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Asthma and Respiratory Foundation warns of spike in illness

Friday, 5 February 2016, 12:18 pm | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Back to school and breathless: Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ warns of spike in illness If your child falls sick not long after returning to school, you’re not alone. Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ is encouraging parents to prepare ... More >>

One Stop Guide to Best Practice

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 4:39 pm | Council Of Medical Colleges

The Council of Medical Colleges (CMC) today launched A Best Practice Guide for continuous practice improvement for doctors. More >>

Decision to delay Grey Hospital rebuild questioned

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 1:14 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

West Coast senior doctors want to know why the Grey Hospital rebuild is being delayed because of a relatively small budget over-run due to previously undetected earthquake vulnerability, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried ... More >>

Taranaki Students Reducing Maori Health Inequalities

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 1:07 pm | Taranaki District Health Board

Maori students in Taranaki are gaining valuable work experience throughout secondary and tertiary education and in turn, contributing to the aim of decreasing Maori health inequalities thanks to the Why Ora employment pathways program run through ... More >>

Diabetes and Healthy Lifestyles Camp An 'Amazing' Experience

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 1:03 pm | Northland District Health Board

Nineteen young Northlanders, some with Type 1 diabetes, enjoyed three nights and four days at the annual Diabetes and Healthy Lifestyles camp last month. More >>

The moon-shot to cure cancer

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 10:32 am | Malaghan Institute

Today is World Cancer Day, a day marked around the globe by activities to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. More >>

Better nutrition policies needed for children

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 10:24 am | University of Auckland

Most early childhood education services strive to encourage healthy eating among children, but need stronger and more detailed nutrition policies to support change in everyday staff and parent behaviours. More >>

Back to School Bike Safety Tips

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 5:00 pm | Massey University

For many parents, this week heralds the return to getting the kids ready for school and sitting in cars in traffic for the drop off and pick up. But in some households, cycling will be the preferred way to get to school for New Zealand children. So what ... More >>

New Software to Solve Back Pain Associated with Poor Posture

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 4:04 pm | Prometheus

Poor posture is linked to numerous negative long term health issues including backpain. The associated costs including health-care and absenteeism costs can have serious implications for a business’s bottom line. More >>

Measles Alert Over Infected Plane Passenger

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 2:58 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Passengers on board the China Southern Airlines flight CZ305 arriving at Auckland International Airport on Saturday 30th January 2016 may have been exposed to measles. More >>

5 Burning Questions Kiwi Cancer Researchers Could Answer

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 2:39 pm | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

February 4, World Cancer Day, is a chance to reflect on the burning questions that remain unanswered for the disease that is now the single biggest cause of death for New Zealanders.[1] More >>

Colgate and Plunket celebrate a decade of smiles

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 12:39 pm | Colgate-Palmolive

This month Plunket and Colgate celebrate 10 years of working together to promote healthy oral hygiene for all New Zealand children. More >>

Women Can Avoid Pain and Improve Life Say NZ Chiropractors

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 12:21 pm | New Zealand Chiropractors' Association

A Sideways Glance Might Help Women Avoid Pain And Improve Life Say New Zealand Chiropractors Paying attention to their side profile could help women avoid neck and back problems and improve their quality of life in many other areas according to the New Zealand ... More >>

Important Message About New Grey Base Hospital

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 11:44 am | West Coast District Health

Statement from West Coast District Health Board Chief Executive David Meates: The Hospital Redevelopment Partnership Group has made a decision to delay the start of the Grey Hospital and Integrated Family Health Centre [IFHC] project. This delay ... More >>

Sports Injury Clinics Kept Busy at New Zealand Masters Games

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 10:56 am | Southern Trust New Zealand Masters Games

On day four at the Southern Trust New Zealand Masters Games the Sports Injury Clinic co-ordinator, Graeme Harvey, said he and his medic team had treated 170 competitors with injuries. Most injuries have been lower limb injuries from hip to ankle: sprains, ... More >>

As Zika Spreads, UNICEF Works to Help Keep Communities Safe

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 10:47 am | UNICEF

As Zika Spreads, UNICEF Works to Help Keep Communities Safe With the Zika virus now a public health emergency affecting more than 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, UNICEF is working with governments to mobilize communities to protect ... More >>

