Health

Stepping into the past video

LIGHTS ON, NOBODY HOME: The Kimberley Centre, Kimberley Road, Levin.

Walking back through the troubled past of the Kimberley Centre, once a home for intellectually disabled people.

Solutions sought for maternity unit

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Leading midwifery organisation is offering to help find a solution to Stratford's maternity woes.

Hand sanitiser warning

Woodhouse Early Learning Centre owner Jackie Woodward holds up hand sanitiser where it was located at the centre. Woodward believes the four-year-old climbed onto a bookshelf, reached up and drank it.

Ministry to issue nationwide warning about hand sanitiser in the wake of a 4-year-old girl becoming grossly intoxicated.

'He'll never walk, never talk'

Maddox Parker, 1, who suffers from the rare and terminal Leigh's disease gets a cuddle from his mum Rebecca Parker at their Kihikihi home.

One-year-old Maddox Parker has just reached a miracle milestone - his first birthday. 

Toxic algae in Wairarapa waterway

Toxic algae is coloured dark brown to black. It is typically found on large rocks and stones.

Phormidium can kill animals, and in humans can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and skin irritations.

Chemotherapy for Christmas video

CHEMO CHRISTMAS: Imogen Holden has spent most of her short life in hospital and will be spending her first Christmas in Christchurch Hospital receiving chemotherapy treatment.

10-month-old is about to begin her fourth round of chemotherapy, but family is determined to celebrate Christmas.

Walking for Maddox

PARKER FAMILY: Te Awamutu couple Rebecca and John with terminally ill son Maddox and daughter Willow.

Emergency services are rallying to raise $1million in honour of a Waikato tot with a rare terminal illness.

DHB failing in fall reductions

MidCentral DHB is behind on fall-reduction goals.

MidCentral DHB has dropped behind in the national falls reduction goal.

Branch wounds man's neck

Westpac rescue helicopter

A casual run on Kawau Island nearly turned to disaster for a man who impaled himself on a tree branch.

Home for Christmas

CHRISTMAS CHEER: Days after waking from brain surgery at Starship children's hospital, Lower Hutt four-year-old Milan Ellis is eager to get home by Christmas Day.

After undergoing her second brain surgery, Milan Ellis, 4, hopes to be home for Christmas.

Hunt after cure for MS

HOPE: Andrew Hunt, pictured with his wife Marie and children Jesse and Samuel faces limited time with his family unless a new form of stem cell treatment can reverse his deterioration from multiple sclerosis.

Andrew Hunt is betting his life on a high-risk, brutal and unproven medical treatment on the other side of the world.

The gift of hearing

Invercargill woman Olive Taylor, 81, has been lucky enough to receive free hearing aids as part of Audiology South's Christmas giveaway, from Simon Melville.

Olive and Allan Taylor are finally hearing each other after years of inaudible conversation.

Laws around dead teen's sperm use

Film-maker Cameron Duncan

A brave and inspiring Auckland teenager may be able to father a child - even though he died 11 years ago.

Should govt pay for fat drug?

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An Auckland GP is calling for a class C drug to be publicly funded to treat obesity.

When office parties go wrong

SNAP: An X-ray of Liam Hart’s broken left arm.

Liam Hart's Christmas party started with a friendly arm wrestle but ended with a nasty broken arm.

DHB rejects joint venture

MidCentral DHB

Plans for a joint chief executive for the MidCentral and Whanganui district health boards has been scrapped.

A healthy future

The future of Palmerston North's historic Hoffman Kiln is a step closer to being secured, as part of plans for a health centre to be built on the site.

Firefighter flamin' lucky

HAPPINESS IS: Firefighter Troy Mahupuku, who was burned in the Racetech fire last year, with his fiancee Jessica Paine and 10-month-old baby Alaska at their Wainuiomata home

After being brought to his knees "like a condemned man" by a fire that could have killed him, Troy Mahupuku is fighting back.

'Whistleblowing' decision sticks

Opportunity knocks, sometimes, in Under the Hammer.

Health worker who passed on client info with intention of “whistleblowing” fails to overturn ruling.

Mother and sister all in one

Fertility: Clinics will be forced to provide information about anonymous sperm donors.

A childless woman is donating eggs to her mother and stepfather so they can create a baby to be raised as her sister.

What's killing New Zealanders?

Cemetary.

We are now more likely to die of Alzheimer's disease or kidney failure, study finds.

Suspect surgeons may lose privacy

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Surgeons may not be able to hide behind the Privacy Act when the quality of their work comes into question.

Implants will 'change summer'

13-year-old Danielle can enjoy all the sounds of Christmas this year, thanks to her second cochlear implant.

Hearty thanks for saviours

Eileen Ormrod thanks the St John ambulance paramedics, Geoff Flaus and Jo Blakeman, who treated her during a cardiac arrest.

Eileen Ormrod was worried about her new bra while a having heart attack that she thought was food poisoning.

Heart-stopping moments

DETERMINATION: Brooke Murray’s heart has stopped seven times in the past four years.

A tattoo saying "fall down seven stand up eight" is testimony to 18-year-old's determination.

Deadly Mansfield undertones?

Katherine Mansfield

One man believes infectious disease epidemics cast a shadow over one of NZ's greatest writers.

Asbestos left in HNZ property

HAZARDOUS: Sandra Trueman and Collin Semmens are worried about their health after loose asbestos was discovered in their roof. Trueman says the material had been there for more than a year and they ‘‘didn’t realise’’.

Auckland man discovers his roof cavity "covered" in asbestos just months after lung cancer diagnosis.

Kick the habit with e-cigarettes

RIchard Goode credits e-cigarettes with saving his life and helping him quit smoking for the first time. Part of a broader story on the rise of the e-cigarettes and the difficulty regulators are having dealing

Using nicotine-containing e-cigarettes can help smokers kick the habit, according to new research.

Canty behind in tackling child obesity

Bulging issue: processed foods and climate change are hastening the obesity pandemic.

Canterbury is years behind other southern DHBs in tackling child obesity, health expert says.

Smoking nearly killed her baby

SMOKE-FREE ZONE: Felicity Holden with her son Fletcher.

Every time Felicity Holden's baby kicked it reminded her why she gave up smoking.

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