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New H1N1 influenza virus detected - Expert Reaction

A Chinese and British research team has identified a new H1N1 influenza virus in pigs.

Funding boost to provide instant access to information - Blind Low Vision NZ

Blind Low Vision NZ has received funding from the Ministry of Social Development to purchase and roll-out 3500 Alexa smart-speakers.

The announcement coincides with the launch of Blind Low Vision NZ’s Strategic Plan where one of the key priorities is independence.

$1.2m funding boost for Parkinson's disease study - UC

University of Canterbury-led research that could help Parkinson’s disease patients learn more about their risk of dementia has received a million-dollar funding boost.

Latest disease testing technology a game-changer - Hawke's Bay DHB

Until now, samples being tested for difficult to diagnose conditions had to be shipped down to Christchurch, with results typically taking between 48 and 72 hours to be returned, depending on courier and flight availability. The new machine can provide results in three hours.

No new cases of Covid-19 - Ministry of Health

Today there are no new cases of COVID-19 to report.

This means the number of active cases in New Zealand remains at 22. All active cases have recently returned from overseas and are in managed isolation facilities. There have been no cases of community transmission.

High Alert website launch - Ministry of Health

An early warning system has been launched today to help reduce drug harm in New Zealand communities.

Students would rather quit smoking than pay more for cigarettes - study

University students in New Zealand would be more likely to quit smoking if the price of cigarettes increases, a University of Canterbury (UC) study suggests.

Scientists identify new target for melanoma immunotherapy

QIMR Berghofer research has found a new reason why some melanoma patients do not respond well to immunotherapy - a discovery that could lead to better-tailored treatments for the potentially deadly cancer.

Otago scientists secure more than $26m for health research

University of Otago, Wellington infectious diseases expert Professor Michael Baker has received almost $5 million from the Health Research Council for a programme investigating the connection between infectious diseases and long-term conditions, something he was planning well prior to the outbrea

Research into births and healthy homes to improve outcomes for NZers - HRC

Newly funded study aims to improve outcomes for more than one in 10 NZ births 

New Zealand researchers are about to undertake the largest-ever trial of corticosteroids in women having planned caesareans, to assess the treatment’s benefit and potential harm in newborns.