Health

Flu strains Chch health care

Christchurch Hospital has been under "considerable pressure" over winter due to high demand.

A 10-year high in flu cases has pushed Canterbury health services beyond capacity.

Psychologists shortage in the South

Allied Scientific and Technical national secretary Dr Deborah Powell said the Southern District Health Board were very ...

Clinical psychologists employed by the Southern District Health Board have voted to hold a five week strike for a pay rise to improve staff retention.

Saving lives in Marlborough

Mike McCann's life was saved by a Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

In Ward, the nearest AED was more than 10 minutes away. Even then, it might have been locked away.

A baby after death

The courts have allowed two Kiwi women to retrieve and store sperm from their late partners, but the current laws don't ...

If someone dies suddenly, should a partner or family be able to take and use their reproductive material to make a baby?

The 9-year-old fighter

Living in Switzerland with her Kiwi family meant that all of her medical records had to be translated from French.

Aiesha Tenbeth has spent her life surrounded by surgeons, but now she's enjoying a "typical" childhood.

Cycling up a gear in Auckland video

3.77 million cycle movements were recorded for the year of July 2018 to June 2019, an increase of 8.9 per cent on the ...

Auckland Council says June saw a 17 per cent increase in cyclists around the city compared to the same month in 2018.

NZ's surrogacy struggle

Mark Edwards (L) and Christian Newman with the egg donor and surrogate who helped them have son Frankie.

Surrogacy and adoption can be a complex and costly journey, one which the Justice Minister says needs to be "overhauled".

Measles case at childcare centre

A measles case has been confirmed at Life Childcare Centre in Māngere,

The Public Health Service is expecting more measles cases for school-aged children heading into term three.

Hospital opening could slip

Christchurch Hospital, Hagley (previously known as the acute services building) may not open until 2020. (File photo)

Further delays could push the opening date of Christchurch's new hospital building back to 2020.

Human hookworm trial in NZ video

Hookworms have long been of scientific interest due to their ability to alter the immune system of their human host.

More than a dozen healthy Wellingtonians will play host to 30 hookworms for a year - all in the name of science.

Hawke's Bay measles case confirmed

Measles is a highly contagious virus

Infant confirmed to have measles in Hawke's Bay following visit to Auckland.

Storytelling as healing

Dr Diana Kopua and Mark Kopua are hosting a workshop at Wintec on August 3.

Storytelling is being used to help people face challenges, understand everyday life, and succeed.

Success with meth reduction video

Te Ara Oranga aims to reduce demand for methamphetamine by helping users to treatment (file photo).

Treatment such as counselling and medication to in-house resident treatment is helping cut meth demand in Northland.

NZ's immunisation generation gap

Vaccinologist Dr Helen Petousis-Harris said there is no register or high-level database of immunisation records for ...

Up to half a million New Zealanders are estimated to have not been immunised for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).

Seeking Salvation in winter

Polly Kavanagh says the Salvation Army programme has not taken away her seasonal depression, but given her the tools and ...

Salvation Army drop-in centres a place to escape the cold, and eat, but they're only open a few hours a week.

Laser pointer sales rising video

Rising numbers of suspected laser attacks on aircraft have fired up debate on how to tackle malicious users (File photo).

Health officials want tougher laser laws consistent with overseas rules. But Government still won't support penalty changes.

Napier pool plans challenged

Napier Aquatic Centre, Onekawa, needs updating. (File photo)

Consultation too shallow when pool plans dive in different direction, critics say.

Smokefree poster dairy sells smokes again

Moshim's Discount House on the corner of College and Ada streets was smokefree for more than seven years, before ...

Moshim's Discount House said tobacco products are important for business and the current manager sees no reason to stop selling them again; other dairies disagree.

Hospital supplies building finally moving

Wellington Hospital is about to get a new supplies building.

Wellington's health board plans to move into its new medical supplies building within weeks. It was given two more years in 2012.

NZ's most expensive health insurance claims

Knee and hip replacements top the list for the highest number of insurance claims paid out across the country last year. ...

Southern Cross pays out $95m in a year for knee and hip replacements as public system comes under "increasing pressure".

How much can we drink?

Should the message about how much we can drink and still be legal to drive be framed in terms of the things we actually ...

OPINION: Is it time to change the message about how much alcohol we can drink?

Passenger with measles on flight

Anyone who traveled between Auckland and Palmerston North and back on the weekend of July 6 and 7 could have been ...

A person diagnosed with measles recently took flights between Auckland and Palmerston North.

217 measles cases in Auckland

The number of measles cases in Auckland continues to climb, with 217 confirmed cases as of Wednesday. (generic photo)

More Aucklanders have contracted the highly infectious illness, which is spreading through the city.

Medicinal cannabis questions answered

The Ministry of Health released its proposed Medicinal Cannabis Scheme regulations for public consultation last Wednesday.

Do you have some burning questions about medicinal cannabis and its use in New Zealand? Get in touch.

Menstrual cups 'safe', study finds

New research indicates menstrual cups are a safe alternative to tampons. But NZ experts caution the evidence still isn't ...

The products had been linked with potentially fatal toxic shock syndrome, but a study involving 3300 females found they were safe.

Hospital assault: guard training starts

A Waikato Hospital security guard was seriously assaulted in May, by a patient wielding an oxygen cylinder (file photo).

Security guards at Waikato Hospital are getting extra training following an attack on one of their staff.

Medicinal cannabis Q+A

Professor Mike Barnes, neurologist and medicinal cannabis expert, is visiting New Zealand next week to host three ...

Neurologist and medicinal cannabis expert Professor Mike Barnes joins the Stuff team to answer your questions.

Mesh for hernia repair 'torture'

Christchurch man John Pritchard suffered horrendous complications after hernia surgery using surgical mesh. In May last ...

In agony after hernia surgery, John Pritchard has a message for authorities – ban surgical mesh.

Psychologists on overtime strike

More than 600 psychologists employed by DHBs around the country are taking strike action after DHBs failed to present an ...

More than 600 psychologists across the country have voted to stop working overtime hours to protest a workforce in 'crisis'.

Latest: Auckland measles outbreak

Auckland health services are grappling with an outbreak of measles, a highly infectious disease.

All the latest information on the spread of the highly infectious disease in the Auckland region.

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