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Time to lift hepatitis C stigma

New Zealand Needle Exchange National Manager Charles Henderson says New Zealanders need to wake up to the fact that the hepatitis C virus (HCV) can affect anyone and that stigmatising those with the disease could be doing the whole population harm.

Reasons behind healthy eating may be crucial to women's body weight

Middle-aged women who are self-motivated to eat healthily have a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who do so in order to keep others happy, new University of Otago research suggests.

Women urged to have cervical smear test

Women in Nelson and Marlborough are urged to use September - Cervical Screening Awareness Month - as a reminder to have a cervical smear test, every three years.

Are you number 12?

One in 12 people worldwide has viral hepatitis, and you could easily be next, warns New Zealand Needle Exchange National Manager Charles Henderson as the 8th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference gets underway in Auckland this week.

Fluoride issue too hot for Royal Society?

Fluoride issue too hot for Royal Society?

As the Ministry of Health is steadily losing the battle to keep adding hazardous waste fluoride to public drinking water, the Council of the Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ) decided to prepare an advisory paper on the issue.

Pharmac extension welcomed by HFANZ

Pharmac extension welcomed by HFANZ

The Government’s commitment to extending the Pharmac model to medical devices and supplies has been welcomed today by the Health Funds Association (HFANZ).

Recommendations on breast screening welcomed

The Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition (BCAC) says women can have confidence in the country’s breast screening programme and must continue to use it.

Smarter purchasing to deliver savings to Health

Health Minister Tony Ryall has confirmed Pharmac will extend its successful management of medicines to include hospital medical devices over the next few years.

New Code of Conduct for nurses

A new Code of Conduct recently released by the Nursing Council gives explicit direction to nurses about the professional conduct that is expected of them. It also acts as a resource for the public providing information about what can be expected from a nurse.

Campaign to allow Kiwis experience cataract blindness

The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ has released a new campaign today that allows Kiwis to experience what it’s like to be cataract blind; tells the story of one man’s emotional journey back to sight in Samoa.