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September 2014

CPhI panel members call for a radical shift in pharma’s model to reduce manufacturing cost and increase innovation

Wednesday 24 September 2014, 9:13AM

CPhI Worldwide, part of UBM Live’s Pharmaceutical Portfolio, today announces the findings of part one of its second annual report
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Job loss fears may boost first-time asthma risk

Tuesday 23 September 2014, 2:35PM

Job loss fears may boost the risk of developing asthma for the first time, indicates research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health
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Insurer offers preventative screenings to shift focus to proactive treatment

Tuesday 23 September 2014, 2:33PM

Sovereign has launched a new health insurance product, Private Health Plus, and is giving Kiwis the opportunity to proactively manage their health through routine screening
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NZ Population Health Congress: 6-8 October 2014

Tuesday 23 September 2014, 2:29PM

The first ever NZ Population Health Congress organised by the Public Health Association, the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine and the Health Promotion Forum
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Are pregnant women getting enough key nutrients?

Tuesday 23 September 2014, 2:24PM

A research study at Massey University aims to uncover more about the dietary habits of pregnant women in New Zealand
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World-first study proves low-cost home modifications prevent falls

Monday 22 September 2014, 11:09AM

Falls in the home could be reduced by a quarter according to the results of a new study just published online in top international medical journal The Lancet
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Crisis in Autism Early Intervention

Monday 22 September 2014, 9:39AM

Autism Action NZ says not enough is being done for children with Autism
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NZ ophthalmologists to form New Zealand’s largest eye specialist unit

Monday 22 September 2014, 9:10AM

Two of the country’s leading eye diagnostic and surgical service providers have entered a joint venture which will create the largest private eye care centre in New Zealand and one of the biggest in Australasia
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Former All Black captain tackles dementia

Monday 22 September 2014, 9:04AM

Former All Black captain Reuben Thorne is helping to support the approximately 50,000 New Zealanders with dementia, by becoming Alzheimers NZ’s second Champion for Dementia
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Cannabis smoking may increase risk of lung cancer

Friday 19 September 2014, 12:17PM

University of Otago researchers have contributed to evidence that cannabis smoking may increase the risk of lung cancer in heavy users
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New tool for kiwi parents - time for an Adventure!

Friday 19 September 2014, 11:50AM

A new tool developed in the aftermath of the earthquakes will help parents around New Zealand spend more quality time with their children
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Canterbury nephrologist Nick Cross leads government’s new National Renal Transplantation Service

Friday 19 September 2014, 9:58AM

Dr Nick Cross has been appointed Clinical Director of the National Renal Transplantation Service and chaired the service’s first meeting on Wednesday (September 17, 2014)
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World Alzheimer’s Day - 21 September 2014: Dementia care Canterbury going from strength to strength

Friday 19 September 2014, 9:53AM

This Alzheimer’s Day, Canterbury people with dementia and their families can take comfort in the fact that better quality care is increasingly available, according to the South Island Alliance’s Health of Older People’s group (HOPSLA)
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Bay residents to get cancer care closer to home

Thursday 18 September 2014, 10:09AM

Around 500 Bay of Plenty residents a year will now be able to have their cancer treatment closer to home rather than making a 3 hour round trip to the cancer centre in Hamilton
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Renters need assistance to improve poor housing conditions

Thursday 18 September 2014, 9:05AM

Renters are living in poorer conditions than homeowners and are less empowered to improve their housing situation according to a study by medical students at the University of Otago, Wellington
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Waikato measles outbreak declared over

Thursday 18 September 2014, 8:47AM

Waikato has not had a confirmed measles case since 12 August prompting Waikato District Health Board’s medical officer of health Dr Anita Bell to declare the outbreak over
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Measles outbreak over

Thursday 18 September 2014, 8:40AM

Associate Minister of Health Jo Goodhew has welcomed the end of the recent measles outbreak in New Zealand
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Formulary Users Hits 1 Million Mark

Wednesday 17 September 2014, 3:27PM

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has congratulated the team at the New Zealand Formulary as the number of users of this excellent resource has surpassed the 1 million mark
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Christchurch Communication Festival

Wednesday 17 September 2014, 10:07AM

A free community concert, aimed at raising awareness about the challenges faced by adults with communication disorders, is being held at Cashmere High School Performing Arts Centre next month (1-2pm, Friday, October 3)
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Kiwi Eye Health App Wins Award for Excellence

Wednesday 17 September 2014, 9:48AM

An app designed to help New Zealand GPs and optometrists confidently diagnose eye disorders has won a prestigious health award
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Wahakura policy good for all families

Wednesday 17 September 2014, 9:32AM

Wahakura policy good for all families
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Bristol-Myers Squibb to Challenge Merck in Skin Cancer Treatment Arena, says GlobalData Analyst

