Child obesity: The issue no one wants to raise


With most parents unable to tell if a child is overweight, should anyone else be raising the issue?

Doctor's app targets salt

Dr Helen Eyles

Reducing salt in your diet could be the key to reducing heart disease, researcher says.

Inadequacies, failures cited in deaths


Inadequate care and failure were cited in Health and Disability Commissioner reviews into three deaths

SFO to investigate GP group spending

NZ money, cash

Southern District Health Board calls in Serious Fraud Office to investigate whether it has been defrauded.

Silence the killer - teen suicide

Kahui Neho

It was the best of times. It was about the worst of times.

Drugs giants in spin cycle

Daniel and Wu Webby

New super-expensive drugs are coming online - are bureacrats keeping them from us or is there more to it?

Kidney donation a test of true friendship

Michael Miller

They are best mates who will do anything for one another - even give up an organ.

Convicted doctor loses registration


A doctor convicted of indecent assault against the two young children of a close friend has lost his medical registration.

No new measles cases


There have been no new cases of measles notified to Waikato District Health Board in the last fortnight.

$80m bill for binge-drinking

Person drinking alcohol, binge drinking, beer

Alcohol-related hospital admissions in Canterbury climb 18 per cent, costing CDHB about $80 million a year.

Residents angry after asbestos burnt in fire


Some Taupo residents and business owners are furious they may have been exposed to asbestos.

'Unfair expectations' on St John volunteers

St John's Ambulance

A former St John volunteer is questioning whether it should be run as a charity given lives depended on it.

$40m to speed up cancer treatment

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National is promising faster cancer treatment and extra money for arthritis, back pain and joint conditions.

Coeliac NZ slams beer label rules

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Regulators are looking at changing a new rule which would prevent labels saying whether beer is gluten-free.

Auckland gets a reprieve from measles


With no new confirmed cases in nearly three months, Auckland's measles outbreak is over.

Clock ticking for frozen baby 'assets'

A looming legal deadline may spell the death of some people's only chance of having children.

A looming legal deadline may spell the death of some people's only chance of having children.

Mother unaware of danger during birth

Hospital corridor, generic

A mum whose baby died in childbirth would've had C-section had she known he was in danger.

Teen keen to be a quitter

Jahmon Tawhai

Jahmon Tawhai had his first cigarette when he was 7. Ten years later he's keen to stub the habit out.

Fears for mentally ill forced to streets


More mentally ill people will be on the streets as a funding shake-up forces the closure of support services.

Cochlear implants open up the world

Lydia O’Connor and Finley Tutaka-Brown

About 93 per cent of deaf children who graduate from The Hearing House end up in mainstream schools.

Parents can't spot the fat in their kids

Researchers have identified a new culprit in the epidemic of childhood obesity: parents who can't even tell that their pudgy kids are overweight.

Case of Kiwi jailed for 45 years taken to UN


The case of an intellectually disabled New Zealander jailed for 45 years is going to the UN.

Doctor failed to tell patient of cancer


GP failed to warn a patient of cancer in a shoulder, saying only that she had a torn tendon. The woman later died.

Pair want city back on fluoride

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Councillors are calling for fluoride to be put back in New Plymouth's water supply.

Gonorrhoea getting stronger

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A drug-resistant sexually transmitted superbug making its way to NZ has doctors worried.

Leukaemia is latest blow for baby Imogen

Invercargill parents Jackie Evans and Jason Holden with 7-month-old daughter Imogen

This family say their newest family member has nine lives - and they're hoping they are right.

Power outage affects hospital

North Shore Hospital

An Auckland power cut has left North Shore Hospital relying on a back-up generator.

New budget cuts put art therapy service at risk

art therapy

An art therapy service for mental health patients is at risk with under-pressure health board budgets.

IV line kills woman in Christchurch

Keith Nelson

Inquest to be opened after hospital pierced a woman's heart with an intravenous line.

Bizarre payouts for work injuries


Be careful in the office. Last year ACC received 47 claims for paper cuts alone.

Drug giant incites war of the sexes

Breast cancer, prostate cancer

A health funding battle is being set up between breast cancer sufferers and men with prostate cancer.

'Never treat a patient as if they are dying'


It's hard to know what to say to a cancer patient. Lauren Wepa is writing a how-to guide about it.

Pollen time spurs advice for allergy sufferers


Health officials say allergy sufferers need to start preparing for pollen season.

42 and scared of dementia

Lillian Small

Lillian Small fears she may start losing her mind, even before she turns 50.

No health risks from fluoride, study finds


Review finds New Zealand's fluoridation levels pose no health risks and protect against tooth decay.

All Blacks visit schools for Red Nose Day

All Blacks Red Nose

A trio of ''cool'' All Blacks joined in a giant 500 person hongi at an Auckland school for Red Nose Day.

Portal provides central access for health data


Thames-Coromandel and Hauraki districts being used as a pilot for an innovative child healthcare information sharing scheme.

Stressed nurse fined $6k for 'snooping'

Documents, folder, files

"Stressed" nurse who looked through patients' files fined $6k for serious abuse of her role.

Pohlen Hospital takes palliative care under its wing


The Pohlen Foundation Trust's work to support an ageing population is about to come to fruition.

Quakes can affect babies' progress, says expert

A baby

Post-quake babies could be more prone to crime, abuse and gambling as adults.

Hospital in tsunami zone


Middlemore Hospital lies within a tsunami evacuation zone, but officials say they are prepared for disaster.

$9.2m boost for ambulance services

St John's Ambulance

Ambulance services will be able to recruit more staff after receiving a $9.2m boost from ACC.

Answers lie with giving kids permission to talk

Mike King

Mike King believes NZ's biggest mistake about suicide is ignoring those who have the solution.

PSA withdraws strike notices

psa protest

Mediation sees potential pre-election action by 12,000 health workers taken off the table.

Social inequality worsens


The gap in social equality between European people and Maori and Pacific people is worsening, study shows.

Mental health service failings a tragedy 'waiting to happen'

mental health

Concerns have been raised about continuing underlying problems with mental health services.

Fewer youngsters taking own lives

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Youth suicide has dropped in NZ but children as young as 10 are still taking their own lives.

Suicide prevention plan 'making inroads'

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A suicide prevention action plan led by the SDHB appears to be making inroads.

Breastfeeding helps with post-natal blues


Women who plan to breastfeed and then do are the least likely to become depressed.

Suicide numbers fall slightly

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Fewer Kiwis committed suicide in 2013 but the figure remains "stubbornly high".
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