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Is Being Hooked On Sugar A Lifestyle Choice Or An Addiction?

Thursday, 12 May 2022, 5:32 am | Health Research Council Of New Zealand

It can be incredibly hard to resist the lure of lollies, cupcakes and other sweet treats, especially for those of us with a sweet tooth. But what if this craving for sugary foods wasn’t a lifestyle choice but a sign of a sugar addiction? University ... More >>

It May Be Time To Take A Serious Look At Your Mental Health

Wednesday, 11 May 2022, 8:14 pm | Psychology Care

Our modern world is not conducive to either mental or physical health. Even in Australia, which reports a higher quality of life and better work-life balance than many other countries around the world, the toll of modern living is clearly evident. Technological ... More >>

Adding A Sulforaphane Supplement To Your Diet Can Boost Wellness

Wednesday, 11 May 2022, 8:11 pm | Kiwi Superfoods

Including supplements like a multivitamin or Omega3 into your diet is a great way to ensure optimal health and wellness. That’s not to say that supplements can be used in place of healthy eating and exercise, but rather that they can be used to ... More >>

Doctor Calls On Minister Little To Release ‘Buried’ Independent Report On Pharmac

Wednesday, 11 May 2022, 6:51 pm | Myeloma NZ

The final report of the Independent Pharmac Review Panel has been sitting with Health Minister Andrew Little since February, with no reason offered for why it has not been released, says Myeloma NZ Chief Executive Dr Ken Romeril. “Given the damning ... More >>

Variety Launches Winter Appeal To Fund Beds For Kiwi Kids

Wednesday, 11 May 2022, 10:30 am | Variety - The Children's Charity

Variety – the Children’s Charity launches its Warm Hearts Winter Appeal to provide 1100 children with beds amidst concerns that this winter maybe the worst yet for New Zealand children living in poverty. With Covid in the community and New Zealand’s ... More >>

Hawke’s Bay DHB’s Chief Nurse 'Can’t Imagine Doing Anything Else'

Tuesday, 10 May 2022, 4:25 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board’s chief nurse says this International Nurses Day (12 May) is an opportunity to acknowledge our nurses for stepping up over the past two years. Karyn Bousfield-Black, Chief Nursing Officer at the DHB, says nurses ... More >>

MRINZ Receives Independent Research Funding From The Health Research Council Of New Zealand

Tuesday, 10 May 2022, 2:44 pm | Medical Research Institute of New Zealand

Core Independent Research Organisation (IRO) funding has been granted to the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand (MRINZ) by the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC).     HRC IRO Funding is awarded through a negotiated process, ... More >>

Cystic Fibrosis Is Cruel

Tuesday, 10 May 2022, 12:53 pm | Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand

May is CF Awareness Month , and the start of a new campaign from Cystic Fibrosis NZ inspired by three, simple and powerful words: CRUEL NEEDS KIND . Louise Bentley, Director from Energi Advertising says “From the briefing, we knew we needed a non-sugar-coated ... More >>

Postpartum Depression Increased During Pandemic’s First Year, Study Finds

Tuesday, 10 May 2022, 6:16 am | UVA Health

Larger Increases Typically Seen in States with Fewer COVID-19 Deaths, Lower Unemployment Among Women CHARLOTTESVILLE, May 9, 2022 – Postpartum depression symptoms increased among U.S. women during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new UVA Health ... More >>

Dentist’s Substandard Level Of Care Led To Delay In Diagnosis Of Tooth Decay

Monday, 9 May 2022, 2:02 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Dr Vanessa Caldwell today released a report finding a dentist in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failing to provide services with reasonable care and skill ... More >>

Effective Care Planning And Communication Vital In Fundamentals Of Aged Care

Monday, 9 May 2022, 2:02 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Rose Wall today released a report finding a rest home in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for not providing the fundamentals of care to an elderly man in ... More >>

Pulse Energy Powering Up Support Of Asthma And Respiratory Foundation NZ

Monday, 9 May 2022, 9:45 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

With winter on its way, the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ (ARFNZ) is thrilled to announce that Pulse Energy is now a Gold Sponsor of its Friends of the Foundation programme. Having a warm, dry home is essential to good respiratory health and ARFNZ ... More >>

