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Academics push for sugary drinks tax – In the News

John Kerr posted in on April 4th, 2016.

In open letter published this weekend, public health researchers are calling on the Government to introduce a tax on sugary drinks. Citing a number of grim statistics on New Zealand obesity and oral health situation, the authors urge the Government to to bring in stronger measures. “As a matter of urgency, we urge Cabinet to […]

New Zealanders uncertain about water fluoridation

John Kerr posted in on August 11th, 2015.

New Zealanders aren’t getting enough information about the health effects of community water fluoridation to know whether it is a good or a bad thing, suggests a new study. The research, based on a survey of almost 3,500 people, is published today in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. The authors found […]

Fluoridation safe, effective – report

John Kerr posted in on August 22nd, 2014.

A comprehensive report on the safety and efficacy of community water fluoridation aims to put to rest concerns and misinformation over the public health intervention. The addition of fluoride to community drinking water to improve dental health has been taking place in New Zealand since 1954 and currently more than half the population receives fluoridated […]

Hamilton’s fluoride furore makes a splash

John Kerr posted in on June 7th, 2013.

The Hamilton City Council’s decision to remove fluoride from the water supply has sparked a flurry of nationwide reporting and condemnation from heath experts. You can read more about the council’s decision, background information on fluoridation and comments from experts on the issue, here. The extensive nationwide media coverage includes: Waikato Times: ‘Absolutely gutless’: Collins […]

Fluoride use overturned in Hamilton – expert responds

John Kerr posted in on June 5th, 2013.

Fluoride will no longer be added to drinking supplies in New Zealand’s fourth-largest city, ending nearly five decades of established practice. Councillors voted this morning to stop adding fluoride to Hamilton’s drinking water, overturning the outcome of a 2006 referendum in support of continued fluoridation. The decision will create the second-largest population in the country […]

TVNZ/Newstalk ZB: Study links oral health to anxious personalities

Peter Griffin posted in on November 10th, 2009.

A recent University of Otago study has linked poor oral health with people who are dentally anxious. Dentally anxious people are those who have a very strong fear of seeing a dentist, meaning they will only see one if an oral problem has become particularly serious. An excerpt: (read in full here) “It has being […]

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