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Survey finds NZ hygiene slipping – NZ Herald

John Kerr posted in on May 23rd, 2013.

An article in the New Zealand Herald reports on the results of a Kleenex-commissioned survey of the hygiene of Kiwis, featuring virus experts Dr Sue Huang from ESR and Dr Lance Jennings from Christchurch Hospital (who is an official supporter of the Kleenex Sneeze Safe campaign). An excerpt (read in full here): NZ sniffle hygiene is […]

Vitamin D vs. the sniffles

John Kerr posted in on October 3rd, 2012.

A new study from the University of Otago, Christchurch, has ended speculation that vitamin D supplements may help prevent people from catching the common cold. The research, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, was part of a large scale study of vitamin D (called the Vitamin D and Acute Respiratory Infection […]

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NZ Herald: Hospitals packed as flu hits

Peter Griffin posted in on July 26th, 2010.

Elizabeth Binning writes in the New Zealand Herald about the spike in cold and flu cases in Auckland, despite what looks to be an early spring. Healthcare providers are encouraging people to get vaccinated, particularly people at risk such as pregnant and very young people. An excerpt: (read in full here) “However, despite the increase […]

Dom Post: Wellingtonians ‘grossed out’ swine flu team

Peter Griffin posted in on July 13th, 2010.

Kate Newton writes in the Dominion Post about University of Otago researchers’ finding that last year’s public health campaign around preventing the spread of flu was largely ineffective in Wellington. Most people, observed at Wellington railway station, a central city foodcourt and Wellington Hospital, ignored even the most basic of messages, such as covering their […]

NZ Herald: Kids’ cold medicines warning

Peter Griffin posted in on June 9th, 2010.

In response to concerns over the safety and effectiveness of some drugs aimed at children, the Ministry of Health has said that cough and cold medicines for children are only to be sold in pharmacies. If available in supermarkets, the drugs will carry warnings that they are for adults only. An excerpt: (read in full […]

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