Dentists only for toothache

Most people in Taranaki don't go to the dentist unless they have to.

Whether it is the cost or a general dislike of dentists, people in Taranaki don't go to the dentist unless they have to.

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Where are nation's most dangerous drinkers?

Hawke's Bay has NZ's most dangerous drinkers - but nobody is sure why.

Sport supplement use questioned

New Plymouth's Jocelyn Gabites is currently undertaking a research project entitled 'Does fact or fiction drive the consumption of sports supplements?'

Gym-bunnies have shown a growing interest in fuelling-up before hitting the gym, but is their poison of choice an informed one?

Opponents set out euthanasia case

Lecretia Seales is an acclaimed cook and was treated to chef Sam Pope making a five-course meal for her at home.

Lecretia Seales' court case extends beyond her, and puts others' lives at risk, opponents say.

Budget failure to deliver bowel screening "saddening"

A budget announcement by health minister Jonathan Coleman to extend a pilot bowel screening pilot has fallen short of the national programme needed to save lives, says Bowel Cancer New Zealand.

The Budget's lack of commitment to a national bowel cancer screening programme has outraged health advocates.

Hospice spending a Budget winner

Clare Randall, chief executive of Arohanui Hospice.

The Budget's $76m boost for hospices will help Arohanui fight its annual shortfall of $2.7m.

Bowel cancer screening extended

Health minister Jonathan Coleman says more than 35,800 people received a colonoscopy last year, up from over 29,000 in 2013.

$12.4 million from this year's budget has gone into extending Waitemata DHB's bowel cancer screening pilot, meaning it will run until December 2017.

Rest home resident found in creek

Ashwood Park Retirement Village.

Investigation into the care of a resident found in a creek after going missing from a Blenheim retirement village completed. 

Helen's fight to stub out smoking

Katipo cafe customer Mark Hastings enjoys a beer and a smoke in 2004 when smoking was still permitted inside bars and cafes.

It has been 25 years since New Zealand took its first meaningful steps towards becoming smokefree.

Health gets billion-dollar shot in the arm video

Health budget is boosted by $1.7 billion.

The Government has boosted the health budget by an extra $1.7 billion.

Last orders at Quenched site

Quenched was advertising with the phrase: Don’t stop the party at your place early, we are here to help.

New alcohol delivery service shuts down its site - at least for now.

Third-hand threat

Second hand smoke is especially dangerous for children in cars.

Most people know of the dangers of second hand smoke, but not many have heard of the third hand threat.

Paying it forward

Shay Ewans, 5, with chocolate gifts he distributed to rest home residents as a random act of kindness

Parents of cancer victim Gabby Devine challenge people to do an act of kindess in her memory.

Parents share Leah's legacy video

Sam Bartels cuddles his second daughter, Anya, in the family lounge, with photos of his first daughter, Leah, standing as a fond memory of  their little girl the Bartels family cherished for two-and-a-half years.

Leah Bartels died in March, but her parents only now feel able to talk about their loss.

Dying lawyer's last work day

Lecretia Seales is asking the High Court to uphold her right to die at the time of her choosing.

Lecretia Seales has resigned from the Law Commission before next week's case about her choice over how she dies.

Call for stricter alcohol laws


NZ's top medical body calls for a clampdown on alcohol advertising, drinking age, and taxes.

Tough year for family

Erica Hume, with dog Hunter, just a few weeks before her death at Palmerston North Hospital in May 2014.

It's been one year since 21-year-old Erica Hume died in the mental health ward in Palmerston North Hospital, and her mum still cries every day.

Coeliac lifestyle gets easier

Dannielle Walker with four-month-old daughter Alyssa and four-year-old daughter Sophie.

Dannielle Walker speaks out for Coeliac Awareness Week and says life as a coeliac does get better.

Dementia beds full in Marlborough

Grey Power Marlborough health spokesman John Leader.

Family members are having to look elsewhere to provide care for loved ones with dementia after bed space reached capacity in the Marlborough.

Running for those with Alzheimer's

Natalie Horne is running a half marathon for the first time this November

Natalie Horne will be running further than she has before for a cause close to her heart.

Study focuses on Pacific kids

El-Shadan Tautolo and his team of researchers have discovered crucial evidence in Pacific Island children's health.

A long-term study has helped gather crucial information concerning Pacific children's health, including issues with weight.

Stuck sticker surprise

Patrice Whelan says her son Whiti swallowed a sticker that went undiagnosed for two months.

Discovering her 10-month-old had a starfish sticker wedged in his throat for two months was almost a relief for mum Patrice Whelan.

Drug-addict pharmacist struck off

Auckland pharmacist struck off.

Auckland pharmacist who stole drugs returned by patients de-registered.

Living life 10 days at a time

Kidney patient Robin Howarth with the dialysis machine that rules his life while he waits for a transplant.

Robin Howarth needs a new kidney but has no idea how long he must wait.

"We're very grateful" video

Sheena MacAlpine and her son Liam at the backdoor of their house where tradies work on installing a heat pump and circulation vents.

A child with life-threatening asthma has a warmer home, thanks to public donations.

'False hope' for transplant patients?

The National Ethics Advisory Committee has raised concerns about the organ donor system in New Zealand.

Donors are scarce, and access to transplants is unequal and inconsistent, report says.

Dairies 'scapegoated' for child obesity

New Zealand Association of Dairies, Groceries and Small Businesses president Naginbhai Neil Patel.

Public backlash expected over Auckland council's anti-obesity measures targeting dairies.

Health board faulted over ED death

Children are dominating presentations at hospital emergency departments, new research has revealed.

A Wellington woman who died 12 hours after being admitted with chest pain was "let down" by DHB.

Doctor, nurse numbers rise

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman.

Getting sick in Taranaki shouldn't be too much of a pain with more than 600 doctors and nurses on the case.

Big plans for new health boss

MidCentral District Health Board's new chief executive Kathryn Cook has big plans in sight for the future of Palmerston North Hospital.

Building a hospital of the future that the community can be proud of is the priority for new MidCentral District Health Board boss Kathryn Cook.

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