases caused by poor lifestyle choices as well as an ageing population. This is why the work and promotion of self-care to our populations is so important
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New Zealand National Pharmacist Services’ Framework Released

Thursday 30 October 2014, 11:17AM

The Pharmaceutical Society is delighted to announce the release of the New Zealand Pharmacist Services’ Framework
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National youth mental health unit underway

Thursday 30 October 2014, 10:49AM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today turned the first sod at the site of the new $15.3 million national youth forensic mental health unit in Wellington
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All systems go with Christchurch Hospital Park & Ride shuttle service

Wednesday 29 October 2014, 5:18PM

Canterbury District Health Board’s Park & Ride shuttle service got fully into gear at Christchurch Hospital yesterday (Tuesday, October 28, 2014)
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Optimising the role of pharmacists

Wednesday 29 October 2014, 4:15PM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has announced the formation of a new steering group to explore optimising the role pharmacists play in community health care
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Johnson & Johnson Innovation Launches Asia Pacific Innovation Center and Announces New Alliances

Wednesday 29 October 2014, 2:49PM

Johnson & Johnson Innovation today announced the opening of the Asia Pacific Innovation Center, located in Shanghai with satellites in Singapore, Australia and Japan
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Tysabri (Natalizumab) reimbursed in New Zealand as treatment for relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis

Wednesday 29 October 2014, 9:49AM

New Zealand multiple sclerosis (MS) patients will have affordable access to an additional option for the treatment of relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) with news that PHARMAC will reimburse TYSABRI® (natalizumab)
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Three people have completed Ebola monitoring - all well

Wednesday 29 October 2014, 9:41AM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says three people entering New Zealand were identified for self-monitoring as healthcare workers helping in the response in West Africa, and all have now been cleared
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Depression initiative wins advertising awards

Wednesday 29 October 2014, 9:39AM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the National Depression Initiative has won two major advertising awards at the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) Effectiveness awards in London
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Honorary degrees for prominent New Zealanders

Wednesday 29 October 2014, 9:28AM

The University of Auckland is bestowing honorary doctorates on three prominent New Zealanders: Rt Hon. Sir Peter Blanchard, Sir Graeme Douglas and Sir David Levene, in recognition of their major contributions both to the University, and to the wider community
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Mercy Ships volunteers to feature on 7TWO's 'Mighty Ships'

Tuesday 28 October 2014, 2:46PM

The work of volunteers serving with the Mercy Ships charity onboard Africa Mercy, the world's largest charity hospital ship, will be featured in an hour-long episode of the TV series Mighty Ships
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Children in Laos to Benefit from Kiwi Ophthalmologist’s Expertise

Tuesday 28 October 2014, 2:09PM

A top paediatric ophthalmologist from Auckland Eye is helping train a specialist eye surgeon in Laos to deal with high levels of preventable blindness amongst children
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NZMA supports call for TPPA assessment

Tuesday 28 October 2014, 11:42AM

The NZMA supports the call by a number of other health sector organisations for an independent assessment of the impact of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPPA) on our health system and our ability to achieve legitimate public policy objectives, such as the protection of public health, safety and the environment
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Health professionals call on Groser to give trade deal a health check

Tuesday 28 October 2014, 11:17AM

Health professionals say a comprehensive health impact assessment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement must be carried out to protect the health of New Zealanders
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Auckland leads global asthma fight

Tuesday 28 October 2014, 10:06AM

A new global campaign to combat asthma is being led from Auckland
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Eye damage from novelty contact lenses a scary prospect this Halloween – ophthalmologists warn

Tuesday 28 October 2014, 9:51AM

Novelty contact lenses are sold in many different types of outlets and over the internet for decorative purposes
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VF releases sustainability & responsibility report

Tuesday 28 October 2014, 9:38AM

VF Corporation, a leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, today released its first comprehensive global Sustainability & Responsibility report
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Ebola: Médecins Sans Frontières urges immediate action on vaccines and treatments for frontline workers

Tuesday 28 October 2014, 9:12AM

Following a high level meeting on access and funding for Ebola vaccines convened by World Health Organization (WHO), Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) has urged that plans to get forthcoming Ebola vaccines and treatments to frontline workers must be rapidly implemented
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Feros care hits the world stage at leading-age hackfest in Nashville

Tuesday 28 October 2014, 8:52AM

Innovative aged care provider Feros Care joined around 80 other professionals and students from around the world to ‘Engage with Age’ as part of the 2014 LeadingAge HackFest held in Nashville this month
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NZ Deet Too High by International Standards - Pharmacist

Tuesday 28 October 2014, 8:43AM

New Zealand needs to review the high levels of Deet in its insect repellents, with many products containing up to 50% more of the neuro-toxic substance than recommended by international health regulations, according to a Kiwi pharmacist
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Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom to lead TGA review