Expert: Identifying Snacks vs Treats a Key to Healthier Diet

Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 4:20 pm | Food and Grocery Council

Balancing snacks and treats is a challenge for many people but the secret is in identifying them, according to food and nutrition expert Nikki Hart in a new video on healthy eating released by the New Zealand Food & Grocery Council. More >>

CatWalk Trust To Benefit from RWTS

Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 11:48 am | Catwalk Trust

CatWalk Trust To Benefit from RWTS Riding With The Stars organisers didn’t have to think twice when choosing a charity to align with. More >>

NZ heart health trails OECD average

Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 10:05 am | The Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation is concerned New Zealand is lagging behind most OECD countries when it comes to deaths from heart disease. More >>

Dates Announced for the First Services to Move to Burwood

Monday, 1 February 2016, 4:58 pm | Christchurch District Health Board

The first of Canterbury's new Christchurch-based hospital facilities will be open and in use in just over four months. More >>

Low Intensity Help for Depression under Spotlight

Monday, 1 February 2016, 2:22 pm | Massey University

Psychologists at Massey University are investigating whether a form of low intensity psychological intervention, which has been successful in England, could be adapted to New Zealand to help thousands suffering depression and less severe mental health ... More >>

Government must act

Monday, 1 February 2016, 11:00 am | Making Sense of Fluoride

Making Sense of Fluoride believes Whakatane is the latest local community to pay a high price for the government’s continued lack of action on its own child health report into fluoridation. More >>

Dentist group supports Council’s Fluoride decision

Monday, 1 February 2016, 10:57 am | Fluoride Information Network For Dentists

Recent comments made by Te Te Ora advisor, Dr. Neil De Wet, http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/regional/295316/disappointment-over-whakatane-fluoride-decision warning of dire consequences following Whakatane’s dumping of water fluoridation are unsupported by current science and are alarmist, according to FIND, a group of ... More >>

Woman Airlifted From Whakamaru

Sunday, 31 January 2016, 4:04 pm | Rescue Helicopter Trust

The BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to an area of the Waikato River Saturday afternoon at 6pm near Whakamaru (51 km SW of Rotorua) to attend a woman that had received injuries from a fall. More >>

Repeat supplies of oral contraceptives from pharmacists

Friday, 29 January 2016, 4:58 pm | Pharmaceutical Society

New Zealand women to have access to regular repeat supplies of oral contraceptives directly from their community pharmacist. More >>

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month - February 2016

Friday, 29 January 2016, 1:51 pm | New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Foundation

One women dies of ovarian cancer every 48 hours in New Zealand, yet most women don’t even know what the symptoms are. More >>

Zika Update

Friday, 29 January 2016, 1:36 pm | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health has extended its Pacific travel advice around the ZIka virus to include Tonga as well as Samoa as an area of active transmission. More >>

Lancet series - more evidence breastfeeding is lifesaving

Friday, 29 January 2016, 1:24 pm | UNICEF

Reductions in child mortality and reduced breast and ovarian cancer rates for women who breastfeed More >>

New operating theatre to increase elective capacity

Friday, 29 January 2016, 12:20 pm | Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

Public and private elective services consumers will benefit from a new operating theatre to be added to the Wairau Hospital Theatre Complex. More >>

Continuing disparity between gout prevalence and treatment

Friday, 29 January 2016, 11:37 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

The latest Atlas of Healthcare Variation shows a continuing gap between populations with the largest prevalence of gout and those being prescribed the most effective drug for its treatment. More >>

Tecfidera® (Dimethyl Fumarate) Funded in New Zealand

Friday, 29 January 2016, 9:37 am | Biogen New Zealand

Tecfidera® (Dimethyl Fumarate) Funded in New Zealand as a New Treatment for Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis From February 2016 New Zealand multiple sclerosis (MS) patients will soon have affordable access to an additional option for the treatment of relapsing ... More >>

Aria Gardens Opens State-of-the-Art Dementia Care

Thursday, 28 January 2016, 3:45 pm | Aria Gardens

Aria Gardens in Albany is excited to announce the opening of their newly refurbished state-of-the-art Dementia Care Unit on Thursday 28 January. The Kauri Wing, catering specifically to cognitively impaired residents, now provides specialized accommodation ... More >>

