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December 2014

Community pharmacists can play valuable role in reducing medication errors

Friday 19 December 2014, 3:52PM

Community pharmacy staff who take part in a new medication error reporting programme (MERP) will be providing valuable insight into errors involving prescription and pharmacy-only medicines. Understanding these errors will help to prevent them happening again
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New Zealand leads research on natural quit smoking remedy

Friday 19 December 2014, 10:47AM

New Zealand researchers have found that a low cost, plant-based product marketed for smoking cessation in parts of Europe for the last 40 years, is better than nicotine replacement therapy at helping smokers quit
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Be wise with complementary medicines: interactions and side effects can happen

Thursday 18 December 2014, 3:26PM

With new information from Melbourne’s Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre revealing that some complementary medicines can interact with cancer treatment, NPS MedicineWise reminds all Australians that complementary medicines can cause side effects, and interact with other over-the-counter and prescription medicines
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Four students receive pharmacy scholarships

Thursday 18 December 2014, 2:42PM

Four Māori pharmacy students have been awarded Hiwinui Heke pharmacy scholarships – two each from the Auckland and Otago Schools of Pharmacy
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Scheme to fill hard-to-staff health jobs working

Thursday 18 December 2014, 11:17AM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a scheme to fill hard-to-staff health roles is making a real difference to the career choices of graduating health professionals
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Kiwis go online for health information

Thursday 18 December 2014, 11:16AM

New research from Southern Cross Health Society shows the majority of Kiwis are using the internet or social media to access health information, with females and those under forty most likely to educate themselves online
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Caution On Iron Supplements During Pregnancy

Thursday 18 December 2014, 10:19AM

A leading naturopath has cautioned pregnant women against taking iron supplements unless they know for sure that they are low in iron, a warning that is supported by the umbrella group for New Zealand’s dietary supplements and natural products industries
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Annual Practising Certificate Fee Increase

Thursday 18 December 2014, 9:53AM

Recently the Pharmacy Council circulated a proposal to increase the Annual Practising Certificate (APC) fee by 15% for the 2015-2016 year and sought feedback from all registered pharmacists and pharmacy stakeholders
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Hugs help protect against stress and infection, say Carnegie Mellon researchers

Thursday 18 December 2014, 9:23AM

Instead of an apple, could a hug-a-day keep the doctor away? According to new research from Carnegie Mellon University, that may not be that far-fetched of an idea
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Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship Forum commended for common sense

Thursday 18 December 2014, 8:58AM

Alcohol Healthwatch commends the members of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship for listening to the evidence put forward by experts and community groups on the impact of alcohol advertising on drinking behaviour
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New gestational diabetes guidelines published

Wednesday 17 December 2014, 12:08PM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says all pregnant women will be routinely screened for diabetes as part of new national guidelines
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New Health Minister visits all 20 DHBs

Wednesday 17 December 2014, 10:04AM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says today’s visit to South Canterbury DHB marks the end of a 20 DHB tour to engage with the health sector
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NZSMI elects new officers

Wednesday 17 December 2014, 9:30AM

Anish Patel has been re-elected president of the consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI)
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First trial of a novel oral anticoagulant starts in prevention of recurrent stroke due to a blood clot of undetermined source

Tuesday 16 December 2014, 1:28PM

Boehringer Ingelheim announces that the first patient has been enrolled in the RE-SPECT ESUS™ phase III study to investigate the efficacy and safety of dabigatran etexilate for the prevention of recurrent Embolic Stroke of Undetermined Source, also called ESUS. An ESUS occurs when a blood clot from somewhere in the body blocks a blood vessel in the brain and the source of this blood clot is unknown.4,6 RE-SPECT ESUS™ aims to include 6,000 patients in 35 countries
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Care cautioned when taking iron supplements in pregnancy

Tuesday 16 December 2014, 1:23PM

A leading naturopath has cautioned pregnant women against taking iron supplements unless they know for sure that they are low in iron, a warning that is supported by the umbrella group for New Zealand’s dietary supplements and natural products industries
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Latest quarter quality and safety markers data available

Tuesday 16 December 2014, 9:15AM

The Health Quality & Safety Commission has released quality and safety markers data for the July to September 2014 quarter
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New treatments for chronic pain research, breast cancer research and research on tumours and tuberculosis attracts funding

Tuesday 16 December 2014, 9:13AM

New pain treatments, discovery of the next line of anti-TB treatments, breast cancer research and research into normal cells that help cancer cells survive have all attracted funding in this year’s Auckland Medical Research Foundation Awards
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MHF encourages Kiwis to stay connected this Christmas

Monday 15 December 2014, 4:39PM

Christmas is in 10 days and, for many Kiwis, anxiety levels will be going up with concerns about budgets, family commitments, end-of-year work pressures and their own mental health and wellbeing
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New treatments for chronic pain research, breast cancer research and research on tumours and tuberculosis attracts funding

Monday 15 December 2014, 4:37PM

New pain treatments, discovery of the next line of anti-TB treatments, breast cancer research and research into normal cells that help cancer cells survive have all attracted funding in this year’s Auckland Medical Research Foundation Awards
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SunSense Junior SPF50+ suncare delivers on its sun protection claims

