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News Update: The influenza immunisation programme is starting early in 2020

This year’s influenza immunisation programme has the earlier start date of 18th March, 2020, for people eligible for funded vaccines. Other people should be asked to delay purchasing the vaccine until on or after 13th April, 2020.

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News Update: cilazapril with hydrochlorothiazide will no longer be available in New Zealand

Dementia is a growing healthcare challenge. There are an estimated 70,000 people with dementia in New Zealand.

Recognising and managing early dementia

Patients currently prescribed cilazapril + hydrochlorothiazide combination tablets will need to transition to a different combination medicine or antihypertensive regimen.

Age-related cognitive decline: prevention and future planning

Declining cognitive function can be a difficult topic to raise with patients and their families.

Referral of patients with features suggestive of bowel cancer: Ministry of Health guidance

Bowel cancer is one of the most common causes of cancer death in New Zealand.

Biosimilars: the future of prescribing biological medicines

Biological medicines are an important advancement in the pharmaceutical treatment of patients with...

Reducing the burden of melanoma in New Zealand Part 1: Prevention and risk assessment

Limiting UV radiation exposure through sun smart behaviour is the key to preventing melanoma.

Reducing the burden of melanoma in New Zealand Part 2: Early detection of melanoma

Identification of melanoma at the earliest possible clinical stage improves outcomes; lesion thickness is the strongest predictor of prognosis.

Menopausal hormone therapy: where are we now?

Menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) is an effective treatment for symptoms associated with menopause...

Diagnosing and managing primary ovarian insufficiency

Primary ovarian insufficiency is the loss of ovarian function before age 40 years, resulting in menstrual irregularities and menopausal symptoms.

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Antibiotics Guide Updated

Antibiotics Guide 2017 edition

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The COPD prescribing tool Updated

Pharmacological treatment options for patients with COPD

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Our current theme is “Cognitive impairment and dementia”, including articles on age-related cognitive decline and the journey from early dementia to end-stage care.

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