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.

Response: Pharmac decision erodes choice for people with diabetes – Diabetes New Zealand

The decision to go with a single provider of blood sugar meters has eroded choice for the 120,000 people using meters, says Diabetes New Zealand.

Pharmac announces supplier of controversial blood sugar meter now sole provider

From August next year people with diabetes will only have access to the CareSens range of glucose meters, despite some users still expressing a lack of trust in the meters’ accuracy.

Combat breathlessness with exercise

The seven reasons why exercise and pulmonary rehabilitation programme can make a difference to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) sufferers are being promoted to mark World COPD Day.

Drug could help diabetes patients lose weight and control sugar levels

A new drug to help diabetics lose weight and control their blood sugar is being trialled in 11 clinics around New Zealand.

Aucklander Callan Fabian living with a disease turning his body to stone

An Auckland man is slowly dying from a rare autoimmune disease that's causing his skin to harden and his organs to solidify - effectively turning him to stone.

Te Aroha shares her cancer diary

Te Aroha Isaia, aged 24, was diagnosed with grade three inflammatory HER2+ breast cancer in December 2016. She began a blog to share her journey with her friends and family, and now she’s sharing thoughts from her blog with you.


Death: the symptoms of dying

How much do many of us actually know about the act of dying? In the first of Health Central’s special focus on death and dying – The Death Series – FIONA CASSIE talks to palliative care specialist Brian Ensor about the symptoms of dying.


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