Wednesday 17 September 2014, 8:42AM

Merck’s Keytruda, which was recently approved in the US to treat patients with advanced melanoma, who have stopped responding to other cancer therapies, will soon face strong competition from Bristol-Myers Squibb’s (BMS) Opdivo, says an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData
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New Zealand to lead rheumatic fever vaccine search

Tuesday 16 September 2014, 9:04AM

A trans-Tasman research coalition between New Zealand and Australia is undertaking a unique global project to accelerate the development of a vaccine for rheumatic fever, which disproportionately affects Māori, Pacific Islanders, Australian Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders
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Otago discovery could turn the tables on influenza virus

Monday 15 September 2014, 10:20AM

University of Otago virologist Dr Matloob Husain has identified a potential new weapon in the battle against the flu
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New Kiwi website launches to help NZers combat cancer

Thursday 11 September 2014, 2:02PM

Every day in New Zealand around 51 people are diagnosed with cancer, making it the country’s leading cause of death. To help those diagnosed with cancer combat the disease Yasmin Farry, a survivor of inflammatory breast cancer has launched a new website called
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The number of GP trainees continues to grow

Thursday 11 September 2014, 10:52AM

The number of doctors practising in New Zealand will continue to grow as record numbers of graduates have signed up for GP training next year says Health Minister Tony Ryall
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Public health experts call for an inquiry on conflicts of interest

Thursday 11 September 2014, 10:46AM

A group of 33 senior population health researchers and practitioners have made public a letter they sent to the Prime Minister last week calling for an investigation into the apparent serious conflicts of interest on the Board of the Health Promotion Agency
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Health & Herbs bought by Australian dietary supplement leader

Thursday 11 September 2014, 10:31AM

North Shore based dietary supplements business Health & Herbs International Ltd has been bought for an undisclosed sum by Sydney based PharmaCare Laboratories, a leader in innovation in the natural health industry
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Queen’s University to transform how research discoveries are translated into real benefits for patients

Thursday 11 September 2014, 9:29AM

Scientists from Queen’s University Belfast are in Brussels today to launch a ground-breaking initiative which could radically improve how research discoveries are translated into real benefits for patients across Europe
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Health warning for a North Canterbury lagoon

Wednesday 10 September 2014, 4:19PM

The Community and Public Health division of Canterbury District Health Board has issued a health warning for a North Canterbury lagoon after potentially toxic blue-green algae (planktonic cyanobacteria) was found
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Buller Older Persons’ Health options discussed

Wednesday 10 September 2014, 3:45PM

Improving community and residential care, enhancing staff recruitment/retention, addressing housing inadequacies and better links between agencies are issues for Buller Older Persons’ Health services
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New science scholars programme first for New Zealand

Wednesday 10 September 2014, 3:43PM

A new programme to identify and encourage the best and brightest science students at the beginning of their university careers begins at the University of Auckland next year
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Owner returns to Health 2000

Wednesday 10 September 2014, 3:18PM

Wanaka, New Zealand– it’s a case of second times a charm for local Health 2000 owner and naturopath 29-year-old Nikki Sumner who takes ownership of the Wanaka store for the second time this month
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New Kiwi website launches to help NZers combat cancer

Tuesday 09 September 2014, 3:16PM

Every day in New Zealand around 51 people are diagnosed with cancer, making it the country’s leading cause of death. To help those diagnosed with cancer combat the disease Yasmin Farry, a survivor of inflammatory breast cancer has launched a new website called
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Rats no longer rule

Tuesday 09 September 2014, 11:37AM

The University of Auckland is holding a celebration to mark 50 years since the first confirmed island rodent eradication in 1964, an effort that helped inspire a whole new generation of scientists and conservationists
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Patients Surveyed on Their Time in Waikato Hospitals

Tuesday 09 September 2014, 8:59AM

If you spent time last month as an inpatient at one of Waikato DHB’s five hospitals, you may have been asked to fill in a survey on your experiences
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Graduate nurse heads back to where it all started

Monday 08 September 2014, 1:18PM

Twenty-two-years ago a tiny Caitlin Cowan was just starting out life at home after spending the first three months of it in Christchurch Women’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
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Science Challenge 11 funding a breakthrough for predominantly-urban New Zealand

Monday 08 September 2014, 1:15PM

The Government’s announcement of funding for Science Challenge 11 is a welcome recognition that New Zealand is now predominantly an urban country, says the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities
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Defeat of appeal on gene patent signals need for legislative review

Monday 08 September 2014, 8:42AM

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) is disappointed by the Federal Court’s decision today to turn down an appeal against the Court’s previous decision to allow a patent over a gene which causes familial breast cancer held by the company, Myriad Genetics
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Cute farm animals can pose real health risks

Monday 08 September 2014, 8:37AM

People are being urged to take extra care around calves, lambs and other new born farm animals this Spring
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