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February 2015

Challenge to New Zealand after 10 years of global tobacco control

Friday 27 February 2015, 11:47AM

The Smokefree Coalition wants New Zealanders everywhere to mark the tenth anniversary of an international tobacco control treaty by striking a blow against Big Tobacco
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Orphan Drug negotiations hampered by inadequate budget

Friday 27 February 2015, 11:45AM

Pharmac’s announcement that it’s in active negotiation with 8 companies for supply of medicines for rare disorders, is welcome news for patients currently denied access to approved “orphan” medicines
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New toolkit to help DHBs in suicide prevention

Friday 27 February 2015, 11:22AM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new resource released today is designed to help DHBs, in partnership with their communities, prevent and respond to suicide
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More medicines for rare disorders to be funded

Friday 27 February 2015, 9:21AM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says people with rare disorders will benefit from Pharmac’s new funding approach for rare disorders medicines
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Pharmac in negotiations over rare disorders medicines

Friday 27 February 2015, 8:42AM

Pharmac is in active negotiations with several suppliers as a result of its competitive process for rare disorders medicines
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Data protection

Thursday 26 February 2015, 4:26PM

Healthcare technology solutions company Medtech Global (ASX: MDG) is one of the first healthcare IT companies in New Zealand and Australia to be certified for ISO/IEC 27001-13, the internationally recognised standard of best practice in Information Security Management Systems (ISMS)
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"Cellphones Don't Cause Brain Cancer" – Yeah Right!

Thursday 26 February 2015, 4:24PM

In the same great tradition that has seen NZ "punching above its weight" and besting "overseas experts" a new paper from a group of researchers at the University of Auckland is being promoted as showing that there’s no connection between cell phones and brain tumours
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Just growing pains or something more serious?

Thursday 26 February 2015, 4:21PM

“Growing pains” are not uncommon in children, with up to 20% of children experiencing leg pain during periods of growth. However Arthritis New Zealand CEO Sandra Kirby notes for some children pain in the legs is a symptom that might need further investigation
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Consumer NZ and Cancer Society call for outright ban on sunbeds

Thursday 26 February 2015, 3:08PM

Consumer NZ and the Cancer Society are calling for an outright ban on commercial sunbeds
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Alcohol consumption decline a drop in the bucket

Thursday 26 February 2015, 3:03PM

Alcohol Healthwatch Director Rebecca Williams says figures released by Statistics NZ yesterday showing a 2 percent decline in alcohol availability are positive, but that New Zealand still has a long way to go in terms of reducing heavy drinking
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Lack of exercise causes 12.7 percent of all deaths in NZ

Thursday 26 February 2015, 2:19PM

A lack of physical exercise is one of the most significant causes of death in New Zealand, and a national action plan is needed to increase Kiwis’ everyday levels of activity
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Study demonstrates efficacy of echinacea in preventing and treating common cold

Thursday 26 February 2015, 2:17PM

Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self Medication Industry (SMI), says that a recent study has demonstrated the efficacy of echinacea for preventing and treating the common cold
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Global vitamin supplements market will reach USD 59.6 billion by 2020 by persistence market research

Thursday 26 February 2015, 2:13PM

According to a new market report published by Persistence Market Research “Global Market Study on Vitamin Supplements: Vitamin D Segment to Witness Highest Growth by 2020”, the global vitamin supplements market was valued at USD 37.4 billion in 2013 and is expected to expand at a CAGR of 6.8% from 2014 to 2020, to reach USD 59.6 billion in 2020
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NZORD - the New Zealand Organisation for Rare Disorders

Tuesday 24 February 2015, 4:59PM

February 28th is Rare Disease Day and an opportunity for those who often slip below the radar in our health system, to have some focus on their needs and interests. Getting a timely and accurate diagnosis can be one of the major hurdles they face, and is often a significant frustration
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DHBs improve performance on health targets

Tuesday 24 February 2015, 12:13PM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest quarterly health target results show DHBs are making good overall progress
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Record number of organ transplants

Monday 23 February 2015, 4:33PM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the number of organ donors and transplants reached a record high last year
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Pharmacies play vital role in influenza campaign

Monday 23 February 2015, 4:31PM

The National Influenza Specialist Group (NISG) welcomes the support of pharmacies in increasing uptake of the influenza vaccine among consumers
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Overdose of codeine administered to child

Monday 23 February 2015, 2:37PM

Health and Disability Commissioner, Anthony Hill, today released a report into the care provided to a 3-year-old boy when he was admitted to a private hospital for routine surgery
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Public seminar on cancer immunotherapy

Monday 23 February 2015, 2:26PM

The Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery at the University of Auckland will host Dr Jill O’Donnell-Tormey from the New York-based Cancer Research Institute at a public seminar tomorrow
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Organ Donation New Zealand release Annual Report

Monday 23 February 2015, 2:23PM

Latest figures show organ donation and transplantation increased in New Zealand in 2014
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Ministry of Social Development appoints Chief Science Advisor

