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Pepsi Max campaign appealing to children, but avoids censure under new advertising code

Tuesday 26 September 2017, 01:15PM

Media release from Auckland Regional Public Health Service: The Advertising Standards Authority’s (ASA) new children’s code has come up short in its first test
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Smartphone apps reduce depression

Monday 25 September 2017, 08:47AM

Media release: NICM, Harvard Medical School, the University of Manchester and the Black Dog Institute
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BabyStart boxes gifted as parenting course completed

Friday 22 September 2017, 04:26PM

Media release from Northland DHB: On September 20, ten young mums and whānau celebrated at Te Ora Hou as they completed a seven week Noho Rangimarie/Living in Harmony course teaching them everything they need to know about pregnancy, birth and how to give their babies a successful first 100 days
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Three cases of Paratyphoid confirmed

Friday 22 September 2017, 04:24PM

Media release from Hawke's Bay DHB: Hawke’s Bay District Health Board is investigating three Paratyphoid cases reported over the last week
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First study of inflammatory bowel disease rates in Kiwi kids

Friday 22 September 2017, 02:25PM

Media release from University of Otago: Rates of debilitating inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) such as Crohn’s disease among South Island children are up to three times higher than their North Island counterparts, the first New Zealand prevalence study has found
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New study shows general practices at health training capacity

Friday 22 September 2017, 10:49AM

Media release from University of Otago: A comprehensive survey in the lower North Island and South Island has revealed that general practices, although crucial for teaching our future health professionals, are at training capacity
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Call to re-educate patients, doctors about limits of opioids for chronic pain   

Friday 22 September 2017, 10:46AM

Media release from Faculty of Pain Medicine: Patients and their doctors need to be re-educated that opioids such as codeine are not effective for the long-term treatment of chronic pain because unrealistic expectations are fuelling the explosion in prescription opioid abuse
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The latest issue of the New Zealand Medical Journal is out tomorrow

Thursday 21 September 2017, 04:35PM

New Zealand Medical Journal Vol 130 (No 1462): 22 September 2017
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NZ’s third leading cause of death on the back burner 

Thursday 21 September 2017, 02:23PM

Media release from Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ: Ministry of Health targets are reviewed annually to ensure they align with health priorities, however New Zealand’s third leading cause of death still has no defined national health target with dedicated funding behind it
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New clues in childhood obesity puzzle: Study

Thursday 21 September 2017, 10:57AM

Media release from Growing Up in New Zealand: New evidence from New Zealand’s contemporary longitudinal study Growing Up in New Zealand shows how genes and the environment may interact to promote obesity
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FAST campaign increases stroke awareness 

Thursday 21 September 2017, 10:44AM

Media release from health minister Jonathan Coleman: Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a nationwide stroke awareness campaign has seen more New Zealanders reporting suspected strokes
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Intergenerational bond raises dementia awareness

Thursday 21 September 2017, 08:50AM

Media release from Rotorua Lakes Council: Preschoolers from a Rotorua centre are lighting up the lives of residents from a local rest home and in turn are learning about empathy, ageing and conditions such as dementia
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Statement from seven clinical unit leaders, Waikato Hospital

Thursday 21 September 2017, 08:45AM

Media release from seven clinical unit leaders, Waikato Hospital: Chris Holdaway, chair, Clinical Unit Leader Group, Waikato Hospital Services responds to recent articles
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Nursing Award of Honour 2017

Thursday 21 September 2017, 08:44AM

Media release from NZNO: At Wednesday night’s Annual Conference Awards Dinner, the NZNO Award of Honour was presented
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Opioid abuse, voluntary assisted dying, on agenda of annual meeting of pain medicine experts

Wednesday 20 September 2017, 04:56PM

Media release from the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Consciousness and pain, voluntary assisted dying legislation, and the dramatic rise in opioid abuse and addiction are some of the topical issues to be explored by local and international pain medicine specialists at the annual meeting of the Faculty of Pain Medicine
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Screening for cervical abnormalities in women offered HPV vaccination: comparing HPV testing with cytology

Wednesday 20 September 2017, 02:06PM

Media release from Plos Medicine: Human papillomavirus (HPV) testing detects a higher number of precancerous cervical lesions than cytology-based Pap smears in a female population including a proportion offered HPV vaccination, according to a new study
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National and international experts to gather in Tauranga for psychiatry conference

Wednesday 20 September 2017, 02:01PM

Media release from RANZCP: Stress and the brain, living to 100 and the mental health of transgender people are just some of the topics to be discussed at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) New Zealand Conference
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3.6 million Kiwis benefit from Pharmac's model

Wednesday 20 September 2017, 10:26AM

Media release from health minister Jonathan Coleman: Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says new data shows that Pharmac is delivering more subsidised medicines, benefiting around 3.6 million Kiwis
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Socially responsible investment approach in place for MAS

Wednesday 20 September 2017, 10:01AM

Media release from Medical Assurance Society: Medical Assurance Society (MAS) today confirmed that its KiwiSaver Plan and Retirement Savings Plan have moved to a socially responsible investment approach with certification from the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia (RIAA), effective from 14 September 2017
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Dentists disappointed in sugary drink decision

Wednesday 20 September 2017, 09:45AM

Media release from New Zealand Dental Association: The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) is disappointed that Manawatu and Rangitikei councils have voted against a sugar-sweetened beverages policy
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