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Carer, caregiver, support person … when someone you love has head and neck cancer, it affects you too.

Research has shown that looking after the carer improves the outcome for the patient. Some patients say it is harder to be the onlooker than to be the one suffering the disease.

Interestingly, the famous Swallows book is for…

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We’re trying to act on the lessons we learnt from the e-Patient Dave workshop and lecture. I'm looking at my last major encounter with the health system through the lens of his philosophy.

Remember the Dave deBronkart slogan from a few weeks ago? Patients do better if they…

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Dr David Clark - Minister of Health

Despite the doctor honorific David Clark does not have a medical degree.  He studied German and Theology before going on to complete a PhD on the work of German/New Zealand refugee and Christian existentialist Helmut Rex.

He was ordained as a Presbyterian Minister in 1997. His work history includes a spell as warden of Selwyn College at Otago University, …

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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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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 xylose and catalytically hydrogenated into xylitol.…

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I am very impressed by the recent Make Sense Campaign run by the European Head and Neck Cancer society (EHNS). 

Here is an infographic they put out in September for the European Head and Neck Cancer Week.

(I used Docufreezer to convert the graphics below from PDF form so that you could see them without having to click.)…

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Does everyone want to be informed about their cancer?

Clinicians and patients often say that "not everyone wants the information". True, to a certain extent, but 1) those of us who do value information need to get it and 2) all patients need to be informed to give informed consent and manage their own care. This could be dealt with in a flexible way -…

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