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March 2012

Getting health care out of the Middle Ages and into the 21st Century - Huffington Post (blog)

Friday 30 March 2012, 2:13PM

In our wonderfully convenient century, so many services are readily available without the long wait times or long trips of decades before


Health board moves to trim its waste - Timaru Herald

Friday 30 March 2012, 2:12PM

Timaru's colour-coded three-bin recycling system has finally been rolled out across all South Canterbury District Health Board sites, with the exception of one colour – yellow


Pilots can cover up mental health problems - Sydney Morning Herald

Friday 30 March 2012, 2:12PM

US aviation regulators rely on airline pilots to disclose mental-health treatment when they undergo medical screening as often as once every six months.Still, it's relatively easy for pilots -- including Clayton Osbon, the JetBlue captain who was locked out of the cockpit by his co-pilot and tackled by passengers March 27 after becoming erratic -- to conceal psychological issues


Husband's 'raging anger' at assisted suicide law - BBC

Friday 30 March 2012, 2:11PM

Within two months of finding out she had Huntington's disease, Elizabeth Sheldon had made her mind up


School camp sickness investigated - Dominion Post

Friday 30 March 2012, 2:10PM

Public health specialists are investigating how half a class of school children and some of their parents became ill on a school trip


Electronic health records mean fewer tests: study - Reuters

Friday 30 March 2012, 2:10PM

US doctors order fewer lab tests when they have access to a patient's electronic medical records, according to a new study, but the efficiency may be confined to state-of-the-art records exchanges for now


Standing up on the job: One way to improve your health - Time

Thursday 29 March 2012, 11:30AM

It’s time to get off your keister. Another study finds that sitting for too long increases your risk of death, even if you exercise regularly. Suddenly, those treadmill desks are sounding more appealing.


Call to address depression, isolation in elderly - TVNZ

Thursday 29 March 2012, 10:59AM

Elderly suicide rates are flying under the radar in Taranaki because the problem "isn't sexy", according to a retiring mental health advocate


Some DHBs owe a million hours leave - Radio New Zealand

Thursday 29 March 2012, 10:58AM

Some district health boards owe staff more than a million hours in leave entitlements


Immune system turning on itself may trigger melanoma growth - Yale News

Thursday 29 March 2012, 10:57AM

A new study by researchers from Yale and Johns Hopkins reveals the molecular pathway by which the body’s inflammatory immune response may trigger its own inhibition, protecting tumor cells from destruction and allowing the growth of melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer


Lower death risk with heart bypass v angioplasty - New Zealand Herald

Thursday 29 March 2012, 10:57AM

Older patients with clogged heart arteries may have a little lower death risk over time if they get bypass operations instead of angioplasty and stents to fix the problem, new research out of the US suggests


UV photographs of 12-year-olds show skin cancer risk - Medical Xpress

Thursday 29 March 2012, 10:56AM

You can't tell, but a study recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology shows that UV photography might provide important information about risk, not visible to the naked eye. The amount of sun damage in UV photographs taken of a large cohort of 12-year-old's correlated with known melanoma risk factors including freckles, fair skin, red hair and light eye color


Hospitals seizing control of GP training - Pulse (UK)

Thursday 29 March 2012, 10:54AM

GPs are set to lose control over training and professional development under Government plans to replace postgraduate deaneries with local education and training boards (LETBs), a Pulse investigation reveals.


GP trainees are 'forced to beg' for out-of-hours work - GP online (UK)

Thursday 29 March 2012, 10:53AM

GP registrars are not receiving enough out-of-hours training because commercial providers are more focused on meeting targets than educating trainees, experts have warned.


GP staff would not call 999 after OAP collapsed - North London Today (UK)

Thursday 29 March 2012, 10:52AM

Receptionists at a GPs’ surgery refused to call 999 or even get one of the eight doctors at the practice for a seriously ill 87-year-old patient, despite her grandson’s desperate pleas.


Saturday morning GP surgeries 'question of priorities' - BBC News (UK)

Thursday 29 March 2012, 10:51AM

Deciding whether to open GP surgeries on Saturday mornings will be a "question of priorities" for the NHS, the doctors' union has said. The BMA suggested offering Saturday appointments - a Welsh government commitment - could mean cuts elsewhere.


