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October 2015

Variety Mini Bash visiting young patients

Friday 09 October 2015, 2:40PM

Middlemore Hospital’s paediatric wards are gearing up for a colourful visit from the cars and characters of the Variety Trillian Bash, a group of classic-car lovers who believe in having fun while doing good for others
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Rural hospital medicine specialists were welcomed

Friday 09 October 2015, 2:35PM

Newly-appointed rural hospital medicine specialists were welcomed to Dargaville Hospital last week; with video conferencing technology fundraised by the Kaipara community linking up their welcome
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Review aims to lift organ donations rates

Friday 09 October 2015, 12:29PM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has announced the terms of reference for a review looking into how deceased organ donation rates in New Zealand can be increased
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Kiwi Developed Exercise Programme Helping Special Needs Children

Friday 09 October 2015, 9:37AM

A pioneering exercise programme involving children with a wide range of physical and mental disabilities including; those left brain damaged from domestic abuse and prenatal drug/alcohol use has been launched at an Auckland city gym
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AFT Pharmaceuticals considering an IPO to accelerate international growth

Friday 09 October 2015, 9:31AM

Growing New Zealand and Australia based multinational pharmaceutical company, AFT Pharmaceuticals, has announced today that it is considering an initial public offering and listing on the NZX Main Board and ASX
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Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Market Value to Reach $20 Billion by 2024, says GlobalData

Thursday 08 October 2015, 2:09PM

The value of the multiple sclerosis therapeutics market will rise slowly from $17.2 billion in 2014 to approximately $20 billion by 2024, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 1.5%, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData
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40 more youth forensic mental health workers

Thursday 08 October 2015, 9:15AM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says an extra 40 youth forensic community mental health workers are now helping to support vulnerable youth across the country over the last four years
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Feedback on Future Health Service Needs

Wednesday 07 October 2015, 2:22PM

There was overall positive support given for the NMDHB Health Needs Analysis and Health Service Plan in terms of the issues and directions for the Nelson Marlborough Health System
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Orion Health Awarded Defence Healthcare Management System Modernisation Program Subcontract

Tuesday 06 October 2015, 2:03PM

Orion Health (OHE:NZX/ASX), is delighted to be appointed as the integration and interoperability partner as a member of the Leidos syndicate that has been awarded a major contract by the Department of Defence (DoD) in the United States
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Medicines New Zealand Statement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations

Tuesday 06 October 2015, 2:01PM

Medicines New Zealand believes signing of the TPP has potential to boost the New Zealand economy by between $2-4 billion per year, open up new markets for our exporters, and allow New Zealanders improved access to innovative and beneficial goods including medicines and vaccines
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New Zealand has missed the bus on TPP

Tuesday 06 October 2015, 10:37AM

The Government appears to have failed to deliver in the secretive TPP deal, with no meaningful gains for dairy and new costs for Pharmac, Labour's Acting Leader Annette King says
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TPP delivers significant benefits for NZ

Tuesday 06 October 2015, 10:35AM

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement will deliver significant benefits to New Zealand and build on the hard-won gains from previous free trade agreements, Trade Minister Tim Groser says
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PM welcomes TPP as NZ’s biggest trade deal

Tuesday 06 October 2015, 10:30AM

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed the successful conclusion of negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement – New Zealand’s biggest free trade agreement
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Ear Infections Reduced Through Use Of Blis K12 - Italian Clinical Study

Monday 05 October 2015, 4:52PM

The International Journal of General Medicine reports findings of an Italian clinical study showing the daily use of BLIS K12 reduced the rate of ear infections (acute otitis media) by over 40% when compared to diagnosed infections from the same populations in the prior 12 months
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Play the Wellbeing Game and become the champion of your own happiness

Monday 05 October 2015, 12:29PM

Fans of The Wellbeing Game rejoice – not only has the popular online game had a make-over, it’s all up and running for Mental Health Awareness Week, which starts today and runs until 11 October
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Signs give help and hope in Hamilton

Monday 05 October 2015, 12:24PM

‘GIVE: your time, your words, your presence’ is this years theme for Mental Health Awareness week (5-11 October)
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Taranaki DHB goes Fizz Free

Monday 05 October 2015, 12:21PM

Taranaki DHB is practising what it preaches by implementing a new Sugar-Sweetened Beverage (SSB) guideline
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Pain medicine specialists welcome proposed codeine ban

Monday 05 October 2015, 12:17PM

A recommendation yesterday by Australia’s medicines regulator, the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA), that all over the counter medicines containing codeine be rescheduled to become prescription-only, has been welcomed by leading pain medicine specialists at the Faculty of Pain Medicine
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Community pharmacies could be offering pharmacogenetics services as early as 2020, experts predict

Monday 05 October 2015, 10:48AM

In as little as five years, community pharmacists in the Netherlands could be offering pharmacogenetics testing, therapeutic support and advice, according to experts
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Supporting people with mental health issues

Monday 05 October 2015, 8:37AM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says mental health awareness week is a timely reminder of the support people can give each other and the health services available
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Dr Joe Williams named Patron of Pasifika Medical Association

Friday 02 October 2015, 4:06PM

The Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) announced Dr Joe Williams as the organisation’s inaugural Patron
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Pink light for breast cancer – NZ landmarks light up

Friday 02 October 2015, 3:54PM

Landmark buildings around New Zealand will light up pink from October 1, in support of Breast Cancer Month
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Lifeline CEO calls on NZ personalities for help

Friday 02 October 2015, 3:52PM

A recent international trend has started with high profile people raising awareness around suicide prevention. This is certainly a trend Lifeline Aotearoa CEO Jo Denvir supports
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Australian Federal Government’s disappointing interim decision will restrict consumer access to medicines

Friday 02 October 2015, 3:05PM

Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry, says it would be disappointed if the Government’s regulatory body, Medsafe, was to adopt an Australian Federal Government Scheduling Delegate’s interim decision regarding codeine-containing products announced today
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New clinic offers faster skin cancer treatment

Friday 02 October 2015, 2:46PM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has opened a new ‘See and Treat’ clinic for skin cancer at South Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital
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More patients access specialist stroke services

Friday 02 October 2015, 11:16AM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest data shows more patients are receiving the specialist stroke services they need
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Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand welcomes new Prostate Cancer Management and Referral Guidance

Friday 02 October 2015, 9:45AM

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand welcomes the announcement by the Minister of Health of the new Guidelines of the Management and Referral of Prostate Cancer and encourages health professionals to adopt and implement these without delay
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WDHB marks Mental Health Awareness Week with suicide advice

Thursday 01 October 2015, 3:14PM

If someone has thoughts or feelings about suicide, it's important to take them seriously, says Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) associate director of nursing for mental health services Jeff Hammond
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Calcium supplements no help for bones

Thursday 01 October 2015, 11:57AM

Increasing calcium intake through diet or supplements should not be recommended for fracture or osteoporosis prevention, according to University of Auckland Associate Professor of Medicine, Dr Mark Bolland
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Evidence for role of calcium and vitamin D supplements in preventing osteoporosis

Thursday 01 October 2015, 9:19AM

Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry (SMI), says that calcium and vitamin D supplements can play a vital role in preventing osteoporosis and osteoporosis-attributed fractures
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NZMA urges action on tobacco packaging

Thursday 01 October 2015, 8:37AM

The New Zealand Medical Association urges the Government to make real progress with a standardised packaging regime for tobacco products—which has been sliding down the Parliamentary Order Paper ever since its introduction to Parliament in 2013
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