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Focus On Fluoridation Wrong: Kids Suffering

Sunday, 25 January 2015, 6:29 pm | FIND

Around one in 15 kids under the age of 14 are having teeth extracted, according to recently released health department figures. More >>

Recall of Homebrand Sliced Black Olives 430g

Sunday, 25 January 2015, 6:23 pm | Countdown Supermarket

Saturday, 24 January 2015: Countdown has issued a voluntary recall of Homebrand Sliced Black Olives 430g sold in Countdown, FreshChoice and SuperValue stores nationwide, including all best before dates. This product is being recalled as it may contain ... More >>

South Auckland residents' health concerns about motorway

Sunday, 25 January 2015, 4:59 pm | University of Canterbury

Many South Auckland residents have expressed concern regarding the long-term health implications of living close to New Zealand’s busiest motorway, University of Canterbury researchers have found. More >>

Research tests shows stroke patients’ memories do improve

Sunday, 25 January 2015, 4:57 pm | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury lab study tests show people’s memory can improve after a stroke. More >>

Liam Butler interviews Kate Russell

Saturday, 24 January 2015, 10:40 am | Fundraising Institute of New Zealand

Kate Russell is a fellow of The Fundraising Institute of New Zealand (FINZ) , chair of the FINZ Ethics Committee and past FINZ board member. Kate is chair of Pharmac's Consumer Advisory Committee , a board member of Pacific Pathways and a Paediatric ... More >>

No holiday for victims

Saturday, 24 January 2015, 9:55 am | Victim Support

During this past December when the country was in holiday mode, Victim Support staff and volunteers were responding to a massive 30.9% increase in calls to support victims. Last December it received 4641 calls compared to 6074 this year. More >>

The benefits of fish oil supplements

Friday, 23 January 2015, 2:51 pm | Arthritis New Zealand

“There is strong evidence that taking Omega 3 has health benefits that include reducing the inflammation associated with arthritis. So we advise people who find fish oil supplements beneficial to continue taking them,” Arthritis New Zealand ... More >>

Guild supports continued sale of non-prescription diclofenac

Friday, 23 January 2015, 12:07 pm | Pharmacy Guild

The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (the Guild) supports the continued sale of non-prescription diclofenac tablets and capsules from community pharmacy despite classification changes overseas. More >>

Surgeons support ARLA finding - addressing alcohol harm

Friday, 23 January 2015, 11:42 am | Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has come out in support of the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority’s reported rejection of the Wellington City Council’s proposal to allow bars and on-licence premises to stay open until ... More >>

Sports help young people with psychosis get back on track

Friday, 23 January 2015, 11:39 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

Weekly sport sessions are helping young Wellingtonians who access mental health support to connect with each other and reduce their risk of preventable illness. More >>

Ministry of Health official joins Ebola response

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 1:08 pm | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health’s director of emergency management is heading to West Africa to assist with the international fight against Ebola. More >>

Smart inhaler delivers results for kids with asthma

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 12:34 pm | University of Auckland

A new smart asthma inhaler with an audio-visual function has dramatically improved child and adolescent use of preventative asthma medication. More >>

New CT scanners at Dunedin Hospital

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 12:09 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern patients are benefitting from new state of the art CT scanners in the Oncology and Radiology Departments at Dunedin Hospital. More >>

NZ born dental expert - managing teeth without fillings

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 11:57 am | Waikato District Health Board

The key-note speaker at an annual conference for oral health professionals in Hamilton on Friday will talk on why fillings in teeth are unnecessary because they are avoidable. More >>

Northland Youth to Showcase Art Skills

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 11:24 am | Northland District Health Board

Northland youth will have an opportunity to showcase their creative skills this month at the Common Room Graffiti Art Competition. More >>

Hawke’s bay health boss gets his foot stuck in his mouth

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 5:02 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“Hawke’s bay health boss gets his foot stuck in his mouth; surgery recommended to remove it” More >>

