Health

Electronic cigarettes contain carcinogens and toxic chemicals

Electronic cigarettes

Recent study revealed that several threats are posed to health by the electronic cigarettes. It is believed that electronic cigarettes are less harmful than real cigarettes as these deliver nicotine in a puff of hot gas that feels like smoke.

Study by FDA showed that electronic cigarettes contain carcinogens and toxic chemicals such as diethylene glycol. Hence contrary to the established belief these electronic devices are more harmful than standard cigarettes.

Auckland women can get free “gold standard” smear test

Auckland women can get free “gold standard” smear test

As per the media reports, Auckland women would be given a "free of cost" cervical smear test - called "gold standard" - by Diagnostic Medlab.

As such, women can go in for the conventional pap smear for free, or the ThinPrep test for an additional payment.

It was informed by Diagnostic Medlab that the ThinPrep test and its accompanying screening system has been proved to be more effective for diagnosing abnormal cervical cells than the conventional pap smear method.

Increasing Number of Infants Allergic to Cow’s Milk

Increasing Number of Infants Allergic to Cow’s Milk

According to Auckland University, there has been an increase in the number of infants with "cow's milk protein allergy".

In order to find out further facts related to this matter, a study funded by the Auckland District Health Board and led by Auckland University adult and child allergy specialist Professor Rohan Ameratunga, will be carried out.

This study will find out the number of children suffering from cow's milk protein allergies, and common symptoms.

Tomato Product Suspected To Cause Hepatitis A

Tomato Product Suspected To Cause Hepatitis A

Health authorities in Victoria and South Australia have linked semi-dried tomato product mixed with garlic, herbs and oil to a spike in hepatitis A cases.

South Australia director of public health Kevin Buckett said that there have been 26 cases of Hepatitis A in the state since March. There have been more than 70 in Victoria and the number of such cases has also increased in Queensland.

NZ medical diagnostics to get investment from new partnership

New Zealand Venture Investment Fund

An investment of between $8 million and $10 million might be made by a new investment partnership between government-supported fund manager the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund (NZVIF) and private investment company New Zealand Diagnostics (NZDx) in order to develop globally focused medical di

Year 2008 sees 0.9% growth in NZ population

population

According to latest Statistics New Zealand figures, the population of New Zealand has reached 4.29 million. There was an increase in the population by just over 39,000 or
0.9% last year compared with more than 41,000, or 1%, in 2007.

Since there was a fall in net migration, the growth in population was lower in 2008 than in 2007.

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