ACC system a 'money game' video

David Kerr, 53, has had his ACC payments stopped after a back injury four years ago.

An injured Christchurch man says cuts to his ACC payments may force him to sell his home.

Vita's fighting fundraiser video

Vita Ede, 2, wearing her favourite colour beanie, the purple.

Vita - the little girl whose name means 'life' - has helped raised thousands for charity through her own range of beanies.

Dialysis van first for region

Bryan Barker, Dr Peter Sizeland, Hugh Makgill, Nicky Hagan and Scott Smith enjoy the new caravan.

The campervan will allow home-based dialysis patients to travel.

'He was pretty much gone'

Elton John performs at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. A fan suffered a cardiac arrest following the November 21 show, but thanks to the quick actions of nearby concertgoers who performed CPR, he is alive and still standing.

One minute Elizabeth McKenzie was dancing to Elton John, the next she was desperately trying to save a man's life.

Kiwi family caught up in embryo swap

The family of baby Nemo suspect a Thai couple who attended Chiang Mai Ram hospital face the same dilemmas.

A mixup in a Thai hospital has left a Kiwi family with someone else's child.

Anti-obesity crusader loses battle

Dr Robyn Toomath has lost hope in winning the fight against obesity.

A top Auckland doctor says she has achieved "nothing" in the fight against obesity.

Out with mutton, in with hummus

Mixed groceries in a supermarket trolley, Wellington, New Zealand, Tuesday, June 26, 2007. Credit:NZPA / Ross Setford

Over five decades, Kiwis' grocery baskets have become more diverse, if not always more sophisticated.

Kiwis living a decade longer


With smoking down and medicines improving, the average New Zealander now lives about 10 years longer than 50 years ago.

Public warned on synthetic cannabis

The Waitemata District Health Board is warning people about the effects of synthetic cannabinoids.

Seventeen people suffering effects of synthetic cannabis were brought into Waitakere Hospital over the course of five days.

Porn not for kids - therapist

It might frighten parents to think their young children are exposed to porn online, but it's a reality in today's digital world.

A New Zealand sex therapist says we should talk to our kids about porn, but not let them watch it.

Obesity in NZ still on the rise

A Ministry of Health survey indicates obesity shows no sign of shrinking.

New Zealanders are stubbing out tobacco but still struggling with our expanding waistlines.

No treatment, more sleepless nights

Surgery 08
Knee replacement surgery at Wairau Hospital. A laptop and sensors are used to get a more acurate fit.
Medical, operation.

A Waitarere man suffering joint pain for two and a half years is still waiting for life-changing surgery.

Uncle Tobys stung for claims

Oatmeal may have milk protein but a packet of oats labelled as a "protein superfood" has been ruled misleading.

Health benefits on Uncle Tobys oat packets draws consumer watchdogs wrath.

Hospital staff seek safe parking

Nurses at Christchurch Hospital have raised concerns about the safety of afternoon staff forced to walk long distances to their cars late at night.

Christchurch Hospital staff are calling for better parking options after workers were threatened as they returned to their cars.

Crisis levels of kids' diabetes

Jonathan Spurgeon with some of the paraphernalia he needs to constantly manage his type 1 diabetes.

DHBs need more resources to deal with the rising rates of type 1, says study.

DHB will not support addiction

The Waikato DHB has proposed to stop supporting organisations that receive money derived from pokie machines.

The Waikato DHB has taken a moral stand against gambling.

Abuse may cause schizophrenia

Research shows sexual abuse can lead to schizophrenia.

ACC has reviewed its policy on allowances after research shows sexual abuse may cause schizophrenia.

'I just eat and eat and eat' video

David Boomert, of Masterton, has Prader-Willi Syndrome, a rare genetic condition characterised by a dangerous obsession with food.

David Boomert's life is a battle against his own brain and its obsession with food.

From English rose to hospice chief

Janice Byford-Jones captains the junior England women's rugby side in a match again Scotland in 1997.

 How a bucket of Hawke's Bay mussels won over an England women's rugby player.

Living with HIV is not a death sentence

Sophie Jayawardene is an advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS.

 Sophie Jayawardene has dedicated her life to people living with HIV to break down the stigma and discrimination.

Privacy concerns prompt camera policy

The Nelson Marlborough District Health Board is developing a policy on filming and recording in hospitals.

The Nelson Marlborough DHB is developing a policy on using cameras in hospitals to protect patient and staff privacy.

Call for child 'protection teams'

Dr Patrick Kelly, the clinical director of Starship Children's Hospital's child protection team, believes the health sector has a major role to play in preventing child abuse.

A child is admitted to hospital with inflicted injuries every second day.

Coroner's legionellosis report ignored

Clearer recommendations around cooling towers needed, says Iain Lees-Galloway.

Workers exposed to legionella bacteria highlight the need for recommendations on cooling towers to be enforced.

Capital considers butt-free zones

Cigarettes butts littering the gutter in central Wellington.

City council can't outlaw smoking, but it can put a ban on cigarette butts.

Stuck in a rest home video

Blenheim man Kevin Williams, 51, has lived in retirement homes for four years after struggling to find his own place through Housing New Zealand.

At 230kg, Blenheim man Kevin Williams needs a mobility scooter and there are no suitable state homes.

Fonterra workers contract disease

Disease contracted at Fonterra plant in Paihatua.

Two contract workers and one Fonterra employee admitted to hospital.

Epilepsy leads to artistic expression video

Nic Coulton now wants to help others with epilepsy.

For the first time in his life, Nic Coulton wants to tell people about his epilepsy. 

'This is what she wanted to do with the money'

Anglea Sunkel's family say support from the Waikato community have been amazing after the $333,000 was raised her treatment was gifted to the Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand.

Angela Sunkel's family donate money to support patients with cancer.

Pressure on mental health overhaul

Palmerston North Hospital

MidCentral District Health Board is being urged to keep up the pace on its mental health overhaul.

Alcohol a problem for elderly

New Zealand Society of Alcohol and Drug Dependence programme director of training Steve King talks about elderly people's drinking habits at Age Concern in Invercargill yesterday.

More emphasis needs to be placed on curbing alcohol abuse among elderly people, Alcohol and Drug Dependence programme director says.

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