Life Flight Transports injured horse rider from Castlepoint

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 4:58 pm | Life Flight Trust

At 12:30pm this this afternoon the Life Flight Trust was responded to Castlepoint on the Wairarapa Coast to a horse rider who had been kicked by a horse. More >>

Worldwide Market for NZ Firm’s Breakthrough Medical Device

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 4:57 pm | Nexus6

Media Release January 22, 2015 Worldwide Market for New Zealand Firm’s Breakthrough Medical Device More >>

Machine guards are there for a reason

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 1:58 pm | WorkSafe NZ

Commercial laundry company Alsco NZ has been fined $38,250 and been ordered to pay $7,500 in reparation after a worker had their hand crushed in the rollers of an unguarded folder machine. More >>

Tariana Turia to receive international tobacco control award

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 11:38 am | Smokefree Coalition

A nomination by the Smokefree Coalition for Associate Health Minister Hon Tariana Turia to receive a 2015 Luther L Terry Award has been accepted. Hon Ms Turia will be presented with the award in March 2015 in Dubai. More >>

Leaving home for Uni? Get your immunisations up to date

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 11:16 am | Toi Te Ora

If you’re getting prepared to head off to University or other tertiary study, now is a good time to check you’re up to date with your immunisations. It is never too late to catch up and most immunisations are free until you turn 18. More >>

10 years of Operating Room induction program

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 11:06 am | Auckland District Health Board

Nursing staff at Auckland DHB are celebrating this month after completing the 10th year of a successful Operating Room (OR) education program. More >>

Health warning lifted for Ashley and Kahutara rivers

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 10:47 am | Canterbury District Health Board

The Community and Public Health division of the Canterbury District Health Board has lifted its algal bloom health warning issued at Ashley River near SH1 and Kahutara River near Peketa (SH1). More >>

Research suggests people should be paid for donating organs

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 9:59 am | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury study suggests people should be paid for donating organs to address New Zealand’s issue with one of the lowest rates of organ donation in the developed world. More >>

Dietary supplement may protect the brain from injury

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 9:44 am | University of Auckland

The dietary supplement creatine can protect the brain when its oxygen supply is reduced, a University of Auckland study has found. More >>

STI Vaccine for Year Eight Girls Campaign

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 9:41 am | Northland District Health Board

A campaign has been launched this week enlightening parents and caregivers of Year Eight girls to the benefits of having a vaccine preventing a sexually transmitted infection which can lead to cancer. More >>

Call for water fluoridation to cut childhood tooth decay

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 9:31 am | New Zealand Dental Association

21 January 2015 M edia Release Call for water fluoridation to cut childhood tooth decay More >>

Health funds needs boost to invest in workforce, not bosses

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 2:47 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association (PSA) says that health sector funding needs to increase and be targeted at the workforce who have struggled with wages falling further below the cost-of-living at the same time as workloads intensify. More >>

Woman injured on Tongariro crossing

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 2:44 pm | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

The Taupo Based Greenlea Rescue helicopter was dispatched to The Tongariro Alpine crossing yesterday, to a woman in her fifties who had slipped over and fractured her ankle near the Emerald lakes. More >>

Evidence Based Exercise Pre-Screen Tool Raises NZ Standards

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 1:30 pm | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

REPs has released its evidence-based pre-screening tool to deliver high quality care to the NZ exercising public, and further encourage collaboration with allied health professionals. More >>

Otago study indicates exercise sharpens young adult brain

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 10:08 am | University of Otago

Regular physical activity improves brain function even in young adults considered in their prime and at the height of cognitive ability, according to a new University of Otago study. More >>

Caution advised over swimmer’s itch

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 9:50 am | Toi Te Ora

Members of the public are being advised to exercise caution when in contact with shallow water following two reports at the south end of Lake Taupo to Toi Te Ora – Public Health Service (Toi Te Ora) of allergic rash. More >>