COHS Struggling Due To Inadequate Pay And Lack Of Recognition

Sunday, 8 May 2022, 4:29 pm | NZ Oral Health Association

Te Ohu Pūniho Ora o Aotearoa – The New Zealand Oral Health Association (NZOHA) is the national association which represents oral health therapists, dental therapists and dental hygienists. The Community Oral Health Service (COHS) has our members working ... More >>

Cost Of Funding Hospice Races Ahead Of Inflation

Saturday, 7 May 2022, 7:47 pm | Hospice NZ

The hospice sector is calling for the government to provide an increase in base-line funding for hospices as costs sky-rocket because of inflation. “Hospice care is a valued and cherished service, that we expect to be there free of charge for our ... More >>

New Kiwi Dean For Australasian Faculty Of Pain Medicine Champions Equity For Chronic Pain Sufferers

Friday, 6 May 2022, 1:41 pm | NZCA

The new head of the Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM) believes New Zealand’s health reforms can help provide a more equitable service for the one in five Kiwis who suffer from chronic pain. Dr Kieran Davis from Auckland is the new dean of the faculty that ... More >>

A Mother’s Day Message From Patient Voice Aotearoa

Friday, 6 May 2022, 1:32 pm | Patient Voice Aotearoa

Parents Voice Aotearoa wants to acknowledge those whānau who have lost their mums and who will be experiencing Mother’s Day without their loved ones. More >>

NZ Experiences Deadliest Month Of The Pandemic

Thursday, 5 May 2022, 6:32 pm | Socialist Equality Group

New Zealand’s COVID-19 death toll has increased more than tenfold over the past two months, as a result of the Labour Party-led government’s decision to keep schools and non-essential businesses open and to remove most public health restrictions. ... More >>

Catching Covid-19 More Than Once – Expert Q&A

Thursday, 5 May 2022, 12:14 pm | Science Media Centre

New Covid-19 variants and waning immunity could see more New Zealanders catching the virus for a second time. As we head further from the peak of the vaccine campaign and the Omicron outbreak, people’s immunity will eventually start to wane . The ... More >>

World Hand Hygiene Day Marks Ten Years Of The Hand Hygiene New Zealand Programme

Thursday, 5 May 2022, 10:19 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

As health workers across Aotearoa New Zealand celebrate World Hand Hygiene Day today, they are being recognised by the Health Quality & Safety Commission for their efforts in improving the rates of hand hygiene over the past decade. The Hand Hygiene ... More >>

Young Women With Ovarian Cancer Symptoms Struggling To Get Diagnosed

Thursday, 5 May 2022, 10:05 am | Cure Our Ovarian Cancer

New Zealand Charity Cure Our Ovarian Cancer is leading a global campaign to encourage awareness of ovarian cancer in younger women. Ovarian cancer is typically thought of as an older women’s disease but it can affect women under 45. Research has found ... More >>

5th May – International Day Of The Midwife: Our Maternity System And Midwives Lead The World

Thursday, 5 May 2022, 5:29 am | NZ College Of Midwives

The College of Midwives is joining the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and midwives around the world, to celebrate International Day of the Midwife (IDM). It’s 100 years since the ICM was established, and two New Zealanders are key in ... More >>

Folk Medicine Discovery Could Lead To Better Heart Attack Outcomes

Wednesday, 4 May 2022, 5:55 pm | UVA Health

Researchers ID Potential Way to Spur Body to Repair Heart Function CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., May 3, 2022 – University of Virginia School of Medicine scientists have identified a potential way to improve heart function after heart attacks – and it could involve ... More >>

Nearly Half Of NZ Babies Are Introduced To Solids Too Early Increasing Risks Of Health Issues

Wednesday, 4 May 2022, 5:49 pm | Growing Up in New Zealand

New research has revealed that nearly half of New Zealand babies are being introduced to food earlier or later than is recommended putting them at greater risk for ongoing health issues including obesity, anaemia and growth and developmental issues New ... More >>

Study Identifies Exact Amounts Of Extra Vitamin C For Optimal Health

Wednesday, 4 May 2022, 5:47 pm | University of Otago

If you are carrying a few extra kilos in weight, an extra apple or two per day might make a difference in boosting your immune system and helping ward off COVID-19 and winter illnesses. New University of Otago, Christchurch research has identified, ... More >>

Significant Gaps In Asthma Care In Children Needs Addressing Says Paediatric Society

