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What's new on HealthInfo?

15 September

Pressure injuries – This page has been updated and expanded with information about preventing and treating pressure injuries.

De Quervain's tenosynovitis – A new section explaining this painful wrist condition and how it is treated.

14 September

Trigger thumb – A new section explaining this relatively common condition that affects babies and young children.

13 September

Common shoulder problems – This new section includes pages on several common shoulder problems, including Painful shoulders, Stiff shoulders, Unstable shoulders & dislocations, and Weak shoulders. It also includes a page of Exercises for your shoulders.

Carbohydrates, fats, & protein – Information about these three major food groups, why we need them, how much we need, and what foods they are in.

12 September

The travel page has been updated with information about getting advice before travelling, getting vaccinated, and taking precautions against insect bites.

8 September

Social workers – A new page about social workers, including what they do and how to find them.

Slipped upper femoral epiphysis – A new page explaining this condition, which affects children, and how it is treated.

Scoliosis in children – This new section explains the different types of scoliosis, when it needs treatment, and what that treatment is.

Broken forearm (adults) – New pages explaining what happens when you break your radius or ulna, and how this is treated.

Acute plans – This new page has information about acute plans including who might benefit from one and how to get one.

Asbestos – A new page about asbestos and its potential harmful effects.

Video swallow studies – Pages about video swallow studies for adults and children.

Broken lower leg (fractured tibia or fibula) – Two new pages explaining what happens if you break one of the bones in your lower leg, and how it is treated.

Broken elbow – Information about what happens if you break your elbow, and how it is treated.

7 September

Immunosuppression – These pages explain the care you need to take with your health if you are taking medicines that weaken your immune system.

8 August

The How to become smokefree section has been updated, with new information on Smoking in pregnancy and Smoking information for youth & teens.

25 July

Steps to reduce your cancer risk – this new page lists 11 things you can do to lower your risk of getting cancer.

7 July

Growth plate injuries – This new section explains what growth plates are, how children can injure their growth plates, and how different types of growth plate injuries are treated.

Broken collar bone in children – A new page explaining what happens when a child breaks their collar bone, and how it is treated.

20 June

An update to the Persistent pain section includes a new page on Persistent pain in children & teens and some information about medical cannabis and persistent pain.

19 June

A new page explains what Peptic ulcers are and how they happen. There is also a new page on H. pylori, which is one cause of peptic ulcers.

Fatty liver also now has more information explaining this condition.

Collapsed lung – This new page explains what a collapsed lung is and how it is treated.

Broken radial head – A new section updates the information, with more details about what this injury means and how it is treated.

26 April

Sever's disease – How to manage this common cause of heel pain in children.

Mallet toe – A new page explaining this condition, and the difference between mallet toe and hammertoe.

18 April

Alcohol & safe drinking – This section has been thoroughly updated with new pages about alcohol-related harm, safe drinking and how to cut down on drinking.

Falls prevention service & programmes – A new page explaining what help is available to you if you're worried about having a fall.

24 March

Osteopaths – A new page about osteopaths, including what they do and how to find one.

Low back pain – This section has been thoroughly updated and now includes easy-to-follow information about how to manage your own back pain, and how to stop it coming back.

Broken wrist – This new section explains what bones make up your wrist, what happens if one of them breaks, and how a broken wrist is treated.

Broken hand bones (fractured metacarpals) – This new section explains what happens when you break bones in your hand, and the different treatments (including surgery).

Childhood vision problems – This new section includes information about lazy eyes and childhood squints.

Antibiotics – This new section has information about what antibiotics can and can't treat, their side effects, and why it's important not to take them if you don't need them.

Videos about heart failure – This page has a videos explaining heart failure and its treatment.

At-risk breast cancer screening – This new page explains a Canterbury DHB programme that offers extra screening mammograms to women with a higher risk of breast cancer.

24 February

Broken knee – Two new pages explaining the different ways your knee can break, and how a broken knee is treated.

17 February

Hormones – Several pages in this section have been updated with simpler, easy-to-understand information. As well, there are new pages on Addison's disease, how hyperthyroidism is treated, and thyroiditis.

Pharmacists – This new page explains what pharmacists do and how they can help you.

Foot & ankle arthritis – This new section looks at what causes arthritis in your feet and ankles, how to limit the impact it has on your life, and what happens if you need surgery.

Heart attack – This updated section includes information explaining what a heart attack is, how it is diagnosed, and how to reduce your risk of a heart attack.

15 February

Other community support organisations – This page lists community organisations that can support people with mental health issues, and gives their contact details.

Choosing your medical care wisely – This new page describes the Choosing Wisely campaign and gives advice about avoiding unnecessary tests and treatments.

Overlapping toes – What causes overlapping toes, how can you avoid them, and how are they treated?

14 February

Broken kneecap – This new page explains what happens when your kneecap breaks, and how it might be treated. It is followed by a page on Surgery for a broken kneecap.

Tongue tie – This new section explains what tongue tie in babies is, why it can be a problem, and how it is treated.

8 February

Dislocated kneecap – A new page explaining what it means when your kneecap dislocates, and how it is treated.

Broken finger (fractured phalanx) – This page explains what happens when you break a finger, and how to get it treated. It's followed by another page on Surgery for a broken finger.

Broken collar bone (fractured clavicle) – This new page explains how a broken collar bone is treated, what recovery involves, and how long it takes.

AC joint injuries – This page has been thoroughly updated to explain how to tell if you have dislocated your AC joint, the different ways it may be treated, and what recovery involves and how long it takes.

Arthritis of the thumb – A new page explaining how to ease the symptoms of arthritis in your thumb, and how health professionals can help.

3 February

A new page on Ketones explains ketoacidosis, a dangerous but common complication of type 1 diabetes, how to avoid it, how to recognise it, and what to do if you are developing it. As well the page on Managing insulin when you are sick has been updated to include advice for people with type diabetes.

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