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Why the affects of medicinal cannabis can differ

Thursday, 7 November 2019, 4:01 pm | Marco Fantham

(Headline abbreviated, original headline: Why the affects of medicinal cannabis can be different for different people?) More >>

Measles case on Samoa to Auckland flight

Thursday, 7 November 2019, 1:34 pm | Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has been notified of a case of measles in a New Zealand resident returning from Samoa to Auckland. The person did not know they had measles at the time. More >>

New UC research into children born to mothers on methadone

Thursday, 7 November 2019, 11:27 am | University of Canterbury

Children born to mothers treated with methadone during pregnancy are experiencing educational challenges, according to a new paper by University of Canterbury (UC) Psychology researcher Dr Samantha Lee. More >>

Telehealth Helps Close Gaps

Thursday, 7 November 2019, 9:43 am | Northland District Health Board

Northland DHB has developed a new acute care telehealth network linking all of its rural Hospitals’, Kaitaia, Bay of Islands, Dargaville, and in 2020, Rawene, to the Intensive Care Unit at Whangarei Hospital. More >>

Landmark partnership announced for int'l medical conference

Thursday, 7 November 2019, 9:14 am | Rural General Practice Network

In 2017, The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (the College) won its bid to host the 2020 WONCA Asia Pacific Regional Conference in Auckland, 23 – 26 April. More >>

New measles case in Queenstown and other NZ locations

Wednesday, 6 November 2019, 5:41 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB/Public Health South has been notified that a visitor from Samoa has travelled around New Zealand, including Queenstown, between 31 October and 4 November, while infectious with measles. This is the first measles case in the region for almost ... More >>

Government - holding its breath on vaping regulations

Wednesday, 6 November 2019, 12:56 pm | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

The Smoke-free Environments (Vaping) Amendment Bill has yet to materialise, despite repeated Government promises of priority. More >>

Proposed Vaping Regulation Sends Smokefree Goal Up In Smoke

Wednesday, 6 November 2019, 12:10 pm | New Zealand Vaping Alliance

The New Zealand vape industry is losing confidence in both the Government and the Opposition following recent comments made by both Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa and National Leader Simon Bridges. More >>

Confirmed Measles case infectious while at Auckland event

Wednesday, 6 November 2019, 11:52 am | Northland District Health Board

A Northland person with a confirmed case of Measles attended an event in Auckland, while infectious, over the labour weekend. This latest case brings the number of confirmed cases of measles in Northland to 91. More >>

Tech will soon reduce deaths from breast cancer

Tuesday, 5 November 2019, 6:37 pm | Make Lemonade

More than 600 women die from breast cancer each year in New Zealand. With an AI augmented screening programme, many of these deaths might be preventable according to the AI Forum of New Zealand’s latest research report. More >>

Māori Primary Health Providers & DHB unite

Tuesday, 5 November 2019, 5:48 pm | Te Kohao Health

Te Kōhao Health as part of a collective of Māori primary health providers is offering free measles MMR and mumps vaccinations from 9.30am – 5pm to the people tomorrow. More >>

Big Blood Pressure Check 2019 Results

Tuesday, 5 November 2019, 3:44 pm | Stroke Foundation

The Stroke Foundation’s Big Blood Pressure Check had a positive impact throughout October, having tested over 13,500 New Zealanders for high blood pressure. However, figures show that over the last three years, those that were referred to a GP for ... More >>

Kiwis report feeling less healthy

Tuesday, 5 November 2019, 10:45 am | Statistics New Zealand

The proportion of New Zealanders rating their general health as ‘excellent’ has fallen over the last eight years, especially among adults aged under 45, Stats NZ said today. More >>

Time for a NZ Rural Health Commissioner?

Tuesday, 5 November 2019, 8:48 am | Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand

Frustration over chronic workforce shortages, poorer health outcomes and unequal access to healthcare is mounting for the group representing around 30 of the country’s leading rural health, business and agricultural organisations. More >>

Investment in health research too low – poll

Monday, 4 November 2019, 6:50 pm | New Zealanders for Health Research

Investment in health research too low – poll 04 November 2019 Three quarters of New Zealanders believe that the government’s $125m budget for health and medical research - which was 0.75% of health care costs - is too low, according to the latest ... More >>

Continuity of services provided by DHB and radiology service

Monday, 4 November 2019, 2:24 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill today released a report finding South Canterbury District Health Board (DHB) and Pacific Radiology in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failings ... More >>

