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April 2015

Free Flu vaccinations at Waikato pharmacies a NZ first

Tuesday 21 April 2015, 12:48PM

People 65 years and over have the choice of getting their free flu vaccination at one of 23 pharmacies in the Waikato District Health Board (DHB) region from today (Tuesday 21 April) or from their general practitioner
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Coleman launches flu immunisation campaign

Tuesday 21 April 2015, 11:36AM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today launched the annual influenza immunisation campaign at Victoria University of Wellington’s Student Hub
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Greens wrong on free GP visits for under 13s

Tuesday 21 April 2015, 11:25AM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and ACC Minister Nikki Kaye say the Greens have got it wrong on free under 13s doctor visits
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Toddlers needed for nutrition study - Auckland

Tuesday 21 April 2015, 10:56AM

Families living in Auckland who have toddlers turning one year of age between now and 1 September 2015are invited to take part in a new nutrition study at the University of Auckland
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Key element in bacterial immune system discovered

Tuesday 21 April 2015, 10:54AM

A University of Otago scientist is a member of an international research team that has made an important discovery about the workings of a bacterial immune system. The finding could lead to the development of tailor-made RNA-editing tools
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Addiction symposium tackles multiple issues

Tuesday 21 April 2015, 10:51AM

The sixth annual National Addiction Research Symposium gets underway on April 22 at Massey University’s SHORE & Whariki Centre in central Auckland, aiming to tackle both traditional and ‘new’ substance use issues
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Immunisation Week 2015

Monday 20 April 2015, 12:34PM

Last week hundreds of people in South Auckland were potentially exposed to one of the world’s most contagious diseases. A disease that remains in the air two hours after an infected person has left the room. A disease that in 2013 killed 145,700 people across the world leaving thousands more with permanent hearing loss, brain damage or other debilitating conditions
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Study gives vote of confidence to blood-thinning heart drug

Monday 20 April 2015, 10:26AM

A new international study of 21,000 people who had suffered heart attacks has shown that their risk of repeat heart attacks is significantly reduced if they are treated with a medicine called BRILINTA® (ticagrelor) in addition to aspirin and continued for up to three years, compared to the current standard of care, which is treatment with aspirin alone
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NZSMI congratulates global award winner

Monday 20 April 2015, 9:30AM

Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI), congratulates one of its member companies, Douglas Pharmaceuticals, on winning “The Most Innovative Global OTC (over-the-counter) Marketing Campaign 2015 award sponsored byOTC.Newsflash” in Paris, France today (17 April)
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Pharmacist made fraudulent claims

Monday 20 April 2015, 9:22AM

A pharmacist has been sentenced in the Auckland District Court today to nine months home detention for dishonest use of documents after a case was successfully taken by the Ministry of Health
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Pregnant women urged to protect their babies from potential whooping cough epidemic

Monday 20 April 2015, 8:48AM

Pregnant women in New Zealand are being encouraged to receive a pertussis immunisation booster to protect their newborn baby from the dangerous disease, says a local expert
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Health Families programme ‘useful start’ but more action needed, says NZMA

Friday 17 April 2015, 3:06PM

The NZMA welcomes the Health Families programme, launched by Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman in Gisborne today
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Minister launches Healthy Families East Cape

Friday 17 April 2015, 11:45AM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today launched Healthy Families East Cape at Te Poho o Rawiri Marae in Gisborne
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Confirmed measles case - Auckland

Thursday 16 April 2015, 4:15PM

Auckland has a new confirmed case of measles. Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) says the person visited several public places while they were infectious before being diagnosed
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Unichem and Life pharmacists ready for flu season

Thursday 16 April 2015, 3:38PM

Every year one in five New Zealanders are affected by flu and more than a million get an annual flu jab. With the chilly season rapidly approaching, Unichem and Life Pharmacies have more than 250 pharmacists across the nation who are qualified and prepared to deliver immunisations to combat this traditional winter foe once again
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Influenza vaccinations begin for Capital & Coast DHB staff

Thursday 16 April 2015, 3:36PM

Capital & Coast DHB are doing their bit to protect patients from influenza this winter, with immunisation clinics for staff to receive free vaccinations starting this week
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Most in advanced age rely on pension

Thursday 16 April 2015, 3:15PM

A survey of people in advanced age has shown that for most people (89 percent), New Zealand Superannuation is the main source of income
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Rejecting vitamin K at birth predicts vaccination refusal

Thursday 16 April 2015, 3:13PM

New Zealand parents who turn down vitamin K for their newborns are more than 14 times more likely to not get their children immunised, a new University of Otago study has found
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Dementia and dancing

Thursday 16 April 2015, 1:52PM

When you think of ways to improve brain function, dance is not the first thing that might come to mind, and yet a recent Alzheimers Auckland socialisation project has investigated the role the dance could play for people with dementia
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Why electronic referrals are good news for the region

