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Tobacco plain packaging 'will help reverse 1 billion global death toll'

The health benefits of plain packaging for tobacco will soon be enjoyed across the Tasman, following the New Zealand government’s announcement today that it will be the second country after Australia to adopt the groundbreaking policy.

Plain packaging announcement 'a major step'

The Cancer Society is over the moon with the government’s announcement today to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products.

Driveway deaths a stark reminder

This summer season (November-February) alone, there has been four reported driveway deaths in New Zealand-and unless parents and caregivers of at risk children heed safety messages-more will follow.

Infant mortality at record low

The number of infant deaths and the infant mortality rate were at record lows in 2012, Statistics New Zealand said today. A total of 256 infant deaths (under one year of age) were registered in New Zealand during this period, down from 290 in 2011.

Rheumatic fever investment welcomed by Maurice Wilkins Centre

The announcement of funding for a trans-Tasman project to investigate potential vaccines for rheumatic fever has been welcomed by the Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery, New Zealand’s Centre of Research Excellence tackling major human diseases.

Neonatal Trust to hold Ride4Life fundraiser

The Neonatal Trust is holding one of the biggest fundraising events ever in New Zealand; the Ride4Life charity road cycle ride!

Be purple and proud for Epilepsy

26 March is International Purple Day for epilepsy, and Epilepsy New Zealand is doing its bit to ensure the day is celebrated proudly for all those with the condition, an estimated 90,000 people in New Zealand.

Be purple and proud for epilepsy next month

26 March is International Purple Day for epilepsy, and Epilepsy New Zealand is doing its bit to ensure the day is celebrated proudly for all those with the condition, an estimated 90,000 people in New Zealand.

New NMDHB Chief Executive keen to 'get the balance right'

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board’s (NMDHB) new Chief Executive (CE) Chris Fleming is pleased to find strong partnerships in the district’s health sector and says the major challenge ahead is to maintain quality services within the funding available.

Algal Bloom in Hurunui River at SH1

The Community and Public Health division of the Canterbury District Health Board have issued a health warning after potentially toxic blue-green algae (benthic cyanobacteria) were found in Hurunui River at State Highway 1.