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Health News Roundup 14/11/2017

A smart device for the hearing impaired.  An iPhone or iPad can connect directly to a cochlear implant,  Good news for the increased number of people who will be getting cochlear implants after the additional funding announced in the build-up to the election.…

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Network News - Monday 13 November 2017

Kia ora whanau,

EPatient Dave Visit

It was a great honour to meet Dave de Bronkhart. Dave was a guest of the Waitemata DHB. He spoke to WDHB as part of the CEO lecture series. He kindly shared his time with a smaller workshop which some of us from the Network attended.

Dave's story is moving and fascinating, as his cancer treatment was recommended not by his health care professionals, but through a online patient discussion board. Dave's treatment…

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Spring challenge: Friendly Friday

Spring is almost over but it's still here all around us with blossom, buds, new leaves, flowers and tiny fruit. Mild days, longer nights and sometimes, even in Auckland, episodes of sunshine. 

How do you want to share the love of spring with us? Post a photo on our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1116515895074395/ or find a poem ...…

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Patient Story. Skin cancer of head and neck.

John is a member of the Head and Neck Living Well Group run by the Cancer Society's Christchurch Centre. While his cancer is melanoma, the treatments John has experienced are only too familiar to us: radical neck dissection, radiotherapy and skin grafts.

Keytruda is approved for head and neck cancer too but is not yet funded for HNC by the DHBs. 

There is an overlap between skin cancers…

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This is a story about the Digital Health Workshop held at North Shore Hospital on 30 October. Six of us attended as well as a number of health care workers. Dave deBronkart who is famous in health circles as a strong advocate for a new health care paradigm, is speaking at a number of events in Auckland and elsewhere. 

The photo is of Dave, Diana, myself and a Waitemata DHB doctor.…

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Honestly, the first time I saw the radiation mask I was horrified. It was a ghoulish, white ghostly thing. It was like a villain’s mask from a thriller. But I wasn’t thwarted either. I knew that radiation could kill the invisible cancer cells left behind after surgery and after two recurrences I was pleased to have a chance to keep the cancer at bay.…

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Kathryn is one of our regular contributors. Her husband Greg was treated for adenoid cystic carcinoma not long after the loss of their daughter to cancer. I asked her if she had wisdom to share on how to deal with the suffering that cancer causes us. Here are her words.

The top illustration is of their happy place, their farm just out of Whangarei, rolling country dotted with native bush. There's one of the Parnell Rose Gardens, one of Greg fixing his car with his youngest…

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Another poem! Friendly Friday

Olwen and I are gradually building up a collections of poems for inspiration, pleasure, catharsis and insight. This week there is one of my old favourites by American poet Robert Frost whose short simple nature poems contain a world of meaning. I've left it a bit late but every spring I think of this poem…

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Xylitol - what's the buzz?

Xylitol is a "tooth-friendly", nonfermentable sugar alcohol. It is naturally found in low concentrations in the fibres of many fruits and vegetables and can be extracted from various berries, oats, and mushrooms. Industrial production starts from xylan extracted from hardwoods or corncobs, which is hydrolyzed into…

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