Health

Kiwi teens 'addicted' to sexting

NetSafe is aware of children as young as 11 sexting, and say it is a widespread problem among Kiwi teenagers.

"You'd be hard pressed to find a teen that hasn't been asked to send a naked or semi-naked photo of themselves in NZ."

'Omata Angel' makes final journey video

Krystal Nikara and Ataahua in 2014 when she was just four months old.

Two-year-old Ataahua's life was brief, but she managed to touch a whole community.

Amazing Grace fights pain with smiles

Tracy Yeats with her daughter Grace at their home in Carterton.

Surviving bad luck that would break the spirit of most, Grace's spark is undimmed.

Meals on Wheels from June

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board chief executive Chris Fleming taste tests a Meals on Wheels dish.

The agreement will involve Meals on Wheels being prepared in the North Island, before being frozen and trucked south.

Healthcare reciprocity - that was the agreement.

New Zealanders and Australians wanting to spend more than six months in the United Kingdom on their OE will soon have to pay a health charge worth hundreds of dollars.

OPINION: Should New Zealand reciprocate new rules in the UK to apply a health surcharge on UK migrants?

Day to inspire cyclists

Make Collective director Tim Chesney, with his son Franklin, 3, says Christchurch is a good cycling city, but there is "always room for improvement".

A nationwide initiative to get people pedalling kicks off this week.

Increased St John levies an added stress

South Island St John general manager David Thomas.

Increased regional levies are adding stress to already under-resourced St John ambulance stations and area committees.

Keeping us safe from Zika mozzies

Health protection officer Bruce Waddleton takes a sample of water from a test site while checking for mosquito larve at Lyttelton, near Christchurch.

Public health officers and bio-security staff on alert for disease-carrying mozzies to keep NZ Zika-free.

Australia steps up Zika testing

An aedes aegypti mosquito. The insects have been blamed for the spread of Zika.

Two new cases of the illness have been reported in Queensland, authorities say.

NZ woman's Zika nightmare

Jen Byrn, a young New Zealander, is waiting to hear if she has contracted the Zika virus.

A last minute holiday to a Pacific Island has left a young NZ girl fearing for her childbearing future.

Baby born on side of state highway video

Aurora Tarewa Corbett was born on the side of SH1, just south of Cambridge, weighing seven pounds.

Couple head to midwife as fast as they can but baby too quick for everyone.

Backing a losing team could make you fat

Fans revel in the stands at the NRL Auckland Nines.

A bumper weekend at NRL Auckland Nines could leave sports fans waking up hungrier than usual.

'Common sense and a condom' video

Kiwis travelling overseas have been warned to take care not to become infected with the Zika virus.

That's the Zika health advice from NZ officials to travelling Kiwis.

Ruben Wiki's vegan brother

"you just go to a park, you just use your bodyweight or you use a bench or a bar, to get yourself stronger."

Eating only plants, David 'DC' Cordtz is stronger, more focussed, more energetic. His bro though? "I'm a pie eater".

Hospital revamp delay 'risking lives'

An artist's impression of proposed Grey Base Hospital and Integrated Family Health Centre. The start of construction for the project has been delayed by six months.

Delays to revamp of Greymouth's hospital will put patients and staff at risk, West Coast senior doctors say.

Southland MS sufferers given new hope

Patricia Soper has MS but doesn't let it restrict her.

Southland MS patient welcomes new drugs to help others

Sweet seduction: Six stories of sugar

Baker Jordan Rondel's opinion on sugar has changed as new research has emerged.

Is sugar the new tobacco? It depends on who you talk to.

When the medicine runs out gallery

At least 10 drugs, some of them used by tens of thousands of patients, are currently in short supply in New Zealand, the Pharmacy Guild says.

Medicine shortages are constant and pharmacists say they're getting worse.

Hair dye back on shelves

Irritation on Sheryl Smith's neck after she used Nice 'n Easy hair dye two weeks ago. "I feel like someone's poured acid all over my head," she said.

Distributor says tests have shown product that caused allergic reactions is safe.

No one expected him to turn 1

Peter and Ashleigh Brown with their 1-year-old son Riley, who suffers from the rare congenital disorder Zellweger syndrome.

"Little fighter" born with rare congenital disorder beats the odds and reaches first birthday.

Why I support death with dignity stuff nation

"I like to think the powers that be would write a very tightly worded law."

I'm 33 and have terminal stomach cancer. I truly believe a dying with dignity law would give many in a similar situation a new lease on life.

An invitation for change

New Zealand head of global pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline Anna Stove says disability issues are generally not on business' radars, but should be.

Helping to change the lives of countless people can be as straightforward as watching a movie and having a conversation.

Hospital delay more 'bad news'

An artist's impression of the proposed Grey Base Hospital and Integrated Family Health Centre.

West Coasters fed up with delays after construction at Grey Base Hospital pushed back six months.

More sick kids when doctor is free

Stethoscope and pager.

Free visits to the doctor for 6 to 13 year-olds has resulted in thousands more child visits to southern GPs.

Painfully long wait to see dentist

The results of the New Zealand Health Survey show 59 per cent of Marlborough residents only visit a dentist for dental problems or never visit at all.

Blenheim dental practices are struggling to keep up with demand with patients waiting up to 4 weeks for treatment.

Measles warning for Auckland flight

Health officials are warning people to stay aware and make sure you have had the vaccines.

A passenger who had measles on board a flight to Auckland may have infected others.

Minister supports medicinal cannabis campaigner

Children's Commissioner Russell Wills medically treats the daughter of United In Compassion co-founder Toni-Marie Matich.

Woman spear-heading access to medicinal cannabis under investigation still has support of MP.

Quiz: Sunblock, what do you know?

How often should you apply sunscreen? Do you know the answer?

Sunscreen is your friend, but how well do you know it?

Power outage delays surgeries

Operations were postponed on Tuesday after a power outage at Manukau SuperClinic in South Auckland.

A surgery centre in south Auckland lost power for most of the day following a fault inside a transformer.

The man with the 'broken face'

Jeremy Awatere in Grey Base Hospital the day he fell off his skateboard and hit his face on concrete

Doctor says he could improve his bedside manner after sending man, who later needed surgery, home with paracetamol.

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