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March 2015

Heart help at the click of a mouse

Friday 27 March 2015, 3:51PM

Isolated heart attack survivors can now access cardiac rehabilitation from the comfort of home, thanks to a ground-breaking website launched by the Heart Foundation
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New campaign offers hope for those with gout

Friday 27 March 2015, 1:22PM

Hope and treatment are available for more than 110,000 New Zealanders* who have gout, a potentially crippling form of arthritis that can strike anyone, at any time
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eReferral system rolled out across South Island

Friday 27 March 2015, 10:40AM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says Southern DHB has now completed the South Island’s rollout of eReferrals, enabling faster more accurate transfer of patient information
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Canterbury measles free

Friday 27 March 2015, 8:49AM

New evidence indicates the two recent Canterbury measles cases were not actually measles
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Germany’s pharmaceutical market value will crawl to $65 billion by 2020, says GlobalData

Friday 27 March 2015, 8:41AM

While Germany is the leading pharmaceutical market in Europe, valued at $58.6 billion in 2014, the sector will expand at a modest Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 1.7% to reach an estimated $65 billion by 2020, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData
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Director-general of health appointed

Thursday 26 March 2015, 4:33PM

State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie has today announced the appointment of Mr Chai Chuah as Chief Executive and Director-General of Health, Ministry of Health
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Quitline launches new ads in successful crayons campaign

Thursday 26 March 2015, 4:04PM

The Crayons campaign, which went to air in August 2014, has been one of Quitline’s most successful ever, leading to a 29.1% increase in demand for the Quitline service. The quit smoking service has now launched a new series of television advertisements to extend the campaign
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$2m for extra safeguards to maternity care

Thursday 26 March 2015, 2:38PM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says cases where a woman becomes seriously unwell during maternity care will now be audited by a panel of experts
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Novel cellular delivery developed via skin

Thursday 26 March 2015, 8:45AM

An exciting new technology for the delivery of peptides to skin cells has been developed at the University of Auckland
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Ben, 15, seeking crowdfunding for his hospital Wellband idea

Thursday 26 March 2015, 8:34AM

What do you do when you have an idea and it just won’t go away? If you are 15-year-old Wellington student Ben Bell, you launch a crowdfunding campaign. Ben thought of his idea back in 2011, and has spent four years rethinking healthcare, and how a hospital wristbands can enter the smart technology era
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Herbicides can cause bacterial antibiotic resistance

Thursday 26 March 2015, 8:33AM

Research lead by a team from the University of Canterbury has found that commonly used herbicides can cause bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics
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Goodbye to sunburn thanks to Queen’s sunburn indicator

Thursday 26 March 2015, 8:32AM

Sunbathers could soon tell when to take shelter in the shade thanks to an early warning sunburn indicator, developed by Queen’s University Belfast
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Sepsis-specific treatment market will expand from 2016 and reach $354 million by 2021, says GlobalData

Thursday 26 March 2015, 8:30AM

Following the first sepsis-specific product launch in 2016, the treatment market will expand at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 69% to reach $354 million by 2021 across the six major markets (6MM) of the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData
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More children receiving two cochlear implants

Wednesday 25 March 2015, 3:11PM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says 29 infants and children with profound hearing loss have received two cochlear implants as a result of additional funding in Budget 2014
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International expert to explore bias in pharmaceutical research

Wednesday 25 March 2015, 10:25AM

Highly respected physician and international commentator on health policy Professor Joel Lexchin, will deliver a public lecture in Wellington next week exploring how bias can be introduced into pharmaceutical research
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WDHB to host Ebola exercise

Wednesday 25 March 2015, 10:21AM

April 1 will see Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) hosting a full-scale, multi-agency ebola exercise to ensure Whanganui is well prepared should the district have an ebola incident.
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Asthma Foundation announces inaugural Respiratory Health Media Awards

Tuesday 24 March 2015, 2:35PM

To acknowledge and support the close partnership the Asthma Foundation enjoys with New Zealand’s media, chief executive Angela Francis is proud to announce the establishment of the Respiratory Health Media Awards
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Natural Health Industry Hails Bill's Progress

Tuesday 24 March 2015, 12:08PM

New Zealand’s natural health sector has hailed the Ministry of Health’s announcement that the Natural Health and Supplementary Products Bill will progress to its third reading later this year and most likely come into force in 2016
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New Waitakere Hospital pharmacy to provide convenient onsite access to medicines

Monday 23 March 2015, 2:57PM

Waitakere Hospital will soon be home to a dedicated outpatient pharmacy making hard‐to‐access medicines readily available for west Auckland patients before they leave the hospital
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Roll of dice determines access to mental health care

Monday 23 March 2015, 9:01AM

The geographically inequitable affordability of mental health care provided by DHBs exacerbates the difficulties faced by people with physical and mental health conditions said the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in their report launched today at their new office in Chews Lane Wellington
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Government's decision to cut disability allowance payments disappointing

