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February 2016

We need a frontline drug for Melanoma

Friday 12 February 2016, 11:56AM

Pharmac’s latest refusal to fund Keytruda means thousands of melanoma sufferers are still without a front line drug, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King
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New breast cancer research to be funded

Friday 12 February 2016, 11:05AM

Breast Cancer Cure in partnership with The Health Research Council of New Zealand, are pleased to announce the funding of an additional research project that will aim to contribute to the goal of improving and ultimately ensuring breast cancer survival in New Zealand
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Maori And Pacific Island Cyclists Raise Awareness for Cancer

Friday 12 February 2016, 10:32AM

It is not often you see a team of Maori and Pacific Island cyclists on the road, says the organiser of the Uso Bike Ride – but the unusual sight will wend its way through Hawke’s Bay next week
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Robotic seal "colony" expanded for aged care

Thursday 11 February 2016, 2:56PM

The Selwyn Foundation, has welcomed some new arrivals to its aged care communities – in the form of nine robotic companion seals
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Medlab supports new federal legislation for medical cannabis

Thursday 11 February 2016, 2:40PM

Nutritional pharmaceutical company, Medlab Clinical Ltd (ASX: MDC), is supportive of new legislation introduced into federal parliament yesterday to allow cultivation of cannabis in Australia for medical or scientific purposes
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More children benefiting from free GP visits

Thursday 11 February 2016, 9:40AM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says new data shows free GP visits for under 13s is making it easier for families to get the care their children need
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Dads can help boost child immunisation rates

Thursday 11 February 2016, 9:02AM

Aiming immunisation campaigns specifically at fathers-to-be could be a promising new approach to get more New Zealand children immunised on time suggests new research by the Growing Up in New Zealand study
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Bronchiectasis in NZ–the Growing Problem That Goes Unnoticed

Thursday 11 February 2016, 8:57AM

Bronchiectasis is a growing problem in New Zealand – between 2000 and 2013, hospitalisations for this disease increased by 30%
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Books for babies’ launches on 12 February

Thursday 11 February 2016, 8:53AM

Publisher Book Island has partnered up with The Neonatal Trust, donating some of its online picture book sales to support New Zealand’s smallest and sickest babies and their families
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Training academy provides NZQA qualifications to pharmacy staff

Wednesday 10 February 2016, 2:27PM

Green Cross Health, the company behind New Zealand’s largest network of pharmacies, has developed a bespoke training academy providing front line staff in Unichem and Life Pharmacies which now offers nationally recognised NZQA courses
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NZSMI says new natural health rules will aid safety and efficacy

Tuesday 09 February 2016, 3:50PM

Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry says the passing of the Natural Health and Supplementary Products Bill will enable consumers to use complementary medicines with greater confidence
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Encouraging immunisation for older children

Tuesday 09 February 2016, 3:29PM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new awareness campaign starts today to remind parents and caregivers of older children about the school based immunisation programme
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Wellington Medical Researchers invited to apply for research and travel grants

Tuesday 09 February 2016, 2:33PM

The Wellington Medical Research Foundation invites Wellington-based medical researchers to apply for research and travel grants
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More treatments funded for respiratory disease

Tuesday 09 February 2016, 2:13PM

PHARMAC is funding six new medicines that will improve treatment options for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
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Tuesday 09 February 2016, 1:23PM

The industry umbrella group for New Zealand’s natural products manufacturers and marketers says consumers stand to lose in the long run if erroneous claims about the Natural Health and Supplementary Products (NH&SP) Bill end up stalling its progress
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Promising advances in prevention of rheumatic fever

Tuesday 09 February 2016, 1:21PM

Leading health researchers and practitioners are meeting today to work towards preventing and controlling rheumatic fever across New Zealand and Australia
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A tilt in the right direction

Tuesday 09 February 2016, 9:03AM

A group of Victoria University of Wellington alumni has developed an interactive gaming system to help take the chore out of physiotherapy exercises.
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Asthma and Respiratory Foundation warns of spike in illness

