Health

Plunket's plan for Asian mums

Angela Hong with her daughter Renee Tom believes more Asian mums in New Zealand should use Plunket.

For the past year Plunket has been working on a strategy for Asian mothers aimed at all cultures stretching from Japan to Afghanistan.

Surgeon's 'sorry' to dead patient's family

Jim Nicholls died on the operating table.

Son of a man who died on the operating table gets an apology from the doctor, but not the hospital.

Tetraplegic teen stays positive

Sam Fitness with his parents, Karl and Cherie during his time in hospital

A once-active teen is leaving hospital with the realisation he may never walk again.

Paddle for dad, son hit by cancer

Upper Hutt's Jacob Comerford, with his father Brendan and mother Ruakawa at Christchurch Hospital.  Jacob has a brain tumour.

The Comerford family of Upper Hutt have had their life turned upside down by cancer.

'Winter is terrifying'

Liam MacAlpine-Berg, 5, has severe asthma.

Sheena MacAlpine almost lost her boy – her "reason for being" – twice to late-night asthma attacks.

Salt tax could raise $450 million

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Public health advocates want a "salt tax" that could hit everything from hot chips to cheese.

Painful wait for hip replacement

Alf Robinson, 78, waited for three months to find out if he would be referred for a hip replacement.

Retired butcher and former champion rock'n'roll dancer Alf Robinson, 78, relies on paracetamol to manage the chronic pain in his hips and lower back. 

Respiratory disease a 'national disgrace'

A report by The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand has found rates of respiratory disease worsened between 2000 and 2013.

Hospitalisation rates for respiratory disease increased over the past ten years, despite a drop in smoking, new drugs and improved healthcare.

Patient was 'failed'

Jim Nicholls died on the operating table.

A man who died on the operating table was not told his surgeon was working under restriction.

Carer's claim can proceed

Margaret Spencer's claim against the Ministry of Health for compensation can go ahead.

Margaret Spencer can pursue her compensation claim for caring for her dependent disabled son.

Midwife criticised after stillbirth

Pregnant woman.

A midwife has been criticised for failing to act on warning signs before a stillbirth.

Making people aware of asthma

World Asthma Day is May 5.

Asthma NZ encourages sufferers to be proactive in dealing with their condition.

Swimming for social therapy video

Howard Booth, aged 69, has Alzheimers and enjoys swimming as therapy.

For Howard Booth swimming is not just a form of exercise.

Policy on masking unimmunised staff to be made this week

Somehow we must cover the burgeoning costs of healthcare.

An initiative to increase influenza immunisations for Waikato District Health Board staff will benefit patients and staff- the chief executive has said.

'Help our daughter'

The parents of a mentally ill woman are upset she was allowed to go outside and put herself in danger, given her long history of self harm and suicide attempts.

Parents say ill daughter was allowed to roam free despite history of self harm and suicide attempts.

Suicide helpline loses contract bid

Lifeline is the organisation which pushed Blues coach and All Black great Sir John Kirwan’s campaign to raise awareness of depression.

Lifeline has told staff they may face redundancy following an unsuccessful bid for a new government contract.

Nepal: Disease spread looming

Site in Kathmandu followig earthquake

A NZ microbiologist says the country now faces the possible spread of life-threatening diseases.

Ferraris raise funds for cancer

150503 NEWS Photo: Shane Wenzlick, Ferrari Cavalcade event to raise money for the Gastro-Intestinal Cancer Institute, GICI, Newmarket, Auckland, sunday 3rd May 2015.

A $20 million collection of Ferraris is driving across the Auckland region to raise money.

Improved heart attack diagnosis

Jenny Watson, left with cardiologists Nick Fisher and Tammy Pegg, Averil West heart health advocate for the Heart Foundation, Kris Gagliardi shift manager St John and Daryl O'Reilly general manager Jennian Homes in one of the Cardiac Intervention suits at Nelson Hospital. Jenny Watson had her life saved after suffering a heart attack, by the quick work of St John and the world class cardiac unit at Nelson Hospital.

A new process at Nelson hospital allows paramedics, emergency doctors, cardiologists to diagnose heart attacks faster.

First baby born from eggs stored on ice

An Auckland mum holds her newborn son, one of New Zealand's first frozen egg babies.

Ahead of Mother's Day, Auckland welcomes one of the first NZ babies born using frozen eggs.

Not just a man's disease

Jenny Watson, left with cardiologists Nick Fisher and Tammy Pegg, Averil West , Heart Foundation, Kris Gagliardi, St John and Daryl O'Reilly, Jennian Homes in one of the Cardiac Intervention suits at Nelson Hospital. Jenny Watson had her life saved after suffering a heart attack,  by the quick work of St John and world class cardiac unit at Nelson Hospital.

Jenny Watson survived a heart attack after getting life-saving treatment at the cardiac unit in Nelson Hospital.

Loss turns to inspiration

Susan Coram, who lost her son Koby midway through her pregnancy, helped raise money for a Cuddle Cot for Waikato Hospital.

A Waikato woman is helping families to spend more time with their babies who have died.

DHB chief finishes up

MidCentral District Health Board chief executive Murray Georgel will finish in his role today.

Longstanding MidCentral District Health Board chief executive Murray Georgel will finish with the organisation today.

Doctor till death

Margaret Cruikshank graduates from Otago Medical School, circa 1897.

Margaret Cruickshank was New Zealand's first female doctor. She would also milk the cows and feed the baby

Slow diagnoses blamed for deaths

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Steep rise in number of patients blaming their GPs after cancer diagnoses, report shows.

Wish sends young survivor to Anzac test gallery

Raymond with Kiwi Ferns players Kahurangi Peters and Rona Peters and Make a Wish volunteer Sarah Harcourt.

For six-year-old Raymond Stowers rugby league has became an escape from countless hospital visits and operations.

No opting out of suicide inquests, MPs urged

Self-inflicted death in custody should require the most intense scrutiny, MPs have heard.

Coroners should not have the discretion to forego holding inquests into suicides by people being held in state care, MPs have been told. 

Nelson singer battles 'incurable' cancer

Suzi Fray has been diagnosed with stage four cancer and is hoping to raise $80,000 from Give A Little to pay for treatment in Germany.  Fray is a member of the Johnnys, an all-female Johnny Cash tribute band.

Johnnys singer Suzy Fray hopes to raise $80,000 to treat cancer doctors have told her is incurable.

'A proud lumbersexual'

Chris Jamieson is a proud "lumbersexual" and is growing his beard for charity with a big shave off to take place during November 2015.

Chris Jamieson is harnessing the power of facial hair for men's health.

$2.9m primary health cut

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Central Primary Health Organisation will cut almost $3 million from its spending.

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