Health News

Predictive tool to help manage NZ’s melanoma crisis

11th September 2017

Professor Whiteman leads a team that has developed a melanoma risk prediction tool for Australian GPs that uses just eight precisely weighted primary factors to predict a person’s risk of developing a melanoma over the next three years

MHF calls for unified action to prevent suicide

29th August 2017

The MHF is determined that as a country New Zealand must start to address the drivers of poor mental health and suicide.

Kiwis Amongst the Highest Consumers of Fruit and Vegetables

21st August 2017

The latest consumer data also indicated the positive impact of social media in spreading the 5+ A Day message.

Support for Mental Health & Addiction Matters to All of Us

14th August 2017

At some stage in their lives, all New Zealanders are affected by mental health and addictions issues, either in their own lives or in the life of someone they know.

NZ Finally Increasing Best Weapon Against Drink Driving

7th August 2017

Alcohol interlocks becoming a mandatory sentence is one of the most significant blows against drink driving in New Zealand’s history, says the Automobile Association.

Otago finding new ways to beat an old and enduring enemy: TB

31st July 2017

An innovative approach in drug discovery in combating tuberculosis is being pioneered by an international research group that has Otago microbiologists as key leading members.

NZ has major fitness problem

24th July 2017

Too many of the government messages in the early 2000s focused on slogans such as walk to the bus stop when that was never the answer to the looming inactivity, diabetes and obesity issues.

NZ 2nd in the world to register KEYTRUDA – chemo combination

17th July 2017

July 14, 2017, New Zealand follows the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in being the second country worldwide…

We need to talk about sugar

11th July 2017

The public health risks associated with sugar are just as serious as smoking and should be treated as a priority by governments, doctors and medical specialists, a key meeting of anaesthetists has been told.

Low vaccination rates fuelling Auckland’s mumps outbreak

3rd July 2017

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) is concerned not enough young Aucklanders are immunised in the face of an unrelenting mumps outbreak.

Dry July Means More People Thinking About How They Drink

30th June 2017

Social fundraising initiatives like Dry July encourage people to think about how they drink.

Closing the border in extreme pandemics worthwhile – Study

26th June 2017

It may sometimes make sense for island nations like New Zealand to temporarily close their borders in extreme pandemic situations, a new study by Wellington researchers suggests.

Mental health of rural NZ at tipping point

12th June 2017

The health of New Zealand’s rural communities is at an all-time low, a leading mobile health expert says.

Seasonal fruit packed with natural goodness

7th June 2017

Eating fresh fruit is a natural, easy way to boost wellness during winter, says 5+ A Day.

Pure Food Co Addresses New Research on Elderly Malnutrition

29th May 2017

A new study released today by Massey University has highlighted the issue of malnutrition in the elderly.

Sleep problems focus of new study on Kiwi kids with autism

22nd May 2017

New research will look at developing effective treatments for sleep problems that affect the growing number of New Zealand children and young people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

St John welcomes Government funding boost

15th May 2017

St John welcomes today’s news that more than $100 million will be included in this year’s budget to provide double crewing of all emergency ambulance responses over the next four years.

Native fungi could hold the answer to antibiotic resistance

8th May 2017

A campaign has been launched to determine if a collection of fungi, unique to New Zealand and the Pacific, could hold the key to discovering new antibiotics.

Will Our School Children Get Home Healthy And Safe?

1st May 2017

Work Safe is promising adults to ‘get you home healthy and safe’, but little is being done for children who walk or cycle to school.

Why we need to talk to our teens about ’13 Reasons Why’

24th April 2017

It’s every parent’s absolute worst nightmare. Suicide. Which is why when I caught up with the news this week of the latest Netflix series doing the rounds with our teenagers, 13 Reasons Why, I had this instant sick feeling wash over me…

Turning Healthcare around

18th April 2017

How many times have you told your story over and over again to health professionals? Poor communication between clinicians can turn health care into a bad experience.

Nicotine e-cigs will be legal

3rd April 2017

Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner has announced the sale of nicotine e-cigarettes and e-liquid will be legalised. Until now, vapers had to buy nicotine products from overseas.

Altogether Autism Rejects Measles Vaccine Myth

27th March 2017

THE COUNTRY’S leading provider of trusted autism information and advice has come out strongly against claims of a link between vaccinations and autism in its latest Altogether Autism journal published today.

