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Journey from smoking to vaping variable – Otago academics

Persistence may be the key when quitting smoking using an electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS), commonly known as vaping, a University of Otago study found. Researchers found people attempting to switch from cigarettes to ENDS...

Concerns about youth vaping already well addressed

"Media stories about youth vaping are deeply concerning but significant changes have been made in the past year with more coming,” says Nancy Loucas, co-director of the Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA). Her comments follow...

Community figure calls for people to take their bowel health seriously

When the bowel screening programme rolled out in the MidCentral DHB (MDHB) region, Stephen Paewai paid attention. Having his father pass away from bowel cancer meant he was well aware of the ferociousness of the...

Spike in respiratory viruses prompts public health reminder

MidCentral DHB is reminding parents and whānau to exercise public health measures following a recent spike in the spread of respiratory illnesses in the MidCentral region. As is the case throughout New Zealand, MidCentral DHB...

Governor-General to open new high-tech facilities at St George’s Hospital

Surgeons operating at St George’s Hospital in Christchurch are using advanced imaging technology which lights up their patient’s anatomy with fluorescent dye, isolating very small tumours and cancer cells that can’t be seen with...

Free meningococcal B vaccine for people most at risk

Around 1,500 people who are at higher risk of contracting meningococcal disease will soon be able to get the meningococcal B vaccine for free. Meningococcal disease can lead to serious illnesses including meningitis (inflammation of...

Helius announces exclusive move with DATAPHARM 

New Zealand’s largest licenced medicinal cannabis company, Helius Therapeutics, has announced an exclusive partnership with DATAPHARM focused on delivering leading prescriber education programmes and resources. New Zealand-owned DATAPHARM is well known for consulting to the healthcare and pharmaceutical...

New treatment reduces BRCA breast cancer recurrence by 42 percent

Results from the OlympiA clinical trial shows that olaparib reduces breast cancer recurrence by 42 percent in patients with early-stage breast cancer who have a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation. The results of this international...

Acupuncture added to national guidelines for treatment of patients with chronic primary pain

New Zealand's largest professional body for acupuncturists has welcomed the UKs National Institute for Clinical Excellence's (NICE) decision to include acupuncture in its new guidelines for treatment of patients with chronic primary pain. Kate Roberts,...

Govt’s smokefree plan overlooks vaping alternative

The Government’s discussion document on ‘Proposals For A Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 Action Plan’ alarmingly reveals there’s little intention to elevate vaping as a much safer and cheaper alternative to smoking, says a leading tobacco...

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Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – Health pregnancy optimisation tips (for you,...

Whilst pregnancy is an exciting time for most, it does take some planning to keep both you and baby well. Ideally you would see...

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