Tagged: Ministry of Health

Press Complaints Commission upholds homeopaths complaint - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 16, 2013

Tauranga homeopath Clive Stuart has had part of his complaint against an article on homeopathy (Homeopathy – Trick or Treatment?) published in the July 2012 edition of North & South, upheld by the Press Complaints Commission (PCC)*. While the PCC did not agree with his complaint that balance needed to be numerically equivalent (there were quotes from two … Read More

What Kiwis die of – Part III: Changes with age - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Feb 15, 2013

Over the last month we have been looking at the data on the primary causes of death recorded by the Ministry of Health for the 29,204 people who died in New Zealand in 2009. First we looked at what people thought they would die of, and then we looked at differences in the causes … Read More

What Kiwis die of – Part II: The battle of the sexes - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 31, 2013

Two weeks ago, we asked Kiwis what they thought they would die of, and compared their responses to the primary causes of death recorded by the Ministry of Health for the 29,204 people who died in New Zealand in 2009. Mike Dickison produced a beautiful infographic* of the causes that were responsible for more than 1% … Read More

What do Kiwis die of? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 18, 2013

I have never really understood why some people are desperate for immortality. Like those crazy millionaires who have their heads frozen in liquid nitrogen. I am not afraid of dying, but I would like to die painlessly and without much fuss, and preferably with all my faculties intact*. But what am I likely to die of? We looked at … Read More

Another Blow to Men’s Health - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Apr 06, 2011

The decision of the health select committee that there will be no National Prostate cancer screening can only be described as short-sighted. Once again, the opportunity to create a world class preventative health program is slipping through our fingers. Conventional thinking, like that exhibited by Associate Professor Brian Cox of the Dunedin School of Medicine, dictates [...] Related posts: … Read More

Spam Journalism #81 - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 02, 2010

Spam Journalism: The spurious use of sensational headlines to add spice to an otherwise pointless article I was amused to see this article is the Herald yesterday. Talk about trying to rehash old news… Two more deaths but swine flu cases fall Twenty deaths this year have been swine flu-related but health authorities say the [...] Related posts: … Read More

Bad Jab? (UPDATED) - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Apr 23, 2010

Australia’s chief medical officer, Jim Bishop has announced that children under five years old should not receive the flu vaccine. Apparently at least 60 children under the age of 5 have had high fevers and 23 have had convulsions shortly after receiving the vaccine. I have not heard any advisory from the New Zealand authorities [...] Related posts: … Read More

Incentives - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Mar 15, 2010

New Zealand is now contemplating using the same set of incentives to boost immunisation rates that Australia used to boost it’s rates from 50% to 91%. The MacDoctor is not convinced that New Zealanders will respond quite as well as Australians to the incentives. The incentives were: Cash payments to parents for completing immunisations at 6 [...] Related posts: … Read More

Why Pharmac Does Not Always Work - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Mar 09, 2010

I see an number of doctors are voicing their concerns of the government interest in a Pharmac-like organisation to take over hospital based purchases. Not without good reason, I might add. The Pharmac model has a major flaw. That flaw is that the model is based on the free availability of cheap “equivalents”. There is no [...] Related posts: … Read More

Profit and Loss - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Mar 08, 2010

Not satisfied with rendering cold and flu medicines ineffective by removing pseudoephedrine from general sale, Medsafe continues it’s onslaught on cold and flu meds by trying to remove all the syrups and infusions from supermarket shelves. Apparently they are concerned about the use of them in under sixes (despite the fact that fatalities are very [...] Related posts: … Read More