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february 2017

Pharma company gives up on Pharmac – Gives drug free to NZ patients

Tuesday 28 February 2017, 01:48PM

Media release from Lysosomal Disease New Zealand: Sanofi Genzyme developed Myozyme, a complex biological treatment for Pompe disease, a Lysosomal disease, over ten years ago
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Poor retention rates for overseas-trained doctors in NZ

Tuesday 28 February 2017, 12:38PM

Media release from Association of Salaried Medical Specialists: New Zealand’s success in attracting overseas-trained doctors isn’t matched by our ability to hang onto them, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS)
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Geneva Healthcare’s seventh annual cruise the bays event

Tuesday 28 February 2017, 12:27PM

Media release from Geneva Healthcare: “If you can do it, so can I”
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Kiwi maternity immunisation study changing global guidelines - international expert

Tuesday 28 February 2017, 08:34AM

Media release from GSK: A pioneering New Zealand study has changed global guidelines on maternal vaccinations for diseases such as whooping cough and influenza according to an international immunology expert visiting NZ
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Toxic algal blooms in NZ - Expert Q&A

Monday 27 February 2017, 01:26PM

Media release from the Science Media Centre: Last week, the New Zealand Government announced its intention to make 90 per cent of NZ's waterways 'swimmable' by 2040. Yet with Summer hitting its peak, rivers and lakes are across the country are being closed to swimmers due to toxic algal blooms
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Two South Taranaki dairies agree not to sell sugary drinks to children before school

Monday 27 February 2017, 10:39AM

Media release from Taranaki District Health Board: Taranaki DHB’s Public Health Unit is praising the efforts of South Taranaki retailers who have chosen not to sell sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) to children on their way to school in the morning
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Hospital upgrades scanner technology

Friday 24 February 2017, 02:45PM

Media release from Capital and Coast DHB: All hands were on deck on Thursday when Wellington Regional Hospital took possession of its new CT scanner
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Te Omanga Hospice buys Britannia House

Friday 24 February 2017, 02:31PM

Media release from Te Omanga Hospice: Te Omanga Hospice buys Britannia House to secure continued palliative care service
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Gisborne unions offer free health screening

Friday 24 February 2017, 02:29PM

Media release from the Public Service Association: Gisborne unions take health into their own hands, offer free health screening
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Increase in DOAC usage points to a need for greater guidance from pathologists, haematologists and specialist scientists

Friday 24 February 2017, 02:12PM

Media release from Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA): There are widely misunderstood complexities surrounding the use of DOACs, specifically their ability to affect haemostasis and influence the results of many coagulation tes
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Free WiFi keeps patients connected

Friday 24 February 2017, 10:15AM

Media release from Capital and Coast, Hutt Valley DHBs: Staying in hospital is more enjoyable with free WiFi provided at Wellington Regional, Kenepuru Community and Hutt Hospitals, and the Kapiti Health Centre
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Water quality at the heart of healthy communities

Thursday 23 February 2017, 05:00PM

Media release from NZRGPN chair Sharon Hansen: The quality of New Zealand’s waterways and drinking water cannot be compromised and the health and wellbeing of people in rural communities must not be put at risk, even in the short term
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Free flu vaccine for people with respiratory conditions

Thursday 23 February 2017, 09:48AM

Media release from Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ: Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ strongly advises people with a respiratory illness to get their free influenza vaccination from March onwards
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How well are we recovering?

Wednesday 22 February 2017, 03:32PM

Media release from AUT University: A look at work limitations four years after mild traumatic brain injury
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Settlement of NZRDA MECA reached

Wednesday 22 February 2017, 01:27PM

Media relase from NZRDA: NZRDA and the DHBs have agreed to a settlement of the MECA during negotiations today
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Canterbury Health System clocks up one million electronic referrals

Tuesday 21 February 2017, 04:11PM

Media release from Canterbury DHB: ​Electronic referrals by Canterbury clinicians through the South Island's Electronic Request Management System (ERMS) have just passed the one million milestone
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Flu Kit and vaccine on way

Tuesday 21 February 2017, 03:39PM

Media release from the Immunisation Advisory Centre: The National Influenza Immunisation campaign Flu Kit (hard copy) is expected to be going out to vaccinators from 22 February
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First social bond to focus on mental health

Tuesday 21 February 2017, 02:58PM

Media release from finance minister Steven Joyce and social investment minister Amy Adams: New Zealand’s first social bond will help around 1,700 people with mental illness into work
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Strength training carries weight for obese teens

Tuesday 21 February 2017, 02:47PM

Media release from Lincoln University: Strength training is a must-do for obese teenagers and even outperforms cardio when it comes to health benefits
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Social bonds not the answer

Tuesday 21 February 2017, 02:31PM

Media release from the Green Party: The Government’s social bond plan to allow foreign companies to profit off mentally ill New Zealanders will put already vulnerable people at further risk, the Green Party said today
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