Hospitals change birthing practice for prem babies after ground-breaking study

Hospitals are delaying cutting premature babies' umbilical cords by a minute after a study found it improved their chance of survival by 30 per cent.

Trade deals should put health first, argue Kiwi researchers

In a timely article University of Otago public health researchers have proposed a framework for a radical reshaping of trade deal negotiations which puts health first before business interests.

Poverty link with children’s mental health ‘unarguable’: Children’s Commissioner

Children growing up in disadvantaged homes are more likely to need anti-psychotic medication, new research has found.

Tobacco-free researchers wary of think-tank’s quit smoking report

The motivation of a think tank’s report promoting alternative tobacco products to reduce smoking harm while ‘dismissing’ public health steps is being questioned by tobacco-free researchers.

Major Cochrane review confirms HPV vaccine effective and safe

A major review of studies involving 73,000 women worldwide shows the HPV vaccine was both effective and safe at protecting women against pre-cancerous cervical lesions.

Racism the reason for rheumatic fever in NZ, says study

Blatant racism from health care workers, combined with poor housing, are a big part of why acute rheumatic fever still exists researcher Dr Anneka Anderson tells journalist Jody Hopkinson.

Kidney patients reluctant to ask loved ones about kidney donation

Nearly half of people who need a new kidney chose not to ask family or friends to donate one of theirs, preferring to wait for someone to offer, a new study has found.

Prescribing contraindicated drugs with statins not uncommon, finds NZ study

Nearly one in five patients on a common statin are also prescribed contraindicated drugs that could increase the risk of side effects, a New Zealand study has found.

Health professionals’ attitudes differ on childhood vaccine safety, says study

A study finding midwives have lower confidence in vaccine safety is “concerning” says researchers – but the College of Midwives says the sample is too small, and immunisation rates too high, to make such claims.

Families shocked by increasing rates of type 2 diabetes in children

An increasing number of Auckland children under 15 are being admitted with type 2 diabetes, a study released today shows.


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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