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October 2014

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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Everyone has a part to play in infection prevention and control

Tuesday 21 October 2014, 9:44AM

International Infection Prevention Week, October 20-26, is a reminder that infection prevention and control is everyone’s business and responsibility – whether you are a patient, family member or health care professional, says the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s Dr Sally Roberts
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New medicine listings improve treatment options for people with respiratory conditions

Tuesday 21 October 2014, 8:32AM

PHARMAC decisions to fund four new medicines will improve treatment options for over 10,000 people with a wide range of respiratory conditions
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Volunteers needed for nutrition study

Monday 20 October 2014, 10:16AM

An exciting new study on nutrition labelling is underway at the National Institute for Health Innovation at the University of Auckland, and volunteers are needed to take part
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Statement of preliminary issues for GlaxoSmithKline’s application to acquire Novartis’ consumer healthcare business

Monday 20 October 2014, 9:20AM

The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to an application for GlaxoSmithKline to acquire Novartis’ consumer healthcare business
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Trilogy International announces appointment of Angela Buglass as Managing Director

Monday 20 October 2014, 9:10AM

Trilogy International Limited (NZX:TIL) has appointed Angela Buglass as managing director of Trilogy Natural Products as it gears up for a new phase of international growth
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Pharmac funded drug to provide huge benefits for asthmatics

Monday 20 October 2014, 9:01AM

Pharmac funded drug will provide huge benefits for those with severe asthma
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Maori & Pacific Island Children Overrepresented in Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Due to Chickenpox - Study

Monday 20 October 2014, 8:56AM

Maori and Pacific Island children are over represented in admissions to paediatric intensive care in NZ for serious chickenpox complications with an almost threefold and sixfold increase respectively
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Toxic algae in Te Wairewa/Lake Forsyth

Friday 17 October 2014, 3:40PM

The Community and Public Health division of Canterbury District Health Board has issued a health warning after potentially toxic blue-green algae (planktonic cyanobacteria) was found in Te Wairewa/Lake Forsyth
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ProPharma taking up new ‘platinum’ role in Pharmacy Awards

Friday 17 October 2014, 2:56PM

After 26 years as principal co-sponsor of the Pharmacy Awards, ProPharma is changing its involvement with the awards
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West Coast gears up for Ebola

Friday 17 October 2014, 2:19PM

The West Coast District Health Board is ensuring it is prepared for Ebola, in line with national and international preparations in case the disease reaches New Zealand
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Health Minister checks out Ebola unit

Friday 17 October 2014, 1:38PM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today seen first-hand how Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital is well prepared to treat any suspected Ebola patients
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Looking out for vulnerable children

Friday 17 October 2014, 11:39AM

Protecting and keeping our children safe from harm is a key aim of the new Vulnerable Children Act 2014
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Clarification of sildenafil reclassification

Friday 17 October 2014, 11:20AM

New Zealand men will now have access to multiple brands of sildenafil for the treatment of Erectile Dysfunction (ED) – including Viagra and Avigra – via prescription from a specially trained pharmacist, as an alternative to visiting their GP
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Statement of preliminary issues for GlaxoSmithKline’s application to acquire Novartis’ consumer healthcare business

Friday 17 October 2014, 11:06AM

The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to a joint application for GlaxoSmithKline to acquire Novartis' consumer healthcare business
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Canterbury Health System preparing for Ebola

Friday 17 October 2014, 8:46AM

With the alert on Ebola being stepped up internationally, there’s been a rapid response within the Canterbury Health System in preparing for the disease if it was to reach our shores
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Kiwi pharmacists first to dispense erectile dysfunction treatment without prescription

Thursday 16 October 2014, 5:00PM

Kiwi pharmacists will be the first in the world to dispense a generic erectile dysfunction (ED) treatment, known as Silvasta (sildenafil), without a prescription
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High-risk medicines must be treated with respect

Thursday 16 October 2014, 2:11PM

The consequences of an adverse drug event (ADE) are only too clear to Taranaki man John Smith, who became seriously ill after taking warfarin, following a heart attack
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Campaign to help Kiwis recognise stroke signs

Thursday 16 October 2014, 2:02PM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new campaign to help New Zealanders recognise the signs of a stroke is being launched in Waikato today
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The launch of the Canterbury Innovation showcase & Spark Digital Health eHome

Thursday 16 October 2014, 1:46PM

The launch of the Canterbury Innovation showcase & Spark Digital Health eHome
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Older Kiwis taking their own lives a month after visit to GP

Thursday 16 October 2014, 1:41PM

A study has found that older New Zealanders committing suicide often visited their doctors one month before taking their lives
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Public-Private partnerships vital to advance ebola treatment pipeline, says GlobalData analyst

Thursday 16 October 2014, 12:07PM

In the battle against Ebola, incentives from governments and healthcare policymakers have been and will continue to be vital for advancing the current treatment pipeline, by mitigating the risk and up-front costs from pharmaceutical companies, says an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData
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