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Kiwi Study to Transform Asthma Treatment Worldwide

Sat, 24 Aug 2019 12:07:17 +1200 | MRINZ

New findings from a ‘landmark’ New Zealand study have provided the compelling evidence needed to change how doctors treat the world’s most common respiratory illness. More >>

Pharmacists agree a measles outbreak should not be happening

Fri, 23 Aug 2019 15:31:26 +1200 | Pharmaceutical Society

The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand agrees with Dr Nikki Turner, Director of the Immunisation Advisory Centre who said recently that a measles outbreak in New Zealand “should not be happening.” More >>

Te Reo Māori lessons for health staff

Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:52:20 +1200 | Bay Of Plenty DHB

Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) staff and their whānau have the opportunity to learn te reo Māori on-site thanks to a new initiative to grow the use and quality of te reo me ōnā tikanga within the DHB and its communities.More >>

DHB services relocate to Dannevirke Community Hospital

Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:43:47 +1200 | MidCentral District Health Board

A number of MidCentral DHB health services have been relocated to the Dannevirke Community Hospital to increase access to services and improve the quality of care for people living in the Tararua District.More >>

MedicAlert® launches Scholarship Fund in memory of Dr Rajpal

Fri, 23 Aug 2019 11:21:47 +1200 | MedicAlert

Last Wednesday evening the Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy officially launched a scholarship fund that will provide financial support to those working on harm prevention initiatives. More >>

Drug boosts survival for diabetes after pancreatitis

Fri, 23 Aug 2019 08:53:03 +1200 | University of Auckland

A University of Auckland-led study has shown for the first time that diabetes drug metformin halves the risk of death in people with the second most common form of adult-onset diabetes.More >>

$178 000 raised for Child Cancer Foundation

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 20:23:01 +1200 | Child Cancer Foundation

$178 000 raised for Child Cancer Foundation at Auckland Champions Luncheon The Child Cancer Foundation is pleased to announce that $178 000 was raised at the second Auckland Champions Luncheon on the 16th of August at Aotea Centre. Hosted by local businessman ...More >>

Drinking water quality improved by using rail?

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 15:39:10 +1200 | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

Just when you thought it was safe to drink bottled water, a new U.N. report raises concerns about what you may be consuming: tiny particles of microplastics. The just-published 124-page report from the World Health Organization (WHO) is the first major international ...More >>

Adverse drug reactions cost taxpayers quarter of a billion

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 14:37:51 +1200 | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Between 2015/16 and 2017/18, DHBs spent $280 million treating patients due to adverse drug reactions, reveals the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union in its latest briefing paper on health productivity . More >>

Calls for more research on microplastics in drinking water

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 14:11:04 +1200 | ESR

A scientist leading a study on the effects of microplastics in the New Zealand environment is welcoming calls for a further assessment of their potential impacts on human health. More >>

Doctors need to get above the noise on social media

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 14:01:13 +1200 | The Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists

Doctors need to be active on social media and other communication platforms to offset the noise of the anti-science movement according to a visiting professor of anaesthesiology, Dr Ed Mariano from Stanford University in the US.More >>

Better pain management can help NZ avoid an opioid crisis

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 13:59:31 +1200 | The Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists

One thing that has been learnt from the opioid epidemic in the US is that treating pain with a more multidisciplinary approach can keep patients off opioids according to a visiting Stanford University Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and ...More >>

Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition Supports Patients

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 13:21:21 +1200 | Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition

Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition (BCAC) stands with all people living with advanced breast cancer and their supporters who have advocated for changes in medicines funding and the health system. We also fully support those with other cancers and diseases ...More >>

MPs back euthanasia bill revisions

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 13:00:17 +1200 | RNZ

ACT Party leader David Seymour's voluntary euthanasia bill has cleared another stage in Parliament with a suite of changes aimed at securing support. More >>

Campaign backs ban on direct advertising of medicines

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 10:19:43 +1200 | Council Of Medical Colleges

The New Zealand Choosing Wisely campaign is joining Consumer NZ and others in calling for a ban on the advertising of prescription medicines to consumers. Choosing Wisely encourages consumers and health professionals to discuss whether a particular test, ...More >>

Today we celebrate our smokefree future

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 09:00:11 +1200 | Hapai Te Hauora

This morning, the tobacco control sector and community members will be welcomed onto Kōkiri marae to celebrate the launch of the Whakahā o Te Pā Harakeke research programme which aims to help reduce smoking disparities and achieve a Smokefree Aotearoa.More >>

Babies missing out on heart screening

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 08:40:30 +1200 | University of Auckland

Newborns are missing out on potentially life-saving screening for a heart defect due to unequal access to the test across district health boards and population groups, a new study reveals. More >>

Catching the fraudsters in medical research

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 08:27:38 +1200 | The Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists

The prestigious UK journal, Anaesthesia is uncovering scientific fraud that is triggering international investigations at the rate of one every two weeks according to its editor-in-chief, Dr Andrew Klein. Dr Klein, who is speaking at the New Zealand Anaesthesia ...More >>

Parliament dismisses doctors, Hospices after farcical debate

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 08:16:49 +1200 | Euthanasia Free NZ

Euthanasia-Free NZ is appalled that Parliament spent so little time debating Part 2 of the End of Life Choice Bill and voted to leave it full of holes. More >>

The Detail: How Big Pharma operates in New Zealand

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 16:04:07 +1200 | RNZ

Cancer has become a political football. Funding of drugs, treatments, and heartbreaking stories of sufferers have many questioning the role of the country’s unique drug-funding agency Pharmac.More >>


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