New beat for business

Doctors medical stethoscope, health, Wellington, New Zealand, Thursday, October 26, 2006. Credit:NZPA/Ross Setford

Medical innovation is a growing trade area for New Zealand.

A walking miracle video

Grant Looker and his daughter Abbey are moving on with their lives after his health improved thanks to a new cancer drug.

Cancer was expected to kill this Taranaki dad within days of his daughter's wedding, but he fought back - and won.

Island ladies in town for mammogram

Chatham Islands mammogram trip co-ordinator and island resident Debbie Whittaker-Prendeville has brought 60 ladies to Palmerston North for their biennial breast screening.

A group of 60 women from the Chatham Islands have arrived in Palmerston North for an epic girls' weekend, and all in the name of health.

Time to get checked

Wellington company Matakina Technology has sold its breast screening technology, Volpara Solutions, in India.

Mangakino women are in for free mammograms starting July 9.

Dunedin Hospital loses trainees

Dunedin Hospital may lose trainee doctors in 2016.

Dunedin Hospital has lost orthopaedic training for trainee doctors, forcing them to now train somewhere else.

World-first kids' eye disease tests

Ciara Moriarty, pupil at St Catherine's College, Wellington, has her eyes scanned with a pentacam as part of world-first study of the eye disease Keratoconus

In a world first, Wellington high schoolers will be tested for a little-known, serious eye disease.

First partners in social bonds pilot

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the results of any social bonds projects would be expected far sooner than 2022.

First firms to partner with the Government in its controversial social bonds pilot announced.

Crashed pharmacy stays open

Dave Adams received a call just before 7pm on Wednesday, informing him there was a smoking vehicle in his pharmacy.

Although the shop front has been destroyed, the back door is still open for the Palmerston North community.

Fat and sugar 'often disguised'

Children "needed protection from the sophisticated marketing of food and drinks that were making them fat".

Junk food advertising is "powerful, pervasive and predatory" and must be regulated, report says.

Suicide toll at highest rate

Mike King pictured talking about his Key to Life charity aimed at teaching high school students about how he beat depression.

Suicide toll rises to its highest figure since the coroner’s office started releasing the statistics.

Tributes flow for Alex Renton

Alex Renton died on Wednesday night.

Tributes pour in as Peter Dunne says prescribing medical cannabis was worthwhile.

Social bonds a slow process

Labour's health spokeswoman Annette King says there is little overseas evidence to show social impact bonds deliver on their contracted outcomes

Private investment in social health outcomes could take seven years to see results, documents show

Calorie rise blamed for obesity

An oversupply of calorie-laden food is the main culprit in the global obesity epidemic, an Auckland University study suggests.

Too much food, rather than too little exercise, is probably to blame for expanding waistlines.

Freebies given to get Waikato Maori healthy

Incentives have been proposed to help improve the health of Maori in the Waikato DHB area.

Incentives have been proposed to help improve the health of Maori in the Waikato DHB area.

Big uptake of free GP visit scheme

Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman and Prime Minister John Key have revealed 96 per cent of GP clinics in New Zealand have jumped on a scheme to offer free doctors visits to under 13-year-olds.

More than 400,000 children are covered for free GP visits, after a 96 per cent initial uptake on the Government scheme.

Tax sugar like booze and smokes - dentist

Springlands School pupils, from left, Ava Elsmore, 9, Grace Calder, 9, and Brayden Giles, 10. Fizzy drinks are not sold on Springlands School grounds, and children are discouraged from bringing high-sugar drinks into the school .

The Government should treat sugar in the same way as tobacco and alcohol, dental officer says. 

Editorial: Free GP visits worth it

Free doctor visits for 13 and under begin today.

OPINION: Extending free doctors to cover all children 13 and under will not be cheap but the pay-off is worth it.

Health cleanup not 'slash and burn'

Health Commissioner Kathy Grant at Southland Hospital

Southern health bosses say bringing the DHB's ballooning deficit under control is not a "slash and burn exercise", but change is inevitable.

Free GP visits for under 13s

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Children in Manawatu will have complete free access to doctors, even after hours, from Wednesday.

Job losses impact raised

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Palmerston North Hospital

A Manawatu business owner has questioned a proposal that could see frozen meals shipped in to Palmerston North Hospital, along with job losses.

IUDs for teen girls proposed

New Zealand has the second-highest teen pregnancy rate in the developed world.

All teenage NZ girls should be fitted with contraceptive implants or IUDs, Otago researchers say.

Waikato's under 13s free GPs after hours scheme lags in region

Free GP visits are introduced for under 13s Wednesday, but it's weeks before after hours arrangements across the Waikato are finalized.

Negotiations are under way to offer under 13s free visits to the GP after hours across the Waikato.

Patient portal brings peace of mind

Andrew Wilson, left, has embraced a patient portal used by his GP, Colin Chin, right, that lets him see health records online.

Christchurch business man Andrew Wilson says a patient portal has made going to the doctor easier.

Paramedics failed dying baby

A coroner has found that St John paramedics failed to adequately monitor a premature baby.

St John admits paramedics failed to adequately monitor a premature baby who died.

Staff culture blamed in patient's death

The CDHB has been criticised over a mental health patient's death at Hillmorton Hospital in 2013.

Mental health patient was left unconscious on his floor for almost 12 hours before dying, report says.

Support for 'gut-wrenching' losses

Anna Higgins with her daughter Harper Mae Higgins, aged 18 months. Harper has the same middle name as her sister Ellie, who died shortly after her birth by emergency c-section in 2013.

Anna Higgins came home with empty arms after the birth of her daughter Ellie Mae. 

Brain benefits of NZ blackcurrants hailed by scientists

Blackadder blackcurrants improve brain function and treat early symptoms of Parkinsons disease, a new study has found.

A new study shows New Zealand blackcurrants can boost mood, improve cognitive functions, and treat symptoms of Parkinsons disease.

Elderly man dies after taking Voltaren

A GP prescribed an elderly man with Voltaren although he previously had problems with the medication.

An elderly man was prescribed the pain medication after a possible computer error prevented a warning from displaying.

Foot phobia treated with reflexology

Reflexologist Kerry Le-Galloudec works on Western Leader reporter Sarah Roberts' feet.

The thought of someone touching my feet makes me squirm.

Warning against 'miracle' brew

Roger Blake, of Ngatea, says Miracle Mineral Solution as an amazing cure-all but health authorities say it could be dangerous.

Industrial bleach mixed with water is not a shortcut for curing cancer, health authorities say.

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