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MS patient tells of stress of meeting Pharmac criteria

When Auckland man Brendan Rochford stopped being able to walk 500m unaided, he lost his access to the life-enhancing MS drug Tysabri.

Remove cancer ‘label’ for low-risk conditions, argue researchers

Using the ‘c-word’ for some low risk conditions prompts patients to seek surgery for tumours that are very unlikely to harm them, says an analysis published today in the BMJ.

Bowel screening workforce ‘fragile’ – urgent need to train more, says review

DHBs are already struggling to meet colonoscopy targets and workforce issues are impacting on the rollout of the National Bowel Screening Programme, says the independent review released today.

Nurse care ‘equal or even better’ than GPs for some conditions, finds review

For chronic conditions nurses “probably achieve equal or better health outcomes” for patients then doctors, a major international research review has concluded.

Support swells for woman in desperate need of double organ transplant

Hundreds of Kiwis are backing young woman's petition to make organ donation mandatory in New Zealand as she desperately waits for a call telling her there is a match for the organs she needs.

Primary health good ideas sought for 2019 Challenge

Primary health providers with good ideas for making a difference to patient care are invited to apply to be part of Whakakotahi 2018 – the latest round of the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s primary care improvement challenge.

How dogs could sniff out lung cancer

We know that dogs have an excellent sense of smell. They are already helping rescue teams locate people in disaster areas and work with customs officers to identify contraband. Some have been trained to sniff out landmines.

Cancer survivor Andrew Neilson urges ‘just get the jab’

The first sign of Andrew Neilson's cancer was when a bump on his neck "popped" out one workday afternoon.

Whanganui District Health Board supports new FAST stroke awareness campaign

"Take action" is the key new message for the stroke awareness campaign FAST.

Which food fads are good for your heart?

A major new research review sheds light on food controversies over dairy, sugar, coffee, tea and alcohol and whether they contribute to a healthy heart.

DR WELLNESS

More than just a ‘pill for every ill’

Dr Tracy Chandler (a.k.a. Dr Wellness) says we need to move beyond the current ‘pill for every ill’ model of general practice to a more patient-centred integrative approach.

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