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. 

Waitemata DHB are trialling a new computer system to predict needs for patients who have had strokes.  It's a collaboration between the DHB, Auckland University and Orion Health.

A course for GPs about cannabis. "The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) hasn't endorsed the course, but agreed those who attended and subsequently completed a Learning Reflection Form would gain Continuing Medical Education (CME) points."  Your commentator has some reservations about the source of the course.

From April the shingles vaccine will be fully funded in New Zealand for people over 65. People who had chickenpox in their youth carry the virus that causes shingles.  It sits dormant in your body, only to re-emerge as shingles. 

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