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September 2014

New Zealand to lead rheumatic fever vaccine search

Tuesday 16 September 2014, 9:04AM

A trans-Tasman research coalition between New Zealand and Australia is undertaking a unique global project to accelerate the development of a vaccine for rheumatic fever, which disproportionately affects Māori, Pacific Islanders, Australian Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders
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Otago discovery could turn the tables on influenza virus

Monday 15 September 2014, 10:20AM

University of Otago virologist Dr Matloob Husain has identified a potential new weapon in the battle against the flu
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New Kiwi website launches to help NZers combat cancer

Thursday 11 September 2014, 2:02PM

Every day in New Zealand around 51 people are diagnosed with cancer, making it the country’s leading cause of death. To help those diagnosed with cancer combat the disease Yasmin Farry, a survivor of inflammatory breast cancer has launched a new website called
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The number of GP trainees continues to grow

Thursday 11 September 2014, 10:52AM

The number of doctors practising in New Zealand will continue to grow as record numbers of graduates have signed up for GP training next year says Health Minister Tony Ryall
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Public health experts call for an inquiry on conflicts of interest

Thursday 11 September 2014, 10:46AM

A group of 33 senior population health researchers and practitioners have made public a letter they sent to the Prime Minister last week calling for an investigation into the apparent serious conflicts of interest on the Board of the Health Promotion Agency
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Health & Herbs bought by Australian dietary supplement leader

Thursday 11 September 2014, 10:31AM

North Shore based dietary supplements business Health & Herbs International Ltd has been bought for an undisclosed sum by Sydney based PharmaCare Laboratories, a leader in innovation in the natural health industry
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Queen’s University to transform how research discoveries are translated into real benefits for patients

Thursday 11 September 2014, 9:29AM

Scientists from Queen’s University Belfast are in Brussels today to launch a ground-breaking initiative which could radically improve how research discoveries are translated into real benefits for patients across Europe
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Health warning for a North Canterbury lagoon

Wednesday 10 September 2014, 4:19PM

The Community and Public Health division of Canterbury District Health Board has issued a health warning for a North Canterbury lagoon after potentially toxic blue-green algae (planktonic cyanobacteria) was found
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Buller Older Persons’ Health options discussed

Wednesday 10 September 2014, 3:45PM

Improving community and residential care, enhancing staff recruitment/retention, addressing housing inadequacies and better links between agencies are issues for Buller Older Persons’ Health services
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New science scholars programme first for New Zealand

Wednesday 10 September 2014, 3:43PM

A new programme to identify and encourage the best and brightest science students at the beginning of their university careers begins at the University of Auckland next year
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Owner returns to Health 2000

Wednesday 10 September 2014, 3:18PM

Wanaka, New Zealand– it’s a case of second times a charm for local Health 2000 owner and naturopath 29-year-old Nikki Sumner who takes ownership of the Wanaka store for the second time this month
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New Kiwi website launches to help NZers combat cancer

Tuesday 09 September 2014, 3:16PM

Every day in New Zealand around 51 people are diagnosed with cancer, making it the country’s leading cause of death. To help those diagnosed with cancer combat the disease Yasmin Farry, a survivor of inflammatory breast cancer has launched a new website called
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Rats no longer rule

Tuesday 09 September 2014, 11:37AM

The University of Auckland is holding a celebration to mark 50 years since the first confirmed island rodent eradication in 1964, an effort that helped inspire a whole new generation of scientists and conservationists
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Patients Surveyed on Their Time in Waikato Hospitals

Tuesday 09 September 2014, 8:59AM

If you spent time last month as an inpatient at one of Waikato DHB’s five hospitals, you may have been asked to fill in a survey on your experiences
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Graduate nurse heads back to where it all started

Monday 08 September 2014, 1:18PM

Twenty-two-years ago a tiny Caitlin Cowan was just starting out life at home after spending the first three months of it in Christchurch Women’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
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Science Challenge 11 funding a breakthrough for predominantly-urban New Zealand

Monday 08 September 2014, 1:15PM

The Government’s announcement of funding for Science Challenge 11 is a welcome recognition that New Zealand is now predominantly an urban country, says the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities
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Defeat of appeal on gene patent signals need for legislative review

Monday 08 September 2014, 8:42AM

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) is disappointed by the Federal Court’s decision today to turn down an appeal against the Court’s previous decision to allow a patent over a gene which causes familial breast cancer held by the company, Myriad Genetics
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$3 million to expand patient portals

Monday 08 September 2014, 8:41AM

The Ministry of Health is investing $3 million to expand the roll out of patient portals and allow more people to securely access their health information online
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Cute farm animals can pose real health risks

Monday 08 September 2014, 8:37AM

People are being urged to take extra care around calves, lambs and other new born farm animals this Spring
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Big turn-out to Alliancing workshop

Friday 05 September 2014, 3:58PM

More than 80 representatives from rural general practices New Zealand-wide, DHBs, PHOs and other allied rural sector organisations attended a workshop in Wellington on September 4 to hear about and discuss the new Alliancing era and its impact on rural communities.
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Patients surveyed on their experience of hospital

