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Plea for a moratorium on heritable genome editing

A University of Otago bioethicist has added his voice to a global plea for a moratorium on heritable genome editing from a group of international scientists and ethicists in the wake of the recent Chinese experiment aiming to produce HIV immune children.

Liberal access to e-cigarettes likely to bring health benefits, NZ study finds

New Zealand’s approach of allowing wide access to e-cigarettes is likely to be bringing overall health gains and cost savings for the health system, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington have found.

Number of poisoning-related deaths in NZ remain high

While there has been a decline in carbon monoxide deaths in New Zealand, the number of deaths relating to poisoning remain high with new research revealing a surprising number of deaths involving two prescription medicines, zopiclone and clozapine.

National measles immunisation schedule remains on track

The Ministry of Health is working closely with Pharmac and Canterbury DHB to respond to the local Canterbury measles outbreak and ensure our national immunisation schedule continues on track elsewhere in the country.

Anaesthetic technicians to strike tomorrow for 48 hours

Hawke’s Bay Hospital’s anaesthetic technicians, who are members of the Association of Professionals and Executive Employee Inc (APEX), have voted to strike for 48 hours from 7am tomorrow morning (14 March) until 7am 16 March.

Two measles cases notified in Auckland

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) is asking people who may have been exposed to measles in three public locations to be alert to symptoms.

The service has been notified of two separate cases of measles which are not linked, an infant and a young adult.

Summit calls for aged care staffing review after ‘shocking’ research report

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation and E tū are holding a summit in Wellington today (13 March) calling for a review of staffing standards for residential aged care - and for new and better standards to be made mandatory.

Only a matter of time before measles arrive in Northland

Immunisation only sure way to avoid measles With the number of confirmed cases of measles in Canterbury now at twenty-five and likely to rise, it is clear that measles is circulating in New Zealand, meaning it is only a matter of time before it arrives in Northland.

Natural health products get their chance to prove themselves

Along with other natural healthcare product companies, Kiwiherb, one of New Zealand’s most respected and experienced providers of 100% natural healthcare products, will have their respiratory products in the spotlight following a law change last month.

Researcher brings hope for those with chronic gut problems

Dr Peng Du, who is leading the world with his development of devices that help in the fast, reliable diagnosis and treatment of gut problems, has won the Prime Minister’s 2018 MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize