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July 2015

St John’s Wort effective for mild to moderate depression

Friday 03 July 2015, 10:23AM

Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry (SMI), says St John’s Wort is an effective treatment for mild to moderate depression but like all medicines must be taken according to the directions on the label.
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New Sea Shepherd campaign targets Blackmores' 'EcoKrill' products for their impact on whales of the Antarctic

Friday 03 July 2015, 10:22AM

Sea Shepherd Australia today announced the launch of a new style campaign to protect a species of fundamental importance to the Antarctic marine ecosystem: the Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba). The campaign targets Australian health supplement giant, Blackmores Ltd and its omega-3 supplement pills “EcoKrill
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Review of the Medical Council’s statements on Good prescribing practice and Prescribing drugs of abuse

Friday 03 July 2015, 9:57AM

The Medical Council of New Zealand (the Council) is currently reviewing its statements on Good prescribing practice and Prescribing drugs of abuse, and is seeking your comment
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Newborn hearing screening strengthened

Thursday 02 July 2015, 11:27AM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says newborn babies across New Zealand are now benefitting from an improved hearing screening programme as a result of the implementation of the 2013 review
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$900,000 in grants kick starts Trust dedicated to New Zealand-based Multiple Sclerosis research

Thursday 02 July 2015, 11:24AM

The New Zealand Multiple Sclerosis Research Trust today announces it has received a combined $900,000 investment portfolio as founding capital for the Trust
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How hot is your bedroom?

Thursday 02 July 2015, 10:28AM

How many times have you turned to flannelette pyjamas, woolly socks, hot water bottles and electric blankets when the temperature drops at night and you struggle to stay warm in bed?
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Life begins at 40 – or does it?

Thursday 02 July 2015, 10:19AM

In 1983 the Kiwi band Dave & The Dynamos released their anthemic pop-ditty “Life Begins at 40”
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Half-Year Drownings up Thirty Percent

Thursday 02 July 2015, 10:06AM

Preliminary drowning figures show 61 people have drowned in New Zealand waters so far this year, up a third on the same time last year and the highest year to date since 2011
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Braving the open waters to change the perceptions of MS

Thursday 02 July 2015, 10:01AM

Being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis was life changing for both Neil Barnett from Akaroa and Russell Watts, Taupo
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Fight the Furry Feeling in Oral Health Month

Thursday 02 July 2015, 9:55AM

Today Colgate-Palmolive and the New Zealand Dental Association are launching Oral Health Month across New Zealand, and are urging Kiwis to Fight the Furry Feeling in their mouths
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Christchurch Māori health researcher on HRC board

Thursday 02 July 2015, 9:40AM

Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama (Ngāti Kahungunu) from the University of Otago, Christchurch, has been appointed to the Health Research Council’s Board and the position of Chair on its Māori Health Committee
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Get vaccinated before the flu gets you

Wednesday 01 July 2015, 4:18PM

Canterbury health officials are urging people to get vaccinated before the worst of the flu season arrives
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Free GP visits & prescriptions for under 13s

Wednesday 01 July 2015, 1:24PM

From today all New Zealand children aged under 13 will be eligible to access free GP visits at any time of the day or night seven days a week, as well as free prescriptions
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Leading health tech company winning global awards for improving people’s health

Wednesday 01 July 2015, 11:32AM

A cutting-edge Wellington-based international health start-up is winning awards for their innovative mobile health platform, which is benefiting New Zealanders in need
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International Action to Combat Organ Transplant Abuse in China

Wednesday 01 July 2015, 9:01AM

A Nobel Peace Prize nominee and renowned human rights lawyer is visiting Wellington today.
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Women’s Refuge Votes for Teuila Blakely as Ambassador

Wednesday 01 July 2015, 8:58AM

“Teuila Blakely has done herself, her family and friends and Women's Refuge proud with her fabulous performances during Dancing with the Stars," says Women's Refuge Chief Executive Dr Ang Jury
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