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Food recall issued after listeria detected

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is reminding people of the nationwide voluntary recall of some ready-to-eat meat products manufactured by Bay Cuisine.

Wider choice for NZ asthma patients

Wider choice for NZ asthma patients

Increasing the choice of funded treatments for children and adults with asthma is to be commended, Medicines New Zealand General Manager Kevin Sheehy says.

This week PHARMAC announced that an additional choice in asthma treatments will be funded for adults and children.

Wairoa gets Integrated Family Health Centre

Wairoa gets Integrated Family Health Centre

Wairoa people will receive better health services closer to home when their new $5 million Integrated Family Health Centre opens next year says Health Minister Tony Ryall.

Building muscles while playing computer games

Researchers from The University of Auckland have developed advanced rehabilitation devices to help stroke patients strengthen their muscles while at the same time playing computer games.

Caption phones allow deaf to call

Caption phones allow deaf to call

To those who can hear with ease, the thought of what life would be like without access to a telephone would probably never cross their mind. Spare then, a thought for those of us who struggle to hear on the phone and how it must now feel to have an option of using a captioned telephone.

Over 1,000 premature deaths from poor air quality - report

Over 1,000 premature deaths from poor air quality - report

A recent report on health and air pollution in New Zealand estimates that poor air quality has a significant impact on the health of New Zealanders – probably more than people realise.

Zero fees doctors' visits for 93% of under sixes

Zero fees doctors' visits for 93% of under sixes

93 per cent of children aged under six receive free doctors' visits during the daytime thanks to the 957 general practices who have opted into the zero fees scheme. In 2008 only 70 per cent of children received free visits.

NZ's breastfeeding women take the lead

Tomorrow will mark the start of the 20th annual celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, which runs from the 1st - 7th of August.

Group launches palm oil-free spread

Hansells Food Group today unveiled what it believes is New Zealand's first palm oil-free spread, after revamping its popular range of Alfa One spreads1.

Asthma patients get fully funded treatment

New Zealand asthma patients will now have another fully funded treatment option thanks to Pharmac reimbursing Singulair (montelukast sodium) from 1 August 2012.