Health

Top doc says anti-vaccinators on 'flat earth'

Dr Noni MacDonald, a professor of paediatrics is speaking at the NZ Immunisation conference about improving vaccine acceptance.

A Canadian paediatrician says denying children immunisation, is like denying them the right to grow up.

Golden glow boy cleared of cancer video

After months doctor's visits, tears and camera flashes baby Mason has been diagnosed with Coat's Disease, an outcome his mum Sarah Bowers has welcolmed after fearing it could have been cancer.

Baby Mason receives good news.

Obesity research targets hormones

Kiwi scientists are investigating how to harness a hormone that suppresses how much we eat.

Kiwi scientists investigating how to harness a hormone that suppresses appetites.

Recruiting woes brings hospital staffing changes

Nurse manager Judy Harris and operation manager Jen Thomas say the  new joint arrangement will  take pressure of general practitioners at the Dargaville  Medical Centre.

Recruiting woes leads to hospital staffing changes

Cystic fibrosis drug rejected

Jamie Archibald is always looking for new medicines to help with his condition.

Cystic fibrosis community pays the price for lack of funding for new medicine.

Birthing classes no longer funded

Howick couple Matt and Emily Jurd say the antenatal classes are beneficial for first-time parents.

East Aucklanders miss out on funded birthing classes. But others are still funded in a new move by the DHB.

Mum denied pap smear dies

Rachel Sarjantson with her son Ronnie.

A mother has died after she was denied a pap smear because she was "too young" to need it.

Family win battle with ACC

Judge Neil MacLean.

A Taranaki teenager has won an appeal against an ACC decision to deny him cover for cerebral palsy.

Hospital defends surgery numbers

Graeme Jury from New Plymouth is recovering at home after a hip operation.

Taranaki health bosses are defending their record on elective surgery numbers after questions were raised.

When will flu season end?

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Half of your workmates may be off sick but there's some good news about the flu season.

Hospice Waikato expands gallery

A $3.2m Hospice Waikato project at Hospice Waikato includes a new hub and increased parking space.

An 'out of the blue' bequest was a funding cornerstone.

Sex offender might practise again

A Christchurch man convicted of multiple sex offences against young boys will be allowed to re-register for a medical certificate.

Christchurch man convicted of sex offences against young boys can reapply for medical registration.

Why do specialists refuse GP referrals?

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government will track patients being sent back to GPs after referrals.

Thousands are turned away from specialist medical appointments, despite being referred by their GP.

Surgery assessments refused

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Thousands of patients have stumbled at the first hurdle on their way to surgery during the past five years. 

Girl back on track after eye scare

Reba Pottinger and daughter Michaela Pottinger, 16, both of Invercargill.

An Invercargill mum says a simple eye test might have saved her daughter's vision after she was diagnosed with a rare condition.

Circumcision cut costly

Waikato DHB policy doesn't allow paediatric surgeons to perform circumcisions for religious or cultural reasons. Photo: Chris Hillock/Fairfax NZ

The number of circumcisions has decreased in the Waikato, with many people put off by the cost.

Families await change

Carey and Owen Hume, parents of Erica who died at Ward 21 in Palmerston North Hospital.

MidCentral District Health Board is through the first phase of implementing changes to mental health and addiction services.

NZ 'left behind' on drug funding video

Masterton's Allyson Lock feels as if the government said "you're not worth it" when she applied for expensive treatment to fight rare, painful and potentially fatal Pompe disease.

Rare disease sufferer tired of Government's "buck-passing" over her potentially fatal condition.

Doctor takes the reins at HVDHB

Incoming Hutt Valley DHB chief executive Dr Ashley Bloomfield.

For the first time since being formed in 2001, the Hutt Valley District Health Board will be run by a clinician.

Island a sad reminder of racism

Historian Lynette Shum with a tribute Wellington's Chinese community placed on Mokopuna Island in 2004 for its "leper", Kim Lee.

A Wellington grocer was unlucky enough to be Chinese during a leprosy panic in 1903.

Sponsorship helps teen fight cancer

Te Amohaere Rudolph didn't let cancer keep her away from her school's cabaret.

A sponsorship programme for Kiwi kids is helping a Northland teen battle cancer.

Flu kills 4-year-old

Influenza levels reached alert levels during one week in August.

Influenza has killed at least two New Zealanders this year as the virus hit alert levels.

How old age can put us in a cruel prison

Old age can rob us of our independence.

OPINION: Joe Bennett's mother's stroke shows us again that age is cruel, robbing us of our independence.

Give me back my teeth

Ramon McDonald and his wife Sharon McDonald are annoyed that his dentist withheld his lower denture because he did not pay the bill they say was twice as much as originally quoted.

A dispute over a dentist bill left a Nelson man with no bottom teeth.

A weighty look at DNA

An intensive DNA search will seek the specific genetic causes of obesity and Type-2 diabetes in New Zealanders.

Just why are New Zealanders so fat? It may be our genes.

Consumer reps join maternity board

Waikato DHB has listed 10 quality and safety improvement areas.

A new initiative for Waikato maternity services include the appointment of consumer reps.

New Zealand needs to do more to tackle overdose problem

New Zealanders don’t like to talk openly about intravenous drug use

OPINION: Monday is International Overdose Awareness Day.

Hay fever season arrives month early

The beginning of spring means hay fever season for 1.2 million New Zealanders.

Noses and eyes begin running a month early for hay fever sufferers.

Midwives sue Government video

Midwives gather outside the High Court at Wellington.

Midwives have lodged the nation's biggest equal pay challenge.

Can herbs really heal a broken leg?

Waisake Naholo was named in the All Blacks squad on Sunday.

All Black Waisake Naholo's miracle cure is an incredible story. Perhaps too incredible.

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