Tuesday, 3 May 2022, 6:55 pm | Paediatric Society of NZ

On World Asthma Day (Tuesday 3 May) the Paediatric Society is calling for urgent action to address the ongoing significant gaps in asthma care in Aotearoa. Research has repeatedly shown that Māori, Pacific peoples and those living in our most disadvantaged ... More >>

Critic And Conscience Of Society Award Winner Highlights Vaping Threat To Health Of Young New Zealanders

Tuesday, 3 May 2022, 12:31 pm | Universities New Zealand - Te Pokai Tara

Regulatory loopholes are contributing to increases in the number of young New Zealanders exposed to nicotine through vaping, warns the winner of the 2022 Critic and Conscience of Society Award. Janet Hoek is a Professor of Public Health at the University of ... More >>

Urgent Action Needed To Close The Gaps In New Zealand's Asthma Care

Tuesday, 3 May 2022, 9:05 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand is calling for urgent action this World Asthma Day to address significant inequalities in asthma care experienced by Māori, Pacific peoples and those living in poverty. The theme of World Asthma ... More >>

New Tool Better Predicts COPD Risk For Diverse Ancestry Groups

Tuesday, 3 May 2022, 5:35 am | UVA Health

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Affects 16 Million Americans CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., May 2, 2022 – UVA Health researchers and their collaborators have developed a better way to predict the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ... More >>

Importance Of Strictly Adhering To Guidelines To Maintain Professional Boundaries Highlighted

Monday, 2 May 2022, 5:21 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Dr Vanessa Caldwell today released details of a case relating to two separate complaints regarding the conduct of a nurse working in a hospital’s emergency department (ED). The complainants, broadly, both allege ... More >>

Third Reports Highlights Overrepresentation Of Māori In Mental Health Seclusion

Monday, 2 May 2022, 11:34 am | Office of the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has highlighted for the third time in less than a year the overrepresentation of Māori in mental health seclusion. Ward 21, an acute mental health inpatient unit at Palmerston North Hospital, was inspected by the Ombudsman ... More >>

Ambulance Report Shows Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates Down

Monday, 2 May 2022, 6:05 am | St John

The latest Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) reports from New Zealand’s ambulance services show that cardiac arrest survival rates are down for the second consecutive year since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The reports, published by St John and Wellington ... More >>

Protect Pēpī By Curbing Woeful Pregnancy Suicide Rates

Sunday, 1 May 2022, 5:48 am | Hapai Te Hauora

"The appalling suicide statistics for wāhine Māori during the perinatal period (the period from conception until the first birthday) reveal the desperate need for maternal mental health to be a priority to save lives", Hāpai Te Hauora chief ... More >>

Helen Clark Foundation Calls For Maternal Mental Health To Be A Policy Priority In New Report

Sunday, 1 May 2022, 5:46 am | Helen Clark Foundation

Pregnancy suicide statistics reveal need for more parental leave and for perinatal and maternal mental health to be a focus of the health sector reforms Suicide is the leading cause of death during pregnancy and the postnatal period in Aotearoa ... More >>

WHO Calls For End To ‘Insidious’ Online Marketing Of Baby Formula

Saturday, 30 April 2022, 5:52 am | UN News

The $55 billion baby formula industry must end exploitative online marketing targeting parents, particularly mothers, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a new report published on Friday. The study found companies are paying social media platforms ... More >>

Significant Number Of Moderna And Pfizer Shareholders Support Vaccine Technology Transfer

Saturday, 30 April 2022, 5:17 am | Oxfam

An Oxfam resolution before Moderna shareholders received 24% of the nominal vote, or 29% of the independent vote factoring in the 17% of the vote share owned by the company's directors and senior executives. A similar resolution before Pfizer shareholders ... More >>

Tala Pasifika Backs 'World Smokefree May'

Friday, 29 April 2022, 7:05 pm | Tala Pasifika

Tala Pasifika are backing 'World Smokefree May' all the way. The announcement from Hāpai Te Hauora declaring ' World Smokefree May' in the lead up the World Health Organisation's international celebration of 'World Smokefree Day' on Tuesday 31st ... More >>

Oxfam Shareholder Resolutions Urge Moderna, Pfizer, And Johnson & Johnson To Address Covid-19 Vaccine Inequity

Friday, 29 April 2022, 5:22 am | Oxfam Aotearoa

In separate virtual addresses to the shareholders of Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Oxfam called on the pharmaceutical corporations to improve COVID-19 vaccine equity and access so that everyone, everywhere has access to these ... More >>