Burns sustained during surgery

Monday, 4 November 2019, 2:18 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill today released a report finding Wairarapa District Health Board (DHB) and an orthopaedic surgeon in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failures in the care provided ... More >>

Wellington Event: Global health in the era of climate change

Monday, 4 November 2019, 2:15 pm | University of Otago

The University of Otago, Wellington, is hosting the Otago Global Health Institute’s annual conference on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 November. This year’s conference has a focus on Pacific research, including the threat that climate change poses to ... More >>

Bowel Screening Programme launching at MidCentral DHB

Monday, 4 November 2019, 2:12 pm | MidCentral District Health Board

After more than a year of planning, MidCentral DHB is just days away from launching the National Bowel Screening Programme in the region. More >>

PHARMAC funding new leukaemia medicine

Monday, 4 November 2019, 10:19 am | PHARMAC

New Zealanders with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia will have another medicine option available to help them live longer from 1 December 2019. More >>

10,000 Kiwis diagnosed with Parkinson’s must get more active

Monday, 4 November 2019, 9:00 am | Make Lemonade

Exercise NZ says many of the 10,000 New Zealanders who are diagnosed with Parkinson’s need to get more active. Richard Beddie, chief executive of Exercise NZ, says one in every 500 Kiwis suffers from Parkinson’s and regular activity will help them. ... More >>

AI about to speed up hospital processes

Monday, 4 November 2019, 8:58 am | Make Lemonade

The days of hospital specialists spending more time treating patients and less time processing referrals may soon be over. The AI Forum of New Zealand’s recent health research report says tens of millions of dollars are being spent to come up with ... More >>

“Taxpayer funded research is being locked behind paywalls”

Monday, 4 November 2019, 8:51 am | Tohatoha

AUCKLAND, 4 November 2019 – Taxpayer funded research that could be improving the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders is being locked behind paywalls due to a profit-focused approach to academic publishing, says open access advocacy group Tohatoha NZ. More >>

Preterm blood-test a step closer with $NZ230k boost

Monday, 4 November 2019, 8:45 am | University of Auckland

A Liggins Institute researcher has received a $NZ230,000 boost to develop a mid-pregnancy blood test to predict premature birth. More >>

Pharmac Funds New Treatment Option for Leukaemia

Monday, 4 November 2019, 8:26 am | AbbVie

AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) New Zealand welcomes PHARMAC’s announcement that patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) whose cancer has relapsed within 36 months of previous treatment will now have funded access to VENCLEXTA® (venetoclax) in ... More >>

Drug for bone health reduces cancer, heart disease

Saturday, 2 November 2019, 11:18 am | University of Auckland

Drug for bone health reduces cancer, heart disease in older women A drug used to treat osteoporosis and bone loss also appears to protect against heart disease and cancer, a major New Zealand study has shown. Researchers at the University of Auckland ... More >>

Retailers Continue to Sell Tobacco to Minors

Friday, 1 November 2019, 2:18 pm | Northland District Health Board

Ngā Tai Ora Public Health Northland at Northland District Health Board was concerned to see retailers continuing to sell cigarettes to minors during a controlled purchase operation (CPO) carried out in the Mid-North/Hokianga area, earlier this month. More >>

Potting mix warning following death of Dunedin gardener

Friday, 1 November 2019, 2:08 pm | Southern District Health Board

The recent death of a Dunedin man has prompted Public Health South to remind spring gardeners of the need to handle potting mix and compost with care. The man is thought to have been infected while adding compost to a glasshouse. He initially developed ... More >>

New measles cases confirmed in Hawke’s Bay

Friday, 1 November 2019, 2:05 pm | Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Two new measles case have been confirmed in Hawke’s Bay this week, taking the total number of measles cases in Hawke’s Bay, this year, to eleven. Hawke’s Bay District Health Board Medical Officer of Health, Dr Nicholas Jones, said of the new ... More >>

Frances Clarke Memorial Awards

Friday, 1 November 2019, 12:20 pm | Wellington Down Syndrome Association

The Wellington Down Syndrome Association (WDSA) wishes to advise of the upcoming annual Frances Clarke Memorial Awards to recognise and encourage the special achievements of people born with Down syndrome in the greater Wellington region. The awards will ... More >>

