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Mutations of some strains of influenza mean flu vaccines will be delayed by three weeks this year. The influenza virus, magnified about 100,000 times. Vaccinations normally start in early March, but two new strains discovered means the schedule will be...

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Debbie Short is a 13-year survivor of breast cancer, husband Tim is her ‘rock' and this week they threw unequivocal support and best wishes behind a campaign to raise the upper age threshold for free mammograms. Ohauiti residents Tim and Debbie...

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After decades of operation Morrinsville's Rhoda Read Birthing Unit will close at the end of business hours next Friday. The Waikato DHB acknowledges and thanks the significant effort from all staff, past and present, in providing safe quality care...

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The Ministry for Primary Industries is asking all dog owners to be vigilant after seven mature adult Brown Dog Ticks were discovered in Christchurch this month. While the tick species – Rhipicephalus sanguineus – are present in many countries,...

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Along with preparing for student loans and life away from home, Bay of Plenty students heading off to university or other tertiary studies are being reminded to check their immunisations are up to date. And the message from the professionals is it's...

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High levels of toxic algae has seen a shellfish poisoning warning issued for the Bay of Plenty and Thames/Coromandel coastline. But what does that mean? Toxin levels in shellfish are more than 20 times the level at which warnings are issued, and may still...

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Cercarial dermatitis, also known as ‘swimmer's itch', is being attributed as the cause of an allergic rash suffered by two swimmers who took a dip at the southern end of Lake Taupo. While the cause has not been confirmed, Medical Officer...

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Burning rubbish in Murupara landed a man in hospital with burns to his leg, hands and torso. The man was burning rubbish using petrol when it ignited, causing the 24-year-old to be badly burned. The BayTrust Rescue Helicopter airlifted a badly burned...

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Scientists have identified a rare virus, which targets young children, for the first time in New Zealand. The Environmental Science Research team has been looking into a string of gastroenteritis outbreaks and stumbled upon the virus, known as human parechovirus...

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Leonie Burge meets all the criteria of a “non-smoker” – but she's realistic. After three months off the fags she's still fighting the urge, still arm-wrestling with the evil little voice that taunts her with the desire for...

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