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january 2017

Rise in whooping cough a reminder to start the year with up-to-date immunisations

Tuesday 31 January 2017, 04:00PM

Media release from Toi Te Ora: Whooping cough notifications rose across the Bay of Plenty last year, and already in 2017 we have seen small children admitted to hospital
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Crohn’s sufferer fights for access to workplace toilets

Tuesday 31 January 2017, 02:16PM

Media release from Crohn’s and Colitis New Zealand: A 12-year-old girl with Crohns disease is presenting a petition to Labour MP, Hon Trevor Mallard on parliament steps today at 11am. The petition aims to change the law, guaranteeing the 15,000 20,000 New Zealanders …
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Corporate activity study not relevant to NZ

Tuesday 31 January 2017, 02:03PM

Media statement from the Food and Grocery Council, 25 January 2017: Claims in an academic study into corporate activity in the Australian food industry are not relevant to New Zealand, says FGC Chief Executive Katherine Rich
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Chris Fleming appointed Chief Executive for Southern DHB

Tuesday 31 January 2017, 01:15PM

Media release from Southern DHB and Nelson Marlborough DHB: Chris Fleming has been appointed Southern DHB Chief Executive, Commissioner Kathy Grant announced today
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Compensation call for people injured during clinical trials

Tuesday 31 January 2017, 11:53AM

Media release from the University of Auckland Law School: A legal academic and health law expert is calling for a change in the law to protect all New Zealanders who are injured during clinical trials
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B4 School Checks are giving more new entrants the best start

Tuesday 31 January 2017, 11:43AM

Media release from health minister Jonathan Coleman: Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more parents are sending their children to school for the first time this week knowing their B4 School Check has picked up any potential health or development needs at an early stage
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Ophthalmologists warn of the impact of UV exposure on children’s eye health

Tuesday 31 January 2017, 09:01AM

Media release from RANZCO: As the beginning of the school year approaches, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) is warning parents and schools to ensure that children’s eyes are properly protected
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Measles alert for Singapore flight passengers

Tuesday 31 January 2017, 08:59AM

Media release from Auckland Regional Public Health Service: Travellers who arrived at Auckland International Airport on Air New Zealand flight NZ281 from Singapore at midnight on January 25 may have been exposed to measles, says the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS
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Study finds discrepancy between what symptoms patients report, what appears in electronic medical record

Friday 27 January 2017, 03:47PM

Media release from The JAMA Network: Researchers found significant inconsistencies between what symptoms patients at ophthalmology clinics reported on a questionnaire and documentation in the electronic medical record
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Fund for innovative child health research launched

Friday 27 January 2017, 01:40PM

Media release from Cure Kids: A multi-million dollar funding pool to foster research that delivers tangible benefits to New Zealand children and their families was launched today
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Food industry tactics shape public food policies

Friday 27 January 2017, 12:50PM

Media release from the University of Auckland: Lobbying and many other tactics from the junk food industry to defend their products and sway public policies are commonplace and influential, according to University of Auckland global nutrition expert, Professor Boyd Swinburn
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New Open Polytechnic degree will benefit mental health, addictions and disability sectors

Friday 27 January 2017, 10:38AM

Media release from the Open Polytechnic: Enrolments are now open for Open Polytechnic’s new Bachelor of Social Health and Wellbeing
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Mental health system crying out for help 

Friday 27 January 2017, 10:36AM

Media release from the Green Party: An independent review into the mental health system in Wellington following five homicides has found serious failings, and highlights the need for a nationwide mental health inquiry, the Green Party said today
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Pipelle biopsies to be provided by GPs in the southern district 

Friday 27 January 2017, 09:13AM

Media release from Southern DHB: Women in the Southern district requiring pipelle biopsies - a key investigative tool for finding the cause of post-menopausal bleeding and screening for endometrial cancers – now have faster and easier access to the procedure thanks to collaboration between clinicians from Southern DHB and WellSouth
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Mental health review released

Friday 27 January 2017, 09:11AM

Media release from Capital & Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHBs: Work is underway on the eight recommendations made in an independent review of the care of five mental health clients involved in homicides
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Award for Whanganui prison nurse

Thursday 26 January 2017, 02:28PM

Media release from Department Of Corrections: Whanganui Prison nurse Te Rina Lind has won the Marie Jarden Memorial Award for the Most Professional Nursing Graduate
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The latest issue of the NZMJ is out tomorrow

Thursday 26 January 2017, 12:38PM

Media release from NZMA: Journal of the New Zealand Medical Association (Vol 130 No 1449: 27 January 2017) is out tomorrow
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Auckland doctor training partners with Bay of Plenty

Thursday 26 January 2017, 09:57AM

Media Release from University of Auckland: Medical students from the University of Auckland will have an opportunity to train in Whakatane from this year with the launch of its new regional rural medical training programme in the Bay of Plenty
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Spanish scientists create a 3D bioprinter to print human skin - UC3M

Wednesday 25 January 2017, 03:58PM

Media release from UC3M: Scientists from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), (Center for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research), Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, in collaboration with the firm BioDan Group, have presented a prototype for a 3D bioprinter that can create totally functional human skin
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Cat parasite linked to likelihood of Alzheimer’s disease

Wednesday 25 January 2017, 10:20AM

Media release from the Journal of Parisitology: Journal of Parasitology – Toxoplasma gondii is a parasite that may not be a household name, yet it is considered one of the most prevalent pathogens in the world
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