Health

Rotavirus outbreak hits childcare centres

preschool

Rotavirus outbreak prompts health officials to urge parents to keep sickly children at home.

Overweight health worker to walk the talk and shed kilos

Brenda Warren

Brenda Warren has embarked on a 700-day journey to enable her to sit in a chair without feeling shame.

Are school lunches harming our kids?

school lunch, eating

Our school canteens are still selling foods high in saturated fat, sugar and sodium.

NZ not immune to Ebola

An outbreak of the Ebola virus in New Zealand is very unlikely, but definitely possible, a Manawatu Ebola expert says.

Rewards for smokers who quit 'insulting'

pregnant

Pregnant Maori and Pasifika women are offered gift vouchers to stop smoking.

Parents welcome son's diagnosis

Dylan Byers

Dylan Byers has spent much of his short life screaming in rage at his family.

Helen Clark recognised for health work

Helen Clark has tonight been recognised for her contribution to women’s health in New Zealand. 

Family fundraises for Savannah's surgery

Savannah

Three-year-old Savannah Clark has a goal - to be able to walk through the school gate on her own.

Culturing better health

Jignal Bhagvandas

A trainee doctor wanted to help her dad get fit, so she started a Bollywood-infused aerobics class.

Brave battle with rare disease

Ataahua McFarlane

Ataahua was developing like most toddlers her age when one day she suddenly stopped talking.

Woman given sleep pills 10 times dose

An elderly woman was given 10 times dose of sleeping pills in error by a nurse, court hears.

Heartbreak drives study of dementia and diet

Alexia Mengelberg

A Wellington doctoral student's personal heartbreak is driving her research into the effects of diet on dementia.

Animal tests 'key' to brain disease cures

Sad, depression

Qualms about animal testing could condemn many to brain disease, says researcher.

Ryan Crotty shaving his beard for charity

Ryan Crotty

Ryan Crotty will feel like he is burying an old friend when his beard is shaved for charity tomorrow.

Hi-tech knight saves women's lives

Sir Michael Brady

Sir Michael Brady is a breast man and millions of women worldwide should be glad that he is.

Teen on long road to recovery

Jack Fletcher

An Invercargill family are facing a long road into the darkness after a horrific crash left their teenage son battling for his life.

One Dollar Warriors picks first recipient

Shona

Shona Wilburn is about to benefit from a venture set up to help those with life-threatening illness.

Fruean inspires heart patients

Storming midfielder Robbie Fruean looks to have taken his new team and home to heart.

Spinal cord injury overlooked by doctors

stethoscope

A man was discharged from hospital after a bicycle crash, without doctors realising he had received a spinal cord injury.

Accelerating prices hit family budget

stethoscope

High petrol costs are forcing New Zealanders to cut back on their health spending.

Audiologist apologises over failed hearing tests

Audiologist

A boy's life was seriously affected after errors by an audiologist working alone with old equipment.

Bruce blasts 'dumb' decision

Noeline Ireland strap

A decision not to back a procedure that zaps nerves to treat high blood pressure is being described as "dumb" by a former patient.

Health system too slow for new technology

Hospital corridor, generic

A government body investigating life-saving science has found it must change the way it operates.

Patient forced to consider motherhood

Monica Stubbs

Monica Stubbs was only 23 when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma and had to make a hasty decision.

Steroids loom as risk for NZ teens

steroids

Anti-doping watchdog has warned NZ teens could become victims of an unbridled illegal steroid market. | Muscle building on steroids | Use up tenfold

New weapon against flu?

microscope scientist

Otago University researchers have identified a protein that could be targeted by anti-influenza drugs.

Lack of GPs could threaten community health

stethoscope

Community health could be under threat as fewer medical students want to be GPs.

Hackers target health site

keyboard

Hackers unsuccessfully attempted to access health records stored by health IT provider Dr Info.

University will build first colour X-ray

Colour X-ray

University of Canterbury given $12m to build world's first human colour scanner.

Midwives shun flu jab

10 flu vaccine facts to know

Recent figures show many midwives are choosing not to be immunised against influenza.

Family behind decision to quit smoking

Campbell family

Together for 23 years, 8 kids and another on the way, one couple knew it was time to quit smoking for good.

Awareness call for alcohol's child victims

Jackie Prichard and Lisa Smith

Of all the harmful acts attributed to alcohol, little is known about the "sleeping giant".

More children using after-hours care

Doctor

Lower costs at after hours clinics have led to more Auckland kids under 6 using services, research says.

Election 2014: The promises of good health

stethoscope

What does each political party have planned for your healthcare post the election? Find out here.

Cannabis use linked to academic failure

marijuana

Teens using cannabis 60 per cent more likely to drop out of high school and nearly seven times more likely to attempt suicide, study shows.

Husband's medical exam inadequate, says widow

MICHAEL THOMPSON

Wife of man who died from pneumonia and H1N1 flu strain says she felt he was sent home to die.

Ignoring lumps turned life upside down for teenager

Chinayd O’Sullivan

Chinayd O'Sullivan thought her neck was in knots, but reality was much worse.

Bravely facing a forgettable future

Howard and Sally Booth

'Scary' diagnosis left Howard Booth feeling unmotivated, struggling with household tasks and fearing he's failing his son.

Ed's death final act of giving

Ed Knighton

Family of woman who died suddenly in hospital told she saved the lives of four people by donating organs.

Dishing the dirt on capital eateries

stack of plates

Cleaning failures including rodents were in more than 30 Wellington restaurants, with eight forced to close.

Disease warning for travellers

Mosquito 300x200

Major outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases in the Pacific Islands have reached New Zealand.

Banged-up rider Harris vows to return to racing

Shaun Harris

A motorcycle crash cost Shaun Harris seven years of his life but he can't wait to ride again.

Cuddle cot to help parents say goodbye

Karen Prisco

A Christchurch mother grieving her baby wants to help other families facing a similar, sudden loss.

Desperately seeking blood donors

David Higginson

Blood is in short supply in the Auckland region and the NZ Blood Service is urging people to donate.

More tax hikes needed to be smokefree

cigarette

Increasing tobacco tax by 20 per cent a year would still not be enough to make the country smokefree by 2025, research suggests.

Pharmac to subsidise two cancer medications

Pills, drugs

Pharmac will subsidise a $7000 cancer medication that could save hundreds of lives.

Young mum tells of unexpected journey

Natalie Reynolds with her daughter Isobel Strong and partner Pete Strong

A mum, who suffered bleeding for five years, believes doctors missed her cancer due to her youth.

Transplant journey an 'emotional rollercoaster'

David, left, and Allan Laumatia

Allan Laumatia's world completely changed after his brother successfully donated a kidney to him.

Child obesity: The issue no one wants to raise

strap

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.
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