Health lobbyists clash over push to regulate e-cigarettes as quit smoking aid

Hāpai Te Hauora has criticised the Asthma foundation for scaremongering as lobbying pressure builds over how e-cigarettes will be regulated by the new Government.

New stroke management guidelines now available for Kiwi clinicians

Updated clinical guidelines for stroke management – from pre-hospital to community care – are now available to download, says the National Stroke Network.

Scale of trichloroethylene (TCE) exposure in New Zealand workplaces over decades more widespread than...

The scale of New Zealanders exposed to toxic industrial solvent trichloroethylene, now linked to a sixfold increase in the chances of developing Parkinson's Disease, extends to thousands of people, across a variety of industries and sectors over several decades, who are now being urged to seek legal advice for a possible class action, a Herald investigation has found.

Low calorie diet reversed diabetes in half of patients, study finds

A low calorie diet can reverse type 2 diabetes and save the lives of millions of sufferers of the preventable condition, research suggests.

Year-long Herceptin treatment proven to be most effective for breast cancer

The 12 months of treatment with cancer drug Herceptin funded in New Zealand has now been proven to be more effective than the nine weeks previously used.

Is NZ ready for the next big pandemic?

New Zealand isn't prepared enough for a major pandemic, which could strike as swiftly as an earthquake and bring the country to its knees, researchers argue.

PrEP funding a ‘milestone moment’, says AIDS Foundation

Pharmac has announced its planning to fund the HIV prevention drug PrEP. The drug reduces the risk of catching HIV in unprotected sex by 90 per cent.

Pharmac looking into funding HIV prevention pill

Pharmac's proposing funding a revolutionary daily pill that can prevent people from contracting HIV.

Call to ‘beef-up’ New Zealand’s ability to face a pandemic

In the wake of Ebola and Zika, New Zealand needs to beef-up its pandemic planning and readiness to deal with diseases other than influenza, say public health researchers in a paper published today.

New Rheumatic Heart Disease Registry to improve Māori and Pacific healthcare

A new Rheumatic Heart Disease Registry will provide important information to improve care for the mostly Māori and Pacific patients living with rheumatic heart disease (RHD), caused by rheumatic fever.


Clinician with “passion for public healthcare” to lead Ministry of Health

Dr Ashley Bloomfield was announced today as the new Director General of Health – the third appointment this decade to lead the controversy-hit Ministry of Health.

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