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Study finds babies are relatively safe in woven flax bassinets

Infants sleeping in wahakura (flax bassinets) are relatively safe when compared with bassinets, a joint study between the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic has found.

Making New Year's resolutions stick

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New Zealand’s leading exercise industry group ExerciseNZ has today appealed to Kiwis to make increased physical activity their resolution for 2017 but it also warned that keeping resolutions isn’t easy and is offering tip

DoC monitoring Upper South Island National Parks after outbreak

Nelson Lakes Operations Manager John Wotherspoon is urging people who’ve been on the Travers-Sabine circuit to be responsible and avoid national parks or the backcountry if they are feeling unwell with gastroenteritis or flu-like symptoms so that any virus is not spread.

International Confederation of Midwives appoints NZer as CEO

The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), the global "voice" for the midwifery profession, has chosen New Zealander Sally Pairman as its next CEO.

People asked to stay away from Travers-Sabine circuit following gastro bug outbreak

The Department of Conservation is warning trampers to avoid the Travers-Sabine circuit in the Nelson Lakes National Park because of a suspected norovirus outbreak.

The need for greater physician advocacy in the 21st century - ASMS

"Senior doctors naturally advocate for their patients as part of providing quality health care but there are interesting questions to consider about what form this advocacy should take and how far it should go," says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialist

New tobacco tax increases encourage Smokefree New Year

In March 2011 the New Zealand Government committed to a goal of becoming smoke free by 2025. Recently the government re-committed to a further four 10% annual tobacco tax increase to nudge more people to quit so we can all reach the Smokefree 2025 goal.

Hospital specialists saddened by tragic death of Dr Chris Cresswell

"Hospital specialists are saddened by the tragic death of our Whanganui Branch President Dr Chris Cresswell while mountain bike riding last Saturday," says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).

Data shows top reasons for quitting smoking - Quitline

Quitline ( has today revealed the top five reasons New Zealanders who contacted Quitline decided to give up smoking in 2016. Nearly half stated they wished to improve their overall health as the number one reason to give up smoking.

Holiday season putting heat on Waikato Hospital

Waikato DHB’s chief executive Dr Nigel Murray urges people to sign up to SmartHealth to help relieve pressure on the Emergency Department.

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