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Food taxes and subsidies could improve health – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on December 12th, 2012.

Taxes on fizzy drinks and foods high in saturated fats and subsidies for fruit and vegetables could lead to better diets and improve overall population health, according to a study from New Zealand experts. Researchers from the University of Auckland and the University of Otago, Wellington conducted a comprehensive review of modelling studies investigating the association between food […]

UN Non-Communicable Disease meeting concludes

John Kerr posted in on September 22nd, 2011.

As the United Nations High Level Meeting on Noncommunicable diseases (NDCs) concludes, some general resolutions have been agreed to – but public health researchers are deploring a lack of action and accountability from Member States. The meeting was held in New York on the 19th and 20th of September, bringing together UN Member States to […]

NZ doctors urged to speak out on alcohol

Peter Griffin posted in on September 16th, 2011.

Auckland doctor, Professor John Kolbe, President of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, has signed — on behalf of Australasia — an international consensus statement calling on doctors to take the lead on tackling alcohol misuse. In New Zealand, the college represents 1500 medical specialists and 700 trainees. Published online by a British medical journal, […]

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