Monday 23 February 2015, 10:27AM

Professor Richie Poulton, who appeared in Thomson Reuters’ 2014 list of the world’s most influential scientific minds, has joined the Ministry of Social Development (MSD)
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An early start is best for all – Well Child Week starts today

Monday 23 February 2015, 9:25AM

This week is ‘Well Child Week’ (February 23 to 28), and it is evident that more work is needed to ensure infants receive all the health checks they are entitled to
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Pharmacists key to safe use of medicines

Monday 23 February 2015, 8:44AM

The Health Quality & Safety Commission’s Let’s PLAN for better care pharmacy week is a great opportunity for New Zealanders to discover how much they can learn about their medicines from their pharmacist, says Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne
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River of Flowers – finalised locations

Friday 20 February 2015, 2:54PM

Community groups will be hosting fourteen sites along the Avon and Heathcote rivers, and at the estuary, as part of Sunday’s River of Flowers commemorations
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Woman sentenced for fraudulently claiming Carer Support

Friday 20 February 2015, 2:53PM

An Auckland mother charged with fraudulently claiming Carer Support for her three children has been sentenced to 5 months community detention and to repay $6000 of the money taken, in the Manukau District Court last night. (Thursday 19 February 2015)
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‘WE HEART TARANAKI’ campaign receives major boost

Friday 20 February 2015, 12:17PM

The Taranaki Health Foundation is thrilled to announce Methanex New Zealand as the major corporate sponsor of the WE HEART TARANAKI community fundraising campaign launched in Stratford today (19 February)
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Canterbury researchers surveying people in palliative care

Friday 20 February 2015, 11:56AM

The University of Canterbury’s School of Health Sciences is appealing for people to take part in interviews to help understand the context of end-of-life and palliative care in the community
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Pharmacy week a chance to get consumers asking about their medicines

Friday 20 February 2015, 11:28AM

A new Health Quality & Safety Commission promotion, in partnership with First, Do No Harm in the Northern region, highlights the role pharmacists have to play in helping New Zealanders take control of their medicines and stay on the right track with their health
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Good reason for later flu vaccination programme

Friday 20 February 2015, 11:11AM

People have no need to be alarmed that this year’s flu vaccination programme is set to run four weeks later than usual says Whanganui’s medical officer of health Patrick O’Connor
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Renewed call in Lancet for Governments to get smart to curb obesity

Friday 20 February 2015, 11:08AM

A University of Otago economist has written in the latest issue of the prestigious medical journal The Lancet that Government policy-makers serious about curbing the obesity epidemic should take into account the evidence from behavioural sciences about how people choose their food – and not just listen to the food industry
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Waikato DHB thwarts sonographers MECA settlement

Thursday 19 February 2015, 4:26PM

Following protracted and difficult negotiations over nearly two years, settlement of the South of Auckland DHBs sonographers collective employment agreement has faltered at the last hurdle because Waikato DHB refuses to give their sonographers the same pay as all other DHB sonographers
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New members sought for Pharmac consumer committee

Thursday 19 February 2015, 2:30PM

Pharmac is seeking three new people for its Consumer Advisory Committee
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Auckland contributes to TB drug development

Thursday 19 February 2015, 2:22PM

University of Auckland researchers were crucial in the development of a potential tuberculosis drug that is the first to advance to Phase one clinical trial in six years
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Growing concern for the wellbeing of those with unsettled EQC and insurance claims

Thursday 19 February 2015, 2:16PM

New research shows signs some Cantabrians are now coping better with the psychological impact of the earthquakes and their related stressors, although there are still areas of major concern
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Further gains made in health Better Public Services targets

Thursday 19 February 2015, 12:05PM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Better Public Services results released today show immunisation rates have reached an all-time high and rheumatic fever rates have dropped considerably
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Pharmacy expertise to the fore at Waikato DHB

Thursday 19 February 2015, 11:48AM

For several years Waikato Hospital Pharmacy has overseen a programme to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of medication services at all Waikato DHB hospitals
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Green Cross Health medical division appoints new medical director

Wednesday 18 February 2015, 4:59PM

Green Cross Health Medical Division has appointed Dr Jonathan Simon as Medical Director
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Canterbury clinical audiologist researching the ringing

Wednesday 18 February 2015, 10:16AM

A University of Canterbury clinical audiologist is investigating treatments and training approaches, to help improve management of hearing loss and tinnitus, which is a ringing in people’s ears
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Children and young people deaths reduced by half since 1980

Wednesday 18 February 2015, 9:56AM

The number of children and young people who die in New Zealand each year has more than halved since 1980, a new report shows
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China’s colorectal cancer treatment market value to exceed $1 Billion by 2023, says GlobalData

Wednesday 18 February 2015, 8:35AM

The Chinese treatment market for colorectal cancer (CRC) will expand almost fourfold in value from an estimated $259 million in 2013 to $1.05 billion by 2023, at an impressive Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 15.1%, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData
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