Health

Minister berates capital's DHB

15102014 News Photo:David Walker/Fairfax NZ. Dr Jonathan Coleman visits the Canterbury DHB Design Lab.

Jonathan Coleman has admonished Wellington's DHB for its "recurring pattern of poor performance".

Radiographer censured for touching

"There's no doubt that giving up smoking is the biggest thing you can do to reduce lifestyle risk factors associated with lung cancer."

Auckland radiographer is fined for unwarranted touching of a female patient, and offering to deliver another woman's x-rays to her "over a drink".

Riley loses her locks

BRAVE MOVE: At 10-years old, Riley Comer will shave off her hair for the Shave for Cure event.

Riley Comer put on a brave face as she watched her long locks come off for the Shave for Cure campaign.

Diabetes meters 'dangerous'

Type-2 diabetic Pete Hustwick, of Nelson.

Authorities deny claims blood meters are dodgy despite car crashes, children in hospital.

Untreated hernias are 'dangerous'

SURGEON: Philip Bagshaw says NZ is following a dangerous trend.

Monitoring hernias rather than immediately operating raises mortality rates, warns a Christchurch surgeon.

Chronic antidote shortage

A new study has found no New Zealand hospital had enough antidote on hand to treat even one patient for a full day for most varieties of poisoning.

Study finds no NZ hospital has enough antidote on hand to treat even one patient for a full day.

Buzzing for cancer awareness

Rodney Wayne hairdresser Bonnie Wapp takes reveals Shannan Stafford-Hyde's ponytail as he gets a cut to raise money for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand.

People shaving their heads to raise money for cancer charity created a real buzz in Palmerston North.

Parkinson's ambassador off to US video

Dilys Parker is New Zealand's first ambassador for the World Parkinson Congress.

A Hamilton woman is the first New Zealand ambassador appointed to attend the World Parkinson Congress next year.

DHB paying family's fees 'justice'

The family of 21-year-old Nicholas Stevens, Dave Macpherson, Jane Stevens and Tony Stevens are putting pressure on the Waikato DHB to pay their legal expenses.

The brother of a 21-year-old man who drowned two weeks ago says an online petition is not only about justice.

Mums locked out of birth unit

19022015 News Photo Andy Jackson/Fairfax NZ.  The launch of 'We Heart Taranaki' fundraising campaign held at TET Stadium in Stratford.  Stratford Mayor, Neil Volzke.

Stratford mothers have been left angry and frustrated after DHB members voted unanimously to keep the town's birthing unit closed.

Measles diagnoses retracted

BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 26:  A children's doctor injects a vaccine against measles, rubella, mumps and chicken pox to an infant on February 26, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. The city of Berlin is facing an outbreak of measles that in recent weeks has led to over 700 cases and one confirmed death of a little boy who had not been vaccinated. Vaccination in Germany is not compulsory by law though the vast majority of parents have their children vaccinated.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

The two recent confirmed cases of measles in Christchurch were not in fact measles.

Call to disclose giveaways

Does New Zealand need a 'Sunshine Law' to expose the gift-giving practices of drug companies towards medical professionals?

The murky financial ties between doctors and drug companies need to be exposed or patients will be the likely victims, a group of health experts say.

Which brand of electronic cigarette is safest?

DISCREPANCY: A study has found e-cigarettes are safer than normal fags but also found some e-cigarettes don't always have the nicotine content as stated on the label.

Electronic cigarettes are stronger than they used to be but still far safer than regular cigarettes, according to a study on leading brands.

Health board's $45m blowout

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Canterbury's health authority says it will record a $45 million blowout in the next 10 years without Government help.

Kiwi mum's link with Angie

MIRROR LIVES? Like Angelina Jolie (left), Kiwi mum Nicola Coom (right, with her sons) has made life-changing choices around the BRCA1 gene mutation.

"I told my surgeon, 'I'm going to get married, get my breasts off, have three children and get my ovaries removed within five years'."

Victim's family has 'lots of hope'

A ‘real character’:  James McKeefry, 22, has a huge battle and long road ahead of him as a tetraplegic.

Everything is changing for "fun-loving" guy James McKeefry after a car crash paralysed his limbs.

Night spent in wheelchair

Invercargill woman Fiona Turnbull says she slept in her wheelchair overnight on Friday after her care routine broke down.

An Invercargill woman had to sleep in her wheelchair on Friday night after the organisation in charge of her care failed to front.

'She was just so small'

EARLY ARRIVAL: Wei Zhou is sharing the traumatic story of her daughter Jenny Zhou’s first few weeks of life in an effort to get readers supporting a Well Foundation fundraising initiative.

Wei Zhou says she was scared to touch her baby girl in the months after her premature birth.

Family seeks funds from board

DECEASED: Nicholas Taiaroa Stevens.

The family of a drowned 21-year-old man will be asking the Waikato District Health Board to fund their legal expenses.

Gala gets Amira moving

FAMILY TIES: Andrea Norton with her precious daughter Amira Said at home in Waimauku.

The sign on Amira Said's pram reads, "We're the proud parents of a T9 M miracle."

Ambassador role wows Kavanna

ROLE MODEL: Kavanna Jade, 15, has always wanted to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation and looks forward to making a difference as its first child ambassador.

Teenager Kavanna Jade is thrilled to be New Zealand's first ever Make-A-Wish child ambassador.

Walking the health talk video

MAJOR MILESTONE: Brenda Warren, a Whanau Ora worker, is on a 700-day journey to better health. She did a 14km walk in the City to Surf, a big milestone for her.

Walking 14km is Brenda Warren's biggest achievement since starting a 700-day health kick.

Ban gas heaters - health authorities

Gas heater

Health authorities want the "poor person's heater" to be phased out of homes.

DHB blows mental health budget

Palmerston North Hospital

Fixing staffing levels at Palmerston North hospital's mental health ward has lead to a blowout of $1.2 million.

Long wait's emotional impact

LENGTHY WAIT: Thirty-six people have been waiting more than two years for a cochlear implant to help them regain hearing.

People with hearing loss are suffering years in silence on waiting lists for cochlear implants.

'Honesty box' system for midwives

Baby born after womb transplant.

Pregnant women are being asked to rely on an "honesty box system" when choosing their midwife, says maternity campaigner.

Hopes of uniting shattered

Mother Favitri Kumar and father Shiu Kumar talk to
daughter Archana Arishma Kumar over skype.

The hopes of a New Plymouth man to reunite his family have been dashed.

Race kicks off Leathen's new life

LIFE CHANGING: Leathan Beasley is marking milestones following surgery to help him walk.

Six months ago everything changed for the Beasleys who ventured to St Louis Childrens Hospital for life-changing surgery.

Time to turn down the music

Audiologist Simon Melville of Audiology South celebrates Hearing Week.

Audiologists are warning of the risk of hearing loss from listening to loud music continuously.

DHB to get own health boss

210812 Hutt News/Simon Edwards.  Big ask:  Hutt Valley DHB chair Virginia Hope and chief executive Graham Dyer chat to Dr Peter Tobin, Hutt Hospital?s clinical head of anaethesia and the ICU at last week?s ceremony to celebrate cuts to surgery waiting lists.

Wairarapa will have its own health boss again, after claims an experiment with a part-timer was a flop.

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