Health

Sex offender might practise again

A Christchurch man convicted of multiple sex offences against young boys will be allowed to re-register for a medical certificate.

Christchurch man convicted of sex offences against young boys can reapply for medical registration.

Why do specialists refuse GP referrals?

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government will track patients being sent back to GPs after referrals.

Thousands are turned away from specialist medical appointments, despite being referred by their GP.

Surgery assessments refused

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Thousands of patients have stumbled at the first hurdle on their way to surgery during the past five years. 

Girl back on track after eye scare

Reba Pottinger and daughter Michaela Pottinger, 16, both of Invercargill.

An Invercargill mum says a simple eye test might have saved her daughter's vision after she was diagnosed with a rare condition.

Circumcision cut costly

Waikato DHB policy doesn't allow paediatric surgeons to perform circumcisions for religious or cultural reasons. Photo: Chris Hillock/Fairfax NZ

The number of circumcisions has decreased in the Waikato, with many people put off by the cost.

Families await change

Carey and Owen Hume, parents of Erica who died at Ward 21 in Palmerston North Hospital.

MidCentral District Health Board is through the first phase of implementing changes to mental health and addiction services.

NZ 'left behind' on drug funding video

Masterton's Allyson Lock feels as if the government said "you're not worth it" when she applied for expensive treatment to fight rare, painful and potentially fatal Pompe disease.

Rare disease sufferer tired of Government's "buck-passing" over her potentially fatal condition.

Doctor takes the reins at HVDHB

Incoming Hutt Valley DHB chief executive Dr Ashley Bloomfield.

For the first time since being formed in 2001, the Hutt Valley District Health Board will be run by a clinician.

Island a sad reminder of racism

Historian Lynette Shum with a tribute Wellington's Chinese community placed on Mokopuna Island in 2004 for its "leper", Kim Lee.

A Wellington grocer was unlucky enough to be Chinese during a leprosy panic in 1903.

Sponsorship helps teen fight cancer

Te Amohaere Rudolph didn't let cancer keep her away from her school's cabaret.

A sponsorship programme for Kiwi kids is helping a Northland teen battle cancer.

Flu kills 4-year-old

Influenza levels reached alert levels during one week in August.

Influenza has killed at least two New Zealanders this year as the virus hit alert levels.

How old age can put us in a cruel prison

Old age can rob us of our independence.

OPINION: Joe Bennett's mother's stroke shows us again that age is cruel, robbing us of our independence.

Give me back my teeth

Ramon McDonald and his wife Sharon McDonald are annoyed that his dentist withheld his lower denture because he did not pay the bill they say was twice as much as originally quoted.

A dispute over a dentist bill left a Nelson man with no bottom teeth.

A weighty look at DNA

An intensive DNA search will seek the specific genetic causes of obesity and Type-2 diabetes in New Zealanders.

Just why are New Zealanders so fat? It may be our genes.

Consumer reps join maternity board

Waikato DHB has listed 10 quality and safety improvement areas.

A new initiative for Waikato maternity services include the appointment of consumer reps.

New Zealand needs to do more to tackle overdose problem

New Zealanders don’t like to talk openly about intravenous drug use

OPINION: Monday is International Overdose Awareness Day.

Hay fever season arrives month early

The beginning of spring means hay fever season for 1.2 million New Zealanders.

Noses and eyes begin running a month early for hay fever sufferers.

Midwives sue Government video

Midwives gather outside the High Court at Wellington.

Midwives have lodged the nation's biggest equal pay challenge.

Can herbs really heal a broken leg?

Waisake Naholo was named in the All Blacks squad on Sunday.

All Black Waisake Naholo's miracle cure is an incredible story. Perhaps too incredible.

'Some industries dominated by women'

"If they've got a case, and the courts agree with them, then they'll direct the Government I guess," John Key says.

Midwives' major equal pay court case may be about disparity between industries, rather than sexism: PM.

Midwife's 'good standing'

Casey Nathan, pictured with partner Hayden Tukiri, died following the birth of her son Kymani in 2012.

A mother and baby died in childbirth, but their midwife has left the country with a certificate.

Review of palliative care welcomed

Arohanui Hospice in Palmerston North.

A Government review of palliative care has been welcomed.

'I feel abandoned'

Christchurch man Tau Brown 61 was shocked to hear about the closure of the mental health service at Pacific Trust Canterbury.

Clients reeling after mental health service for Pacific people in Canterbury closes.

Midwives drop pay bombshell

Sheyna Huband credits midwife Jacqui Anderson, left, with giving her support and confidence ahead of the birth of her third son, Oliver.

A High Court action on Monday will have 'global ramifications' for women's pay.

The Bachelor defends 'That Paleo Guy'

The Bachelor star and Paleo products businessman Art Green.

TV star Art Green swings to the defence of embattled paleo diet.

Midwifery is about the joy of childbirth

Christchurch midwife Jacqui Anderson with two-week-old Oliver Huband.

OPINION: Sure, the pay isn't great, but the satisfaction of helping bring a new life into the world is enormous.

Judith Collins v Phil Goff: Organ donation is the gift that keeps on giving

Surgeons perform a kidney transplant. The donor will be left with minimal financial support.

OPINION: Donating an organ is less risky than farming – but unlike farming, ACC won't cover a donor's lost earnings.

Can gory pictures predict depression? video

Victoria University psychology student Rosie Moody is researching the differences in the brains of people who are prone to depression.

New research looks at mysterious link between activity in the front of the brain and depression.

Medical centre cops criticism

A number of commenters on the medical centre's post said they, or someone they knew, had been turned away.

Claims of being turned away and being mistreated are driving Matamata locals out of town for medical care.

Infant deaths prompt hui

Caregivers' smoking and bed sharing are two risk factors for Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI).

Caregivers must keep vigilant to curb the growing number of infants suffering sudden deaths.

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