Medical Council reviewing its Statement on Telehealth

Thursday, 28 January 2016, 12:47 pm | Medical Council of New Zealand

‘Our June 2013 statement does not require a significant overhaul as it adequately covers various aspects of telehealth and Council’s expectations of doctors in New Zealand and overseas who practise in this area. More >>

Guild welcomes oral contraceptive recommendation

Thursday, 28 January 2016, 11:20 am | Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand

The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (the Guild) welcomes the Medicines Classification Committee (MCC) recommendation to reclassify selected oral contraceptives as restricted medicines, allowing trained pharmacists to dispense repeat supplies of oral contraceptives ... More >>

First private Cardiac Diagnostic service in Taranaki

Wednesday, 27 January 2016, 3:57 pm | Fast Pace Solutions

Fast Pace Solutions Ltd is the first and only private Cardiac Diagnostic service in Taranaki that has been set up by Taranaki Base Hospital's local qualified Cardiac Physiologist, Michael Maxim. More >>

ALRANZ Applauds Over-the-Counter ‘Pill’ Sales

Wednesday, 27 January 2016, 2:15 pm | Abortion Law Reform Association NZ

Medsafe’s decision to allow limited sales of oral contraceptives without a prescription is a good start that must eventually lead to unlimited access, the president of the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand (ALRANZ), Terry Bellamak, said today. More >>

EPA Revokes Approvals for Some Vet. Meds. and Insecticides

Wednesday, 27 January 2016, 1:52 pm | Environmental Protection Authority NZ

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has revoked approval for 18 veterinary medicine and insecticide products because of the risk to people and the environment from organophosphates and carbamates (OPCs). More >>

Zika virus Outbreak - Expert reaction

Wednesday, 27 January 2016, 1:31 pm | Science Media Centre

Concern over the current outbreak of the mosquito-spread Zika virus in the Americas is growing. More >>

Kiwis Are Urged to be Sunsmart

Wednesday, 27 January 2016, 1:26 pm | Sunsmart

“It is important to use sun protection every day, even on cloudy days,” says Megan Chapman, the Health Promotion Agency’s (HPA) SunSmart manager. More >>

Video Games: Big Tobacco’s New Backdoor Marketing Frontier

Wednesday, 27 January 2016, 1:21 pm | Smokefree Coalition

The Smokefree Coalition warns that big tobacco, well-known for its sneaky product placement techniques, has found a backdoor method of marketing to New Zealand children. More >>

NTCELL® Continues to Reverse the Progression of Parkinson’s

Wednesday, 27 January 2016, 1:05 pm | Living Cell Technologies

27 January 2016 – Sydney, Australia & Auckland, New Zealand – Over a year after treatment all four patients who took part in Living Cell Technologies Limited’s Phase I/IIa clinical study of NTCELL® for Parkinson’s disease remain well, and ... More >>

Join the Social Media Movement Against Respiratory Disease

Wednesday, 27 January 2016, 10:55 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

#Hard2Breathe - Join the Social Media Movement Against Respiratory Disease On 1 February, the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation will be launching an energetic social media campaign called Hard2Breathe to run throughout February. The campaign aims ... More >>

Recommendation for Convenient Access for Women

Tuesday, 26 January 2016, 3:09 pm | Green Cross Health

New Zealand – 26 January 2016 – The Medicines Classification Committee has recommended that women will soon have a more convenient option when considering their contraception supply thanks to efforts from Green Cross Health and Natalie Gauld Ltd in driving ... More >>

Westfield’s Christmas Retail Therapy

Tuesday, 26 January 2016, 12:51 pm | CanTeen New Zealand

Generous Kiwis have helped raise $83,000 by getting their Christmas presents wrapped at Westfield shopping centres across the country. More >>

2016 Training for healthy homes advice

Tuesday, 26 January 2016, 12:00 pm | Home Performance Advisor

It might be summer now, but health workers planning their 2016 work programmes will have fresh memories of the cold damp homes and ill health their clients experienced over winter. More >>