Monday 23 March 2015, 8:51AM

Life can be expensive for a family with a sick child. The 8-year-old Manurewa boy whose asthma is so bad that he missed one in every four school days last year evidenced this situation
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New Zealand 2nd ‘last in class’ for first-in-class medicines

Friday 20 March 2015, 1:04PM

A newly released report shows Kiwis are missing out on many innovative medicines, with New Zealand ranked in last place out of 20 comparable OECD countries
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Bright new hope for beating deadly hereditary stomach and breast cancers

Friday 20 March 2015, 12:02PM

Deadly familial stomach and lobular breast cancers could be successfully treated at their earliest stages, or even prevented, by existing drugs that have been newly identified by University of Otago cancer genetics researchers
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New study finds zinc lozenges reduce duration of common cold

Friday 20 March 2015, 9:39AM

Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry (SMI), welcomes a new study which reveals that high dose zinc acetate lozenges reduce the duration of the common cold
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Doctors have alternatives to topical treatments connected to superbugs

Friday 20 March 2015, 9:35AM

Infectious disease experts this week drew attention to the growing link between topical antibiotic treaments in New Zealand and the superbug MRSA
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Marama Parore new chair of PRISM

Thursday 19 March 2015, 3:48PM

"Cultural competency underpins every patient interaction and every interaction is important" says Marama Parore, newly elected Chair of PRISM, the Pharmacy Reference Group for the Implementation of the Strategy for Maori Health.
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Results of Pfizer’s Community-Acquired Pneumonia Immunisation Trial in Adults +VIDEO

Thursday 19 March 2015, 11:21AM

Study showed a significant reduction in vaccine-type pneumococcal community-acquired pneumonia in older adults given 13-valent pneumococcal vaccine Prevenar 13®
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Kiwis missing out on innovative medicines

Thursday 19 March 2015, 9:19AM

Compared to our Aussie cousins, Kiwi patients are denied access to innovative medicines
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Three-fold opioid variation a cue to look at prescribing, says Commission

Wednesday 18 March 2015, 5:09PM

Evidence that the number of people being given one of the most dangerous classes of medicine varies up to three-fold around New Zealand is a cue for hospitals and primary health care providers to take a close look at their prescribing, says the Health Quality & Safety Commission
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Youth accessing primary mental health services

Wednesday 18 March 2015, 4:53PM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more mental health services are being offered to young people through their GP or primary care provider
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US pharmaceutical market value will approach $550 billion by 2020, says GlobalData

Wednesday 18 March 2015, 10:46AM

The US pharmaceutical market is forecast to increase from an estimated value of $395.2 billion in 2014 to reach $548.4 billion by 2020, representing a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 5.6%, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData
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New study shows pneumococcal vaccine success in New Zealand children Vaccine schedule almost eliminates common disease types in under-fives

Wednesday 18 March 2015, 9:38AM

Infectious disease experts are today heralding New Zealand's pneumococcal vaccination schedule an unequivocal success as new studies show that certain strains of the disease have almost been eliminated in children under five and the number of hospitalisations for invasive pneumococcal disease have plummeted as a result
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Childhood skin infections drive emergence of new antibiotic-resistant superbug in New Zealand

Wednesday 18 March 2015, 9:36AM

The treatment of childhood skin infections with antibiotic ointment is driving the spread of hospital superbugs, putting the lives of New Zealanders at risk, infectious disease experts warn today. Urgent action needs to be taken to regulate its use
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Parents warned to act quickly to prevent child hearing loss - starship surgeon

Wednesday 18 March 2015, 9:02AM

Kiwi parents need to be more vigilant in monitoring their children for ear infections if we want to prevent hearing loss and reduce the numbers admitted to hospital annually, according to a leading Starship surgeon
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Southern Strategic Health Services Plan launched

Tuesday 17 March 2015, 1:49PM

Building the Southern health system on a strong foundation of primary and community care is one of the five priorities outlined in Southern District Health Board’s new Strategic Health Services Plan, launched today
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Pharmac tender savings top $600 million

Tuesday 17 March 2015, 1:47PM

Estimated savings achieved through Phatmac's tender of off-patent medicines have now topped $600 million
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Cycling World Champion rides for dementia

Monday 16 March 2015, 6:04PM

Cycling World Champion and Commonwealth Games medallist Eddie Dawkins is swapping his bike for a Harley-Davidson this week and leading a motorcycle rally to raise awareness of dementia
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Pharmacy Guilds renew Memorandum of Understanding

Monday 16 March 2015, 11:46AM

The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), strengthening the well-established relationship between the organisations
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Dunne speaks on medicinal cannabis

Monday 16 March 2015, 11:14AM

Medicinal cannabis was a hot topic at the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting in Vienna last week.
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NZ experts lead call for a tobacco-free world by 2040

Monday 16 March 2015, 11:10AM

Auckland public health researchers are among those calling for the sale of tobacco to be phased out internationally by 2040
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