Hamilton doctors swamped with children

The mid-winter illnesses have arrived in the Waikato, with most suffering from respiratory and gastro infections.

The start of the school holidays saw doctors' offices inundated with patients, many of them children.

DHB budget blowout disappoints

New MidCentral DHB chief executive Kathryn Cook at Palmerston North hospital.

Members were "disappointed" as MidCentral DHB budget blowout extends to $3m.

Drinking while pregnant is 'common'

Female smokers are much more likely to drink alcohol when pregnant, a new study shows.

Between 20 and 80 per cent of expectant mums drink alcohol at low levels, new study shows.

All in your mind

Meditation is not for everyone.

The trendy cure-alls of meditation and mindfulness can come with a few downsides.

Sponge offers cancer sufferers hope

The Mycale henscheli sponge makes a chemical that could one day be a more effective cancer drug, with fewer side-effects than current medicines.

Powerful toxin in Kiwi sea sponge stops growth of lung tumours, say scientists.

The flu season is nigh

Flu rates are starting to rise, particularly in the Bay of Plenty, Wairarapa and Hawke's Bay.

The flu season is under way and the public has been warned it could be nasty.

Patients' at risk if more skin specialists not found

Skin specialists say a lack of resources could jeopardise public dermatology services in just five years' time.

Skin specialists have called for more dermatologists in the public health sector or risk incorrect diagnosis and treatment.

6000 patient summaries not sent to GPs

A computer glitch meant hospital discharge notes for 6000 patients were not sent to their GPs.

Nearly 6000 hospital discharge summaries were not sent to patients' GPs because of to a computer glitch.

National bowel cancer screening a step closer

NZ Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government will consult over the roll-out of a national bowel-screening programme.

The national roll-out of a bowel cancer screening programme appears to be a step closer.

Over-the-counter Pill plan fails

Women will still have to see their doctor to get the Pill, after a bid to give pharmacists prescribing rights failed.

Doctors win in tussle with pharmacies over contraception control.

Nurses sneeze at flu shots

Hutt Valley nurses have the lowest rate of taking flu jabs among medical staff with 51 per cent.

Frontline nursing staff are lagging behind their medical peers when it comes to flu shots.

Let's Be.Accessible New Zealand

Be.Accessible CEO Minnie Baragwanath

New Zealand has an extraordinary history of leading social change movements.

Donor suffers for her gift

Robin Howarth is regaining his health after a kidney transplant, but has seen the health and finances of his donor, daughter Elsie, fall apart.

Giving her dad a kidney saved the taxpayer thousands, but she's still waiting for support.

New beat for business

Doctors medical stethoscope, health, Wellington, New Zealand, Thursday, October 26, 2006. Credit:NZPA/Ross Setford

Medical innovation is a growing trade area for New Zealand.

A walking miracle video

Grant Looker and his daughter Abbey are moving on with their lives after his health improved thanks to a new cancer drug.

Cancer was expected to kill this Taranaki dad within days of his daughter's wedding, but he fought back - and won.

Island ladies in town for mammogram

Chatham Islands mammogram trip co-ordinator and island resident Debbie Whittaker-Prendeville has brought 60 ladies to Palmerston North for their biennial breast screening.

A group of 60 women from the Chatham Islands have arrived in Palmerston North for an epic girls' weekend, and all in the name of health.

Time to get checked

Wellington company Matakina Technology has sold its breast screening technology, Volpara Solutions, in India.

Mangakino women are in for free mammograms starting July 9.

Dunedin Hospital loses trainees

Dunedin Hospital may lose trainee doctors in 2016.

Dunedin Hospital has lost orthopaedic training for trainee doctors, forcing them to now train somewhere else.

World-first kids' eye disease tests

Ciara Moriarty, pupil at St Catherine's College, Wellington, has her eyes scanned with a pentacam as part of world-first study of the eye disease Keratoconus

In a world first, Wellington high schoolers will be tested for a little-known, serious eye disease.

First partners in social bonds pilot

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the results of any social bonds projects would be expected far sooner than 2022.

First firms to partner with the Government in its controversial social bonds pilot announced.

Crashed pharmacy stays open

Dave Adams received a call just before 7pm on Wednesday, informing him there was a smoking vehicle in his pharmacy.

Although the shop front has been destroyed, the back door is still open for the Palmerston North community.

Fat and sugar 'often disguised'

Children "needed protection from the sophisticated marketing of food and drinks that were making them fat".

Junk food advertising is "powerful, pervasive and predatory" and must be regulated, report says.

Suicide toll at highest rate

Mike King pictured talking about his Key to Life charity aimed at teaching high school students about how he beat depression.

Suicide toll rises to its highest figure since the coroner’s office started releasing the statistics.

Tributes flow for Alex Renton

Alex Renton died on Wednesday night.

Tributes pour in as Peter Dunne says prescribing medical cannabis was worthwhile.

Social bonds a slow process

Labour's health spokeswoman Annette King says there is little overseas evidence to show social impact bonds deliver on their contracted outcomes

Private investment in social health outcomes could take seven years to see results, documents show

Calorie rise blamed for obesity

An oversupply of calorie-laden food is the main culprit in the global obesity epidemic, an Auckland University study suggests.

Too much food, rather than too little exercise, is probably to blame for expanding waistlines.

Freebies given to get Waikato Maori healthy

Incentives have been proposed to help improve the health of Maori in the Waikato DHB area.

Incentives have been proposed to help improve the health of Maori in the Waikato DHB area.

Big uptake of free GP visit scheme

Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman and Prime Minister John Key have revealed 96 per cent of GP clinics in New Zealand have jumped on a scheme to offer free doctors visits to under 13-year-olds.

More than 400,000 children are covered for free GP visits, after a 96 per cent initial uptake on the Government scheme.

Tax sugar like booze and smokes - dentist

Springlands School pupils, from left, Ava Elsmore, 9, Grace Calder, 9, and Brayden Giles, 10. Fizzy drinks are not sold on Springlands School grounds, and children are discouraged from bringing high-sugar drinks into the school .

The Government should treat sugar in the same way as tobacco and alcohol, dental officer says. 

Editorial: Free GP visits worth it

Free doctor visits for 13 and under begin today.

OPINION: Extending free doctors to cover all children 13 and under will not be cheap but the pay-off is worth it.

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