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Is it nature or nurture that determines our fate? Is it our genes that make us who we are or our environment? According to some of the speakers at this symposium, we are not fully responsible for many of our behaviours. Our bodies and minds are affected by genes, hormones and bugs. Nature is what makes…

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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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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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General Practice Funding Fiasco

Why do some GPs charge so much more than others? It's all to do with a faulty funding formula which both major parties have promised to fix. Looks as if they still don't get it. We asked one of our members, Dr Andrew Miller, to comment. 

How you ever wondered why some general practices charge adults $18 and others charge anywhere from $35-65?. Well it's because the general practices are given different levels of government subsidy based on a historic…

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Mental health has featured this week as political parties made promises to provide funding, and there was suicide prevention day on Sunday.  National Party MP for Tamaki, Simon O'Connor made a mistake when he seemed to equate suicide and euthanasia, which earned him a rebuke from PM Bill…

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