Health

Kiwis flock to Ebola mission

New Zealanders are jumping at the chance to help fight Ebola in Africa.

Changes in case care are needed

Reviews of 11 suspected-suicide deaths in have revealed more issues with the mental health service.

Free to look to the future

No more cancer for Nick

It took five years but Nick White can talk again after losing half his tongue to cancer.

Woolly thinking a real life-saver

A flock of New Zealand sheep has led to a world-first scientific breakthrough for sick children.

Gran versus the killer asbestos

After losing three family members, Masterton 73-year-old Deidre vanGerven has made it her quest to ban asbestos completely.

Health Minister backs plans for hospital redevelopment

The redevelopment of Palmerston North Hospital is being backed by the Health Minister.

Cancer diary becomes a book to help others

Mother who watched her 7-year-old daughter die of cancer turns her diary into a book to help other families.

Health cost-cutting scheme HBL shelved

Government axing controversial health cost-cutting entity - but DHBs still need to save $620m.

Former smokers breathing easy

Peter Eldridge, 78, originally from London, began smoking when he was 12 and quickly started smoking 40 cigarettes a day.

Vineyard workers hooked on fizzy drinks

Vanuatuan workers guzzling fizzy drinks think losing teeth at 30 is normal, vineyard contractor says.

Wellington Hospital struggling with patient surge

Patients with mild ailments asked to stay away from Wellington Hospital, as it struggles to cope with a surge in patients.

Middlemore needs a new CT scanner

It's Australasia's busiest emergency department but it's missing a critical piece of diagnostic equipment.

Council sugar ban a step closer

Marlborough District Council could become the second council in New Zealand to ban sugary drinks.

Store owners cry foul over tobacco sting

Health inspectors say they will continue to target tobacco retailers illegally selling to minors, despite cries of entrapment.

Air NZ route cuts hit rural doctors

Flight cuts will deter young doctors from taking up jobs in isolated regions, rural doctors fear.

Dodgy dentist piled up years of complaints

Nelson dentist had a history of serious allegations when he closed his clinic owing more than $130,000.

Postnatal depression more common than thought

Postnatal depression can happen to any mother, says Nelson midwife Cat Allan.

Renewed hope for melanoma sufferer

A dying man's hope for more time with his family comes with a $160,000 price tag.

Bad credit, bad heart health linked: study

The worse you are with money the more likely you are to have a dodgy heart, according to new New Zealand-based research.

Stressed students suffer food disorders

Girls stressed by assessments are ending up in mental health units and starving themselves.

Mauritians research Kiwi obesity

Clinical scientist Keswar Bokhoree was shocked at the extreme level of obesity in NZ when he arrived.

School bullies triggered eating disorder

Renee Walker was mercilessly teased at school. So began a 20-year battle with an eating disorder.

Doctor's sex quiz shocks mother

Mother of 12-year-old boy whose doctor asked him if he was sexually active or watched porn is outraged.

The root of the problem?

Edwin Mares stood in court and told the tooth, the whole tooth - but it wasn't enough.

Booze cause of family violence - inquiry

The Glenn Inquiry's upcoming final report will demand a wholesale reform of alcohol law, saying it would cut family violence.

Four-year obesity-buster plan

Cassandra Pokoney

Schools will be challenged to meet exercise and food standards as part of a project to get Invercargill and Bluff residents healthier.

Clicky hips a big pain

She's too young for hip replacement and too heavy for op to repair damaged pelvis.

No surrender for boxer facing second life threat

A kickboxer who survived a brain aneurism is now fighting a rare disorder.

Doctor crisis? Cost-cutting and disconnect blamed

One of only two electric heart specialists in the lower North Island has quit after less than three years.

Government warned of 'peak health' threat

Healthcare is at risk, the health insurance industry is telling newly-minted health minister Jonathan Coleman.

Nothing ever hurt so good

OPINION: Pain is a shocker especially when it's happening to you.

What's your alcohol limit and do you ignore it?

Why is "happy drunk" not enough for some of us? Do you reach your limit and keep drinking?

NZ's health funding 'unsustainable'

Government agencies are pushing for reform over the way the health system is funded.

Green MP takes swipe at DHB's colonoscopy refusals

SDHB's reason for turning away patients for colonoscopies may be a smokescreen, Kevin Hague believes.

King says DHB may endanger patients

Labour health spokeswoman Annette King is calling for a total review of the SDHB.

Top cop targets prescription drug driving

The country's top road cop says people need to be aware of the dangers of driving under the influence of prescription drugs.

Legal highs make unwanted return

Sale of legal highs could be limited to Wellington's CBD if council passes proposed policy.

Teen's foot attached backwards where knee should be

Sean Prendeville's foot is attached backwards where his knee should be, and it's not a mistake.

Theatre on song but emergencies dragging chain

Waikato DHB continues to stay ahead when it comes to getting people through elective surgeries.

Healthy living needs support

Best way to tackle obesity is with good nutrition messages in schools, Christchurch dietitian says.

Measles fly in to Auckland

Passengers on flight to Auckland with child who developed measles may have been infected.

Cash squeeze to hit health

Burgeoning health costs and ever-tightening financial restrictions will require a change to how the health system operates, health officials say.

Pregnant and fighting cancer

Joy turned to devastation for the Gunstons when pregnant Amy was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Baby survives despite 'foreign body' in womb

BABY Maia

After pain, stress and constant worry, her mother says Maia's birth was a miracle.

Book helps children cope with sick parents

 Simone Colwill, with illustrator Jasmine Ting,

A 25 night stay at hospital gave Simone Colwill the idea to write a book to help kids cope with an ill parent.

Prison nurse feels at home

Ella Smith

For prison nurse Ella Smith, the Northern Regional Corrections Facility in Ngawha is her "home away from home".

Nurse count forecast to fall to critical level

300 medic

There will be a critical nursing shortage by 2017 when a large portion of the workforce retires, according to a report.

Doctors alarmed by DHB's refusals

One in three people referred by GPs to the SDHB for colonoscopies are refused the procedure.

Laughing gas an emerging drug of choice

Person inhaling nitrous oxide from a balloon.

The popularity of laughing gas as a recreational drug is ballooning.

Suspicious package at Parliament amid Ebola claims

Security staff examine a van in Parliament grounds.

Security staff remove package from Parliament amid Ebola claims in similar incident in Akld.
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