2014 Provisional Drowning Toll at 90 Deaths

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 9:37 am | Water Safety New Zealand

Ninety people – mostly men and including eight pre-school children - drowned in New Zealand in 2014. More >>

Southern health bosses need a new year’s resolution

Monday, 19 January 2015, 7:29 pm | ASMS

“Southern District Health Board bosses need to adopt a New Year’s resolution as they return from their summer break committing themselves to changing their top-down leadership culture,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association ... More >>

ProCare Nursing Director appointed

Monday, 19 January 2015, 6:47 pm | ProCare Health

Lorraine Hetaraka-Stevens begins her new role today as ProCare’s Nursing Director. Clinical Director Dr Allan Moffitt says the PHO took some time to select the right candidate for this position because nursing leadership is integral to the future ... More >>

Wellington Free Ambulance expands Capital’s food rescue

Monday, 19 January 2015, 6:22 pm | Wellington Free Ambulance

Wellington Free Ambulance is now partnering with Kaibosh food rescue and Wellington Hospital’s Wishbone café to plug a gap in the Capital’s food rescue chain. More >>

Riddet Institute: Beyond the sugar debate

Sunday, 18 January 2015, 10:22 am | Riddet Institute

Fundamental research, carried out by the Riddet Institute's Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) members Professor Jim Mann and Dr Lisa Te Morenga, has given rise to new knowledge allowing food producers the opportunity to create scientifically-backed, high-value, ... More >>

Lakes DHB statement about privacy breach

Saturday, 17 January 2015, 10:32 am | Lakes District Health Board

Lakes DHB chief executive Ron Dunham says it is deeply disappointing that an excel document containing coded patient information has been released to a member of the media. More >>

A royal blunder

Saturday, 17 January 2015, 10:25 am | Fluoride Free New Zealand

The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor and the Royal Society of New Zealand admitted yesterday, Thursday 15th January, that a serious blunder had been made in their report “Health effects of water fluoridation: a Review of the scientific ... More >>

Union gobsmacked at hospital bosses’ pay hikes

Friday, 16 January 2015, 4:46 pm | Service And Food Workers Union

The union representing cooks, cleaners, security staff and orderlies in district health board hospitals is shocked to hear reports of massive pay hikes for DHB CEOs today. More >>

Interview: Richard MacManus on Technology and Health

Friday, 16 January 2015, 3:11 pm | ElderNet

Liam Butler interviews Richard MacManus author of Trackers: How Technology is helping us Monitor & Improve our Health. More >>

DHB Double Standards on Wages Shows Contempt for Staff

Friday, 16 January 2015, 1:31 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The size of the pay rises received by public health service bosses in the past financial year beggar belief given that the people who actually deliver the services have been forced to accept real pay cuts,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director ... More >>

First hackathon to foster health solutions

Friday, 16 January 2015, 12:05 pm | University of Auckland

Software developers, medical specialists, healthcare professionals and people with long term health issues such as diabetes, asthma and heart problems, will be gathering in Auckland for a weekend to create novel health technology solutions next month. More >>

Focus must be on responsible dog ownership to reduce attacks

Friday, 16 January 2015, 10:49 am | NZVA

The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) says the high number of dog attacks in our community, including the case in Invercargill this week where two women were attacked by a pair of bull mastiff crosses, is very concerning and shows that a much ... More >>

Motorcycle crash - SH1

Friday, 16 January 2015, 9:41 am | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched at approximately 10pm last night to the scene of a motorcycle crash on SH1 near Taupiri. The male motorcyclist was airlifted to Waikato Hospital with a serious leg injury. More >>

Man injured by mower

Friday, 16 January 2015, 9:28 am | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Otorohanga at approximately 2pm on Thursday afternoon to retrieve a 37 year old man injured while working on a mower. More >>

