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Increasing deceased organ donation rates – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on June 10th, 2016.

The government has released a discussion document outlining plans to boost New Zealand’s comparatively low rate of deceased organ donation. According to the Ministry of Health, demand for transplants in New Zealand, particularly kidneys, continues to rise while our rate of deceased organ donation remains low at 11.8 donors per million population in 2015. The […]

Diabetes goes under the knife – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on May 25th, 2016.

New guidelines recommend surgical treatment for obese patients with type 2 diabetes, but researchers say New Zealand lacks the resources and capacity to offer surgery as a standard treatment. A joint statement by international diabetes organisations endorses gastric and bariatric surgery as a standard treatment option for type 2 diabetes for patients with very severe obesity […]

Plans for human ‘body transplant’ met with scepticism

Peter Griffin posted in on April 16th, 2015.

An Italian surgeon’s plan to perform the first ‘full body transplant’ on a human has been met with scepticism. Published in the journal Surgical Neurology International, Dr Sergio Canavero recently outlined his plan to graft a living person’s head onto a deceased donor body. A 29 year-old Russian man, suffering from a disease which slowly wastes […]

The Press: Future here now for women with gynaecological cancers

Peter Griffin posted in on September 2nd, 2010.

Rebecca Todd writes in The Press about a surgeon in Christchurch who, for the first time, is using a robot to remove gynaecological tumours. The robots allow for surgery to be more precise and ‘easy’, and eliminates the challenges which can come with shaky hands or fatigue. An excerpt: (read in full here) The instruments […]

TVNZ/NZPA: NZ study shows the pill can reduce cysts

Peter Griffin posted in on April 1st, 2010.

A study produced by two Auckland researchers suggests that the contraceptive pill could be an effective means of reducing the reoccurrence of ovarian endometriomas, a common type of ovarian cyst which is generally removed using surgery. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Neil Johnson of National Womens’ Hospital and Shelley Reilly, a medical researcher at […]

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