Tuesday 28 October 2014, 8:30AM

The government has announced an independent review of the Therapeutic Goods Administration's (TGA) regulation of medicines and medical devices, headed by Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom
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Sierra Leone: MSF suspends emergency paediatric and maternal services in Gondama

Friday 24 October 2014, 2:36PM

Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) has taken the very difficult decision to temporarily suspend medical activities at Gondama Referral Centre (GRC), near Bo, because of the strain the current response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has put on the organisation’s capacity in the country
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Parking changes take effect from Tuesday 28 October

Friday 24 October 2014, 1:32PM

From Tuesday after labour weekend (28 October) parking is changing at Christchurch Hospital
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DHB Ceo’s bury head in sand over sonographer crisis

Friday 24 October 2014, 1:26PM

The crisis in sonographer retention has escalated to the point where the viability of a public service is perilously close to demise, according to the association representing sonographers nationwide
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Wairarapa’s needs assessments a one stop shop

Friday 24 October 2014, 1:19PM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today seen first-hand Wairarapa DHB’s innovative approach to streamlining the region’s needs assessments
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No increase for routine consultations

Thursday 23 October 2014, 3:17PM

Fees for routine consultations with your own West Coast District Health Board general practice will not change with the new fee schedule being introduced next month
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Fats in margarine good for your heart

Thursday 23 October 2014, 3:06PM

Do you know your MUFAs from your PUFAs? Are you eating too much saturated fat? And are you eating the right balance of omega fatty acids? It’s all a bit confusing isn’t it?
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Better emergency care at Wellington Hospital

Thursday 23 October 2014, 2:44PM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today visited Capital and Coast DHB which has made good progress on the government’s shorter stays in emergency department target
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Students over-estimate fertility

Thursday 23 October 2014, 12:14PM

University students in New Zealand significantly over-estimate both age-related fertility and the efficacy of fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF), according to a recent study
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Health sector passes annual check-up

Thursday 23 October 2014, 9:58AM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the annual report on Implementing the New Zealand Health Strategy 2014 shows that public health and disability services continue to offer better access to safe and effective care
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Coconut oil and the heart

Thursday 23 October 2014, 9:14AM

The New Zealand Heart Foundation is advising Kiwis to continue using unsaturated plant oils rather than switching to coconut oil as their main cooking oil
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Harvoni Will Keep Gilead Atop Hepatitis C Virus Treatment Landscape, says GlobalData Analyst

Thursday 23 October 2014, 8:39AM

The recent US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of Harvoni (ledipasvir/sofosbuvir), Gilead Sciences’ once-daily, single-tablet regimen to treat chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1 (GT1) infection in adults, will enable the company to maintain its dominance in an increasingly competitive market, says an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData
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Proposed IPO of Orion Health Group Ltd

Wednesday 22 October 2014, 4:28PM

Orion Health Group Limited (“Orion Health”), a global provider of healthcare software solutions, is considering an initial public offer of ordinary shares to clients of retail brokers in New Zealand and institutional investors
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Agencies well prepared in case of Ebola

Wednesday 22 October 2014, 4:20PM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says government agencies remain prepared to deal with any potential Ebola cases in New Zealand
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Allergic Conjunctivitis Treatment Market Growing Slowly to $1.44 Billion by 2018, says GlobalData

Wednesday 22 October 2014, 4:08PM

The loss of patent exclusivity on several key branded products and the lack of novel drugs will result in minimal growth of the allergic conjunctivitis treatment market
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New study demonstrates advances in creating treatment for common childhood blood cancer

Wednesday 22 October 2014, 3:46PM

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center conclude new drug in development may offer first alternative to standard chemotherapy for T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukem
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Give us our daily bread: backyard bird-feeders spend millions

Wednesday 22 October 2014, 3:28PM

The first-ever study of New Zealanders’ bird-feeding habits has found more than 5 million loaves of bread per year are fed to birds with an estimated $12.3 million spent annually on bird food, according to researchers at the University of Auckland
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Strong performance positions ACC well for the future

Wednesday 22 October 2014, 2:46PM

ACC achieved a strong financial performance in 2013/14 as it began a three-year programme to improve customer service and increase public trust and confidence, said ACC Board Chair, Paula Rebstock
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Kiwi start-up breaks the taboo

Tuesday 21 October 2014, 4:46PM

New Zealand based ConfiTEX™ announces that it is seeking support for the release of its new underwear range through crowdfunding
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New health resource encourages medication literacy

Tuesday 21 October 2014, 10:00AM

Pharmacists will be among those distributing a new health literacy resource, Let’s PLAN for better care
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