Medicinal cannabis presents global opportunity

Friday, 1 November 2019, 11:47 am | Helius Therapeutics

New Zealanders from all walks of life are truly embracing medicinal cannabis and the prospect of products becoming more widely available from next year. More >>

Oxygen no longer ‘holy water’ for ICU: study

Thursday, 31 October 2019, 3:58 pm | Capital and Coast District Health Board

A world-first trial may change how oxygen is administered to intensive care patients across the world. More >>

Protecting Students Against Meningococcal B

Thursday, 31 October 2019, 3:42 pm | GSK New Zealand

Health experts are calling for secondary schools to take a greater role in preventing the spread of meningococcal B with new figures showing a rise in the number of confirmed cases this year. [1] More >>

Study Confirms Primary Units and Home Births Safe For Women

Thursday, 31 October 2019, 2:22 pm | NZ College Of Midwives

NZ College of Midwives Comments on Australian Study Which Confirms Primary Units and Home Births Safe For Women More >>

Southern Mental Health & Addiction Strategic Plan

Thursday, 31 October 2019, 2:19 pm | Southern District Health Board

Working in an integrated way, and looking at the big picture, are key to the future of mental health and addiction services in the South, according to the strategic plan that will guide the Southern health system’s mental health and addiction sector. More >>

Pharmacists to deliver MMR vaccinations

Thursday, 31 October 2019, 11:23 am | Pharmaceutical Society

The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand welcomes the announcement by Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter that trained pharmacist vaccinators in approximately 450 pharmacies across New Zealand will soon be able to deliver MMR vaccinations to ... More >>

Study aims to reduce drop-out rate for weight loss patients

Thursday, 31 October 2019, 10:45 am | Health Research Council

Pacific peoples in New Zealand have the highest drop-out rate for weight loss or bariatric surgery despite being the most affected by obesity-related health conditions. More >>

Mum’s struggles inspire study to raise Māori nurse numbers

Thursday, 31 October 2019, 10:42 am | Health Research Council

Whangarei mental health nurse and nursing educator Phillipa (Pipi) Barton (Ngāti Hikairo/Te Rohe Pōtae) knows only too well the challenges Māori may face when entering the nursing profession. More >>

Research into rural health professionals’ skills

Thursday, 31 October 2019, 10:39 am | Health Research Council

Sarah Walker knows first-hand what it takes to be a practising physiotherapist in a rural community, and now she aims to determine whether rural allied health professionals in New Zealand require fundamentally different skills to their urban counterparts. More >>

Tackling hearing loss and its consequences

Thursday, 31 October 2019, 10:24 am | Pindrop Foundation

With over 200 New Zealand adults currently on the waiting list for a cochlear implant, on Saturday 2nd of November the Pindrop Foundation Cochlear Implant Forum is bringing together global and national experts on hearing loss at the University of Auckland ... More >>

Curbing sugar intake needs to start at top of the food chain

Wednesday, 30 October 2019, 3:33 pm | University of Auckland

As trick-or-treating children prepare for their Halloween haul, scientists, dentists, doctors and the beverage industry are meeting tomorrow (31 October) to discuss the impact sugar has on New Zealand health. More >>

Parkinson’s Awareness Week

Wednesday, 30 October 2019, 9:48 am | Parkinsons New Zealand

Parkinson’s New Zealand is raising funds for the 10,000 New Zealanders who are diagnosed with Parkinson’s. That’s 1 in every 500 Kiwis. More >>

Stroke patient receives lifesaving treatment in record time

Tuesday, 29 October 2019, 2:51 pm | Taranaki DHB

Last month, Stratford woman, Gay Burnnand arrived in an ambulance at Taranaki Base Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) following a stroke and received life-saving treatment in record breaking time. More >>

Patients with rare disorders encouraged to leave NZ to live

Tuesday, 29 October 2019, 10:29 am | Patient Voice Aotearoa

These images were taken last week at Rotorua Hospital of three-year old Tama. Tama has a degenerative disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). There is a treatment called Spinraza that is revolutionary and is designed to stop the disease in its ... More >>

Technology the answer to stretched mental health services

Tuesday, 29 October 2019, 8:52 am | Make Lemonade

With Statistics New Zealand research finding that nearly a quarter of Kiwis experience some level of poor mental wellbeing and with mental health services throughout New Zealand stretched, NZTech says it is great to see technology being used to help provide ... More >>

