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Immunisation expert to advise global NGO

A New Zealand immunisation expert has been invited to join the World Health Organisation’s strategic advisory group on immunisation.

A 'looming' safety issue

My four year old recently harassed me for 45 minutes explaining the importance of loom bands and then followed me around the shop with a box of the colourful bands in hope of me giving up and purchasing a set.

More emphasis on microbes required in food safety - expert

Current concepts regarding food safety and security may be inadequate for fully addressing what is an increasingly complex issue. That’s according to Lincoln University Senior Lecturer in Food Microbiology, Dr Malik Hussain.

Drinkable sunscreen 'hard to swallow'

A complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority against Osmosis Skincare has been upheld, regarding advertisements on their website for their "UV Protection" product, made of "Harmonized Water".

DHB claims on fluoridation challenged

The claim that water fluoridation reduces tooth decay by 40%, as repeated by Dr. De Wet yesterday (link below) is not supported by weight of evidence, according to a group of dentists who are taking a thorough and critical look at the research and data.

Nurses to play bigger role in bowel cancer care

Health Minister Tony Ryall has today announced specialist nurses will now be trained to perform colonoscopies, a diagnostic test which can identify whether a person has bowel cancer and can find and remove pre-cancerous growths.

E-commerce site goes live for bladder cancer testing

All New Zealand residents and healthcare professionals can today access the Cxbladder cancer detection technology developed by Dunedin-based Pacific Edge with the ‘go live’ of an e-commerce platform. http://www.cxbladder.com/order-form

Erin Simpson in new role as ambassador for Asthma Foundation

For Erin Simpson and her family, being hospitalised with asthma at the age of eight highlighted how serious asthma can be. "I remember thinking that you can die from asthma," Erin says.

Chch mums celebrate breastfeeding support

Women all over New Zealand will join forces in celebration of breastfeeding, taking part in The Big Latch On, the 1st and 2nd of August.

New treatment option for hepatitis C

Two new pill-only antiviral drug regimens could provide shorter, more effective treatment options with fewer side effects for the majority of patients infected with hepatitis C, even those most difficult to treat, according to the results of two studies published in The Lancet.