ACC: Fainting spells cut with cardiac pacing - Medpage Today

Thursday 29 March 2012, 10:25AM

The use of a subcutaneous loop recorder identified patients with neurally mediated syncope, allowing clinicians to then reduce the patients' recurrence of fainting by using pacemaker therapy, researchers reported here


How to remove a blood blister from underneath fingernails and toenails - Helium

Thursday 29 March 2012, 10:24AM

A bruised fingernail or toenail is usually the result of a direct hit to the nail, for example a concrete block dropped on the toe or a hammer slammed down on the thumbnail


NZ-born Pacific youth 'vulnerable' to mental health risk - expert - TVNZ

Wednesday 28 March 2012, 4:09PM

Young Pacific people born in New Zealand are more vulnerable to mental health problems than those who migrate here, a mental health specialist says


Canterbury health staff owed 528 years of leave - Stuff

Wednesday 28 March 2012, 4:08PM

Canterbury health staff are owed 528 years off work


Managers of Queenstown’s only rest home quit - Mountain Scene

Wednesday 28 March 2012, 4:08PM

The operators of Queenstown’s only rest home are quitting their contract to provide aged care – but they won’t say why


Axe tobacco, ban cigarette exports: health professor - New Zealand Herald

Wednesday 28 March 2012, 4:07PM

New Zealand should be phasing out tobacco, and cigarette exports should be banned not increased, a public health professor says


Baby dies after scar ruptures - New Zealand Herald

Tuesday 27 March 2012, 3:29PM

An investigation has been launched into the death of a near full-term baby in Middlemore Hospital after her mother's scar from two previous emergency caesarean sections opened up


Pull out all stops to keep births local - advocate - Stuff

Tuesday 27 March 2012, 3:28PM

The National Council of Women says Whanganui District Health Board should leave no stone unturned in recruiting rather than move women to Palmerston North to give birth


Innovation key to future of healthcare - Business Day

Tuesday 27 March 2012, 3:27PM

Internet savvy patients, fierce pharmaceutical competition and higher expectations of medical success have changed the face of the healthcare industry


Patient dies after falling off waiting list - TVNZ

Tuesday 27 March 2012, 2:16PM

Twenty-eight patients were incorrectly removed from an endoscopy waiting list in 2005, the South Canterbury District Health Board has admitted


Mum's cry for help with sick Marley - Stuff

Tuesday 27 March 2012, 2:16PM

When 21-month-old Marley Marston was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer, his mum grew up and his dad walked out


Chocolate lovers tend to weigh less: report - Reuters

Tuesday 27 March 2012, 11:46AM

In a new study, people who ate chocolate a few times per week or more weighed less than those who rarely indulged in the sweet


E-health data systen is 'vulnerable to attack' from fraudsters - The Australian

Tuesday 27 March 2012, 11:33AM

The Health Department has conceded the Gillard government's personally controlled e-health record system is vulnerable to attack at the users' end


French doctors target celebrity diet guru - AAP

Tuesday 27 March 2012, 11:31AM

French medical groups have filed complaints against celebrity diet guru Pierre Dukan, whose diet was reportedly used by the Middleton family ahead of Kate's wedding to Prince William


DH scheme to integrate care reduces patient satisfaction - Pulse

Tuesday 27 March 2012, 11:30AM

Department of Health pilots to create seamless' care have had a broadly negative effect on patient satisfaction and have not delivered any tangible cost savings, says an official analysis


Overseas visitors rack up health debt - New Zealand Herald

Monday 26 March 2012, 4:27PM

Unpaid bills racked up by foreign patients at New Zealand's largest health board rose by a third to $18 million last year


Mental illness on rise in children - Stuff

Monday 26 March 2012, 4:26PM

Increasing numbers of young children are being medicated for anxiety and depression, with mental health providers saying the problem has gone beyond common moodiness


Effect of offering different levels of support and free nicotine replacement therapy via an English national telephone quitline: randomised controlled trial - BMJ

Monday 26 March 2012, 4:26PM

To compare the effects of free nicotine replacement therapy or proactive telephone counselling in addition to standard smoking cessation support offered through a telephone quitline


Alcohol warning labels to target pregnant women - TVNZ

Monday 26 March 2012, 4:25PM

Pregnant women will be the target of compulsory warning labels on alcohol products, which are set to be phased in over the next two years


Free smoking counselling 'doesn't help quitters' - BBC

Friday 23 March 2012, 3:15PM

Offering free nicotine patches or intensive counselling to smokers calling the English NHS helpline does not help them quit, a study in the BMJ says


Mental Notes - documentary

Friday 23 March 2012, 2:29PM

Exploring the grim realities of the old Mental Health Care systems in New Zealand, this home-grown documentary follows five former patients as they recall their experiences in the residential psychiatric ‘bins’


GPs face curb on warfarin alternative as CCGs warn of soaring drug bills - Pulse

Friday 23 March 2012, 1:51PM

Exclusive: GPs face restrictions on their use of the first alternative to warfarin to be approved on the NHS in 50 years, after PCTs and clinical commissioning groups began frantically drawing up prescribing policies to soften the financial impact


15kg tumour removed from pregnant woman - New Zealand Herald

Friday 23 March 2012, 1:50PM

Bolivian doctors said they successfully removed a 15-kilogram tumour from a woman in her 35th week of pregnancy who has since given birth to a healthy baby girl


Clue to male baldness discovered - BBC

Friday 23 March 2012, 1:50PM

A biological clue to male baldness has been discovered, raising the prospect of a treatment to stop or even reverse thinning hair



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