Health and Medicine

Drug Dealing - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Sep 22, 2009

In the Herald today: Dr Penelope Briscoe, dean of the faculty of pain medicine at Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), says reform is needed to curb the illicit use and sale of powerful prescription medicines. I view statements like this with some trepidation. I don’t know how it is in Australia, but, in New [...] … Read More

Deaf Awareness Week - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Sep 22, 2009

Deaf Awareness Week runs from the 21st to the 27th of September this year. Deaf Awareness Week has been running since 2004, and this year’s theme is ‘Tender Ears’, focusing on the risks that can lead to hearing loss in childhood and during life. Hearing impairment affects 450,000 New Zealanders. According to the National Foundation [...] … Read More

Medical Innuendo - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Sep 19, 2009

Mercifully, there is no blaring “Labtests is evil” news item in the media today, but I note that the Herald can’t resist a dig at Labtests in this article on the tragic story of a woman who died from what appears to be a hypoglycaemic (very low blood sugar) episode. Mrs Pineki had a home visit [...] … Read More

Uppers and Downers - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Sep 19, 2009

There’s a sad story in the Herald today of a young doctor who has been charged with forging prescriptions for weight-loss pills to keep her awake while working long hours. On the face of it, the judge was probably correct to reject the defenses plea for a discharge without conviction. I have absolutely no wish [...] … Read More

Vaccinate your kids, people! - Chicken or Egg

Hilary Miller Aug 08, 2009

So NZ has a surprisingly low vaccination rate, and now we are  in the middle of a measles outbreak . I hope our low vaccination rates are not due to parents buying into the myth that vaccines cause autism, and thinking they are protecting their children by not immunising them.  Anyone who believes this should read the [...] … Read More