Health and Medicine

Tobacco Excise Taxes and the Smokefree 2025 Goal: Some Ways Forward - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Jan 16, 2020

Janet Hoek, Richard Edwards, George Thomson, Andrew Waa, Nick Wilson Debate over tobacco tax increases has intensified as research indicates potentially conflicting policy directions. On the one hand, excise tax increases continue to stimulate quit attempts among smokers yet, on the other hand, they may lead to financial hardship for some smokers and increase retail crime. In this blog, we … Read More

The WHO Vaccine Safety Summit – from someone who was actually there - Diplomatic Immunity

Helen Petousis Harris Jan 14, 2020

The conspiracy I saw a new conspiracy theory flying around the other day. According to the conspiracy (that seems to originate from Del Bigtree), the World Health Organization have been ‘caught on camera’ questioning the safety of vaccines. Gosh this sounds as though someone was a mole at a secret meeting and filmed scientists admitting vaccines were … Read More

Mystery China pneumonia outbreak likely caused by new human coronavirus - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 14, 2020

Connor Bamford, Queen’s University Belfast Since December 2019, there has been a cluster of 59 cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, eastern China. The pneumonia is associated with a previously unidentified coronavirus related to the deadly SARS virus. Seven of those cases are thought to be serious, and one person – with serious pre-existing health problems – has died. The … Read More

Ten things we can learn from new smoking and vaping data about progress to Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Dec 17, 2019

Richard Edwards, Janet Hoek, Nick Wilson, Andrew Waa [All from Department of Public Heath, University of Otago, Wellington] New NZ Health Survey data show some encouraging recent reductions in smoking prevalence. However, progress remains inadequate to achieve the Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 goal and the government needs to take urgent action, particularly to reduce marked disparities for Māori and Pacific peoples. Read More

How to support after the Whakaari/White Island volcanic eruption - The Psychology Report

Sarb Johal Dec 12, 2019

As details emerge about what unfolded on Whakaari / White Island two days ago, my thoughts go out to all the families affected by this terrible event. My thoughts are also with the first responders who worked in perilous circumstances to assist and protect those affected. Both local and wider international communities are affected, and will continue … Read More

anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Dec 02, 2019

“Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa over the past twenty-four hours. “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa over the past twenty-four hours. The fight to vaccinate continues with the Nation’s health … Read More

Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand? - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Dec 02, 2019

Professors Janet Hoek and Richard Edwards, Emeritus Professor Phil Gendall, Jude Ball, Dr Judith McCool, Anaru Waa, Dr Becky Freeman Recent media reports have presented conflicting evidence on youth vaping in NZ. While some NZ school principals report concerns about increasing vaping on school grounds and confiscating vapes, ASH Year 10 survey data have been interpreted as suggesting few young … Read More

Samoa’s devastating measles epidemic – why and how bad? - Diplomatic Immunity

Helen Petousis Harris Nov 28, 2019

Samoa are experiencing a devastating measles epidemic. It is possible that 2-3% of the population will ultimately be infected by the time it is over. Hopefully the mass immunisation campaign currently under way can mitigate some of this, for many it is too late. (Updated 3 Dec 2019) The first question many people ask is “why?” The general answer is … Read More

Advice about measles: when ignorance is definitely not a virtue - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Nov 28, 2019

As the rate of measles infection, and of deaths, continues to climb in Samoa, antivaccination activists infectious disease proponents seem intent on doubling down on their claims about vaccination. (Check pretty much any news-media FB post about measles & you’ll see exactly what I mean.) Unfortunately, some of them have a greater reach than others. On a global level … Read More