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New data shows cost as the main barrier to accessing health services

The data is part of the new Atlas of Healthcare Variation on health service access released by the Health Quality & Safety Commission. It aims to understand patients’ experience of accessing and using health services...

Antibiotics are harmless – a “common fallacy”

Healthcare professionals and the public alike are being urged to consider the use of antibiotics this winter. University of Auckland associate professor of infectious diseases Dr Mark Thomas said we all needed to be mindful...

How to prevent the spread of colds and flu

As the weather cools down, winter illnesses tend to ramp up. Rebekah Fraser spoke to an infection control nursing expert about how the spread of colds and flu can be prevented. Simple hygiene practices could...

Social media companies like Facebook amplify vaccination fears, scientists say

Online tech companies such as Facebook and Google need to do more to prevent the spread of misinformation around vaccines, a group of scientists say. A report, called The Salzburg Statement on Vaccination Acceptance, said...

Q&A: Dr Mark Ware – In favour of medicinal cannabis

Health Central asks pain specialist Dr Mark Ware, Chief Medical Officer of Canopy Growth, the largest cannabis grower in the world about his views on the benefits and risks and future of medicinal cannabis. What...

Career move for ‘stay at home’ mum paid off

As you walk towards St Matthew’s Church Hall in Masterton, you’ll see mobility scooters lined up, and sometimes a bicycle or two. This is where the Wairarapa Care Network (WCN) operates their Day Programme...

Medsafe consults on plans to include allergens on labelling

'May contain traces of nuts.' You see these words regularly on food packaging, and something similar could soon be on your medicine. Medsafe has opened a public consultation on plans to introduce new labelling requirements for...

Faye Flam: Healthy living can’t prevent cancer

Comment: Recent news that random bad luck plays a big role in cancer has been misinterpreted as bad news, when it's actually very useful in helping humanity understand what cancer is and what can be...

$1.2m funding for allergy and asthma prevention research

Asthma prevalence in New Zealand is amongst the highest in the world and there is no cure or effective prevention. A grant from the Health Research Council of New Zealand’s annual project funding round will...

Kiwis more pro-choice than global counterparts

The majority of Kiwis are supportive of a woman's right to choose abortion, according to two recent surveys. A recent Ipsos Global Advisor Study, including more than 500 New Zealanders, probed varying attitudes towards abortion...

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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