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First NZ study of cannabis use in people with spinal cord injuries

Using cannabis helps people with spinal cord injuries better tolerate almost constant and excruciating pain and participate in community and family life without feeling like ‘zombies’, a new study has found.

Survey highlights need for pokie venues to up their host responsibility game

New results from the latest Health Promotion Agency (HPA) Health and Lifestyles Survey (HLS) report highlight the need for pubs and clubs who offer pokies to up their host responsibility game.

New breast cancer app teaches hands what to look for - NZBCF

This October, innovative technology has put Kiwi women’s breast health in their own hands - literally.

Pre Check, an innovative app from Breast Cancer Foundation NZ - launched to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month - takes women into a whole new world of breast health awareness.

Southern DHB contingency planning for further strike action

Southern DHB’s Medical Imaging Technologists (MITs) who are members of the APEX union will be striking again next week and the following week. The DHB has received strike notices from APEX and these include a full withdrawal of labour on Wednesday 30 October and Friday 1 November.

Parents urged to ensure children are up-to-date with MMR immunisation

New Zealand’s largest measles outbreak in many years is not over yet. Cases continue to be confirmed daily in Auckland and elsewhere.

Taranaki DHB proud to employ second most Fellows of EM

Four years ago Taranaki DHB’s Base Hospital ED had just two Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) fellows. Now it employs 15 fellows making Taranaki DHB the second largest employer of fellows nationwide after Auckland.

Cantabrians urged to protect themselves against Legionnaires

At this time of year as the sun starts to make more of an appearance week-by-week, a nasty disease also starts to make its present felt - Legionnaires’.

Upcoming APEX union member strikes

Further strike action planned by Medical Imaging Technologists MidCentral DHB Medical Imaging Technologists (MITs) and Radiographic Assistants (RAs) who are members of the Association of Professional and Executive Employees (APEX) union will be on strike for two 24-hour periods next week.

NZers need better access to magnetic therapy for depression

A proven treatment for clinical depression that involves targeting areas of the brain with magnetic energy is under-used in Aotearoa New Zealand, University of Auckland researchers say.

Two new measles cases confirmed in Hawke's Bay

Two new measles case have been confirmed in Hawke’s Bay, this week, taking the total number of measles cases in Hawke’s Bay, this year, to nine.