New Report Challenges Health Services To Make Whakawhanaungatanga Central To The Care Of Māori After Major Trauma

Thursday, 28 April 2022, 6:18 pm | Health Quality and Safety Commission

A new report is calling for health services to ensure whakawhanaungatanga is central to the care and rehabilitation of Māori suffering traumatic injury. Whakawhanaungatanga is about making connections and relating to people in culturally appropriate ways. ... More >>

Healthy Males Sought For Breast Cancer Research

Thursday, 28 April 2022, 5:15 pm | NZ Clinical Research

New Zealand Clinical Research (NZCR) is putting put out a call for healthy males in Auckland and Christchurch to be part of two large trials researching potential new treatments for breast cancer. The trials use male volunteers, as males are unlikely ... More >>

Stroke Foundations Rolls Out Free Training To Raise Awareness Of The Signs Of Stroke

Thursday, 28 April 2022, 5:10 pm | Stroke Foundation

The Stroke Foundation of New Zealand has developed free training for community organisations as well as a free toolkit for workplaces, to help educate people on how to identify a stroke and take action to reduce harm. Funded by Te Hiringa Hauora and the Ministry ... More >>

Cancer Agency Report Duplicates Pharmac Role

Thursday, 28 April 2022, 5:01 pm | Myeloma New Zealand

The Cancer Control Agency’s analysis of the gap between Australia and New Zealand in funding 18 selected medicines with substantial clinical benefit is a welcome way of drawing attention to the plight of NZ cancer patients desperate for treatments ... More >>

Cancer Medicines Report Highlights How Far There Is Still To Go

Thursday, 28 April 2022, 3:26 pm | Bowel Cancer New Zealand

The report released today by Te Aho o Te Kahu (the Cancer Control Agency) Understanding the Gap: an analysis of the availability of cancer medicines in Aotearoa is a small step in the right direction, but there is still a long way to go. Bowel Cancer New ... More >>

No Benefit In Seclusion Of Mental Health Patients, Says Ombudsman

Thursday, 28 April 2022, 11:35 am | Office of the Ombudsman

Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier says he is worried about high rates of seclusion at two Bay of Plenty mental health facilities, particularly for Māori patients. Mr Boshier today published reports of follow-up visits to Te Toki Maurere in Whakatāne ... More >>

Cancer Control Agency’s Medicines Report Deeply Disappointing

Thursday, 28 April 2022, 5:49 am | Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition

BCAC is deeply disappointed by a report on cancer medicines released by the Cancer Control Agency, Te Aho o Te Kahu. We’re stunned to see that Te Aho o Te Kahu has identified only one breast cancer drug as needed but not funded in New Zealand. This ... More >>

Cancer Control Agency's Latest Report Is A Missed Opportunity

Thursday, 28 April 2022, 5:48 am | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

Responding to the Cancer Control Agency’s latest report on the funding of cancer drugs in Aotearoa, Ah-Leen Rayner, chief executive of Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, said: “This is a timely report, given we are awaiting the overdue findings of the ... More >>

Pharmac Welcomes Analysis Into Cancer Medicines In Aotearoa

Thursday, 28 April 2022, 5:46 am | PHARMAC

Pharmac welcomes a new report released today by Te Aho o Te Kahu (the Cancer Control Agency) which analyses the access and efficacy of cancer medicines for solid tumours in adult patients in Aotearoa. The new analysis, Understanding the gap: an analysis ... More >>

Urgent Need For Masks In Schools As Part Of A Vaccines Plus Strategy

Thursday, 28 April 2022, 5:45 am | Vaccines Plus NZ

A group of more than 150 doctors and scientists have today sent an open letter calling for the New Zealand Government to adopt a strengthened mitigation, or Vaccines Plus approach to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccines Plus combines high rates of vaccination ... More >>

Cancer Control Agency Releases Analysis On Funding Of Cancer Drugs In Aotearoa

Thursday, 28 April 2022, 5:41 am | Cancer Control Agency

Te Aho o Te Kahu, the Cancer Control Agency, has today released Understanding the Gap: an analysis of the availability of cancer medicines in Aotearoa . The report analyses what cancer medicines for solid tumours are funded in Australia compared ... More >>

