Health

Smiling through the pain

An aerial MRI of Kiri's skull, with the front of her head at the left. The cyst is the white blob in the centre.

"When it gets bad, it feels like my head is going to explode," 24-year-old Renee says.

Northland farmers hit by leptospirosis

Hawke's Bay farmer Phil Cregoe (pictured with wife Jo) was struck down by leptospirosis seven years ago.

While leptospirosis has been in decline in recent decades, this year has seen a spike in cases in Northland.

New cancer care centre for Wellington

Australian Icon Group chief executive Mark Middleton says the new private cancer centre will help relieve pressure on ...

Millions of dollars have been invested in a private cancer care centre set to open in Wellington.

Maori health role expands

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board chief executive Chris Fleming, left, with outgoing Maori health and whanau ora ...

Maori health manager now responsible for refugees and transient vineyard workers.

Meningitis scare ends camp

Kaiapoi High School principal Bruce Kearney said the health of a 15-year-old student is improving after he suddenly ...

Student sent home from a school field trip with suspected viral meningitis has been discharged from hospital.

Youth face eight-week wait for help

re seeking help for a range of mental health issues, including severe depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

Hutt Valley teenagers facing month long waits for mental health help.

Putting an end to pulling out my hair

Monique Turner will be shaving her hair to try to stop her pulling it out. She is raising money for the Mental Health ...

When the urge hits Monique Turner to pull out her hair she can't resist the temptation.

Don't suffer in silence

Nicole Johnson says it is important to talk about mental illness to remove the stigma.

She can't quite remember when the agony started, but going to bed every night a "chasm of emptiness" would open up within her.

Long wait for ultrasounds

The wait list for ultrasounds at Wairau Hospital, in Blenheim, is expected to drop when a new sonographer is employed in ...

Nationwide shortage of sonographers causes recruiting headache for health board, as 1800 patients wait for ultrasounds.

$22m mental health shortfall

Canterbury is struggling to fill a $23m mental health funding black hole.

Canterbury District Health Board to take money from elderly care to subsidise mental health.

Asbestos death blamed on Vietnam

The late Phillip Taylor-Meihana, photographed during his New Zealand Army service in the Vietnam War. He blamed the war ...

Napier veteran's cancer may have been caused by destroying Australian ammunition bunkers.

MidCentral DHB absorbs increased demand for services

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L-R: The old Palmerston North Hospital entrance off Heretaunga Street. ...

Increased demand for care at Palmerston North Hospital is the new norm, and MidCentral District Health Board will have to account for that. 

Cancer battler remembered

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 Aaron Rowe, a terminally ill cancer victim who died last year. The anniversary ...

It's been a year since Aaron Rowe died. The "cheeky little bugger" left a big impression.

Push-ups for a purpose video

Jimo Rangi pushes himself to participate in the 22 Pushup Challenge to spread awareness about suicide.

"Suicide is a real issue for veterans."

Shakeup for radiology

Nelson Marlborough DHB is planning a major shakeup of radiology services in the district.

The Nelson Marlborough DHB is moving ahead with plans for a single radiology service across the Top of the South.

Lifeline faces closure

Lifeline faces closure unless the Government can stump up funding for the crisis helpline.

The Government has rejected the crisis helpline's appeals for funding, which is now asking for public donations.

Veil to lift on surgeons' safety

The safety records of surgeons should be publicly searchable by 2021, says the Ombudsman.

Information watchdog gives health sector a hurry along on public database of surgeons' individual safety records.

Coromandel St's medical drama

Anti-abortion protester and police outside Parkview Clinic, Wellington.

There is one street in Newtown that is steeped in Wellington's medical history.

Legal high 'Godfather' leaves country

Stargate Operations - a company owned by party pill founder Matt Bowden - still owes millions of dollars to its creditors.

Matt Bowden is now residing in Thailand, while liquidators scramble to find $3.56 million to pay his creditors.

Pharmacy relocation 'nonsensical'

A proposal to shift the pharmacy 2.5 km out of Takaka township would mean longer hours and better services with ...

The proposed relocation of the Golden Bay pharmacy "makes no sense," says the pharmacy owner.

Some fat activists reject their own, says academic video

Katie LeBesco was a keynote speaker at a fat studies conference in Palmerston North.

Some fat activists are rejecting those who try to lose weight, says a New York academic.

Cancer drug 'hype' questioned

Swee Tan said there been only a "modest improvement of cancer care" as a result of trillions of research dollars spent ...

Researcher Swee Tan says trillions spent on cancer drugs has yielded unimpressive results.

Waiting for help

Te Piki Oranga has set up a wait list for its youth mental health service following an increase in referrals.

Marlborough teenagers with mental health issues are having to wait up to six weeks to be seen.

Life-changing home improvements

Carla Taylor and her daughter Cobi Taylor, 5, live in a warmer, healthier home after it was insulated for free.

"Condensation ran like rivers across the windows."

Sex trouble for married physio

The physio was accused of malpractice after a night of pizza, a movie and sex with the woman who'd been his patient.

Pizza and movie at woman's house led to sex, just 12 hours after he treated her.

DHB to address inequities

MidCentral District Health Board has been presented with the staff's vision, showing the areas of focus for the future.

Achieving equity in health is one of the goals MidCentral District Health Board has laid out.

Magic visit to dentist for Hamilton kids

Dental technician Whitney Rika, student Devyn-Lea Mason-Forsyth, dental assistant Louise Byrne and Magic player ...

Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic netballers sat in on dentists appointments with primary school kids.

Why Right to Life opposes euthanasia

There are strong arguments and emotions on both sides of the euthanasia debate, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't talk ...

OPINION: Right to Life is opposed to the law being changed to allow doctors to kill their patients or assist in their suicide.

Health board passes audit

Results of a three-yearly certification audit have been positive for Nelson Marlborough DHB.

Protecting patient information and gaps in medication documentation are among issues highlighted by an audit.

'We're losing our voice'

Waikanae Beach man Malcolm Hinder, who uses Kapiti's mental health services.

Kapiti man calls out mental health services after advocacy service appears to be stopped, then resurrected.

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