Is a Sugar Tax the Best Solution to Obesity?

21st March 2017

Is a Sugar Tax the Best Solution to Obesity?

Increased use of sugary food and drink plays a big role in New Zealand’s high obesity rate. It also contributes to other health problems, such as type two diabetes and dental issues.

Auckland scientists seek to shed light upon endometriosis

15th March 2017

It affects at least one in ten New Zealand women, can cause severe abdominal pain and fertility problems, and costs the public health system an estimated $1 billion a year.

Exercise improves quality of life for children with autism

6th March 2017

New research has found that regular exercise improves communication behaviours among children with autism.

HEARING WEEK – Impact of hearing loss

27th February 2017

It’s never easy to put into words the miracle of sound recovered. Yet, I saw it first hand recently when my husband got hearing aids. The most poignant response was from our 11 year old granddaughter who suddenly observed at a family dinner that grandad was laughing and talking with everyone once again.

Top 6 Mistakes To Avoid for Those New to Exercise

23rd February 2017

Whether you are setting out on an exercise programme after a long break, or if exercising is completely new, you should feel proud that you are making one of the best decisions to improve your health and wellbeing.

$80,000 For Heart Kids NZ, Thanks to Bartercard Foundation

13th February 2017

The Bartercard Foundation is delighted to announce its partnership with Heart Kids NZ, the only not-for-profit organisation supporting Kiwi kids and their families who are affected by Congenital Heart Disease (CHD), right through their life.

Healthy lunch boosts productivity, research finds

7th February 2017

Warding off a mid-afternoon slump at work could be as easy as eating a healthy lunch, according to the results of a recent 5+ A Day survey.

Warning of back-to-school spike in asthma

23rd January 2017

Warning of back-to-school spike in asthma. A spike in asthma hospitalisations when children return to school has prompted a warning for parents, caregivers and schools to be prepared.

Go Low This Summer

16th January 2017

Thin, watery and tasteless – that’s what low-alcohol beer used to be. But not anymore. The Go Low Action Group is challenging misconceptions about low-alcohol beer, urging Kiwis who haven’t already, to give it a try this summer.

Making New Year’s resolutions stick

9th January 2017

New Zealand’s leading exercise industry group ExerciseNZ has today appealed to Kiwis to make increased physical activity their resolution for 2017 but it also warned that keeping resolutions isn’t easy and is offering tips on how to make them stick.

Your kids are sweet enough – hold those sugary drinks

12th December 2016

The Public Health Association of New Zealand is right behind the new Consensus Statement on sugary drinks being launched today at Brooklyn School by the New Zealand Dental Association.

New Pharmac Funded Drug to Benefit Maori

2nd December 2016

Māori will benefit from Pharmac’s decision to fund a new medicine that combats HIV, an advocate for Māori living with the life-threatening disease says.

Report calls for life-saving reforms to help smokers quit

28th November 2016

“These products offer the only real pathway to the Government’s aspiration of a Smokefree New Zealand by 2025…

Six-hour hospital target associated with fewer deaths

21st November 2016

Six-hour hospital target associated with fewer deaths in emergency departments New research shows that New Zealand’s six-hour emergency department….

Look after yourselves and each other

15th November 2016

Through the earthquakes and aftershocks, look after yourselves and each other. Now is the time to look after each other as the Hanmer earthquakes affect different people in different ways.

New Zealand is on the verge of a melanoma epidemic

15th November 2016

New Zealand is on the verge of a melanoma epidemic, experts warn. With already the highest incidence rate in the world it is predicted numbers could increase by 50% in the next two decades, particularly in older adults. Monday 14 November: Today marks the start of Melanoma Awareness Week and Melanoma New Zealand is urging … Continue reading >

Hope to beleaguered mental health services and its patients

4th November 2016

It is an unacceptable fact that people who experience serious mental illness have a much lower life expectancy than those who don’t…

Remember food safety at home during the warmer weather

2nd November 2016

MPI Media release Remember food safety at home during the warmer weather 2 November 2016 With summer fast approaching and warmer weather already here, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) recommends a few simple steps to reduce our chances of getting sick from food prepared at home. MPI’s Public Health Medicine Specialist Dr Donald Campbell … Continue reading >

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