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Love in the Time of Ebola

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:18:25 +1300 | Glen Barry

Overpopulation, ecosystem loss, climate change, and Ebola itself are all growing exponentially. The human family must come together now to stop Ebola in West Africa or risk a global pandemic that could potentially kill billions – even as we commit ...More >>

Despite Gains Against Tuberculosis, Better Research Funding

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:40:30 +1300 | UN News

Patients wait to take their daily tuberculosis treatment at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital in Bhutan. Photo: The Global Fund/John Rae More >>

Counselling Funding Still Not Being Measured for Effectivene

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:53:35 +1300 | Steve Taylor

I read with interest the news that Australian Health Insurance provider Medibank had secured Counselling service contracts with ACC, and observed the angst of the NZ Counselling spokespeople in response.More >>

Health Impact assessment findings to inform Air Plan

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:53:46 +1300 | Environment Canterbury

Canterbury’s Air Plan is being updated for the first time in more than ten years to make sure everything is being done to ensure the community has clean, healthy air to breathe.More >>

Health sector passes annual check-up

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:19:14 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the annual report on Implementing the New Zealand Health Strategy 2014 shows that public health and disability services continue to offer better access to safe and effective care. “Waiting times are reducing, and ...More >>

Agencies well prepared in case of Ebola

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:21:32 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says government agencies remain prepared to deal with any potential Ebola cases in New Zealand. More >>

Ebola: Are U.S. Bioweapons Labs the Solution or the Problem?

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:18:54 +1300 | Institute for Public Accuracy

On Friday, the New York Times published the article "White House to Cut Funding for Risky Biological Study," which states: "Prompted by controversy over dangerous research and recent laboratory accidents, the White House announced Friday that it would temporarily ...More >>

ACC annual profit more than halves as claims mount

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:12:44 +1300 | BusinessDesk

Oct. 22 (BusinessDesk) - Accident Compensation Corp, the state-owned accident insurer, reported a 57 percent drop in annual profit after it faced more claims than anticipated, and as its investment portfolio returns missed expectations.More >>

Metiria Turei to lead fight on feeding hungry children

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:15:38 +1300 | Green Party

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. Mrs Turei, who leads the Green Party’s work on child poverty, will pick up Mr Harawira’s ...More >>

Kickstarting Build of World’s Biggest Waterslide

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:53:42 +1300 | Live More Awesome Foundation

After putting New Zealand and depression firmly on the global map in 2013 with their ‘World’s Biggest Waterslide’ event in Helensville, local charity ‘Live More Awesome’ are at it again – except this time its bigger, better and the public ...More >>

Ebola: Treatments And Vaccines Could Help Control Outbreak

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:30:17 +1300 | MSF

Dr Bertrand Draguez is MSF’s Medical Director currently working on the West Africa Ebola outbreak. Here he explains why developing vaccines and treatments for Ebola is important, what is needed in order for them to make an impact in this outbreak, ...More >>

WHO Declares End of Ebola Outbreak in Nigeria

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:27:32 +1300 | WHO

The Ebola virus was introduced into Nigeria on 20 July when an infected Liberian man arrived by aeroplane into Lagos, Africa's most populous city. The man, who died in hospital 5 days later, set off a chain of transmission that infected a total of ...More >>

Ebola Crisis Update - 16th October 2014

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:12:21 +1300 | MSF

16 October 2014 Cases Deaths Guinea 1,472 843 Liberia 4,249 2,458 Nigeria 20 8 Sierra Leone 3,252 1,183 Senegal 1 0 Total 8,994 4,492 WHO Figures - Data are based on official information reported by Ministries of Health. These numbers are subject to change ...More >>

Auckland’s primary healthcare industry prepares for Ebola

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:57:42 +1300 | University of Auckland

Primary healthcare workers from around the greater Auckland region will attend a seminar on how to prepare for the threat of Ebola, at the University of Auckland next week.More >>

Increased Taxes Regulation Key to Fighting Tobacco ‘Epidemic

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:33:56 +1300 | UN News

20 October 2014 – The implementation of higher taxes on tobacco products and greater regulation for electronic cigarettes are among the decisions passed by a United Nations-backed conference amid comprehensive efforts to clamp down on the tobacco “epidemic” ...More >>

Asbestos investigation completed

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:15:28 +1300 | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe New Zealand has concluded its investigation into the management of asbestos in the Canterbury Home Repair Programme and has decided not to lay any charges. More >>

Speech from the Throne: State Opening of Parliament, 21 Oct

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:38:25 +1300 | Governor General

Following the General Election, a National-led Government has been formed with a majority in the House on confidence and supply. Confidence and supply agreements have been signed between the National Party and, respectively, the ACT Party and ...More >>

Remarks on the U.S. Response to Ebola, Diplomatic Corps

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:53:23 +1300 | U.S. Department of State

Thank you, Nancy. Good morning, everybody. Thank you very much for being here, and thank you, Ambassador Powell, for all you’re doing to lead on this effort. More >>

Statement on Employee of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:51:08 +1300 | U.S. Department of State

As part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s detailed contact trace investigation conducted in response to the first Ebola case in Dallas, it was discovered that an employee of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital had departed the United States ...More >>

New medicines improve options for respiratory conditions

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:33:49 +1300 | PHARMAC

PHARMAC decisions to fund four new medicines will improve treatment options for over 10,000 people with a wide range of respiratory conditions. More >>


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