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HPV vaccinations: don’t forget the boys

From January 2017 both boys and girls will be offered free vaccine protection against human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes genital warts, cervical and some other cancers.

Helping kids take a deep breath

Simple activities developed to help teachers calm anxious kids in post-quake Canterbury are soon to be shared more widely to help nurses, parents and teachers boost child wellbeing around the country. Nursing Review talks to mental health nurse MICHELLE COLE to find out more.

Childhood obesity: empathy not judgement

Nursing Review reports that nurses need to put away their own prejudices or guilt about weight and start conversations that will help families find a healthy way forward.

Kiwi kids: growing up or growing out?

A new national health target is underway on screening and referring obese four-year-olds. FIONA CASSIE finds out more and whether this is enough to help curtail the 10 per cent of Kiwi kids who are now clinically obese – fat to the point that their health is likely to be at risk.

Chickenpox joins kiwi child immunisation schedule

Chickenpox, the last of the common vaccine-preventable childhood diseases, is to be added to the free childhood immunisation schedule from 1 July next year. NURSING REVIEW finds out more.

Asthma Friendly Schools invitation

About 70 schools are being invited to be certified as Asthma Friendly Schools after the tour of musical education show on asthma.

Nurse teaches safe sleep through doll-play video

An innovative video created by a public health nurse introduces the safe sleep message to pre-schoolers through doll-play.

Long-term conditions research projects get $2.3m boost

Helping Pacific youth avoid diabetes is one of two projects receiving $2.3 million funding in the latest grants from a long-term conditions joint research partnership.

Dental therapists should focus first on improving kid’s dental health, argues Dental Association

The priority for dental therapists should be fighting for better resourcing to improve Kiwi kid’s poor dental health – not to provide adult care, says the New Zealand Dental Association.

Schools get involved for World Asthma Day

Over 130 schools throughout New Zealand have signed up to celebrate World Asthma Day today to educate children and teachers on the triggers and management of asthma.
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