Don’t make health workers pay price for ADHB funding crisis

Tuesday, 26 January 2016, 10:35 am | Public Service Association

Auckland District Health Board will not fix its underfunding crisis by cutting staff salaries, the Public Service Association says. The DHB’s chief executive officer Ailsa Claire says her organisation faces challenges as the gap between its funding ... More >>

Specsavers Gives Free Eye Exams to 23,574 Kiwi Kids

Tuesday, 26 January 2016, 10:34 am | SpecSavers

Since the Specsavers Kids Go Free health initiative launched six months ago, 23,574 New Zealand children have received a free comprehensive eye examination. This equates to a $1.4 million investment in the eye health of New Zealand children. More >>

One in five lie to their doctor

Thursday, 21 January 2016, 10:45 am | Southern Cross

Do you smoke? How often do you drink? Do you exercise often? And how much do you spend on takeaways? More >>

Holistic Health for Pets; What’s It All About?

Wednesday, 20 January 2016, 3:48 pm | Hastings District Council

Our pets often have a very special place in the family but unlike other family members they can’t simply tell us when they are not well. More >>

Obesity threatens sugary drinks industry

Wednesday, 20 January 2016, 12:26 pm | Auckland University

Soft drink companies see the obesity debate as the biggest threat to their products, according to leading nutrition commentator Professor Marion Nestle. More >>

Helping young people end mental illness discrimination

Tuesday, 19 January 2016, 5:19 pm | Mental Health Foundation

Young people who experience moderate and severe mental illness often experience isolation and rejection from their peers and at home. A new project will help young people develop creative projects to end mental illness discrimination in NZ. More >>

Counting sheep? Struggling to sleep?

Tuesday, 19 January 2016, 4:16 pm | Massey University

Massey University’s Sleep/Wake Research Centre in Wellington is now providing group treatment for people with insomnia – a first in New Zealand. More >>

5+ A Day teams up with NZ Football for new partnership

Tuesday, 19 January 2016, 2:45 pm | 5 Plus A Day

The 5+ A Day Charitable Trust is the new partner for New Zealand Football’s nationwide school programme. Globally, football boasts more than 275 million players and is the number one team sport in New Zealand. 5+ A Day aims to help New Zealand Football ... More >>

2016 Marks 10 Years of Manuka Honey Science

Tuesday, 19 January 2016, 1:16 pm | Manuka Health NZ

2016 marks 10 years since the compound methylglyoxal was discovered in manuka honey, a discovery that revolutionised the manuka honey industry. More >>

Technology and Exercise - Friends or enemies?

Tuesday, 19 January 2016, 12:20 pm | New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals

Are the technology toys Santa left for you under the Christmas tree going to help you be physically active in 2016, or will they encourage you to stay on the couch? Depending on what you are reading, or with who you are speaking, technology is either ... More >>

Sexual Health Centre moves to Riccarton Road

Monday, 18 January 2016, 2:27 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Been naughty or nice over the Christmas and New Year holiday period? It’s a good time to get a sexual health check. But before you do, you need to know that the Canterbury DHB’s Sexual Health Clinic has a new home on Riccarton Road. Catherine Parkes, ... More >>

Better Information Sharing Leads to Healthier Kids

Monday, 18 January 2016, 11:49 am | Pinnacle Midlands Health Network

Fewer children are missing critical health checks thanks to an innovative online tool and coordination service from Pinnacle Midland Health Network. More >>

Government returning to failed market approach to health

Monday, 18 January 2016, 10:10 am | ASMS

“The Government appears to be sidling back to a market-drive approach to the provision of public hospital services,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

More Help to Go Smokefree This Summer

Friday, 15 January 2016, 4:43 pm | Pinnacle Midlands Health Network

Waikato people wanting to go smokefree this summer will have more help than ever thanks to Pinnacle Midlands Health Network. More >>

Ban back ache from your camp site

Friday, 15 January 2016, 11:32 am | 110 percent Sports Performance

It’s the time of year when people all over the country, if they haven’t already, start to pull out tents, dust off collapsible chairs and get ready to enjoy the fun of camping in New Zealand. If you’re anything like me the long break between last ... More >>

 

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