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february 2014

Plane passenger sparks new measles alert

Friday 28 February 2014, 03:10PM

Media release from Auckland DHB: Passengers flying Malaysia Airlines from Kuala Lumpur to Auckland on 20 February may have been exposed to measles, the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has today advised.
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Local sporting heroes to launch the Southern DHB Flu Campaign

Friday 28 February 2014, 02:54PM

Media release from Southern DHB: Staff at the Southern DHB will have the opportunity of meeting their local sporting heroes on Friday as the Southern DHB flu campaign is launched by the Highlanders at Dunedin Hospital, and by the Southern Steel at Southland Hospital.
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Record number of laser strikes on aircraft

Friday 28 February 2014, 02:51PM

Media release from associate health minister Jo Goodhew: Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew says the 119 laser strikes on aircraft highlights the importance of the new controls on dangerous laser pointers coming into effect from 1 March 2014.
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Psychological side-effects of anti-depressants worse than thought

Friday 28 February 2014, 02:26PM

Media release from The University of Liverpool: LIVERPOOL, UK – 26 February 2014: A University of Liverpool researcher has shown that thoughts of suicide, sexual difficulties and emotional numbness as a result of anti-depressants may be more widespread than previously thought.
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Pharmac proposal for change - Read it and weep?

Friday 28 February 2014, 10:49AM

Media release from the New Zealand Organisation for Rare Disorders: Hello everyone, Should I cover the good news or the bad, for Rare Disease Day on Friday 28 February?
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Health minister’s mixed record; a tale of two health ministers - good to disappointing

Friday 28 February 2014, 10:43AM

Media release from ASMS executive director Ian Powell: Tony Ryall’s performance as health minister has been mixed
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ACC enhances support for injury-related hearing loss

Friday 28 February 2014, 10:26AM

Media release from ACC: ACC enhances support for people with injury-related hearing loss
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Most New Zealanders don’t eat recommended 5+ a day

Friday 28 February 2014, 10:21AM

Media release from Roy Morgan Research: Give peas a chance - most New Zealanders don’t eat recommended 5+ fruit and vegetables a day
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Professional development app for physios launched

Friday 28 February 2014, 10:15AM

Media release from Physiotherapy New Zealand: Physiotherapy New Zealand today announced the launch of a new smartphone app for physiotherapists wanting to track their professional development with the push of a button
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Health minister’s imminent departure leaves hard-to-fill gap

Thursday 27 February 2014, 04:13PM

Media release from the NZ Rural General Practice Network: Today’s announcement that Health Minister Tony Ryall is to retire from politics at this year’s general election sees the departure of a politician who has taken a keen interest in issues relating to rural health
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St John to recruit additional ambulance staff in key locations

Thursday 27 February 2014, 03:31PM

Media release from St John: Last year St John completed detailed analysis to understand how its current ambulance resources (vehicles and rostered personnel) matched with actual patient demand (for emergency ambulance transport, non-transport and patient transfer services).
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DHB urged to speed up development of clinical care pathways

Thursday 27 February 2014, 03:01PM

Media release from Hawke's Bay DHB: Developing clinical care pathways for diabetes so it met patients needs and linked the whole health sector is where the district health board’s focus must be, chair Kevin Atkinson said today. (Wednesday 26 February).
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The retirement of health minister Tony Ryall

Thursday 27 February 2014, 02:07PM

Media release from RNZCGP: The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners acknowledges the contribution Health Minister Tony Ryall has made during his five-and-a-half year tenure.
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Training for dementia caregivers expanded

Thursday 27 February 2014, 02:04PM

Media release from associate minister of health: Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew says people living with dementia will benefit as more caregivers have the opportunity to learn about the dementia-sufferer’s perspective.
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Significant role for chiropractors in management of osteoarthritis according to new clinical guidelines

Thursday 27 February 2014, 02:01PM

Media Release from The New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association (NZCA): Local muscle strengthening and general aerobic fitness together with manipulation and stretching should be the core treatments for managing osteoarthritis according to a major update on guidance to healthcare professionals from the influential UK National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) published this month.
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Health warning issued for Okawa Bay, Lake Rotoiti

Thursday 27 February 2014, 01:56PM

Media release from Bay of Plenty DHB: A health warning has been issued for Okawa Bay on Lake Rotoiti as routine monitoring results provided by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council have confirmed blooms of blue-green algae which are potentially toxic.
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PM acknowledges Tony Ryall’s outstanding contribution

Thursday 27 February 2014, 01:52PM

Media release from John Key: Prime Minister John Key has thanked Minister Tony Ryall for his remarkable service to the National Party, his Bay of Plenty electorate and New Zealand.
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General Practice New Zealand thanks Tony Ryall

Thursday 27 February 2014, 01:49PM

Media release from GPNZ: GPNZ expresses its appreciation to Health Minister Hon Tony Ryall for his influential time as Minister of Health over the past six years, and wishes him well for his future in the private sector.
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Hospital specialists sound alarm over trade agreement

Thursday 27 February 2014, 01:41PM

Media release from the Christchurch Hospitals' Medical Staff Association: Senior Christchurch hospital doctors are the latest group to raise concerns about the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), currently being negotiated between New Zealand and 11 other countries
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NZMA wishes Ryall 'all the best'

Thursday 27 February 2014, 01:38PM

Media release from NZMA: The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) wishes Health Minister Tony Ryall all the best for his retirement from politics at the coming election.
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