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End Obesity Operation Stigma, Specialists Say

End Obesity Operation Stigma, Specialists Say

By Mary Longmore of NZPA

Wellington, Sept 3 NZPA - Obesity specialists today called for an end to the stigma over obesity surgery in New Zealand, claiming it is the most effective way of losing weight and keeping it off.

DHB Defends Changes To Home Support Funding

DHB Defends Changes To Home Support Funding

Wellington, Sept 3 NZPA - A move by Capital and Coast District Health Board (DHB) to means test people who get basic home help brings it in line with other DHBs and will affect significantly fewer than 500 people, the board says.

Doctor Wants Drinking Programme To Go Nationwide

By Mary Longmore of NZPA

Wellington, Sept 3 NZPA - A Wanganui doctor who invented a computer programme to help GPs and nurses identify and help problem drinkers wants to see it installed nationally.

Radiographers Strike Leaves Hospital Workers Stretched

Auckland, Sept 3 NZPA - Striking Auckland radiographers left hospital staff through the regions fully stretched this morning.

Blue Moko To Encourage Men To Talk About Prostate Cancer

Auckland, Sept 3 NZPA - Bruce Tricklebank's painted face moko is his way of telling the world he has prostate cancer and raising awareness of the killer disease.

Health Consequences Of Climate Change Outlined

Health Consequences Of Climate Change Outlined

Wellington, Sept 3 NZPA - Two GPs are warning that doctors need to be prepared for a wave of new ailments this century caused by climate change, including more accidents, gastroenteritis, skin cancer, depression and dengue fever.

Lung Cancer Drug Now Funded

Lung Cancer Drug Now Funded

Wellington, Sept 3 NZPA - People with advanced lung cancer could find it much easier to be treated at home with Pharmac announcing an oral cancer drug will now be funded.

As of October 1, the oral drug erlotinib (tarceva) will be funded for people with advanced lung cancer.

Community Care For Elderly Urged

Community Care For Elderly Urged

Wellington, Sept 3 NZPA - The elderly should be cared for in the community as a way of reducing "rocketing" healthcare costs, business journalist and commentator Rod Oram says.

New Zealanders To Benefit From Newly Funded Lung Cancer Treatment

New Zealanders To Benefit From Newly Funded Lung Cancer Treatment

New Zealanders fighting the country's leading cause of cancer death will benefit following PHARMAC's announcement today of their decision to fund Roche's Tarceva® (erlotinib), a treatment that extends survival and improves quality of life for advanced lung cancer sufferers 1.

Waikato Shallow Lakes Cyanobacterial Warning Update

Waikato Shallow Lakes Cyanobacterial Warning Update

Monitoring results from late August 2010 have shown that the human health threat from cyanobacteria in all the tested lakes is now acceptably low, apart from Lake Waikare, where a health warning remains in place as levels are persistently high..