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DRUG WARNING: More dangerous than usual batch of MDMA

Published: Sun 25 Feb 2018 07:37 PM
On Saturday night 24 and into Sunday 25 Feb, Christchurch Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) had nine patients present with symptoms and side effects associated with having taken an MDMA-containing substance, more commonly known as Ecstasy. They ... Read more...

Midwives' Union Calls For Action Over Crisis in Workforce

Published: Sat 24 Feb 2018 12:19 PM
The midwives’ union, MERAS has spoken out about the crisis in the midwifery workforce and is calling on the government and district health boards to act on pay and conditions. Read more...

Lack of support for former prisoners to stay smoke-free

Published: Fri 23 Feb 2018 12:42 PM
A new study released today has found that New Zealanders who have successfully quit smoking while in prison receive a lack of support in staying smoke-free after being released. Read more...

Authority upholds complaint against Santa offering Coke

Published: Fri 23 Feb 2018 12:34 PM
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) Complaints Board has agreed that Santa should not be used in advertising that promotes Coca Cola to children and young people. Read more...

NZ-led heart failure findings debunk world medical view

Published: Fri 23 Feb 2018 09:47 AM
Thousands of New Zealanders can look forward to improvements in treatment and care of heart failure following new research findings that look set to alter the clinical approach and health care planning for heart failure globally. Read more...

E-cigarettes could help smoking cessation in hospitals

Published: Fri 23 Feb 2018 08:33 AM
Research published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal indicates electronic cigarettes, used as an alternative form of nicotine replacement, are well tolerated by alcoholics admitted to hospital for detoxification and could be helpful for curbing ... Read more...

Activist Spouts Nonsense: Evidence Supports Fluoridation

Published: Thu 22 Feb 2018 08:15 PM
Thousands of rigorous studies - including recent large scale data from Sweden and Canada (as well as our own famous Dunedin Study ) confirm that community water fluoridation improves oral health and has no detrimental effect on IQ. Read more...

Barnardos welcomes boost to mental health support

Published: Thu 22 Feb 2018 04:48 PM
Barnardos says the Prime Minister’s announcement today that Canterbury children will receive more mental health support should help make a positive difference to children’s health and well-being. Claire Achmad, Barnardos Manager – Advocacy, ... Read more...

Auckland hospitals struggling to cope

Published: Thu 22 Feb 2018 03:18 PM
“The strong message about a public health system at breaking point that Auckland hospital leaders have given politicians will resonate with senior doctors and other front-line staff who deal with the consequences every day,” says Angela Belich, ... Read more...

Canterbury DHB Welcomes More Funds For Children

Published: Thu 22 Feb 2018 11:26 AM
Canterbury DHB Welcomes Announcement of More Funds to Support the Wellbeing of Children in Greater Christchurch, Hurunui & Kaikoura Read more...
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