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Sonny Bill backs meningococcal programme

Rugby star, Sonny Bill Williams has volunteered his support to the Northland Meningococcal C Vaccination Programme as it enters its final week.

Southern Cross Medical makes Board appointment

Southern Cross Medical makes Board appointment

Ruawai dairy farmer Greg Gent has been elected to the Board of the not-for-profit Southern Cross Medical Care Society, New Zealand's largest health insurer with around 830,000 members.

Community respite care programme starts next month

A service giving older people the opportunity to have respite care in a homely and comfortable setting is starting on the West Coast next month.

Updated pharmacy translation kit now in 11 languages

Patients who have difficulty with the English language can now get good healthy advice in one of 11 languages from their community pharmacy, thanks to the updated Pharmacy Translation Kit.

Final week for free MenC vaccination programme

Final week for free MenC vaccination programme

The Meningococcal C Vaccination Programme enters its final week, more than 30,000 children and youth across Northland have been vaccinated against this serious disease.

Fruitful study into golden kiwifruit health benefits

Fruitful study into golden kiwifruit health benefits

Carbohydrate chemists from crown research institute IRL have uncovered the secrets behind the cell wall of Zespri's patented variety of gold kiwifruit, opening the door to new understandings about the fruit's digestive benefits.

First aid tips: Sunburn

First aid tips: Sunburn

By Dr Tony Smith, Medical Director , St John

As shorts and jandals are coming out of the wardrobe, St John has timely reminder first aid tips if you or someone you are with gets sunburnt.

St John attended to 161 serious sunburn incidents at events last summer.

Neurological Foundation announces $1.2m grants

Neurological Foundation announces $1.2m grants

The Neurological Foundation announced today that funding of over $1.2 million for neurological research and educational scholarships has been approved in its December 2011 grant round. The Neurological Foundation is the primary non-government sponsor of neurological research in New Zealand.

Walk and cycle link to extend to Havelock North

Walk and cycle link to extend to Havelock North

Construction will begin early in the New Year on the latest section of the iWay walking and cycling pathways around Hastings.

Keep emergency departments for real emergencies - DHBs

Keep emergency departments for real emergencies - DHBs

Five district health boards covering most of the central North Island say they're determined to keep their 12 emergency departments for real emergencies over the Christmas/New Year period.