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January 2015

$2.77m to support newly qualified midwifes

Wednesday 28 January 2015, 3:41PM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more support is being provided for newly qualified midwives
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Pharmacies provide sharp relief for Hutt Valley and Wellington patients

Wednesday 28 January 2015, 9:58AM

Patients can now dispose of used needles more conveniently and safely, thanks to a new disposal scheme funded by the Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast district health boards
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Tau-based Vaccines Could Transform Early Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment, says GlobalData Analyst

Wednesday 28 January 2015, 8:23AM

While current treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) are only able to ease symptoms temporarily, tau-based vaccines may offer a new and more effective way to treat AD in the early course of the disease, says an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData
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Reducing harm from high-risk medicines ‘one step’ at a time

Tuesday 27 January 2015, 4:32PM

It could be as simple as writing 4 instead of 4.0 so a patient isn’t given 10 times the units of insulin intended. Or maybe it’s knowing which insulins should be given before a meal and which after
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Skin cancer is a time bomb for New Zealanders

Tuesday 27 January 2015, 3:56PM

A leading New Zealand dermatologist says skin cancers are a time bomb for New Zealand’s ageing population
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Private sector makes new pledges to support childhood immunisation in developing countries

Tuesday 27 January 2015, 2:11PM

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance today welcomed new commitments from a number of private sector partners towards its mission to immunise children in developing countries
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New General Manager appointed to Medicines New Zealand

Tuesday 27 January 2015, 1:54PM

The start of the New Year was marked at Medicines New Zealand by the appointment of a new General Manager, Dr. Graeme Jarvis
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Ongoing dietary challenges for New Zealanders with coeliac disease: Otago study

Tuesday 27 January 2015, 11:33AM

University of Otago researchers have completed the first national survey of people with coeliac disease in New Zealand and found that many experience ongoing health challenges despite adhering to treatments
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Sports help young people with psychosis get back on track

Tuesday 27 January 2015, 9:02AM

Weekly sport sessions are helping young Wellingtonians who access mental health support to connect with each other and reduce their risk of preventable illness
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SeaDragon’s new refinery to overcome Omega-3 quality issues

Tuesday 27 January 2015, 9:00AM

A new factory under construction in Nelson by SeaDragon (SEA:NZX), New Zealand’s largest refiner and blender of high quality marine oils, will overcome fish oil deterioration highlighted by Auckland University’s Liggins Institute
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Research tests shows stroke patients’ memories do improve

Tuesday 27 January 2015, 8:45AM

University of Canterbury lab study tests show people’s memory can improve after a stroke
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Planned birthing to recommence in Buller

Tuesday 27 January 2015, 8:41AM

A new provider has been contracted by the West Coast District Health Board to run the Buller Hospital’s Kawatiri Birthing Unit, Chief Executive David Meates announced today
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The benefits of fish oil supplements

Friday 23 January 2015, 4:20PM

There is strong evidence that taking Omega 3 has health benefits that include reducing the inflammation associated with arthritis. So we advise people who find fish oil supplements beneficial to continue taking them,” Arthritis New Zealand Chief Executive said today
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Guild supports continued sale of non-prescription diclofenac

Friday 23 January 2015, 11:32AM

The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (the Guild) supports the continued sale of non-prescription diclofenac tablets and capsules from community pharmacy despite classification changes overseas
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NZSMI says fish oil supplement study raises questions

Friday 23 January 2015, 9:15AM

Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry (SMI), says it has questions around the new information on the content of fish oil supplements sold in New Zealand
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Surgeons support ARLA finding as a step towards addressing alcohol-related harm (1)

Friday 23 January 2015, 8:48AM

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has come out in support of the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority’s reported rejection of the Wellington City Council’s proposal to allow bars and on-licence premises to stay open until 5am
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Ministry of Health official joins international Ebola response

Thursday 22 January 2015, 1:50PM

The Ministry of Health’s director of emergency management is heading to West Africa to assist with the international fight against Ebola
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STI vaccine for year eight girls campaign

Thursday 22 January 2015, 11:22AM

A campaign has been launched this week enlightening parents and caregivers of Year Eight girls to the benefits of having a vaccine preventing a sexually transmitted infection which can lead to cancer
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Back to school: preventing eye injuries in our children

Thursday 22 January 2015, 11:03AM

As children across Australia and New Zealand return to school in the coming weeks, parents and caregivers should be aware of the risk of paediatric eye injuries as school and sport resume
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Health product bill's passage into law will help to ensure accurate active ingredient claims for fish oil

Thursday 22 January 2015, 10:51AM

Industry umbrella group Natural Products NZ (NPNZ) has expressed surprise about Auckland University research suggesting that many fish oil products do not contain their stated active ingredient levels, and is calling for the rapid passage of a Bill that would help to ensure that dietary supplements contain what they say they do
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Orphan drug prices facing increased scrutiny after historic year for approvals, says GlobalData analyst

