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Māori and Pacific people more vulnerable to diseases of pancreas

A nationwide study on the frequency of inflammatory diseases of the pancreas (such as acute pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis) and post-pancreatitis diabetes mellitus, showed that the New Zealand risk is twice that of Western Europe and has nearly doubled over the past decade.

Boil water notice for Waimarama

Residents in Waimarama are being told to boil their water before drinking it, after water tests today showed low levels of E coli in the public supply.

Cyanobacteria sighted in Tomahawk lagoon

Potentially toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) has been collected from the Tomahawk lagoon in Dunedin, prompting a warning from the Otago Regional Council for people to avoid contact with the waters of the lagoon in the meantime and keep dogs away too.

Smoky smells 'no threat to health'

Port Hills residents affected by this week’s wild fires are being reassured the smell of smoke in their properties presents no serious threat to health.

Unhealthy food choices pushed to youngsters on websites

Many food websites are using sophisticated marketing to target and engage children and adolescents to market unhealthy food choices.

Families request for privacy on Ross Bremner review

Waikato District Health Board has completed its serious event review into the DHB’s care of Ross Bremner ahead of the tragic events that occurred in October.

Northland caregivers ask for help with FASD

Northland families and caregivers struggling to cope with young people affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) gathered this week at Barge Showgrounds in Whangarei to learn more about the disorder, share their experiences, and call for help.

Food marketing review ignores advice from 77 experts

Government regulation is needed to reduce the advertising industry’s marketing of unhealthy foods to children and young people, according to 77 of New Zealand’s leading health professors.

Study shows vitamin D supplements can help Kiwi children

New Zealand children can benefit from vitamin D supplements that protect against acute respiratory infections, according to a new study.

Inaugural symposium brings ACART stakeholders together

The Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ACART) held its inaugural symposium on Friday, 10 February 2017, in Wellington, New Zealand. Associate Minister of Health Peter Dunne, to whom ACART provides independent advice, opened the symposium.

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