Monday 15 December 2014, 4:11PM

Douglas Pharmaceuticals and Ego Pharmaceuticals said consumers can be assured that SunSense Junior SPF 50+ sunscreen delivers its certified label claims of sun protection values
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Auckland Medical Research Foundation Awards over $3.62 million to Medical Researchers

Monday 15 December 2014, 3:58PM

The Auckland Medical Research Foundation (AMRF) has recently announced $2,335,306 in funding to medical researchers in the last three funding rounds for 2014, reaching a total of $3.62 million distributed in 2014
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Biosimilar drugs an exciting prospect

Monday 15 December 2014, 10:58AM

“Biologic drugs although expensive can be life changing for people who are living with inflammatory arthritis,” Arthritis New Zealand Chief Executive Sandra Kirby said today
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Keep an eye out for the elderly this holiday season

Monday 15 December 2014, 10:57AM

For many of us the holiday season is often spent relaxing with family and friends, but it’s also a time to look out for the elderly in our communities who are socially isolated
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Commission grants clearance to generic pharmaceutical merger

Friday 12 December 2014, 2:14PM

The Commerce Commission has granted clearance to Mylan Inc. to acquire the Established Pharmaceuticals Division of Abbott Laboratories, Inc
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A unique report on patient behaviours in self-management of diabetes

Friday 12 December 2014, 11:34AM

Atlantis Healthcare presents a PatientResearch™ Summarized (PRS) report that examines the daily challenges faced by diabetes patients in managing their condition
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Savings from extended roles exceed $100m

Thursday 11 December 2014, 2:31PM

District Health Boards are poised to save more than $100 million over five years as a result of Pharmac’s expanded role, Pharmac reports in its Annual Review, released today
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NZMA celebrates 10 years Smokefree

Thursday 11 December 2014, 10:31AM

Ten years ago yesterday New Zealand’s smokefree legislation was extended to include all workplaces and hospitality venues. The New Zealand Medical Association is delighted to celebrate that anniversary.
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Patent Cliff Means Pharmaceutical Companies Will Lose $65 Billion by 2019, says GlobalData

Thursday 11 December 2014, 10:15AM

Pharmaceutical companies will suffer an estimated $65 billion drop in sales by 2019 due to the patent expiries of several leading drugs, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData
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Ossis’s pioneering 3D titanium implants revolutionising orthopaedic surgeries

Thursday 11 December 2014, 10:12AM

Custom-designed implant innovations are helping patients with severely damaged bone and joints, or facing permanent disability or amputation, to regain mobility and independent lifestyle
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Heart attack treatments ineffective for some

Wednesday 10 December 2014, 5:20PM

Victoria University of Wellington research has identified reasons why a significant portion of heart attack patients do not respond to commonly used treatments
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Diabetes Telehealth Clinic Launched

Wednesday 10 December 2014, 4:54PM

Diabetes sufferers are using technology to access care at their own convenience with the launch of a new clinic service in the Eastern Bay
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Evidence supports effectiveness of glucosamine and chondroitin supplements

Wednesday 10 December 2014, 2:27PM

Consumers can continue to have confidence in the quality, safety and effectiveness of glucosamine with chondroitin supplements sold in New Zealand, consumer healthcare products industry body the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry (SMI) has today advised
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Culture of collaboration moves SimplHealth

Wednesday 10 December 2014, 2:25PM

A change in the way of working and an evolving culture has led SimplHealth to move its Auckland operation to a collaborative shared office space in the heart of Britomart, Auckland
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Age discrimination must stop says HelpAge International

Wednesday 10 December 2014, 12:05PM

On 10 December 2013, Human Rights Day, HelpAge International is marking the occasion with a renewed call for governments to challenge the wide range of human rights violations experienced every day by many older women and men
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Elderly likely to keep falls a secret

Wednesday 10 December 2014, 11:46AM

Many older adults are not reporting falls to a health professional, a new survey suggests
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It’s time to find the best people for Whanganui’s Children’s Team

Wednesday 10 December 2014, 8:58AM

Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) maternity, child and youth portfolio manager Jon Buchan is urging organisations working with children to talk to one another and select the best people to join the Children’s Team tasked with protecting Whanganui’s vulnerable children
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Older people moderate with alcohol

Tuesday 09 December 2014, 3:55PM

Most people in advanced age don’t drink alcohol or only drink alcohol moderately, according to recent research from the University of Auckland.
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Many falls in advanced age result in hospital admission

Tuesday 09 December 2014, 3:53PM

More than a third of people in advanced age had a fall in the last 12 months, and of those 20 percent needed hospitalisation, according to research from the University of Auckland
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Work place doctor opposes sunbed use

Tuesday 09 December 2014, 3:50PM

A leading Occupational Health and Safety Doctor has added his weight to concerns over the risks of commercial artificial UV tanning services
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MDHB-Central PHO produce 2013-14 Quality Account

Tuesday 09 December 2014, 2:05PM

MidCentral District Health Board and its primary health organisation – Central PHO, have produced their second snapshot account of the quality of services they provide
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