Health

Flimsy evidence used in ads for medicines: study

A study has found many ads published in leading healthcare magazines did not meet regulatory requirements for therapeutic advertising.

Advertisements based on flimsy evidence are being promoted to health care professionals, a study has found.

Rocky road ahead for Kayla video

Kayla White, 5, suffers from a range of acute respiratory illnesses and is fed through a tube in her stomach.

Five-year-old faces more tests to see if she will be able to eat.

$10 million donation for cancer research in Auckland

The University of Auckland has received a $10 million boost to its cancer research.

A Chinese entrepreneur is donating $10 million for cancer research to the University of Auckland, the largest in the health faculty's 50 year history.

New genetic test for those with fertility issues

Pre-genetic screening can take some of the guess work out of embryo implantation.

Couples struggling through IVf treatment can now screen their embryos before implantation to try and avoid miscarriage or an abnormal pregnancy.

Irrigation's guilty secrets

Feeding cows on palm kernel makes mockery of low input farming claims.

Amid the rush of irrigation schemes, will economic considerations trump environmental values?

The promise that saved a life video

At just 37, Danny Bedingfield was diagnosed with an aggressive and fast growing prostate cancer.

Danny Bedingfield's mother insisted he get a health check up. That check up discovered an aggressive form of cancer.

The benefit of blackcurrants

Sujon owners John Gibb and Sue Gibb with Mark Willems, professor in Exercise physiology from the University of Chichester, England, during his visit to Nelson.

A British scientist has found that New Zealand blackcurrants might just be the ticket to get the heart pumping.

Kaleb gets help to learn to swim

Kaleb Craig, 5, has hydrocephalus and was awarded a grant from the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation for swimming lessons, so he can strengthen his muscles.

 A Taranaki youngster with a brain disability is learning to swim.

Getting back to being a kid

Cancer survivor Zariah Kahui-Riddler, 6, was joined at Camp Quality by her sister Kalia Kahui, 11.

The kids at Camp Quality have one thing in common, they have all survived cancer.

Top doc says anti-vaccinators on 'flat earth'

Dr Noni MacDonald, a professor of paediatrics is speaking at the NZ Immunisation conference about improving vaccine acceptance.

A Canadian paediatrician says denying children immunisation, is like denying them the right to grow up.

Golden glow boy cleared of cancer video

After months doctor's visits, tears and camera flashes baby Mason has been diagnosed with Coat's Disease, an outcome his mum Sarah Bowers has welcolmed after fearing it could have been cancer.

Baby Mason receives good news.

Obesity research targets hormones

Kiwi scientists are investigating how to harness a hormone that suppresses how much we eat.

Kiwi scientists investigating how to harness a hormone that suppresses appetites.

Recruiting woes brings hospital staffing changes

Nurse manager Judy Harris and operation manager Jen Thomas say the  new joint arrangement will  take pressure of general practitioners at the Dargaville  Medical Centre.

Recruiting woes leads to hospital staffing changes

Cystic fibrosis drug rejected

Jamie Archibald is always looking for new medicines to help with his condition.

Cystic fibrosis community pays the price for lack of funding for new medicine.

Birthing classes no longer funded

Howick couple Matt and Emily Jurd say the antenatal classes are beneficial for first-time parents.

East Aucklanders miss out on funded birthing classes. But others are still funded in a new move by the DHB.

Mum denied pap smear dies

Rachel Sarjantson with her son Ronnie.

A mother has died after she was denied a pap smear because she was "too young" to need it.

Family win battle with ACC

Judge Neil MacLean.

A Taranaki teenager has won an appeal against an ACC decision to deny him cover for cerebral palsy.

Hospital defends surgery numbers

Graeme Jury from New Plymouth is recovering at home after a hip operation.

Taranaki health bosses are defending their record on elective surgery numbers after questions were raised.

When will flu season end?

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Half of your workmates may be off sick but there's some good news about the flu season.

Hospice Waikato expands gallery

A $3.2m Hospice Waikato project at Hospice Waikato includes a new hub and increased parking space.

An 'out of the blue' bequest was a funding cornerstone.

Sex offender might practise again

A Christchurch man convicted of multiple sex offences against young boys will be allowed to re-register for a medical certificate.

Christchurch man convicted of sex offences against young boys can reapply for medical registration.

Why do specialists refuse GP referrals?

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government will track patients being sent back to GPs after referrals.

Thousands are turned away from specialist medical appointments, despite being referred by their GP.

Surgery assessments refused

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Thousands of patients have stumbled at the first hurdle on their way to surgery during the past five years. 

Girl back on track after eye scare

Reba Pottinger and daughter Michaela Pottinger, 16, both of Invercargill.

An Invercargill mum says a simple eye test might have saved her daughter's vision after she was diagnosed with a rare condition.

Circumcision cut costly

Waikato DHB policy doesn't allow paediatric surgeons to perform circumcisions for religious or cultural reasons. Photo: Chris Hillock/Fairfax NZ

The number of circumcisions has decreased in the Waikato, with many people put off by the cost.

Families await change

Carey and Owen Hume, parents of Erica who died at Ward 21 in Palmerston North Hospital.

MidCentral District Health Board is through the first phase of implementing changes to mental health and addiction services.

NZ 'left behind' on drug funding video

Masterton's Allyson Lock feels as if the government said "you're not worth it" when she applied for expensive treatment to fight rare, painful and potentially fatal Pompe disease.

Rare disease sufferer tired of Government's "buck-passing" over her potentially fatal condition.

Doctor takes the reins at HVDHB

Incoming Hutt Valley DHB chief executive Dr Ashley Bloomfield.

For the first time since being formed in 2001, the Hutt Valley District Health Board will be run by a clinician.

Island a sad reminder of racism

Historian Lynette Shum with a tribute Wellington's Chinese community placed on Mokopuna Island in 2004 for its "leper", Kim Lee.

A Wellington grocer was unlucky enough to be Chinese during a leprosy panic in 1903.

Sponsorship helps teen fight cancer

Te Amohaere Rudolph didn't let cancer keep her away from her school's cabaret.

A sponsorship programme for Kiwi kids is helping a Northland teen battle cancer.

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