Friday 05 February 2016, 1:04PM

If your child falls sick not long after returning to school, you’re not alone. Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ is encouraging parents to prepare for the back-to-school spike in illness, where every year the start of the first term coincides with an increase in hospital admissions for children with asthma
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One Stop Guide to Best Practice

Friday 05 February 2016, 8:54AM

The Council of Medical Colleges (CMC) today launched A Best Practice Guide for continuous practice improvement for doctors
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Whanganui Pharmacists Against The TPPA

Thursday 04 February 2016, 5:08PM

We are a group of Whanganui pharmacists who oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement (TPPA) because of the effect it will have on our health care system
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Stop the TPP from cutting off the critical lifeline of affordable generic medicines

Thursday 04 February 2016, 9:18AM

As representatives from the United States and 11 other Pacific-Rim countries gather in New Zealand Thursday 4 February, to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreementin Auckland, the fight to protect access to medicines in TPP countries is intensifying at the national level, with legislative processes starting that will determine if the deal is finally ratified and implemented
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Health groups call for TPPA health check-up

Thursday 04 February 2016, 8:59AM

Health groups across New Zealand are repeating their call for an independent expert health impact assessment of the draft TPP agreement
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Measles alert over infected plane passenger

Wednesday 03 February 2016, 4:38PM

Passengers on board the China Southern Airlines flight CZ305 arriving at Auckland International Airport on Saturday 30th January 2016 may have been exposed to measles
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5 Burning Questions Kiwi Cancer Researchers Could Answer

Wednesday 03 February 2016, 2:48PM

February 4, World Cancer Day, is a chance to reflect on the burning questions that remain unanswered for the disease that is now the single biggest cause of death for New Zealanders
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Low intensity help for depression under spotlight

Wednesday 03 February 2016, 9:34AM

Psychologists at Massey University are investigating whether a form of low intensity psychological intervention, which has been successful in England, could be adapted to New Zealand to help thousands suffering depression and less severe mental health conditions
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Zika virus vaccine a step closer

Wednesday 03 February 2016, 9:31AM

Researchers are confident of quickly finding a vaccine for the Zika virus following the development of a vaccine for a similar mosquito-borne disease
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"UltraBlock" New Zealand-made Sun Screen Lotion boasts an 80.8 UVA and UVB protection

Wednesday 03 February 2016, 8:50AM

Dermatest Pty Ltd, Australia — the southern hemisphere's most recognised sun screen and skin care testing laboratory — has empirically validated "UltraBlock" sun screen made by Pharmexa Ltd
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Pharmexa Limited, New Zealand skin care manufacturer restructures for international growth

Tuesday 02 February 2016, 4:28PM

Pharmaceutical Brands Ltd, portfolio manufacturer and marketer of trade marked personal care products specialises in Sun Protection and Insect Repellent product ranges
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Tuesday 02 February 2016, 1:36PM

New Zealand software company Toniq Ltd announces that their new 1CHART software has received a Ministry of Health exemption allowing GPs, pharmacists and aged care professionals to chart, process and administer medications using electronic signatures
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International action on Zika appropriate

Tuesday 02 February 2016, 12:13PM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the World Health Organization’s declaration of Zika virus as a public health emergency is appropriate
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Society Perspective on the Evaluation of the Community Pharmacy Services Agreement

Tuesday 02 February 2016, 9:08AM

The Society sees some positives in the Sapere evaluation of the CPSA” says Society President, Graeme Smith
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Positive Signs In Search To Solve Rheumatic Fever And Group A Strep Throat

Tuesday 02 February 2016, 9:05AM

Driven by desperation to find a solution to outbreaks of Group A Strep throat, a precursor to rheumatic fever, Eastern Bay of Plenty doctors have turned to a probiotic treatment originally developed at Otago University
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Working to improve public health in New Zealand

Tuesday 02 February 2016, 9:02AM

Leading international and New Zealand health experts will descend on Wellington throughout February to participate in the 20th Public Health Summer School run by the University of Otago, Wellington
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NZ heart health trails OECD average

Tuesday 02 February 2016, 8:37AM

The Heart Foundation is concerned New Zealand is lagging behind most OECD countries when it comes to deaths from heart disease
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