Health

Chicken campylobacter risk

Almost two-thirds of chicken in a Consumer NZ study carried campylobacter.

Over half of supermarket chickens tested by Consumer NZ carried the bacteria, but poultry association says gastro illness had been approaching a record low.

Parents do the darndest things gallery video

Biking to school means Joshua Knox learns about road safety, his father Richard says.

Foot it: Heartwarming stories of mums and dads spending time with their kids on the way to school – in their own words.

Organ donation a 'chance at life'

New Zealander of the year, Dr Lance O'Sullivan, wants to address Maori organ donation

What if organ donation enhanced tapu, asks Dr Lance O'Sullivan

$1.4m for cancer research centre

The University of Auckland will have New Zealand's first cancer clinical trial research centre, thanks to a $1.4m donation.

New Auckland centre will introduce human testing for the first time in NZ, translating to new research and treatment possibilities.

Closing medicinal cannabis loophole 'barbaric'

Rebecca Reider is upset that customs and the Ministry of Health no longer allow people to bring in a months' supply of ...

A loophole allowing travellers to enter New Zealand with a one month supply of prescribed medicinal cannabis products from the US has been closed.

Let's talk about cancer

Cancer cells

Every year, one in 200 New Zealanders is diagnosed with some form of cancer.

Public health Hay's legacy

Sir David Hay, cardiologist and ardent anti-smoking advocate, died on December 3, 2016. He is pictured here in 2005.

Ardent anti-smoking advocate who battled big tobacco companies leaves public health legacy.

Health board cuts cleaning for pensioners

Levin resident Trixie Cottingham, 96, complained after MidCentral proposed cutting her home help.

First MidCentral threatened to cut off a 96-year-old, now two more women suffer similar treatment.

Call for labelling on sugary drinks

A 3-year-old Nelson boy had to have 11 rotten teeth extracted under general anaesthetic.

Health lobbyists want icons showing how many teaspoons of sugar per serving.

Pregnant smokers get vouchers to quit

Cigarette smoking kills about 5000 New Zealanders a year.

More than $15,000 worth of grocery and Warehouse vouchers have been given to pregnant smokers as an incentive to quit.

Couple donates $186,000 ambulance to St John

The ambulance is worth $186,000.

A kind-hearted Cambridge couple has bought the local St John unit a brand new ambulance.

Legionella threat for gardeners

About half of the people infected by legionella inhaled the bacteria while gardening.

An outbreak in the infection has been linked to compost or potting mix.

Kidney transplant athlete to inspire others

Kidney transplant patient Matthew Field, left, at Soldier Field, Chicago, during the All Blacks vs Ireland rugby game in ...

Man whose life turned around thanks to kidney donation from his sister will now inspire others.

Amy Adams rejects abortion reform

Justice Minister Amy Adams said she was not considering wholesale abortion reform.

Abortion is technically illegal under the Crimes Act, but the Justice Minister doesn't think that's a problem.

Quake: Big mental health boost

This Kaikoura house, now red-stickered, is north of Kaikoura township.

Government keen not to fall short on mental health in Kaikoura, after controversy in Christchurch.

'Inspiration to graduation'

Reuben Bennett is among the 45 Maori med students graduating from Otago on Saturday.

''We are at the point, very soon, where it will be normal for anybody to engage in the New Zealand health system and see a Maori doctor.''

Weekly smiles for sick kids

Wellington's clown doctors need funding to ensure they can keep cheering up sick kids in hospital.

Wellington's clown doctors are looking for funding so they can continue their smile-making work.

Inquest told of MSD fraud quotas

Coroner Anna Tutton wants to establish what MSD knew about Wendy Shoebridge, and whether it prosecuted alleged benefit ...

"All I want is for the truth to come out. And it is now coming out," former investigator says.

"Pleasing progress" for health board

Southern District Health Board Commissioner Kathy Grant.

The Southern District Health Board's annual report shows positive results for child immunisation, especially for Maori children.

Hospice defends apartments plan video

A 3D view of Mary Potter Hospice Foundation's proposed apartment complex in the Wellington suburb of Newtown.

Mary Potter boss says it has "gone out of its way" to gain Newtown residents' support.

When is 'compelling' evidence unclear?

Minister of health Jonathan Coleman came under fire from the Greens over evidence for a sugary drinks tax.

Health Minister accused of ignoring "compelling" evidence for a sugar tax.

Nerves shot in quake 'ghost town'

Counsellor Vienna Cassidy sees clients in the Seddon School music room.

Free health clinic travels into quake-struck towns to find residents "walking on eggshells".

New home for elderly

Thelma Coster, 87, (in the wheelchair), May Pickford, 82, Irene Pickford,62 and  Peter Fox, 83, will have to find a new ...

Petone resthome residents need new home.

Levin's eldercare health services 'under threat'

Horowhenua Health Centre, 2016. The centre has outgrown its building size.

The Horowhenua Health Centre is struggling to recruit a doctor to fill a pending vacancy.

Whooping cough warnings

A dozen cases of whooping cough have been reported in Wellington since November 1.

A dozen cases reported in children and adults around Wellington.

Concerns about shortage of arthritis specialists

Palmerston North's rheumatology department will have two specialist leave this year. A new one will start in February.

Arthritis New Zealand fears a national shortage has hit Manawatu.

Murray Georgel joins Hospice board

Former MidCentral DHB chief executive Murray Georgel has joined the Arohanui Hospice board of trustees.

Former MidCentral DHB chief executive joins the Arohanui Hospice board.

Depression: A girl's rare wisdom

Craighead Diocesan School student Mercedes van Royen, 12, was an Outlook for Someday challenge winner for her film Just ...

It took her granddad. It affected her gran, and her mum. Mercedes van Royen, 12, wants it out in the open.

Doctor assaulted trying to help

Wellington Hospital.

Patient with drug habit threw bottle at ED doctor, and smashed doors and a window.

Drug users, deviants or prostitutes

Marama Pala said Maori are often diagnosed with HIV in the later stages of infection.

HIV stigma is holding rural Maori back, health advocate says. Some, for example, still think being gay is illegal.

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