New Zealand is leading the world in stroke prevention

Tuesday, 29 October 2019, 8:08 am | Auckland University of Technology

This year’s World Stroke Day campaign, #DontBeTheOne , encourages everyone, no matter what their age, to assess their individual risk of stroke using the free Stroke Riskometer mobile app developed by Professor Valery Feigin at Auckland University ... More >>

Paediatric pioneer recognised for work with weight issues

Monday, 28 October 2019, 5:08 pm | L Oreal

Paediatric pioneer recognised for work with weight issues in children Dr Yvonne Anderson awarded L’Oréal UNESCO For Women in Science 2019 Fellowship More >>

World Medical Association reaffirms opposition to euthanasia

Monday, 28 October 2019, 1:16 pm | Euthanasia Free NZ

A few hours ago the World Medical Association reaffirmed its opposition to euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. More >>

The voices of Maori living with a disability

Monday, 28 October 2019, 12:43 pm | Maori Council

The voices of Maori living with a disability to finally be heard: New Zealand Maori Council welcomes Waitangi Tribunal direction More >>

Are we forgetting that TB prevention is better than cure?

Monday, 28 October 2019, 12:33 pm | Citizen News Service

Without infection there is no disease: Nip the TB infection Prevention of new infections of TB bacteria (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) and their progression to active TB disease is critical to reduce the burden of TB disease and to achieve the goal of ending ... More >>

First NZ study of cannabis use in people with spinal injury

Sunday, 27 October 2019, 9:25 pm | University of Otago

Using cannabis helps people with spinal cord injuries better tolerate almost constant and excruciating pain and participate in community and family life without feeling like ‘zombies’, a new study has found. More >>

Researchers investigate sideline concussion testing

Saturday, 26 October 2019, 12:21 pm | Institute of Environmental Science And Research

As the world’s rugby titans clash on the field, a team of scientists and clinicians in New Zealand are closing in on developing the first ever rapid, reliable, on-the-spot test for sports related concussion. The test could potentially transform diagnosis ... More >>

Measles update 25 October

Friday, 25 October 2019, 3:40 pm | Southern District Health Board

There have been no new confirmed measles cases this week. The total number of Southern DHB cases remains at 71. Total cases for each location to date is: Dunedin: 2 Oamaru: 1 Wanaka: 3 Queenstown: 64 Gore: 1 The Southern DHB is expecting a delivery of 3,000 ... More >>

Macular Degeneration: Early Detection Saves Sight

Friday, 25 October 2019, 3:09 pm | Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration (MD) is the leading cause of blindness in NZ with one in 7 people over 50 years of age having some evidence of MD and the incidence increases with age. Many people dismiss the early warning signs of MD, accepting vison loss ... More >>

Digital health taken to the extreme

Friday, 25 October 2019, 2:02 pm |

Lessons learned from delivering digital health services to one of the most remote and extreme environments on the planet will be shared by keynote speaker Jeff Ayton during Digital Health Week NZ next month. More >>

Southern District Health Board contingency planning

Friday, 25 October 2019, 1:52 pm | Southern District Health Board

Southern DHB’s Medical Imaging Technologists (MITs) who are members of the APEX union will be striking again next week and the following week. The DHB has received strike notices from APEX and these include a full withdrawal of labour on Wednesday ... More >>

Children should be up-to-date with MMR immunisation

Friday, 25 October 2019, 1:05 pm | Toi Te Ora

New Zealand’s largest measles outbreak in many years is not over yet. Cases continue to be confirmed daily in Auckland and elsewhere. More >>

Sorry, in NZ CBD is 'prescription only'

Friday, 25 October 2019, 10:57 am | Marco Fantham

In 2006 Helen Clark laid the foundation for a thriving hemp industry in New Zealand and here we are 13 years later still battling to get CBD into the hands of the people that most need it. More >>

Cantabrians urged to protect themselves against Legionnaires

Friday, 25 October 2019, 10:17 am | Canterbury DHB

At this time of year as the sun starts to make more of an appearance week-by-week, a nasty disease also starts to make its present felt – Legionnaires’. More >>

Telehealth Links Rural Hospitals to ICU

Friday, 25 October 2019, 9:52 am | Northland DHB

Northland DHB has developed a new mobile Telehealth Cart and linked all of its Rural Hospitals (Kaitaia, Bay of Islands, Dargaville and in 2020 Rawene) to the Intensive Care Unit at Whangarei Hospital. More >>




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