Health

At 32, I begged for a hysterectomy stuff nation

My “monthly” pain was worse than labour; so intense I couldn’t walk.

When I told the doctor at the hospital how much pain I was in, he told me I was lying.

Waiting for IVF

Manu and Hannah Fisi'ihoi wanted a big family but found they would need IVF to make it happen. They are due to start ...

 They're the fun aunty and uncle, saying 'not yet' when people ask if they're having kids soon.

Cancer at just 10 months old video

Two-year-old Elsie Lee  was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at 10 months old.  She has now recovered from the treatment, ...

Elsie Lee runs laughing laps around the house and digs up worms with no sign she could easily not be here at all.

The Italian job

Dog walker Daniel Johnson is overcoming unique challenges to make his dream of travelling to Europe a reality.

Dogs and dog owners, delight, a new walker is looking for four-legged clients.

Mayor confident ambulance service safe

Waimate District mayor Craig Rowley is confident the district's ambulance service is not in jeopardy following meeting ...

Waimate mayor confident the district's ambulance service is not in jeopardy after meeting with St John.

Weight climbing, fitness declining

Kiwi adolescents weigh more and are less fit than their parents were at their age, a study out of Otago University has ...

A groundbreaking study into the fitness of Kiwi kids and their parents has reached troubling conclusions.

Eight hospitalised over synthetic cannabis

Eight people have been treated at Christchurch Hospital after taking synthetic cannabis.

At least three people are in intensive care and others treated within 24 hours in Christchurch due to synthetic cannabis.

Desperate need for dementia support video

Alzheimers NZ chief executive Catherine Hall is fed up with government inaction when it comes to prioritising dementia care.

The government needs to do more and do better for Kiwis affected by dementia, says Alzheimers NZ.

Upcycling your body for science

Medical students in New Zealand rely on donated bodies to learn from.

Bury, cremate or bequest? Some people are choosing the latter when it comes to dying.

Stopping the smokes

Hāpai te Hauora's Mihi Blair says reducing tobacco supply is one thing the government hasn't been looking at.

As threats of attack looms and tobacco tax prices soar, Auckland dairy owners may back ceasing cigarette sales.

Woman took a knife to her breasts video

Paraparaumu woman Sarah Baker has 18H breasts and for the past five years has been battling to get a reduction but had ...

Knocked back for reduction surgery, this was Sarah Baker's moment of desperation.

Dunedin doctor fined

The charge alleged that the doctor – between 2004 and 2010 – altered the medical records of a dozen patients, resulting ...

A Dunedin doctor has been fined and censured for altering patient records.

No memoriam: Spanish Flu

Marlborough Girls' College student Sarah McGreevy walks through the century-old graves at Omaka Cemetery.

It was one of the deadliest natural disasters in history. But plaques were reserved for the war-fallen.

Teen pushes for mental health help

Greer Wilson, 13, won the inaugural GirlBoss Emerging Leader award for her work in mental health.

Aucklander wins award after her submission on mental health services was presented to Parliament.

Nurse in 'make-believe world'

The Crown seized and sold Linda Olive Aldworth's Rotorua property after she was found guilty of meth-related money ...

Linda Aldworth was a respected nurse of 40 years, living the high life on $340,000 of laundered prison money.

Survivor on misdiagnosed heart problem

Recovering from an aortic dissection can be lonely as so few people know what it is, Sue Glassey says.

Doctor Google stepped in when real doctors weren't sure what was wrong.

Explosive dangers in hospital

A page from the health and safety report to Capital & Coast District Health Board this year.

Crushed flammable liquids are among a swag of safety issues found at Wellington Hospital, a leaked document shows.

$21,000 raised for cancer fight

Aly and Hayden Keeling are going to New York to get treatment for their two-year-old son Corey who has Neuroblastoma, a ...

The family moving to New York in search of a cure for their son's rare cancer have raised more than $21,000 since sharing their story.

'Call crisis line back tomorrow'

A woman who rang a 24/7 mental health crisis line was told to either get to North Shore Hospital's inpatient unit or ...

A woman who called a DHB crisis line was devastated to be told to call back the next day.

Deadly syndrome mistaken for colic video

Five-month-old Tallan Williams underwent open heart surgery on Friday morning after doctors diagnosed a potentially ...

Baby Tallan was thought to have colic until a chest x-ray showed he had a rare heart defect.

A dog broke my neck

Julia Houghton was bowled over by a dog in Days Park, Hamilton,  landing on her head and fracturing a vertebrae in her ...

As the pitbull came bounding in Julia Houghton's direction, she thought it'd go around her.

Blinded by diabetes at age 21

Young diabetes patients are experiencing serious complications due to poor management of the illness.

Woman is just one of many young people with type 2 diabetes experiencing serious complications.

Finding offshore answers for Māori health

Mururaupatu Maipi, 27, travelled to Alaska last month to look at their native-lead health system to see how it could ...

A health system used by indigenous people in Alaska could hold answers for New Zealand, says a kaumatua.

Knowledge is power

An MRI scan shows a suspected cancerous area, which is circled in red.

OPINION: If that's the case, doctors shouldn't be discouraging men from having prostate cancer checks.

Prioritising kids mental health 'important' video

Life Education Trust is a charity that aims to educate and empower children to make healthy choices so they can live ...

Kiwis are finding it increasingly difficult to manage their personal wellbeing and that of their families.

Vaping 'may not lead to smoking'

The research quizzed more than 26,000 year 10 students from across the country on their smoking and vaping habits.

Vaping might not lead to cigarette addiction as once feared, according to NZ's largest smoking survey.

$16k to prevent school liquor sales

Port Ahuriri School had applied to sell alcohol at its annual Food and Music Festival. (File photo)

It was necessary to ensure its opposition was well-researched, DHB says.

Bedrooms too cold to sleep in video

South Auckland Housing NZ tenant Melanie Daniels says her family is sleeping in their lounge as it's warmer than their ...

A pregnant mum says her state house is so cold it's contributing to her 2-year-old daughter's respiratory illness.

Summerset village heading to court video

The future of a $150 million retirement village in Boulcott will be decided in the Environment Court.

A long-running dispute over a $150 million Lower Hutt retirement village is off to the Environment Court.

Chlorination for Richmond

Richmond residents will have chlorine in their drinking water for the next couple of weeks.

The Richmond water supply will be temporarily chlorinated.

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