Plain tobacco packaging urged

An example of the plain packaging designed for cigarettes sold in Australia.

Anti-smoking group says NZ is falling behind on standardised cigarette packaging.

'Find your way home'

ON HIS OWN: Picton man Tony Mortiboy, 81, had to search for a friend's number in a phonebook, so he could be picked up after surgery.

Hospital staff gave elderly man a phonebook when he needed to get home after stent surgery.

Diet pill scam warning

Brian Hogan with his daughter Chloe at their home in South Auckland.

Brian Hogan's usually sound judgement went awry when he saw an advertisement on a Kiwi website for "miracle" diet-pill Garcinia Cambogia.

Kiwis slowing down on booze

Experts have again warned about the dangers of teenagers drinking.

Nearly 100,000 Kiwis have given up the booze in the past five years, according to a new survey by the Ministry of Health.

Dad's disease inspires ride

Carey Vivian,  on the road to the Hakataramea Pass,  is cycling the length of the country to raise awareness of  motor neurone disease.

Inspired by his father's diagnosis of motor neurone disease, Carey Vivian cycled through the Mackenzie Country yesterday on a 4000-kilometre journey.

Fast response saves lives

Kelly Widdowson, 27, on left, who at 26 had a massive cardiac arrest at club netball, working the defibrillator with ASB acting branch manager Kim Dodd (in back centre is St John area executive officer Debbie McCallum).

A year and a half ago, 27-year-old Kelly Widdowson died ten times.

HIV boy made ward of court

Gavel, generic court, judge's gavel

A boy with HIV has been made a ward of the court after his father refused treatment for his son.

Gastro outbreak 'controlled'


A week-long gastroenteritis outbreak at a Blenheim retirement village has been controlled, the village's manager says. 

DHBs agree on pay for ultrasound specialists


Sonographers working in the public health sector no longer the lowest paid people in their industry.

Health hub may include maternity unit

The pregnant woman who has an examination Generic pregnancy

Maternity services could return to Morrinsville as part of a planned health hub.

Can't stomach it any more

UNDER THE KNIFE: Christchurch man Oliver Grennell had his stomach removed after discovering he had a 70 per cent chance of contracting gastric cancer.

For the next year Oliver Grennell is going to be the cheapest date around.

Feilding health centre one step closer

ONE-STOP HEALTH CARE: An artists impression of what the new Feilding Health Centre will look like.

After nearly two decades, a clutch of health providers is closer to setting up under one roof.

'It's my part to play in life' video

LIFELONG BOND: Margaret McKeown has looked after her nephew Michael Yeatman for more than three decades.

Through a tough life of health issues and abuse, Michael Yeatman has always had the support of one person - his aunt, Margaret McKeown.

Rare condition made her face masculine

RAISING AWARENESS: Greenhithe woman Donna Bosson has a rare condition called acromegaly.

Over 10 years, Donna Bosson's shoe size increased, her facial features transformed and she battled constant headaches.

'A quarter of her brain has died'

STROKE VICTIM: Keara Fraser, 2, stares into space after a stroke killed a quarter of her brain.

Two-year-old Keara Fraser had open heart surgery and suffered a stroke.

Toddler codeine overdose shock

Syringe needle

Parents were asked to pay for stomach pumping after their three-year-old boy was mistakenly given too much codeine before surgery.

Time-out on treats

How important is junk food really in parks?

Dietician wants time-out on practice of giving children junk food as a reward for playing sport.

Maddy's marathon fundraising effort

GETTING EXCITED: Maddy Dorrington and mum Gemma are fundraising to get the last amount of money needed to get them to Missouri for life changing surgery.

Life-changing surgery is inching closer for five-year-old Maddy Dorrington, with one more fundraising push to go.

Waikato loses fertility 'mojo'

HOPING FOR MORE: Caitlin Derooy, with son Jax Brimblecombe, plans to have one or two more children.

Waikato has been out-mojo'ed by other regions, falling two places down the rankings from fifth in 2001 to seventh in the latest count.

BMI barrier to surgery

Hutt Hospital guidelines refuse reconstructive surgery to those with a body mass index of 32 or higher as well as smokers and those aged over 70.

New Health Board rules have denied a woman post-cancer breast reconstruction due to her weight.

Stranded after surgery

Retired Brigadire Tony Mortiboy of Picton has had problems with transport back to his Picton home after visits to Nelson and Wairau hospitals.

A heart patient, discharged from Nelson Hospital after stent surgery, was left to find his own way home.

Anger heightens heart risk

DANGEROUS RAGE: Extreme anger can trigger a heart attack as long as two hours after an outburst.

Calm down or you might have a heart attack, research has found.

Ministry acts to stop patients fleeing


The Ministry of Health has put in place interim measures to limit the risk of special patients leaving the country after a man who killed his wife fled to India without authorities knowing.

Auckland smokers effectively reached

A Malaysian smokes a cigarette during a lunch break in Kuala Lumpur, October 11, 2000. In a study commissioned by a major tobacco company, the industry consultant warned that raising tobacco taxes, as expected by many analysts, in Malaysia's 2001 federal budget on October 27 could spur already rampant smuggling.   REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad

Central Auckland is the place to quit smoking, according to new data.

Fat-burning pill an obesity fix?

Glenn Vile.

A fat-busting pill could replace the treadmill and prove an exciting answer to the obesity epidemic.

Harry's kicked butt after 30 years

Harry Leggott decided while being treated for bowel cancer that he would quit smoking through the South Canterbury District Health Board's cessation services.

Harry Leggott promised to give up smoking just to shut up a Timaru Hospital staffer - but he kept his word.

Family's fight for Mila video

HOPE: Melanie and Nathan Gardner are raising money for an operation in the US for Mila.

Mila survived the death of her identical twin in the womb. Now she needs a rare and costly operation to have a normal life.

Obesity linked to cycle of poverty


Adults living in poor areas are more likely to be obese, researchers say.

Toddler's stomach pumped

A nurse prepares smallpox vaccinations for the hospital emergency workers in Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, Israel Wednesday Sept. 18, 2002. The government decided last month to inoculate 15,000 emergency workers against smallpox in preparation for a possible U.S. attack on Iraq and a possible Iraqi counterstrike against Israel.  Israel has 2.5 times as many smallpox vaccines as there are citizens and in the event of a real threat of a biological attack, it will take authorities four days to vaccinate the entire population against smallpox, an official said. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Nurses mistakenly gave a three-year-old boy 10 times the recommended dose of codeine before surgery.

City staff checked for cancer

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Palmerston North City Council outdoor workers are getting free skin cancer checks as council sharpens up its sunsmart practices.

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