Friday 05 September 2014, 3:56PM

Canterbury DHB is encouraging people to respond to a new survey asking for feedback on their stay in hospital
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Osteoporosis prevalence highlights importance of calcium and vitamin D for bone health

Friday 05 September 2014, 3:42PM

The New Zealand Self Medication Industry (SMI) said a new Australian report highlighting the importance of preventing osteoporosis is a warning for New Zealand as well
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$3 million to expand patient portals

Friday 05 September 2014, 11:46AM

The Ministry of Health is investing $3 million to expand the roll out of patient portals and allow more people to securely access their health information online
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First global report on the status of continuing professional development in pharmacy

Friday 05 September 2014, 9:13AM

For the first time, pharmacy organisations can refer to a snapshot of continuing professional development (CPD) around the world, make comparisons with the situation in their own countries and use this information to improve how their pharmacists maintain their competence
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Baxter’s PVC hospital waste recycling takes off in Australia and New Zealand

Friday 05 September 2014, 9:10AM

This week, Baxter Healthcare announces that its hospital waste recycling program launched in Australia in early 2013, is now catching on in New Zealand
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Breast cancer has pharma’s largest and most innovative drug pipeline

Friday 05 September 2014, 9:07AM

The breast cancer therapeutics pipeline boasts a high degree of innovation in first-in-class molecules, with many new technologies holding the potential to transform the clinical and commercial treatment landscape over the coming decade, says business intelligence provider GBI Research
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Positive news for New Zealand Haematology community

Friday 05 September 2014, 8:49AM

The New Zealand haematology community now have reimbursed access to two additional treatments developed by Celgene; one for the treatment of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and the other for multiple myeloma (MM)
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Trans-Tasman collaboration leads to new rotavirus vaccine

Thursday 04 September 2014, 11:20AM

A new rotavirus vaccine that has the potential to save over half a million lives worldwide each year has reached a pivotal milestone after clinical trials results found the vaccine provided a strong immune response in over 90 per cent of babies that received a course of the vaccine
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Aucklanders more at risk of alcohol-related harms

Thursday 04 September 2014, 9:05AM

A ‘Snapshot’ of alcohol-related harm in Auckland reveals that Aucklanders are more likely than other New Zealanders to drink heavily, have alcohol-related crashes and be hospitalised with alcohol-related problems
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International Pharmaceutical Federation launches second pharmacy education quality assurance tool

Thursday 04 September 2014, 9:04AM

A new edition of the International Pharmaceutical Federation's global framework for quality assurance of pharmacy education was launched today (3 September) at the World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
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Need for targeted, sepsis-specific therapies further intensified by antibiotic resistance, says GlobalData analyst

Thursday 04 September 2014, 9:01AM

With bacterial resistance to antibiotics becoming more commonplace, and a rise in the number of difficult-to-treat sepsis patients likely to follow, there is a desperate need for the development of sepsis-specific therapies, according to an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData
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New service will improve intestinal failure care

Wednesday 03 September 2014, 2:20PM

Health Minister Tony Ryall has announced a new National Intestinal Failure service, costing $1 million over three years, will be established to improve the quality of care for patients suffering with intestinal failure
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Political parties to be questioned on needs of children

Wednesday 03 September 2014, 9:13AM

Political party representatives will be asked to outline their policies in three key areas relating to the needs of children at a public forum being hosted this Friday by the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW)
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Tobacco taxes important, but new approaches also needed – study

Wednesday 03 September 2014, 8:44AM

A just-published study suggests tobacco tax increases will need to be supplemented with other new approaches if New Zealand’s Smokefree 2025 goal is to be achieved
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Tobacco display bans protect youth and quitters: Otago research

Tuesday 02 September 2014, 12:59PM

Ending the display and promotion of cigarettes and tobacco in retail shops helps prevent young people taking up smoking and keeps quitters on track, according to new University of Otago research
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Better primary care services for New Zealanders

Tuesday 02 September 2014, 12:55PM

New Zealanders are getting more immunisations, checks for diabetes and heart diseases and more help to quit smoking says Health Minister Tony Ryall
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Accuro flourishes in Consumer NZ's health insurance evaluation

Monday 01 September 2014, 3:49PM

Accuro Health Insurance has once again featured in Consumer New Zealand’s evaluation of health insurers and the policies they offer
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New child cancer specialist for Auckland

Monday 01 September 2014, 1:56PM

Paediatric oncologist Dr Andrew Wood has returned to the University of Auckland to research the genetic mistakes driving childhood leukaemias
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Influenza immunisation campaign wins top marketing award

Monday 01 September 2014, 1:27PM

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Study on causes of rheumatic fever gets underway in Auckland

Monday 01 September 2014, 1:23PM

A study to identify and better understand risk factors for rheumatic fever – one of New Zealand’s most mysterious and serious illnesses – starts recruiting participants in Auckland this week
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