Busy nurse gave patient accidental overdose


Elderly man died hours after busy nurse accidentally gave him 10 times more medication than prescribed.

Students raise $100k for teen cancer

St Bede’s students

60 secondary school students have run 120 kilometres each over five days to raise $100,000 for CanTeen.

Police handling 12,000 suicide calls a year

depression bullying suicide

Police are receiving 12,000 attempted or threatened suicide calls a year.

Call for hospital name change

David Gerrard

Professor says Dunedin Public Hospital is "more than just a provincial hospital".

Men more at risk from mislabelled poison

Poison, poisonous, toxic

When it comes to accidental poisoning, it appears men are more likely to drink from a mislabelled container than women.

Father's fight for dead son goes on

Lance Gravatt

Lance Gravatt has lost his job and a lot of money but can't give up fighting for his dead son.

Over-crowded house blamed for baby's death

Generic housing

A baby's death in an over-crowded home has prompted criticism about unsuitable living conditions.

Paracetamol linked to ADHD


Children whose mothers took a common painkiller during pregnancy are at higher risk of developing behavioural problems, research says.

Drug-resistant sex diseases now 'endemic'


Sexually transmitted diseases brought under control last century could be coming back.

$650m revamp starts for hospitals

Christchurch Hospital's acute services building.

Christchurch Hospital redevelopment begins on Monday with a free shuttle to start on October 28.

John Kirwan gives rousing talk on mental illness

Sir John Kirwan

If we can acknowledge that depression is not a weakness and suicide is not an option, we can change the world, Sir John Kirwan says.

'Disenchanted' surgeon quits post


Dunedin Hospital's orthopaedic clinical leader resigns, saying he is "frustrated" with district health board.

Online health records a 'snooping risk'


The storing of millions of Kiwis' health records online is creating a growing risk of clandestine snooping, the privacy commissioner says.

Mums sue ACC for cost of raising unplanned children

miracle baby, tubes tied

Mothers are seeking financial compensation from ACC for giving birth after having their tubes tied.

Stroke won't slow Lucy down

Lucy Lucille Markie

Lucy Lucille Markie was only 29 when she suffered a stroke that left her "crushed and devastated".

Parents seek closure on baby's death

	 Raewyn Singh

A Hamilton couple have stepped up their efforts to discover why their baby died.

Queenstown eyed as 'medical mecca'

300 medic

Queenstown could become an international mecca for regenerative medicine, with a Chinese delegation looking to open a complex.

Executive shuffle at Waikato DHB

	 Waikato Hospital

Long-standing chief operating officer to shift into a newly created position at the end of Waikato Hospital's $500 million building project.

Rare illness spurs teen to start fundraiser

Hannah Capil

When teenagers talk about going to the theatre on their birthday, they usually mean the cinema.

Move to add folic acid to bread goes backward

Loaf of bread

Experts accuse bakers of "failing miserably" to get more folic acid into bread.

GP's melanoma miss criticised

Hospital corridor, generic

A GP who failed to check up on a woman's suspected melanoma has been found to have breached professional standards.

Surgical staff failed woman during C-section


Anaesthetist and surgeon censured after woman was in so much pain during a C-section that nurses had to hold down her legs.

NZ gets air ambulance jet

Nextant Aerospace 400XT  Strap

The Nextant 400XTi has a purchase price of US$4.95 million (NZ$6m) and has a flying range of about 3700 kilometres.

Former All Black becomes dementia champion

Reuben Thorne

Kiwis need to start talking about Alzheimer's instead of avoiding the topic, says Reuben Thorne.

Cancer-hit mum remains grateful

Elouise Hemming

Elouise Hemming's cancer stayed away just long enough for a short crop of hair to grow back.

ACC dispute dogs injured man

Michael Cruickshank

An Irishman's seemingly intractable 15-year battle with ACC is coming to a head.

Rotavirus outbreak hits childcare centres


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

Are school lunches harming our kids?

school lunch, eating

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

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.

NZ not immune to Ebola

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

Rewards for smokers who quit 'insulting'


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


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

Brave battle with rare disease

Ataahua McFarlane

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

Culturing better health

Jignal Bhagvandas

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

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.

Animal tests 'key' to brain disease cures

Sad, depression

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

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.

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 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


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


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

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.

Audiologist apologises over failed hearing tests


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

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.

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.
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