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Go where the evidence leads on depression treatment - researcher

With 17,000 New Zealand children (up to age 17) being prescribed anti-depressants, and a total of 1.4 million prescriptions being filled nationwide from July 2010 to June 2011, we are presenting to the world as a pretty miserable country to live in, and this apparent misery is being treated by me

Health professionals and patients 'set to benefit' from Medicines Formulary

"Health professionals and patients are set to benefit from the introduction of a New Zealand Medicine's Formulary," Medicines New Zealand General Manager Kevin Sheehy says.

Cabinet approves carer sleepover agreement

The Government has approved $90 million towards phasing in the minimum wage for disability support workers on overnight sleepover shifts.

Good oral health not just icing on cake

Good oral health not just icing on cake

It's World Oral Health Day and Age Concern New Zealand is urging older people to bite the bullet and visit the dentist.

Brush teeth twice a day to keep disease at bay

Brush teeth twice a day to keep disease at bay

"Brushing your teeth twice a day could help you keep your healthy smile for life," Chief Dental Officer Dr Robyn Haisman-Welsh advised on World Oral Health Day.

Ministry urged to recall vaccine

Ministry urged to recall vaccine

The Ministry of Health must immediately recall and review the potentially life threatening Gardasil vaccine as six New Zealand batches have tested positive for the synthetic recombinant Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) DNA.

PHA calls for plain tobacco packaging

PHA calls for plain tobacco packaging

The Public Health Association (PHA) has written to the Prime Minister and Cabinet urging them to follow Australia and legislate for plain packaging on tobacco as soon as possible.

Dependence on overseas specialists making health services vulnerable - Union

The union representing senior doctors and dentists employed by DHBs around the country says New Zealand's high dependence on overseas specialists to try to plug the workforce crisis is making health services vulnerable.

Turia asks for Meningitis watchfulness

Turia asks for Meningitis watchfulness

There have been a number of reported cases of meningitis throughout the country and Associate Health Minister, Tariana Turia, is encouraging families, especially those with babies, young children and teenagers, to be especially vigilant.

World Suicide Prevention Day tomorrow

The key message for World Suicide Prevention Day is that help is available to people who need it.