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Be prepared in the event of an asthma attack

While on a 2.4km run near Coogee beach in Sydney a few years ago, professional rugby player Issac Luke came across a teammate having an asthma attack. At the time Luke didn’t know the correct steps to take. "I ran past him and stopped, but didn’t know what to do for him.

Stripping away an infections armour

A Massey professor of microbiology has identified a protein that could help fight serious infections in elderly, cancer, HIV and cystic fibrosis patients.

Oral contraception recommendation made

The Medicines Classification Committee (MCC) has recommended that the classification of selected oral contraceptives is changed to allow supply by pharmacists in certain circumstances.

Free access to DynaMed for Waikato healthcare professionals

All health professionals in the Waikato now have free online access to the clinical reference tool DynaMed, thanks to the Waikato District Health Board.

Gastro prevention advice for campers and trampers

While there have been no further outbreaks of suspected norovirus since the cluster of cases among visitors to Nelson Lakes National Park, campers and trampers in the region are urged to exert caution to avoid catching the debilitating virus.

Algal bloom on Hurunui River at SH7

The Community and Public Health division of the Canterbury District Health Board have issued a health warning for the Hurunui River at State Highway 7.

The warning follows the finding of high levels of the potentially toxic benthic cyanobacteria Phormidium in the Hurunui River.

Junior doctors' strike affects clinics and non-emergency surgery

Waikato DHB has been forced to postpone and reschedule a number of outpatient clinics, mental health clinics and non-emergency surgery due to a junior doctors strike taking place from 7am on Tuesday 17 January to 8am on Friday 20 January.

Taking on obesity with science and education

We all know simply telling teenagers what’s good for them seldom gets through (and the same goes for adults).

Women exercisers face health risk if not keeping up energy intake

Many New Zealand women who exercise recreationally could be risking their health by not eating enough to match the energy they expend, new University of Otago research suggests.

Health bosses happy to receive, less willing to give - ASMS

"The latest report on district health board chief executive salaries shows that health bosses are continuing to get higher pay rises than they’re prepared to give others," says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).

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