Lifesaving EpiPen recalled

Mylan is urging 1794 New Zealanders to return their potentially fatal adrenaline injecting EpiPens.

There are defects in two batches of the 300 microgram Adrenaline Auto-Injectors.

Anti-fluoride brigade want water filters

Educate don't Fluoridate group members walk down Trafalgar St, to the Nelson Council Offices to protest  against water ...

A group of anti-fluoride campaigners want the NCC to provide filters if fluoride is added to the region's water.

Health insurance crunch time

Health insurance is there to pay for medical treatments that would be judged as not urgent in the public healthcare system.

Ageing baby boomers are struggling to pay sky-rocketing health insurance premiums.

He's 36 and terrified of dying

Al Ingram says he's worried for wife Heidi and his children after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

Al Ingram has been told he's got three months left - three months to make memories for his family.

Disability support provider to cut services

E tu advocate Alistair Duncan said the cuts are a major and significant event for IDEA Services.

A national disability support provider plans to ditch a host of services making uncertain the future care of more than 1000 people.

Hospital on the hunt for midwives

Women's Health Commissioner Tanya Maloney said the reasons large hospitals often struggle to fill midwife vacancies were ...

Health bosses are looking overseas to fill midwife vacancies at Waikato Hospital.

'I was just having a sleep' video

Jules Wilson, 32, was in a coma for two and a half weeks after a car crash when she was 21. She has recently graduated ...

Lying in a coma, Jules Wilson's mum agreed to turn off her daughter's life support. But she wasn't ready to go.

Quake anxiety shows up at school video

Search and rescue teams scour through the wreckage of the CTV building following the 2011 Christchurch quake. The post ...

Children born after the Chch quakes are starting school with quake-related stress, including wetting themselves two or three times a day.

Counsellor needed for gambling

Face-to-face counselling for gambling is far more effective, a budget adviser says. (File photo)

Social agencies call for gambling addiction specialist as contract review is delayed.

Release imminent for Ashley

Ashley Peacock has been in mental health care for 10 years, including years in seclusion.

He's been in mental health care for a decade, at a cost of about $2500 a day. Soon, he will be released.

Insurance to cover cancer drugs

Immunotherapy drugs stimulate the immune system to kill cancer cells, but treatments can cost more than $100,000 a year.

Insurer AIA launches cover for super-costly immunotherapy cancer drugs.

'Zombie' drug use horror

The drug Alpha-PVP, also known as "bath salts", is a growing problem, according to police.

Their mouths are open, their movements are jerky and tense, and they don't seem to realise they are being filmed.

'No such thing as busy period'

The emergency department at Middlemore Hospital is experiencing full capacity all year round.

Forget quiet summers and busy winters, Auckland's Middlemore Hospital now has a full emergency department right through the year.

Nan gives liver for baby

Suzie and Amarni in the operating room before their liver transplant.

"He was like this little boy who was trapped in this body of pain," says nan who donated her liver.

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"We are doing things our GP colleagues were doing 200 years ago."

Old guard docs pinch our idea

Otago and Auckland have been accused of trying to grab the initiative off Waikato by proposing a new national school of ...

Waikato leaders slam rival rural medical school bid.

Cancer patient's triumph video

Alison MacKenzie has graduated from UCOL with an IT qualification, a day she feared she would never get to experience.

"I did not know if I was going to even make it today."

The man who costs NZ $1m a year

Ashley Peacock, a mental health patient in a secure unit at Kenepuru Hospital, with family dog Barney inside a secure ...

Taxpayers footing hefty bill for autistic man's care in isolation, as family calls for his release.

Patients paying the price for long-distance treatment

Cancer Society manager of volunteering Robyn Flowers is responsible for the recruitment of volunteer drivers for ...

The Cancer Society says many Southlanders travelling long distances for treatment are not getting the compensation they need.

Helping half a million get healthy

Essie Samuels from Onehunga lost 45kgs and was cured off pre-diabetes.

Government health programme was referred to Kiwis with cases like pre-diabetes and heart disease.

The forgotten quake district

The Inland Rd between Waiau and Kaikoura was significantly damaged in the November 14 quake.

Hurunui is a community at crisis point, and "all they ever hear about is Kaikoura".

SDHB sorry for missed diagnosis

Southern DHB chief medical officer Nigel Millar.

Patient's X-ray results went missing when her doctor was on leave. By the time they realised, it was too late.

Mum takes strides to feeling healthier

Mike Blucher, manager of Flat Bush gym Zero 2 100, Tere Atera, Deeyana Amosa, her young boys (aged two and one), and ...

Smaller, healthier and happier was how Deeyana Amosa felt after completing the Stadium Stomp.

Lives 'ruined' by health system video

Alison Lee with her husband Jeff Lee and children Latham, 13, and Jack, 10. Alison says a "simple" procedure to fix ...

Pressure mounts on government to take action over surgical mesh complications, to protect patients and compensate victims.

Terminally-ill and turfed out

Alison and Dion MacKenzie were shocked to learn she has bowel cancer and their faith in the health system has been ...

Hospital tells cancer patient Alison MacKenzie that it would rather spend money on people who didn't have weeks to live.

Tot's 400-day recovery

Luca Fassbender and his mum Jaclyn Smith at home in Timaru.

Luca Fassbender was born 13 weeks premature with an uncertain future. Now he's knocking down the milestones.

Elderly need mental health support video

Gwenda Pomeroy recovered after therapy and medication, but relapsed in 2013.

Elderly struggling with undiagnosed depression and anxiety don't know where to look for help.

Midwife shortages 'emergency' gallery

Capital & Coast DHB is looking for seven full-time midwives to work at Wellington Hospital's maternity unit.

Wellington Hospital needs seven more midwives, but some larger hospitals are even worse off.

Medical information overload

New research from Massey University is evaluating the impact of too much information for medical patients.

New research examines effects of having access to too much online medical advice.

Disability support staff at 'crisis level'

E Tu delegate Dinah Dolamore says South Canterbury support staff numbers have reached crisis level as they are extremely ...

About three-quarters of IDEA Services support workers are expected to vote on possible strike action.

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