Thursday 16 April 2015, 1:11PM

Canterbury District Health Board welcomes the Minister of Health’s recent announcement that the Electronic Request Management System (ERMS) South Island DHBs
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Support Conversations that Count Day

Thursday 16 April 2015, 1:10PM

Canterbury DHB is asking people to have a ‘Conversation that Counts’ this month
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Overlooked law requires rentals to be free of dampness

Thursday 16 April 2015, 10:18AM

A law, developed in the 1940s to protect people from living in unhealthy homes, could be used to require landlords to provide housing that is free from dampness, according to researchers from the University of Otago and Victoria University of Wellington
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A day for ‘conversations that count’ about end-of-life care

Thursday 16 April 2015, 10:15AM

David Galler describes keeping his promise to honour his mother’s final wishes about how she was cared for before she died as the best thing he has ever done
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Speech to faster cancer treatment forum, Te Papa, Wellington

Thursday 16 April 2015, 9:55AM


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Proposal to change leadership and management structure of Ashburton and Rural Health services

Wednesday 15 April 2015, 4:10PM

A proposal to change the existing leadership and management structure of Ashburton and Rural Health Services has been released to affected staff this week
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CDHB launches clever commuters

Wednesday 15 April 2015, 3:13PM

Canterbury District Health Board is launching a campaign to encourage staff to make changes to how they get to and from work
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Faster cardiac care for Wairarapa patients

Wednesday 15 April 2015, 1:09PM

Wairarapa patients are benefiting from faster specialist cardiac treatment, thanks to a new agreement between Wairarapa and Capital & Coast DHBs, and Wellington Free Ambulance
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Purpose‐built mental health facility opened by New Zealand’s fastest‐growing DHB

Wednesday 15 April 2015, 12:10PM

Ministers Hon Jonathan Coleman and Hon Maggie Barry will today open Waitemata District Health Board’s new dedicated mental health facility He Puna Wāiora – A pool of wellness
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West Coast DHB celebrates patient safety milestone

Wednesday 15 April 2015, 12:06PM

West Coast DHB staff this week celebrated a major patient safety milestone, reaching 1000 days with no Central Line Associated Bacteraemia (CLAB)
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North Shore mental health inpatient unit opens

Wednesday 15 April 2015, 11:43AM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today officially opened the new $24.9 million mental health inpatient unit, He Puna Wâiora, in Auckland
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Southern DHB is having ‘Conversations that Count’

Tuesday 14 April 2015, 3:37PM

Southern DHB is asking people to have a ‘Conversation that Counts’ on Thursday (16th April), the second national awareness day for advance care planning, to encourage people to think about, talk about and plan for their future health care
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Surgeons acknowledge public interest in how well they do their job

Tuesday 14 April 2015, 3:33PM

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is keen to engage in discussions on a framework for the public release of surgical data.
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Pharmac moving to next stage of medical devices activity

Tuesday 14 April 2015, 12:36PM

Pharmac is now consulting on moving to the next stage in its hospital medical devices work – market share procurement. This next stage of activity would see PHARMAC offering suppliers an assured portion of the market in return for competitive pricing and quality products in appropriate cases
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The burgeoning cost of cancer in NZ – study

Tuesday 14 April 2015, 12:18PM

The cost of treating cancer in the New Zealand public health sector is more than $800 million annually – hundreds of millions higher than previous estimates, according to University of Otago research
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Voice – the original social media

Monday 13 April 2015, 3:58PM

Your voice comprises about 38% of all your communication. If ageing, disability, injury or illness is affecting your ability to be heard and have social connection, then take World Voice Day on 16 April, is an annual event highlighting the significance of the voice in our daily life
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New natural health regulations step in right direction

Monday 13 April 2015, 3:55PM

Kirsten Taylor, founder of stress and sleep supplement company SleepDrops, says the new regulatory regime created by the Natural Health and Supplementary Products Bill looks, on the surface, like a step in the right direction
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Otago scientist gains grant for innovative gout research

Monday 13 April 2015, 1:04PM

A University of Otago pathology researcher has gained a Health Research Council Explorer Grant to identify new drug targets to combat gout, a severely painful and debilitating condition caused by high blood levels of uric acid
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Dietitians urge women to focus on real foods to boost iron

Monday 13 April 2015, 11:23AM

Dietitians are urging New Zealand women to take a good look at the foods they choose to make sure they get enough iron
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Food industry technology could aid critically ill patients

Monday 13 April 2015, 11:21AM

The same technology used in the food industry to measure the antioxidant properties of edible plants, tea, and wine could be adapted to monitor the oxidative stress of critically ill patients in intensive care
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Majority of packaged foods unhealthy

Monday 13 April 2015, 9:01AM

Fewer than half of all packaged foods available in New Zealand and Australia in 2012 met nutritional criteria to carry health claims, according to recently published research from the University of Auckland
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