December 2019 12
Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
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Urinary tract infections (UTI) or cystitis is very common and is usually caused by gut bacteria entering your lower urinary tract and bladder. It can occur in people of all ages, however women are four times more likely to be affected then men. This is because bacteria can move into…

December 2019 05
Shortbread Biscuits
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OK, they may not be a health food, but it's Christmas! Serve on Christmas Day with strawberries, creme patissiere (custard cream) and whipped cream as a dessert, or simply have with a cup of tea. Perfect! Recipe by Alice Taylor @aliceoliviaeats Ingredients 2 cups flour¾ cup icing sugar2 Tbsp cornflourpinch…

November 2019 28
Hay Fever
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Hay fever is the common name for seasonal allergic rhinitis.  The name ‘hay fever’ originally came about from late summer reactions to grass pollens seen during hay making.   Children more affected than adults Hay fever is widely used to describe the combination of sneezing, runny noses, itchy eyes and itchy mouth suffered by as many as 40% of the New Zealand population. Children…

November 2019 20
ZOOM Christmas Opening Hours and Delivery Deadline
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Want your meds sorted before Christmas? ZOOM may contact you earlier than usual about your upcoming repeat prescriptions, to check if you want us to deliver your meds to you before Christmas. Read more to find out about our Christmas opening hours and delivery deadlines. Get in early! Want your…

November 2019 14
Weight Loss – Can Prescription Medicine Help?
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New Zealand is facing an epidemic of obesity, with 1 in 3 NZ adults (>15 years and over) obese.   Many health issues are strongly associated with being overweight; heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, arthritis, several common cancers, sleep apnoea and reproductive issues.  There is also growing concern that obese children will actually…

November 2019 07
Travel Medicine & Health
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Did you know that when travelling overseas, you have a 50% chance of suffering from a travel-related illness. Here are some tips that you can take to lower your chances of becoming unwell on your next trip! Check in with your GP first It’s a great idea to pay a visit…

October 2019 31
Anaphylaxis and EpiPen
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Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency where a substance triggers a massive allergic response. This causes a combination of rash, swelling, breathing problems and large drops in blood pressure. The number of people with anaphylaxis is increasing with up to 2% of the population at risk. Common triggers Foods, particularly peanuts,…

October 2019 23
Why take your medicine if you feel fine?
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Taking your prescription medicine regularly and as prescribed by your doctor at the right dose, the right time and the right frequency is known as medication adherence. So why bother getting prescriptions and taking your prescription medicine, if you feel perfectly healthy? The answer is clear. If you get your…

October 2019 16
On four or more meds?
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Taking four or more prescription medicines can be challenging to manage. Does organising all your medicines and repeats get on top of you? Maybe you are on a blister pack? It's common to have to take different medicines or doses, at different times throughout the day. Do you already use…

October 2019 09
Erectile dysfunction medicines
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Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a condition that many men face at some stage in their life. Are you confused by all the brands and different erectile dysfunction medicines available? There are three erectile dysfunction medicines available in New Zealand. Each one is available in different strengths and you should discuss…

October 2019 02
Privacy in healthcare
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Do you sometimes cringe at the thought of having to go into a pharmacy and ask for something out loud? Not many of us want to discuss private healthcare issues within earshot of others. Maybe you’re not ready to share that you’re taking a new prescription medicine after a recent…

September 2019 18
Managing hypertension
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If you have hypertension – high blood pressure – you’re not alone. Hypertension affects one in five New Zealanders. It can increase with stress, excitement and exercise, and will also vary depending on your age. If you have hypertension, you might not know it – there aren’t any signs or…

September 2019 11
Dry Skin
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As we enter the final month of winter, many will have had their annual occurrence of dry and flaky skin. Many of you who do have dry skin know how uncomfortable it can be, but why does it always seem to happen during winter? It can be many things ranging…