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Second Swabbing Scheduled - Palmerston North

The Palmerston North City Council would like to advise residents that the second swabbing of water mains is likely to take place next week.

Arthritis Sufferers Finally Granted Second Treatment Option

Arthritis Sufferers Finally Granted Second Treatment Option

Arthritis New Zealand welcomes PHARMAC's announcement that a second biologic option for patients in New Zealand with severe Psoriatic Arthritis (PA), Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) and Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) will be funded.

Physician Assistants Seen As Means To Rein In Health Costs

Physician Assistants Seen As Means To Rein In Health Costs

ANZCA is monitoring closely a pilot programme in northern New Zealand where two surgical physician assistants - i.e. health professionals without medical degrees who take on tasks normally done by surgeons - have been employed.

'Nanny State' Worries Trump Smokefree Policies, Study Says

'Nanny State' Worries Trump Smokefree Policies, Study Says

Wellington, Sept 30 NZPA - The majority of New Zealanders support additional smoking bans but the Government is reluctant to regulate for fear of being seen as a "nanny state", new research shows.

Gender Ratios Influenced By Many Factors

Gender Ratios Influenced By Many Factors

Wellington, Sept 29 NZPA - Researchers are uncertain why some infertility treatments alter the gender ratio of boys and girls among the subsequent births.

New Northern Region Shared Services Organisation Proposed

New Northern Region Shared Services Organisation Proposed

One of the Government's key responses to the Ministerial Review Group report is a drive to achieve greater efficiency in non-clinical support services. Health Benefits Limited (HBL) was established to lead these initiatives nationally.

Innovative Medicines "Improve Quality Of Life"

Innovative Medicines "Improve Quality Of Life"

Greater access to innovative medicines could improve the quality of life for thousands of New Zealanders with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).

Not Just Refugees At Risk Of Excess Lead In Blood

Not Just Refugees At Risk Of Excess Lead In Blood

Potential lead poisoning which may result in screening of refugee children from parts of south Asia may also affect other immigrants from those areas as well, says a senior health official.

Medical Council Didn't Tell Board That Doctor Was Off Register

Medical Council Didn't Tell Board That Doctor Was Off Register

 The Medical Council expected District Health Board (DHB) bosses to regularly check its website to determine whether the doctors they employed held a practising certificate, the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal was told today.

Maori And Pacific Women Have Highest HPV Vaccine Uptake

Maori And Pacific Women Have Highest HPV Vaccine Uptake

Wellington, Sept 27 NZPA - Young Maori and Pacific Island women have the highest rates of up take of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

HPV viruses can lead to cervical cancer and genital warts.