Health

Mobster 'Fats' wants to be fit video

Fats Moke, 43, is a big man with a gang history who has worked with Dr Tom Mulholland to get his diabetes under control.

The Lower Hutt gang member does not want his 11 children to see him die early from diabetes.

Baby's killing haunts hospital staff

The six-day-old boy's mother barricaded herself into a hospital room with him, before killing him.

More than a decade after a six-day-old boy was killed by his mother, nurses and doctors are still distressed.

Nits outwit warm weather

The humble head lice - up close and personal.

Head lice may be embracing a warmer winter and swarming into schools.

Failed sterlisation compo rejected

The woman said her covered personal injury included the consequences of her pregnancy not just the state of being pregnant.

Eight years after she was sterilised the woman fell pregnant and gave birth to a son.

Food is Free project

Steve Brill has started planting roadside gardens utilising space which would otherwise go unused.

"I don't care if you're a millionaire or don't even have a dollar, the idea behind these gardens are they're for everyone."

'I am going to die very soon' video

Eighteen months after being diagnosed with terminal cancer and being given about seven weeks to live, Helen Kelly is ...

Helen Kelly has a broken back after tumours pushed through her spinal cord. She says cannabis is helping her cope with the pain.

Mum: 'It breaks my heart'

Sam Thomas, 27, died in September 2015, one of 12 suspected suicides on the West Coast in a year.

Maree Budd can't stop asking herself why her son didn't seek help before he took his own life.

IT glitch offers jobs for all

NZ Nurses Organisation spokeswoman Liz Robinson described the situation as "hopes raised and then dashed".

About 600 newly graduated nurses thought they had secured jobs in Auckland.

Mental health in dire straits

Ashley Peacock is held in seclusion for nearly 23 hours a day.

OPINION: Locking someone up for 23 hours in a day can only make their mental illness worse.

Maddie's family chase US transplant video

Maddie Collins,12, is adjusting to life with a dialysis machine.

After grim nights on dialysis, Maddie Collins' family hope the United States will offer her a chance at childhood.

P testing of homes doubles

More people are asking experts questions around methamphetamine testing for their homes.

Numbers of Manawatu people getting their homes tested for P spikes.

Country school determined not to lose school pool

Dalefield School's pool is at risk of being closed unless the community raises $26,000.

Community complains that the Government should support swimming costs in schools.

Alleged fake psychiatrist frustrated with wait for trial

Mohamed Shakeel Siddiqui told the court he can't understand why he can't stand trial before March 2017. He's pictured in ...

'I don't know why it's taking so long.'

Community buys million-dollar X-ray

The new angiography machine in the new suite at the Taranaki Base Hospital allows for faster diagnosis.

Taranaki is taking a lead in provincial health care thanks to its angiography suite, which is already seeing patients.

'Widespread' bug closes unit

A norovirus case from Napier's Princess Alexandra retirement village and an outbreak at Hawke's Bay Hospital led to the ...

Stomach bug forces Hawke's Bay Hospital to close its acute assessment unit for the second time in a week.

Not just for seniors

An Abbeyfield house in Christchurch.

Social housing model aimed at the elderly could be used to house others in need.

Public health service lets teenager down

An Auckland teenager worries how negative stigmas around her mental illness could affect her future career prospects.

A mother says it seems young people with mental health issues need to put their lives in danger to finally receive help.

Advanced cancer sufferer still laughing gallery

Saoirse Gaffney is undergoing three types of chemotherapy in Christchurch.

Laughter is the best medicine for 5-year-old with stage 5 lung and bilateral kidney cancer.

Glaucoma - the silent disease

Rose Clark from Gulf Harbour has entered the Telstraclear Challenge.

July is Glaucoma New Zealand's annual appeal month, and its message is diagnosis.

Woman denied funds to fix house video

Jennifer Sosich says she has been disadvantaged for making the same choices able-bodied people make.

She moved in search of a better life, but says she's being punished for her disability.

Mother wins battle for compensation

After years of battling the Ministry of Health, Margaret Spencer has been awarded compensation as the caregiver of her ...

She cared for her disabled son for years and has now been awarded more than $200,000 in compensation

A kid with support stays out of court

Judge Andrew Becroft says his own children keep him grounded - not afraid of giving him a ribbing just because he's a judge.

For 15 years Andrew Becroft has been the ambulance at the cliff bottom. Now he wants to stop children reaching the edge.

Funding worries for social services

Bread of Life manager Brian Gull says non-government organisations are a lifeline for people in the Marlborough ...

"We have noticed with dismay that more and more programmes around the country are being shut down."

Video calls to help Samoa's health services

Telehealth will be used for weekly meetings between clinicians in Apia and at Middlemore Hospital.

Counties Manukau Health is helping to improve medical outcomes for Pacific people by video. 

More GPs needed: professor

About 40 per cent of New Zealand's GP workforce will retire over the next decade, Lawrenson says.

It can be particularly tricky for rural areas, says professor.

Mentors for health students

The RSA trust has partnered with an established heath board programme to nurture young people working towards health or ...

The sprint is over for Napier RSA's new legacy trust, but the marathon is only just starting.

PMH campaign gets 'personal'

The future of the Princess Margaret Hospital in Cashmere is uncertain.

Health board boss David Meates claims man behind petition to save Princess Margaret Hospital is simply chasing votes.

Company failed as an employer, WorkSafe says

Dean Sturzaker was in hospital for eight days after he was exposed to legionella bacteria at Fonterra's Pahiatua plant.

A contract worker was put on life support twice after contracting legionnaires' disease from the Fonterra Pahiatua site.

Family support programme axed

Blenheim charity Bread of Life will lose its Strengthening Families contract following a government funding shakeup.

A Blenheim programme that lends support to struggling families will finish in September after government funds were redirected.

'No more rugby for life'

Irisa Ta'ala suffered a heart attack while playing club rugby for Johnsonville.

Wife welcomes doctors' verdict after her husband's on-field heart attack.

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