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Pharmac considers subsiding sanitary products – In the News

Posted in In the News on February 21st, 2017.

Drug-funding agency Pharmac will consider an application to subsidise sanitary products. Campaigners have been lobbying for greater access to the items, following reports last year of women and girls missing work or school or relying on rags and newspapers because they couldn’t afford pads and tampons. Pharmac chief executive Steffan Crausaz told Radio NZ that […]

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Invasive species on the march – In the News

Somewhere out in the world, there are two new pest incursions a day, according to new research showing that efforts to prevent pests, weeds and diseases have not kept up with the pace of globalisation.  An international team of scientists, whose findings were published overnight in Nature Communications, found that the number of invasive species […]

February 16th, 2017 Read full Story

Dads can get postnatal depression too – In the News

Dads can get pre- and post-natal depression too, according to data from a New Zealand longitudinal study. Research from the University of Auckland’s Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal study, published today in JAMA Psychiatry, found about one in 25 of the men studied reported symptoms of postnatal depression and on in 50 reported antenatal […]

February 16th, 2017 Read full Story

Pharmacists to provide over-the-counter contraceptive pill – In the News

Medsafe has approved a change of classification to some oral contraceptives which will allow pharmacists to provide the pill to women under certain circumstances. Under the change, trained pharmacists will be able to dispense up to a six-month supply of certain oral contraceptives to women who have had them prescribed by their doctor in the […]

February 15th, 2017 Read full Story

Rabbit virus might be released in Otago – In the News

The Otago Regional Council has approved funding for the potential release of a virus to target the region’s rabbits. Update: The EPA has decided that the new product does not require regulation under the HSNO Act. The K5 virus is a variant of the rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHFV1) strain already in New Zealand. The virus […]

February 15th, 2017 Read full Story

Scramble following mass whale stranding – In the News

Rescuers were out at first light this morning attempting to rescue pilot whales after a mass stranding of over 400 animals on Farewell Spit. Department of Conservation (DOC) Golden Bay operations manager Andrew Lamason told media that whales were reported to be “milling about” the spit on Thursday night. The mass stranding, estimated as 416 animals, […]

February 10th, 2017 Read full Story

Little exercise but lots of screen time for kids with weight issues – In the News

A new study from the University of Auckland-based Liggins Institute has found that children and teenagers struggling with weight issues had low physical activity levels but high screen time. The collaboration with Taranaki District Health Board and Sport Taranaki studied 239 children aged 4-16 who were enrolled in a 12-month intervention programme. All participants had body […]

February 9th, 2017 Read full Story

No more minister approval for medicinal cannabis – In the News

Patients seeking medicinal cannabis for pain relief will no longer need the approval of a minister, but instead will go to the Ministry of Health. The announcement was made this morning by Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne following a heavy hint yesterday by Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman that a relaxation of the protocol was imminent. The […]

February 8th, 2017 Read full Story

Tests reveal possible source of water contamination – In the News

As the inquiry into last year’s Havelock North water contamination continues, attention has turned to a defective bore as a possible culprit of the contamination. A campylobacter outbreak in August 2016 struck a third of the Hawke’s Bay town following contamination of the water supply. A Government inquiry is underway, with hearings in Hastings kicking […]

February 2nd, 2017 Read full Story

Water inquiry resumes – In the News

An inquiry examining the Havelock North water contamination that left more than 5000 people ill will begin hearing from witnesses today. The campylobacter outbreak in August 2016 affected a third of the Hawke’s Bay town when the water supply was contaminated with suspected animal faeces. Twenty people were hospitalised and two people died during the […]

January 30th, 2017 Read full Story


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