Cancer Control Agency Releases Analysis On Funding Of Cancer Drugs In Aotearoa

Thursday, 28 April 2022, 5:41 am | Cancer Control Agency

Te Aho o Te Kahu, the Cancer Control Agency, has today released Understanding the Gap: an analysis of the availability of cancer medicines in Aotearoa . The report analyses what cancer medicines for solid tumours are funded in Australia compared ... More >>

Thailand’s Health Minister Won’t Stop Legalization Of Vaping

Wednesday, 27 April 2022, 5:27 pm | CAPHRA

“Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul may not support the legalization of e-cigarettes, but most politicians and the public do, with legal vape sales only months away,” says Asa Saligupta, Director of ECST (ENDS Cigarette Smoke Thailand). ... More >>

Methamphetamine Programme Needs Funding And Expansion

Wednesday, 27 April 2022, 5:19 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

The NZ Drug Foundation says the Government urgently needs to increase funding for a successful methamphetamine programme and expand it throughout the country following the release of the latest Police wastewater data. The ground-breaking Northland programme, ... More >>

World Smokefree May - We're Backing You!

Wednesday, 27 April 2022, 5:01 pm | Hapai Te Hauora

Hāpai Te Hauora are proud to declare that this year Aotearoa will celebrate ‘ World Smokefree May’ , as part of a national campaign for Aotearoa to be Smokefree by 2025. ‘World Smokefree May’ will lead up to the celebration of ‘World Smokefree ... More >>

Intense Workouts Better Than Walking 10,000 Steps A Day

Wednesday, 27 April 2022, 10:24 am | Make Lemonade

Intense workouts can improve a person's fitness more, compared to milder forms of exercise like walking 10,000 steps a day, according to a brand new report by Boston University School of Medicine researchers. ExerciseNZ chief executive Richard Beddie ... More >>

Inaugural Te Urungi Fellowship Awarded To Dr Theresa Pankhurst

Tuesday, 26 April 2022, 4:20 pm | Malaghan Institute

Dr Theresa Pankhurst A new fellowship to strengthen relationships between the Malaghan Institute and Māori communities and ultimately improve health outcomes for Māori has been awarded to postdoctoral researcher Dr Theresa Pankhurst (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti ... More >>

Highlighting Gaps In New Zealand's Asthma Care This World Asthma Day - Aotearoa Te Rā Whakaarohia Te Huangō

Tuesday, 26 April 2022, 11:07 am | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation New Zealand will be shining a light on the gaps in New Zealand's asthma care this World Asthma Day, Tuesday 3 May. World Asthma Day is an international campaign run by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), ... More >>

Covid Sees Auckland Children’s Immunisation Rate At Lowest Point In 2 Years, According To Latest ProCare Data

Tuesday, 26 April 2022, 10:37 am | ProCare Health

The percentage of children across Tāmaki Makaurau that have received their recommended childhood immunisations by the age of two, is at its lowest point in two years according to the latest Population Health data from leading healthcare provider ProCare. In ... More >>

The Silent Pandemic Called Inaction

Monday, 25 April 2022, 6:04 pm | NZIMLS

By Terry Taylor, New Zealand Institute of Medical Laboratory Science (NZIMLS) President Since the start of the pandemic there has been one consistent message coming from our parliamentary representatives. The government blaming the opposition for the ... More >>

"Get Boosted" NZ CN Women's Association 2022 Health Symposium

Friday, 22 April 2022, 6:50 pm | Chinese Women Association

21st April 2022 Get Boosted! Asians told Orange does not mean complacency. The Chinese Women Association of New Zealand is organizing a health symposium aiming at getting the message across to the Chinese community that even though Omicron numbers have ... More >>

Mind & Body Launches New Website For Peer-led Mental Health And Addiction Support

Friday, 22 April 2022, 6:24 pm | Emerge Aotearoa Trust

People seeking peer-to-peer mental health and addiction support are now able to connect more easily online with Aotearoa’s largest peer-led organisation, Mind & Body, after it launched its new website. Mind & Body has replaced ... More >>

Porirua Health Care Locality Announced

Thursday, 21 April 2022, 6:55 pm | Tu Ora Compass Health

Led by Ngāti Toa Rangatira, and supported by the CCDHB, Tū Ora Compass Health is delighted to announce its partnership role within the Porirua Locality, a new way of delivering improved healthcare and wellbeing services for the Porirua community. ... More >>



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