Wednesday 21 January 2015, 8:36AM

With the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approving an all-time record number of orphan drugs during 2014, the pricing of these treatments is set to come under increased scrutiny, says an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData
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Evidence based exercise pre-screen tool raises NZ standards

Tuesday 20 January 2015, 2:27PM

REPs has released its evidence-based pre-screening tool to deliver high quality care to the NZ exercising public, and further encourage collaboration with allied health professionals
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Hon Tariana Turia to receive international tobacco control award

Tuesday 20 January 2015, 1:59PM

A nomination by the Smokefree Coalition for Associate Health Minister Hon Tariana Turia to receive a 2015 Luther L Terry Award has been accepted. Hon Ms Turia will be presented with the award in March 2015 in Dubai
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Caution advised over swimmer’s itch

Tuesday 20 January 2015, 1:18PM

Members of the public are being advised to exercise caution when in contact with shallow water following two reports at the south end of Lake Taupo to Toi Te Ora – Public Health Service (Toi Te Ora) of allergic rash
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Otago study indicates exercise sharpens the young adult brain

Tuesday 20 January 2015, 10:17AM

Regular physical activity improves brain function even in young adults considered in their prime and at the height of cognitive ability, according to a new University of Otago study
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ProCare Nursing Director appointed

Tuesday 20 January 2015, 8:42AM

Lorraine Hetaraka-Stevens begins her new role today as ProCare’s Nursing Director. Clinical Director Dr Allan Moffitt says the PHO took some time to select the right candidate for this position because nursing leadership is integral to the future of general practice and primary care in New Zealand
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Southern health bosses need a new year’s resolution

Tuesday 20 January 2015, 8:41AM

“Southern District Health Board bosses need to adopt a New Year’s resolution as they return from their summer break committing themselves to changing their top-down leadership culture,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS), today
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Burglary of a pharmacy in Kerikeri

Monday 19 January 2015, 3:36PM

A 24-year-old man has been charged with burglary after allegedly breaking into a Kerikeri pharmacy and attempting a slow-paced getaway on his scooter
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Lakes DHB statement about privacy breach

Monday 19 January 2015, 8:48AM

Lakes DHB chief executive Ron Dunham says it is deeply disappointing that an excel document containing coded patient information has been released to a member of the media
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DHB double standards on wages shows contempt for staff

Friday 16 January 2015, 2:48PM

“The size of the pay rises received by public health service bosses in the past financial year beggar belief given that the people who actually deliver the services have been forced to accept real pay cuts,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS)
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First hackathon to foster health solutions

Friday 16 January 2015, 11:41AM

Software developers, medical specialists, healthcare professionals and people with long term health issues such as diabetes, asthma and heart problems, will be gathering in Auckland for a weekend to create novel health technology solutions next month
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Seeking help strengthens resilience of farmers

Thursday 15 January 2015, 4:59PM

Recent media reports of farmers under stress due to dry conditions and reduced dairy payouts has led to Dr Rob Weir, MidCentral DHB’s Medical Officer of Health, to call for people to access help if they are experiencing tough times
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Another 100 public hospital specialists needed each year

Wednesday 14 January 2015, 3:16PM

Another 100 Public Hospital Specialists Needed Each Year Says ASMS
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Kiwis see sugar as public health enemy #1

Wednesday 14 January 2015, 3:14PM

New Zealanders appear to be getting the message that we can have too much of a good thing – sort of
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First Patients for Paediatric Diabetes Telemedicine Clinic

Wednesday 14 January 2015, 3:10PM

Central Otago paediatric diabetes patients no longer have to travel to see the specialist team in Dunedin for a thirty minute appointment following the start this week of a new paediatric diabetes telemedicine clinic at Dunstan Hospital
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NZ’s ‘virus hunters’ make new discovery

Tuesday 13 January 2015, 4:44PM

ESR scientist Dr Richard Hall has confirmed what is believed to be New Zealand’s first reported case of the sometimes nasty virus known as human parechovirus 3 (HPeV3)
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Rural women bear the burden of mental illness

Tuesday 13 January 2015, 4:42PM

Rural Women New Zealand is concerned for the mental well-being of farmers as they struggle with the current drought
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Change of Chief Executive Officer for Pharmacy Council of New Zealand announced

Monday 12 January 2015, 10:47AM

Council Chair, Dr Andrew Bary is pleased to announce the appointment of David Simpson as Chief Executive Officer and Registrar, effective 9 February 2015
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Feijoa and blackberry help reduce inflammation

Monday 12 January 2015, 10:08AM

Feijoa and blackberry are two fruits with a strong anti-inflammatory effect that could help people with inflammatory diseases, according to recent research from the University of Auckland
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TravelPharm takes off at Queenstown Airport

Monday 12 January 2015, 10:06AM

A new travel pharmacy at Queenstown Airport will give travellers easy access to over-the-counter pharmacy and healthcare items, beauty products and travel necessities
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