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'Think blue' for the head when making the bed

'Think blue' for the head when making the bed

The Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) is introducing a simple, cost-neutral infection control practice in all of its facilities using a colour coding system for pillows.

Immunising children may protect African villages

Vaccinating young children in Africa against pneumococcus may help protect their entire communities from deadly infections this bacterium can cause, a new study co-authored by a University of Otago researcher suggests.

Meningococcal myths, fact and fiction

Northland DHB's medical officer of health Dr Clair Mills talks about Meningococcal and the Meningococcal C Vaccine.

Nelson DHB to implement care management programme

Nelson DHB to implement care management programme

The Nelson Marlborough District Health Board is implementing the national Care Capacity Demand Management (CCDM) programme, a new programme that aims to improve the way the demand for health care is matched against capacity to provide that care.

ProCare after-hours medical advice

For patients of many of Auckland's GP practices, getting access to free, quality after-hours health advice from the comfort of their own home is now easier than ever.

Defibrillators network could save lives

Defibrillators network could save lives

Rotorua District Council has purchased four new Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to be installed at the Civic Centre, Convention Centre, Energy Events Centre, and Travel Office i-SITE.

Risks of vaccines not made clear in Northland campaign

Risks of vaccines not made clear in Northland campaign

Information forms prepared for the meningococcal C vaccination campaign in Northland do not include enough information for potential vaccine recipients (or their parents) to make an informed decision about whether or not to be vaccinated.

Prisoners take up walking challenge

Prisoners take up walking challenge

For the first time, prisoners are taking part in Auckland's annual Feetbeat Challenge, looking to reduce stress and get fit by participating in regular walking.

How to kill dust mites on soft toys

How to kill dust mites on soft toys

Infestations of house dust mites on children's soft toys can be eradicated by freezing, hot tumble drying or washing with eucalyptus oil and detergent according to new research by the University of Otago, Wellington.

Fluoridation decision goes against evidence

The decision to stop fluoridation of New Plymouth's drinking water supply is in the face of the weight of science evidence, says Water New Zealand's chief executive, Murray Gibb.