Country’s first dedicated sports PRP clinic

Thursday, 15 January 2015, 4:00 pm | Queenstown Regenerative Medicine

Queenstown Regenerative Medicine (QRM) today (January 15 2015) announced well-known sports medicine specialist Dr. Mary Holden will join the team, heading up New Zealand’s first dedicated sports doctor clinic specialising in Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy ... More >>

Private Rentals Often Unsafe for Toddlers

Thursday, 15 January 2015, 1:53 pm | Growing Up in New Zealand

Auckland, 15 January 2015 – Many private rentals fall short of being safe places to bring up a child suggests new research into household safety released by Growing Up in New Zealand . Evaluating interviews with the parents of almost 7,000 children ... More >>

Bring Medical Laws into 21st Century

Thursday, 15 January 2015, 1:50 pm | Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party

Even though Australia will legalise medical marijuana in 2015, New Zealand patients are still risking arrest to access the same medical treatment. More >>

Health Warning: Potentially toxic algae in Waikaia River

Thursday, 15 January 2015, 1:24 pm | Environment Southland

Monitoring carried out by Environment Southland shows a high abundance of the naturally occurring and potentially toxic benthic cyanobacteria (blue/green or brown/black algae) in the Waikaia River in northern Southland. More >>

Taxing Sugar Not the Answer

Thursday, 15 January 2015, 11:27 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the NZ Herald reporting on an opinion survey commissioned by the Southern Cross Health Society which had 39 percent of respondents supporting a tax on sugary drinks, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben Craven says: More >>

HPA Spends $1.2 Million on "Not Beersies" Campaign

Thursday, 15 January 2015, 10:12 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union has released documents detailing the cost and focus group feedback on the controversial "Not Beersies” campaign by the Health Promotion Agency. The documents show that the campaign had the least positive impact on entrenched, ... More >>

Smeg Fridge Art Creations to Be Auctioned Off for Charity

Thursday, 15 January 2015, 9:48 am | SMEG New Zealand

Smeg New Zealand is giving the public the opportunity to bid on one of four stunning pieces of contemporary design to enhance their home or office, while supporting the families of seriously ill children. More >>

Porangahau airlift

Wednesday, 14 January 2015, 2:47 pm | Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter

The Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter was involved in a recent mission: Date: 14/1/15 Time: 10:00 The Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter responded a 59 year old woman with medical complications at Porangahau. She was airlifted by rescue Hawke’s Bay ... More >>

Another 100 Public Hospital Specialists Needed Each Year

Wednesday, 14 January 2015, 2:28 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“District health boards needs to recruit 100 extra hospital specialists over and above what they already do if they wants to continue providing quality health care,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists ... More >>

First Patients for Paediatric Diabetes Telemedicine Clinic

Wednesday, 14 January 2015, 12:52 pm | Southern District Health Board

Central Otago paediatric diabetes patients no longer have to travel to see the specialist team in Dunedin for a thirty minute appointment following the start this week of a new paediatric diabetes telemedicine clinic at Dunstan Hospital. More >>

Kiwis See Sugar as Public Health Enemy #1

Wednesday, 14 January 2015, 11:36 am | Southern Cross Health Society

New Zealanders appear to be getting the message that we can have too much of a good thing – sort of. More >>

Blood-sucking tick denied entry

Wednesday, 14 January 2015, 11:14 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

A mum who spotted a blood-thirsty tick embedded in her daughter’s shoulder at Auckland airport did the right thing by alerting biosecurity officials, says the Ministry for Primary Industries. More >>

Rural women bear the burden of mental illness

Tuesday, 13 January 2015, 4:16 pm | Rural Women New Zealand

Rural Women New Zealand is concerned for the mental well-being of farmers as they struggle with the current drought. More >>

Northland receives new airborne ultrasound equipment

Tuesday, 13 January 2015, 1:04 pm | Northland Emergency Services Trust

Northlanders in need of urgent medical attention are now benefiting from new diagnostic ultrasound equipment on board the Northland Electricity Rescue Helicopters, speeding up diagnosis time during life-threatening emergencies. More >>


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