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.

Mums drive fat-phobia - study

New research from the University of Otago suggests infants and toddlers may pick up fat-shaming attitudes from their mothers.

Otago university study suggests fat-phobic attitudes may be taught by mums.

Cancer sufferer's race to survive

Michael Ross didn't let cancer get in the way and ran Rothman Institute's 8K race despite his ongoing treatment.

Michael Ross wouldn't let his chemotherapy stop him from running in his race for survival.

Targeting ulcer bugs

A new stomach ulcer cure could soon help patients suffering severe pain, bleeding, nausea and bloating.

As ulcer bacteria learn to fight off standard cures, a new treatment emerges.

Why did my fit, young son die?

Josh Fell tragically died of sudden arrhythmic death syndrome.

A simple and low-cost screening could have saved Josh and many others from sudden arrhythmic death syndrome.

Yes, men really could give birth

Men may be able to share the burden of childbirth within five to 10 years.

According to leading doctors, males could carry a baby to term in the next five years thanks to uterus transplants.

Kiwis still love their bacon

Mmmmm, bacon: Eating processed meat can lead to bowel cancer in humans while red meat is a likely cause of the disease, say WHO experts, but in NZ, sales have not shifted since the report.

Sales of bacon remain steady in NZ despite a report linking consumption and cancer.

Patient complaints increasing

The Health and Disability Commissioner has received a record number of complaints about treatment in the first half of 2015.

The first half of this year saw a record number of complaints about public healthcare.

Drug treatment halved

St Marks manager Lois Millar and Blenheim South Rotary director of community projects Mike Parkinson outside the treatment centre last year.

Blenheim residential treatment centre to shorten treatment times at the request of DHB.

Pharmacist gave woman wrong medication

The pharmacist who issued heart pills instead of anti-depressants failed in his care of the woman, said the Health and Disability Commissioner.

Woman took heart pills instead of anti-depressants for nearly three months in pill mix-up.

'Fake' psychiatrist pleads not guilty

Mohamed Shakeel Siddiqui, pictured walking out of the Hamilton District Court earlier this year, after being released on bail.

A man accused of faking his qualifications to practice as a psychiatrist for the Waikato District Health Board is facing fresh charges.

GPs offer more women's health services

The Mirena: a hormone-releasing IUD now available for insertion from some Hutt Valley GPs.

Changes to gynaecological services in the Hutt Valley will see more GPs performing procedures that gynaecologists had previously done the majority of.

Capital looks to widen smoking ban

James Mullins is fine with vaping in Wellington's Botanic Gardens but thinks smokers should be courteous and light up on the footpath outside.

The people of Wellington have spoken, and they want to be smoke-free.

Rehab patients forced to quit smoking thankful

Former Odyssey House resident and now staff member Dave McGarth,54, started smoking at the age of seven and is now quitting to support the move to Smokefree.

Residents at a Christchurch drug and alcohol rehab centre have another habit to give up - smoking.

'Dangerous' superbug in NZ

A new study has found a strain of campylobacter, found in chicken, is resistant to some antibiotics.

Doctors are alarmed at the unprecedented discovery of a superbug found in chickens that has now jumped across to infect people around New Zealand.

Kiwis opening up about mental health

Letting close family members and friends in on the struggle is healthy, says a Waikato psychologist.

Patients would regularly say, "you're the only person who knows I have depression".

Dentistry gets digital upgrade with 3D technology

George Glausiuss, dental surgeon, at Open Wide Papanui Dental Centre, scans the teeth of patient Brian Reid with a 3D camera.

3D technology is creating a digital wedge in dentistry with early adopters taking the plunge, but most happy to stick with the status quo.

Health board issues algae warning

The Temuka River.

Algae found in four South Canterbury rivers could make people sick, says South Canterbury DHB.

Mute doctors fail patients

Canterbury Charity Hospital chairman Dr Philip Bagshaw says the medical profession should be speaking out about huge unmet needs in the community.

Christchurch surgeon takes aim at own professional body for failing those with unmet health needs.

The gift of life video

Emma Gleaves' death resulted in five people being able to live after her organs were donated to them.

Emma Gleaves' death has not been in vain. Five people are alive because of her.

How I beat cancer while pregnant

Rebecca O'Donnell with her son William.

Rebecca O'Donnell‚Äč was 30 weeks' pregnant when she found a pea-sized lump in her breast.

Don't fancy chopping your veg? video

New World Te Rapa's produce manager, Mehul Patel says his pre-cut vegetables section offers convenience to customers.

What do you think of New World's newest offering - bulk bins of pre-cut vegetables?

Safety measures 'sufficient'

American Tamara Garlick Barnett died in a crash in Temple View in March. Her husband Richard, who was driving, survived.

Two fatal crashes in two months by tourists not enough to recommend changes.

'She's out there... not a care in the world'

Aiesha Ross' speech, "The New Normal", which she presented at her high school, has since gained a worldwide audience.

Born with a disorder that affected every part of her life, a Kiwi teen's fight to be seen has normal has inspired kids around the world.

Infertility issues in south

Stored embryos about to be grabbed from a container at Greenlane Hospital.

Infertility among Southland and Otago women is a bigger problem than previously believed, a study has found.

'Part of me felt like he had more in him'

Maddox Parker has died in Te Awamutu after battling a form of Mitochondrial disease.

Twenty-two month old Maddox Parker never walked or talked but to his father he "climbed a thousand mountains and spoke a thousand words".

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