Health

Where do you get your water?

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board health protection officer David Speedy is encouraging people to check trucks used to carry water are registered with public health if they buy tankered drinking water.

Marlborough residents with empty water tanks should check companies trucking in water are meeting public health standards.

DHB estimates 4000 affected by fetal alcohol disorder

Dr Polly Atatoa Carr, right, a director of the Growing Up in New Zealand study, said there seems to be worldwide attention on FASD.

An estimated 4000 people in the Waikato are affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Farmers egged on to suicide

Waikato herd manager Gina Greenwood says farmers are not responsible for the bobby calf deaths which have attracted the ire of animal welfare activists.

Attacks on dairy farmers from animal rights advocates are escalating, supporters say.

NZ drug consumption quadruples

New Zealanders' use of pain relieving medication such as codeine and morphine has increased significantly.

Kiwis have joined the ranks of a handful of countries consuming 9 in 10 of common painkillers worldwide.

Jake Bailey: 'I'm so grateful' video

Jake Bailey found that his inspirational speech took on a meaning he never intended.

"Everyone is facing their own battles. Mine was cancer," says inspirational Christchurch Boys' High School head monitor.

Job makes doctor depressed

He's paid to help others but how does a psychologist deal with his own mental health problems?

Psychologist says he is in a much darker place than his patients.

Tracking measures after baby abduction

Newborn feet.

New tracking bracelets are being trialled at Auckland's Middlemore Hospital after a newborn was abducted in 2014.

Notice something wrong with this car park?

Christchurch City Council has come under fire for a mobility car park that puts disabled drivers in harm's way.

Christchurch City Council creates unsafe disabled car parks on Colombo St.

Hospital food decent or deplorable?

Southland Hospital patient Kevin Mcfarlane, who was discharged on Wednesday, says the hospital menu gives its food fancy names but the food is crap.

A disgruntled patient slams outsourced food, but he'd appear to be in the minority.

Fat and in denial

Research has shown Kiwi parents consider their normal-weight children underweight, and consider overweight children to be healthy.

Kiwis might tout themselves as a sports-mad nation, but the reality is most of us are fat and inactive.

Hamilton GP who admitted misconduct named

A Hamilton GP who admitted inappropriately prescribing drugs has been named by the New Zealand Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.

The Waikato doctor admitted professional misconduct after prescribing high doses of addictive drugs to patients with drug dependency problems.

Mould and cold hit student health

A mouldy bathroom in a student flat in central Wellington. Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association president Jonathan Gee says the room is typical of student flats in the city.

Students tell MPs of "toxic" effect of poor housing on their well-being and academic performance.

Doctors to text smokers

Wendy Moody of New Plymouth believed smokers receiving text messages from their doctors wasn't likely to make anyone decide to quit.

Would texts from your doctor help you quit smoking?

Health budget formula revised

Taranaki DHB may get a smaller share of national health funding after changes were made in the formula that allocates the funding.

Funding to rise for 7 DHBs, and dip for 4 others including Auckland, after changes to health budget's allocation formula.

Mussels healthy option for pets

Aquaculture Direct director Bruce Cardwell is working for Lintbells in Marlborough to organise research into the health benefits of greenshell mussels.

A pet health company is researching the health benefits of greenshell mussels and other natural extracts from New Zealand.

Does suffering humble us? stuff nation

When we suffer we are better able to distinguish between luxuries and necessities, says Michael.

OPINION: No-one wants to suffer, and no-one wants to see a loved one suffer, but does suffering serve a purpose, asks Michael Alexander.

Calls for big cigarette tax hike

There is very "strong scientific ground" for the government to increase taxes on tobacco to cut smoking rates, according to a public health expert.

Raising tobacco taxes by up to 50 per cent could be key to helping NZ reach smoke-free target.

Matt Lang's gift of life

Laura Angus has heart condition Long QT.

A Wellington man's death may save an Auckland woman's life.

Have a heart this February

Despite having a heart condition Sela Alo doesn't let it stop him from playing with his three children Kyan, Josh and Kaitlyn.

Flava FM breakfast host is getting behind this month's Heart Foundation appeal, knowing all too well the effects of heart disease.

Mum's battle lost

The Gunston's will treasure this family potrait forever. Amy Gunston, left, died from cancer in January. She is pictured with her husband Gavin and two children Bella, now 5, and Benji, now one-year-old.

Amy Gunston, who found out she had cancer while pregnant with her second-born, has died.

Breast cancer at 26, helping others

Amber Arkell is only 26 and has breast cancer but she's not letting that get her down.

They were spooning when he felt the lump in his girlfriend's right breast.

Consent for photographing birth

Leo Cardiff spent several days in neonatal intensive care, where he had hospital staff "fussing over him" in some of his newborn photos, dad Andrew says.

Hospitals are tightening the rules on what the public can record and share online.

Zika diagnosis in Canterbury

Piliniuote Fifita has recovered after contracting the Zika virus while on a family trip to Tonga.

The Zika virus was unwelcome holiday memento for Canterbury woman.

'I have the Zika virus'

Jen Byrn, a young New Zealander has tested positive for the Zika virus after a trip to Tonga where she was attacked by mosquitoes.

Kiwi teen with Zika virus: "I'm still a bit tired and my eyes still hurt a little bit but I'm fine.''

Clinic uses exercise to manage health

Clinic client Andrew Malloch said it changed his outlook and joked that master's student Tanja Allen is a hard taskmaster.

'I can get out and mow the damn lawn and not feel stuffed at the end of it,' says a client.

New mum fighting cancer a second time

Brooke Malyon, with fiance Chris Prenter, and their baby daughter Charlie at their home in Carterton.

A new Carterton mum is reluctantly putting motherhood on hold as she battles cancer for a second time.

Patients to air opinions

The Southern DHB will hold a public meeting in March to discuss its performance.

Public meeting to allow patients to give feedback to Southern District Health Board next month.

NZ aid to fight Zika in Tonga?

Foreign Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand is looking at options to help Tonga fight the Zika virus.

NZ considers boosting aid to Tonga to help the island battle the spread of the Zika virus. 

UK health surcharge for Kiwis unlikely to change

Prime Minister John Key says a health surcharge on Kiwis living and paying tax in the UK is disappointing, but unlikely to be pared back.

Government unlikely to impose reciprocal charge for healthcare on UK residents here.

Navigating city not for faint-hearted video

Jeremy Bodger travels from Addington to Northcote regularly using his wheelchair.

Christchurch wheelchair users continue to battle broken footpaths and roads five years after the quake.

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