Eileen Goodwin

Button batteries a growing hazard

Button batteries a growing hazard

Button-size batteries pose a growing risk to children and the elderly which can be countered by a multi-country effort, government regulators at a world safety conference in Wellington say.

ECT rate highest in New Zealand

The Southern District Health Board's rate of electroconvulsive therapy, at more than double the national average, is the highest in New Zealand, the latest report of the director of mental health shows.

SDHB to host link

The Southern District Health Board will handle all communications for the burgeoning South Island Alliance, starting in November.

Clashes over quad bike measures

Quad bike manufacturers have adopted the tactics of the tobacco industry to avoid regulations, a University of Sydney academic will tell next week's Safety 2012 World Conference in Wellington.

Too soon for verdict on clinic: doctor

Too soon for verdict on clinic: doctor

It is too soon to say whether an innovative "joint clinic" for osteoarthritis patients is alleviating GPs' frustrations over lack of access to Dunedin orthopaedic services, Dr Haxby Abbott says.

Suicide coverage lift triggers warning

The Chief Coroner and the media have set New Zealand firmly on a path that deviates from international best practice in loosening the restrictions around reporting suicide, a New Zealand Medical Journal editorial co-written by a University of Otago academic says.

Therapy needed when reflex failed

Therapy needed when reflex failed

Swallowing is something we take for granted.

However, Dunedin woman Margaret Fisher not only had to learn to swallow again after an extremely rare type of stroke, she needs to be conscious of each and every one.

Synthetic cannabis 'a huge problem'

Synthetic cannabis 'a huge problem'

Rising use of synthetic cannabis is having a "significant impact" in mental-health wards and is partly to blame for increasing assaults on staff, Otago mental-health nursing director Heather Casey says.

Reduced management presence concerns nurses

Reduced management presence concerns nurses

In a "disappointing" decision by Southern District Health Board, nurses in senior management will be reduced from nine to five, New Zealand Nurses Organisation organiser Lorraine Lobb says.

Red meat/cancer link disputed

Red meat/cancer link disputed

There is no conclusive evidence red meat increases the risk of bowel cancer, a visiting United States epidemiologist says.