Health

Baby born on side of state highway video

Aurora Tarewa Corbett was born on the side of SH1, just south of Cambridge, weighing seven pounds.

Couple head to midwife as fast as they can but baby too quick for everyone.

'Common sense and a condom' video

Kiwis travelling overseas have been warned to take care not to become infected with the Zika virus.

That's the Zika health advice from NZ officials to travelling Kiwis.

Hospital revamp delay 'risking lives'

An artist's impression of proposed Grey Base Hospital and Integrated Family Health Centre. The start of construction for the project has been delayed by six months.

Delays to revamp of Greymouth's hospital will put patients and staff at risk, West Coast senior doctors say.

Southland MS sufferers given new hope

Patricia Soper has MS but doesn't let it restrict her.

Southland MS patient welcomes new drugs to help others

When the medicine runs out gallery

At least 10 drugs, some of them used by tens of thousands of patients, are currently in short supply in New Zealand, the Pharmacy Guild says.

Medicine shortages are constant and pharmacists say they're getting worse.

Hair dye back on shelves

Irritation on Sheryl Smith's neck after she used Nice 'n Easy hair dye two weeks ago. "I feel like someone's poured acid all over my head," she said.

Distributor says tests have shown product that caused allergic reactions is safe.

No one expected him to turn 1

Peter and Ashleigh Brown with their 1-year-old son Riley, who suffers from the rare congenital disorder Zellweger syndrome.

"Little fighter" born with rare congenital disorder beats the odds and reaches first birthday.

Why I support death with dignity stuff nation

"I like to think the powers that be would write a very tightly worded law."

I'm 33 and have terminal stomach cancer. I truly believe a dying with dignity law would give many in a similar situation a new lease on life.

An invitation for change

New Zealand head of global pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline Anna Stove says disability issues are generally not on business' radars, but should be.

Helping to change the lives of countless people can be as straightforward as watching a movie and having a conversation.

Hospital delay more 'bad news'

An artist's impression of the proposed Grey Base Hospital and Integrated Family Health Centre.

West Coasters fed up with delays after construction at Grey Base Hospital pushed back six months.

More sick kids when doctor is free

Stethoscope and pager.

Free visits to the doctor for 6 to 13 year-olds has resulted in thousands more child visits to southern GPs.

Painfully long wait to see dentist

The results of the New Zealand Health Survey show 59 per cent of Marlborough residents only visit a dentist for dental problems or never visit at all.

Blenheim dental practices are struggling to keep up with demand with patients waiting up to 4 weeks for treatment.

Measles warning for Auckland flight

Health officials are warning people to stay aware and make sure you have had the vaccines.

A passenger who had measles on board a flight to Auckland may have infected others.

Minister supports medicinal cannabis campaigner

Children's Commissioner Russell Wills medically treats the daughter of United In Compassion co-founder Toni-Marie Matich.

Woman spear-heading access to medicinal cannabis under investigation still has support of MP.

Quiz: Sunblock, what do you know?

How often should you apply sunscreen? Do you know the answer?

Sunscreen is your friend, but how well do you know it?

Power outage delays surgeries

Operations were postponed on Tuesday after a power outage at Manukau SuperClinic in South Auckland.

A surgery centre in south Auckland lost power for most of the day following a fault inside a transformer.

The man with the 'broken face'

Jeremy Awatere in Grey Base Hospital the day he fell off his skateboard and hit his face on concrete

Doctor says he could improve his bedside manner after sending man, who later needed surgery, home with paracetamol.

Compass defends meals on wheels

Invercargill pensioner John Jones said this cooked roast chicken meal was ''quite acceptable'', unlike some others which were ''bloody awful''.

Under-fire company defends meals delivered to vulnerable people in the south.

A Southland adventure for Doctor and her family

Dr Amanda Sommerfeldt starts at Hospice Southland.

When Dr Amanda Sommerfeldt and her husband Scott stepped of the plane they were met by grey skys and a cold, wet wind.

Assisted dying isn't the answer stuff nation

Heather Roberts believes legalising assisted dying would rob people of the chance to live well in hard situations.

Killing people is wrong, and asking the health system to kill its patients goes against the spirit of what it is for, writes Heather Roberts.

Elderly flatting on the rise

Pauline Lance is a resident at Abbeyfield House where older folk live independently but together. Pauline, right, does alterations for fellow flatmates such as neighbour, Maureen Knight

Pauline Lance, 85, lived on her own for more than 50 years before she went flatting.

NZ heart disease rates high

Scott Johnson was one of the lucky ones who survived a heart attack, but a new report shows New Zealand has more deaths from heart disease than most other OECD countries.

Heart disease kills more people in NZ than most other OECD countries, international report shows.

ACC fights carers' payment claim

ACC is fighting a claim for back-dated payments for some of the unpaid care family members gave accident victims between 1974 and 1993.

Disabled accident victims are in a test case with ACC about paying for care given for free.

Zika: Should Kiwis be worried?

Aedes mosquito are responsible for spreading the Zika virus, which was upgraded to an international health emergency on Monday.

Pregnant New Zealand women should rethink travel and you should reach for the repellent.

The 10-year tumour gamble

Carol Krucoff scheduled an MRI and learned that her tumor was growing.

A decade is a long time to play "watch and wait" with a brain tumour. But it's a risk that Carol Krucoff is glad she took.

Outpatients building revealed

An artist's impressions of Christchurch Hospital's new outpatients building.

The design of Christchurch Hospital's $72 million outpatients building has been unveiled.

Lonely elderly pass time in malls

Joyce Moore, 95, is a regular visitor to Barrington Shopping Centre.

When Joyce Moore, 95, gets sick of her own company, she heads for Barrington Shopping Centre.

Secret euthanasia in Oz hospitals

Pro-life campaigners are urging hospitals to investigate Philip Nitschke's claims about euthanasia.

Australia's "Dr Death" says families are smuggling lethal drugs into hospitals.

Countdown withdraws hair dye

Irritation on Sheryl Smith's neck after she used Nice 'n Easy hair dye two weeks ago. "I feel like someone's poured acid all over my head," she said.

Supermarket pulls a dye off the shelves after reports of customers having severe reactions.

Elderly 'chronically lonely' video

Lorna Batchelor at her home of 30 years. She is among thousands of elderly living a lonely existence in Christchurch.

Up to one in 10 elderly New Zealanders could be socially isolated from friends, family and the community, Age Concern says.

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