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Fifteen Measles Cases Confirmed In Auckland

Auckland, Feb 18 NZPA - Fifteen people in the Auckland region are now confirmed to have measles since an Emirates flight arrived in Auckland from Brisbane in mid-January.

Diabetes Medicine To Be Withdrawn

Diabetes Medicine To Be Withdrawn

Wellington, Feb 17 NZPA - A diabetes medicine is to be withdrawn from the New Zealand market after concerns about its unwanted effects on the heart.

Suspension Of Avandia (Rosiglitazone) From New Zealand Market

Suspension Of Avandia (Rosiglitazone) From New Zealand Market

Diabetes medicine rosiglitazone will be withdrawn from the New Zealand market on 29 April 2011 after a safety review found an elevated risk of cardiovascular events in patients treated with this medicine.

Cancer Nurses Can Help Reduce Workforce Stress

Cancer nurses have endorsed associate professor John Carter's call for greater use of nurse practitioners (NP) in cancer care.

Charities Fund Check For Lowest Dose Of Pig Cells

Charities Fund Check For Lowest Dose Of Pig Cells

Two big health charities have agreed to fund an extension of the Auckland clinical trials implanting pig parts in diabetics in a bid to help the patients stabilise their insulin levels.

Record Surgery Levels A Concern For New Zealand

Record Surgery Levels A Concern For New Zealand

Following the trend in the public sector, not-for-profit health insurer Southern Cross Health Society funded a record 154,000 elective surgeries in the last calendar year. This was despite an industry-wide trend which saw the number of insured drop.

"Cancer Specialists Shortages Highlight Wider Public Hospital Crisis"

"Cancer Specialists Shortages Highlight Wider Public Hospital Crisis"

"The reported shortage of cancer specialists in the lower North Island highlights the wider specialist workforce crisis in public hospitals," said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, today.

Milk Prices Set To Get Higher - Ferrier

Milk Prices Set To Get Higher - Ferrier

Wellington, Feb 15 NZPA - High milk prices are the new "normal" -- and they are about to get higher as emerging markets drive up global commodity demand, says Fonterra.

High Cost Of Milk Slammed

High Cost Of Milk Slammed

Auckland, Feb 15 NZPA - The high cost of milk has been slammed by a Northland health provider chief executive, who says it's a national outrage that a country which produces 15 billion litres annually cannot supply cheap milk to the domestic market.

Health Care To Mentally Ill Man Who Died Below Par: Coroner

Wellington, Feb 15 NZPA - Communication between the various parties in the health system dealing with a mentally ill Masterton man who committed suicide was below par, says Wellington regional coroner Ian Smith.