Deaf toddler to hear mum for first time

Winton toddler Masyn Johnston-Weir, 15 months, is getting Cochlear Implants this month. In the background is his mum, Juanita Birch, and brother, Jacob Birch, 5.

Despite half Juanita Birch's household being deaf, the house is far from quiet.

Whooping cough spike in Central Otago

Public Health South medical officer of health Dr Keith Reid urges parents to vaccinate their children against whooping cough as cases increase in Central Otago

Call for vaccination as whooping cough outbreak spikes in Central Otago.

Patient told to toughen up

A Patea woman says she was told to toughen up by a care worker.

A Patea woman with mental health issues says she was told to toughen up by a care worker.

Harry gets a warm home

DVS Waikato Wayne Clifford (back) and Greg Brown (in roof) donated a system after reading about Matamata family Harry Hennessy and his mum Danielle Hennessy, in the Waikato Times.

A Waikato toddler received an unusual gift for his birthday - a healthy home.

Rest home rebuked over flu death

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Theo Baker has been critical of an Ashburton rest home, following the death of a 96-year-old resident

Mid Canterbury rest home criticised following 96-year-old resident's death.

Doctors' scripts scattered in street

Epuni St resident Scott Martin holds up some of the doctors' prescriptions he found scattered outside his Lower Hutt home on Monday afternoon.

An investigation is under way after prescriptions were strewn through a Lower Hutt neighbourhood.

Austistic man died after carer left house

A 20-year-old died in a house fire in 2012 after his support worker left to get food, says report.

A support worker did not take proper care of a 20-year-old autistic man who died in a house fire, says health agency.

'Fake' psychiatrist named

Mohamed Shakeel Siddiqui appears via audio visual link from prison to Hamilton District Court.

A man who allegedly used a fake CV to get a job at Waikato District Health Board has had his identity revealed.

Serious dog bites on the rise

"Our most innocent members of society, our children, are suffering horrible, unimaginable terror."

An average of two people a day need to be hospitalised after being bitten by dogs, research shows.

Paul's journey an inspiration

Paul Newman's health has improved significantly in the past year.

Paul Newman's past year has been anything but ordinary, from heart surgery to daily physical activity.

Patient files caught up in dispute

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A dispute between a landlord and liquidators of Relationships Aotearoa prevented patient files being handed over.

Health worker sacked for refusing to comply with board policy

One staff member has been sacked and others suspended as the Waikato District Health Board crackdown on those who refuse to comply with the board's flu policy. Pictured chief executive Dr Nigel Murray

One Waikato District Health Board worker has been sacked and a "number" of others suspended for not complying with the board's flu jab policy.

Waikato cardiologist retires

Cardiologist Clyde Wade will be tending to his 50 acre deer farm in Temple View.

A doctor who pioneered cardiology services at Waikato Hospital has retired.

Fraud accused doc: Pray yourself better

Waikato hospital. A doctor accused of fraud worked for the Waikato DHB.

A patient is angry over the advice and medication she was given by a doctor accused of fraud.

Kiwis wrongly self-diagnosing

Well-known baker Dean Brettschneider says gluten-free fad diets are harming his industry.

A growing tendency for Kiwis to self-diagnose allergies is putting their health at risk – particularly for children.

Obese teens need surgery access video

Keightley Teece,18, who lost over 70kg following bariatric surgery last year, with his 4XL overalls.

Weight-loss surgery is being denied to the growing population of obese teenagers, a surgeon says.

Are you a craver?

"Supertasters" like Troy  notice a bitter taste from the paper strip used in the research.

Researcher's simple test shows which kids might be most likely to crave fatty food.

Big Sugar blames parents

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The soft drink industry says "don't blame us" for the rotting teeth of toddlers.

Flu at epidemic level

The influenza outbreak has reached epidemic levels and Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Alistair Humphrey says there is no sign of it slowing.

Flu rates have reached epidemic levels across New Zealand.

Flu at epidemic levels

The flu season has reached epidemic levels this winter.

The flu season has gone crazy in the past week, soaring to epidemic levels.

Exhausted Katie's energy-sapping ordeal

Katie McCann contemplates another day fighting the rare autoimmune disease, Juvenile Dermatomyositis

"There's no spark there. That's really hard to see," says mum of girl suffering from rare, incurable disease.

Medicinal cannabis likely in NZ by 2016

Children's Commissioner Russell Wills has a check-up with regular patient Carter Drake, 7, at Hawke's Bay hospital, where he's a paediatrician.

An unlikely alliance is making cannabis treatments a reality for Kiwis.

Sick from cold, damp house

Mould coats the ceiling in all three bedrooms. The main bedroom, pictured, is the worst.

Lack of housing insulation has been blamed for a Wellington boy's rheumatic fever.

No bitter pill to swallow in TPP deal

Concerns the impact of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement on Pharmac have featured in protests against the proposed trade deal.

OPINION: The TPPA could boost the NZ economy by $2b a year, allow better access to goods.

What Coca Cola does to your body

Replacing fizzy drinks with water and lemon juice is a healthier option.

We know Coca Cola is full of sugar. Despite this, we continue to drink it but this might change your mind.

Unlikely that babies seen as 'lab rats'

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley was furious at officials who suggested an observational trial on 60,000 newborns to check abuse-predictor tool.

Officials proposing study to see whether children would get abused wouldn't have thought of them as "lab rats", ethics expert says.

More money for nurse training

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has announced more funding for high-level nurses.

As Wellington's hospitals reach near full capacity, Government moves to boost senior nursing staff.

Transplant recipient takes first breaths video

Alana Taylor, 28, has suffered from cystic fibrosis since birth. She received a double-lung transplant on Wednesday.

A Christchurch woman who received new lungs has taken her first breaths.

More mobile needle exchanges needed to meet ambitious Hepatitis C target

Health leaders are calling for more needle exchanges to reduce the number of people contracting Hepatitis C.

More needle exchange initiatives are urgently needed to control the silent epidemic of Hepatitis C, health leaders say.

Liver disease disrupts refugee family's plans

Fitim Rudi suffers from chronic liver disease and had a liver transplant in 2012.

Fitim Rudi has been battling chronic liver disease for most of his life. His family came to New Zealand as refugees from Kosovo and would love to take him back there for a family reunion.

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