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February 2017

Living with autism: Good days, bad days and 'meltdowns' - Stuff

Friday 24 February 2017, 1:34PM

His mother will sometimes cry and wonder "why me?" But then Jesse brings her a flower and says, "mum, love". Picton couple Cathy Kiely and Philip Sim give reporter Jennifer Eder a glimpse into an ordinary day with their autistic son Jesse


'It brought tears to my eyes': Quake memorial opened to emotional families - The Press

Wednesday 22 February 2017, 10:27AM

Oi Manawa, meaning "tremor of the heart", will be unveiled to the public today


Brain imaging identifies different types of depression - Scientific American

Wednesday 22 February 2017, 10:09AM

Biological markers could enable tailored therapies that target individual differences in symptoms


Hundreds of babies harmed by homeopathic remedies, families say = Scientific American

Wednesday 22 February 2017, 10:01AM

Ten years of FDA data paint a grim picture of teething product complaints


The lifelong shadow hanging over the Elephant Man drug trial victims - NZ Herald

Tuesday 21 February 2017, 2:32PM

On a hospital ward, patients were writhing and screaming in agony


New addiction act could see demand upsurge - Nursing Review

Tuesday 21 February 2017, 1:45PM

Increased demand for addiction services and addiction nurses could follow a new act streamlining the compulsory treatment order process for people with severe addiction


Survivor rejects DHB 'sympathy' statement - Otago Daily Times

Monday 20 February 2017, 11:06AM

A cervical cancer survivor at the heart of the "Unfortunate Experiment" has hit out at the Auckland District Health Board's first attempt at an apology to the women harmed in the study, after nearly three decades


NZ study: Dads get the baby blues too - NZ Herald

Friday 17 February 2017, 3:49PM

Pre and post-natal depression has been studied exhaustively in mothers but a new study of 3500 Kiwi men has revealed how dads are also affected by the baby blues


Black bones, gangrene and weeping: the unwelcome return of scurvy - The Guardian

Friday 17 February 2017, 3:36PM

With cases of scurvy appearing in Sydney and Zimbabwe, Jonathan Lamb looks at the history of a disease that was once thought to belong to the past


Respite carer calls for better pay and proper training - Stuff

Thursday 16 February 2017, 1:24PM

A respite carer has called for compulsory training for people looking after autistic clients as currently no formal qualifications are needed


What are the symptoms of pancreatic cancer, the 'silent killer'? Independent (UK)

Thursday 16 February 2017, 1:22PM

Jaundice, abdominal pain and changes to bowel habits are among the symptoms of the disease


Cleaning up the hygiene hypothesis - PNAS

Thursday 16 February 2017, 1:00PM

The rise of allergy and autoimmune diseases is due to much more than rampant cleanliness. Is it time to throw out the hygiene hypothesis?


Porirua mental health forensic unit to get upgrade after admission it's 'not fit for purpose' - Stuff

Monday 13 February 2017, 10:08AM

The Porirua mental health facility the houses New Zealand's most dangerous mental health patients is not fit for purpose, documents reveal


Health board secrecy draws ire - NZ Herald

Monday 13 February 2017, 10:07AM

Behind the big, round table which dominates the Canterbury District Health Board boardroom, is a row of chairs - the public seats. Aside from journalists or CDHB staff, they almost always sit empty


Mental health services 'treading water' as demand for help continues to rise - Stuff

Monday 13 February 2017, 10:05AM

People needing mental health services in the top of the south are having to wait for several weeks for treatment, as providers are unable to keep up with the demand


Bioinspiration - medical solutions from nature - Radio NZ

Monday 13 February 2017, 9:27AM

A biodegradeable adhesive patch to seal a hole in a child's growing heart that's inspired by slugs, sea worms and snails...


A quarter of adults in the US have hearing loss because of noise - Washington Post

Wednesday 08 February 2017, 11:13AM

Forty million American adults have lost some hearing because of noise, and half of them suffered the damage outside the workplace, from everyday exposure to leaf blowers, sirens, rock concerts and other loud sounds, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports


Contraceptive gel that creates ‘reversible vasectomy’ shown to be effective in monkeys - Independent (UK)

Wednesday 08 February 2017, 11:11AM

The gel is injected into the vas deferens, the duct between the testicles and the urethra


Hospital operation 'long waiters' rise by 163 per cent - BBC News

Wednesday 08 February 2017, 11:10AM

The number of people facing "long waits" for hospital treatment in England has more than doubled in the past four years, figures show


Govt to change policy on medicinal cannabis - NZ Herald

Tuesday 07 February 2017, 4:46PM

The Government is expected to announce tomorrow that it is removing a significant hurdle to getting access to medicinal cannabis in New Zealand


Older patients seeing same GP each time 'key to reducing hospital admissions' - Guardian

Tuesday 07 February 2017, 1:57PM

Continuity of care can reduce avoidable admissions and hospital costs, especially for heaviest users of system, BMJ says


Dr Lester Levy: health's most powerful appointee - Kim Hill - Radio NZ

Tuesday 07 February 2017, 10:08AM

Dr Lester Levy's job has recently expanded to see him lead all three Auckland DHBs: Auckland, Waitemata and Counties Manukau, covering around a third of the country's population


Assisted dying: the difficult conversation we need to have - The Age

Tuesday 07 February 2017, 10:08AM

We must acknowledge divergent views on assisted dying and start framing laws that will enable it


Nurofen fined $1.08 million for 'targeted' pain relief claims - NZ Herald

Friday 03 February 2017, 4:14PM

Nurofen's distributor has been slapped with a $1.08 million fine for the "blatant misleading" of the public about targeted pain relief


Dunedin heart physician dies - Otago Daily Times

Friday 03 February 2017, 3:26PM

Pioneering Dunedin heart physician Ted Nye has died, aged 90


Midwives concerned at transfers - Otago Daily Times

Friday 03 February 2017, 1:55PM

Midwives have complained that a lack of safe transfers from Central Otago and Queenstown to main centres is putting "women and babies at risk"


Meet Whanganui's only nurse practitioner - Whanganui Chronicle

Thursday 02 February 2017, 4:29PM

Nurse practitioner (NP) - a role introduced to New Zealand in 2001 yet there is only one in the Whanganui region


Perception of e-cig safety evolves, new study finds - Addiction Now

Thursday 02 February 2017, 9:07AM

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, have become popular in recent years largely because they’re seen as a safer alternative to tobacco-based products


NHS pressured to reveal confidential patient data by Home Office under Theresa May, says former executive - Independent

Thursday 02 February 2017, 8:59AM

The former head of NHS Digital has said he was put under "immense pressure" by the Home Office under Theresa May to release data on immigrants despite his concerns over its legality


DHBs told to speed up official information responses - RNZ

Wednesday 01 February 2017, 4:59PM

District health boards are consistently failing to respond to Official Information Act requests within the legal timeframe, the State Services Commission says


Scientific advice in a troubled world - Peter Gluckman

Wednesday 01 February 2017, 1:52PM

Most of us would hopefully accept that governments will make better decisions if they use well-developed evidence wisely



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