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New Research Links Water Fluoridation to ADHD

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:54:37 +1300 | Fluoride Information Network For Dentists

Strong research published in the British Medical Journal this week shows a significant relationship between fluoridated water and ADHD , with each 1% increase in artificial fluoridation prevalence in 1992 being associated with approximately 67,000 to 131,000 ...More >>

Q-fly, scientists on screen and fluoride study questioned

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:42:02 +1300 | Science Media Centre

In the News: What can NZ learn from Japanese earthquakes? In the News: No link found between brain cancer and mobile use Expert Reaction: Water fluoridation and underactive thyroid Expert Reaction: Fruit fly incursion More >>

Top chef focused on the ‘recipe for life’

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:54:03 +1300 | Melanoma New Zealand

Josh Emett, a Michelin star winner, judge of TV One’s MasterChef , co-owner of Queenstown restaurants Madam Woo and Rata and Food Director at Auckland’s Ostro, knows the importance of keeping his skin from getting cooked in the searing New Zealand ...More >>

Challenge to NZ after 10 years of global tobacco control

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:12:35 +1300 | Smokefree Coalition

The Smokefree Coalition wants New Zealanders everywhere to mark the tenth anniversary of an international tobacco control treaty by striking a blow against Big Tobacco. More >>

Orphan Drug negotiations hampered by inadequate budget

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:54:15 +1300 | NZ Organisation for Rare Disorders

Pharmac’s announcement that it’s in active negotiation with 8 companies for supply of medicines for rare disorders, is welcome news for patients currently denied access to approved “orphan” medicines. But the NZ Organisation for Rare Disorders says ...More >>

Orion Health named top vendor in major healthcare IT report

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:39:57 +1300 | Orion Health

Orion Health received the highest rankings for market execution, market vision, product capabilities and product vision More >>

More medicines for rare disorders to be funded

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:24:10 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says people with rare disorders will benefit from Pharmac’s new funding approach for rare disorders medicines. Pharmac has announced that 28 proposals from eight suppliers emerged from its request for proposals for ...More >>

Gluckman Review downplays risk to IQ from fluoridation

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:06:01 +1300 | New Health New Zealand

The panel convened in 2014 to review water fluoridation has been forced to quietly amend an error in its report about the effects of fluoridation on IQ following international peer review. In an open letter to co-commissioners of the report, Sir Peter Gluckman ...More >>

PHARMAC in negotiations over rare disorders medicines

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:03:22 +1300 | PHARMAC

PHARMAC is in active negotiations with several suppliers as a result of its competitive process for rare disorders medicines. On the eve of World Rare Diseases Day, PHARMAC has announced that 28 proposals from eight suppliers emerged from its request for ...More >>

Just growing pains or something more serious?

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:47:41 +1300 | Arthritis New Zealand

“Growing pains” are not uncommon in children, with up to 20% of children experiencing leg pain during periods of growth. However Arthritis New Zealand CEO Sandra Kirby notes for some children pain in the legs is a symptom that might need further investigation.More >>

"Cellphones Don't Cause Brain Cancer" – Yeah Right!

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:24:42 +1300 | Journal of Natural Medicine

In the same great tradition that has seen NZ "punching above its weight" and besting "overseas experts" a new paper from a group of researchers at the University of Auckland is being promoted as showing that there’s no connection ...More >>

Mobile phones not causing increase in brain tumours

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:11:46 +1300 | University of Auckland

The risk of brain tumours has not changed significantly with increased mobile phone use, according to new research from the University of Auckland. More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon : Three-Person Babies

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:07:25 +1300 | Martin Doyle

Well done, UK, for taking a brave but well-reasoned step forward into the exciting world of mitochondria. [Putting the 'brave' into Brave New World] More >>

Consumer, Cancer Society call for outright ban on sunbeds

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:11:53 +1300 | Consumer NZ

Consumer NZ and the Cancer Society are calling for an outright ban on commercial sunbeds. More >>

NZ clinical trials give hope to cataract sufferers

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:13:45 +1300 | Abbott

New Zealand surgeons are leading the way in cataract surgery outcomes with local clinical trials of a new cataract lens technology proven to give people with cataracts an extended range of vision and a higher level of independence from eyeglasses [1,2].More >>

Safe use of opioids national collaborative

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:54:48 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Tēnā koutou katoa, welcome to collaborative team members who have come together, for the first time from across New Zealand, to create a national network aiming to reduce opioid-related harm in our hospitals.More >>

Southern DHB patients getting cancer treatment faster

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:27:09 +1300 | Southern District Health Board

The new faster cancer treatment health targets show that Southern patients are getting their treatment faster. More >>

Fourth person dies following highway crash

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:21:39 +1300 | New Zealand Police

A fourth person has now died following a crash on SH1 near Tokoroa on Tuesday, 17 February. More >>

NZORD - the New Zealand Organisation for Rare Disorders

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:54:09 +1300 | NZORD

February 28th is Rare Disease Day and an opportunity for those who often slip below the radar in our health system, to have some focus on their needs and interests. Getting a timely and accurate diagnosis can be one of the major hurdles they face, ...More >>

International brain injury expert to present in Christchurch

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:42:52 +1300 | Laura Fergusson Trust

Dr Nathan Zasler will present ‘Current Concepts in Brain Injury Update 2015’ at a seminar and workshop in Christchurch on 9 and 10 March 2015. The event is organised by Laura Fergusson Trust Canterbury and will be of interest to primary, secondary ...More >>


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