Long wait 'unavoidable'

Marlene Rohan says the accident has made her terrified to have a shower.

An elderly woman's three-hour wait for an ambulance was unavoidable due to "extremely high demand", St John says.

Ambulance staff striking

St John ambulance staff will refuse to attend events as negotiations drag on for a new collective agreement.

St John staff around the country will refuse to attend commercial events as pay negotiations stall.

Death linked to synthetics

Another death has been linked to synthetic cannabis use.

Calm of the high followed by frantic scramble to save their friend's life.

Norovirus outbreak in Tokoroa

07082018 News Photo: TOM LEE/STUFF - Tokoroa in South Waikato. Tokoroa Hospital

The hospital's inpatient ward is closed while the health board works to contain the spread.

Devices a health risk, but hard to switch off

Blue light from digital devices is effecting Kiwis' sleep, a scientific review has confirmed (file photo).

Yet another study confirms the need for Kiwis to reduce screen time. But in 2018, can you really log off?

Phones can cause perpetual jetlag video

Rather than sitting in the dark, there are practical things we can do to reduce our exposure to blue light at night.

Screens and artificial lights upset our natural body clock, causing some people to feel constantly out of sync.

3-hour wait after fall

Christchurch woman Marlene Rohan waited three-and-a-half hours for ambulance after falling in her shower.

Elderly woman waited more than thee hours for ambulance after a serious fall.

Running the length of the country

Feilding man Perry Newburn is running the length of New Zealand, this time as an autism fundraiser.

Perry Newburn is trying to set the record for the fastest length of New Zealand.

Going home a death sentence

Welsh rugby star Taulupe Faletau, left, with his cousin Amanaki Taimi.

International rugby players are raising money to keep a 21-year-old Aucklander alive.

Tonsil decisions not taken lightly

Despite some medics offshore moving away from taking out tonsils, a decision for New Zealand patients about whether they ...

While some countries are considering moving away from removing tonsils that doesn't mean Kiwi doctors take them too readily, writes Malcolm Giles.

Stranded cancer patient coming home video

Napier man Jarred Thompson, who has been battling with cancer, fell ill during a trip to Fiji. He was waiting to be ...

Generous donors pitch in to buy plane tickets for Jarred Thompson after he fell severely ill in Fiji.

Appendix linked to Parkinson's

New research suggests the lowly appendix may play a detrimental a role in the development of Parkinson's.

Some still dismiss the appendix as an organ that has outlived its usefulness. But we're still learning.

Drug hope for young cancer battler

Arian Truter, 8, has a rare, inoperable brain tumour. His parents hope a drug being trialed in the US will give him more ...

Arian Truter, 8, has a rare, inoperable brain tumour. His parents hope a drug being trialed overseas will give him more time.

Breaking a relationship taboo

A new University of Auckland study will explore how people in committed relationships deal with having feelings for ...

Many coupled-up people have feelings for someone else. But there hasn't been much research on the subject.

$27k to fly home

Napier man Jarred Thompson, who has been battling cancer, fell ill during a trip to Fiji. He was waiting to be brought ...

A Kiwi man battling cancer is stranded in Fiji while his friends raise money for a medical evacuation.

Rural health bid no problem: Waikato

A plan for a virtual school of rural health and the Waikato med school big are now both on the Government table (file photo).

 Virtual campus plan would only delay need for a new medical school, backer says.

New medical centre nears completion

Francis Street Medical general manager Anna Young, Mainland Homes builder Michael Thoms and Durrheim and Associates ...

A brand new private medical facility in Marlborough could attract more medical professionals to the region.

Drug company's $1m catch

Two-year-old Tama Hubbard was diagnosed with type 1 SMA several months ago and was told he isn't eligible for the free ...

A US drug company demanding taxpayer funding in NZ has been accused of unethical pricing overseas.

Back from the brink video

HopeWalk Blenheim organiser Vita Vaka says music helped him battle through his depression.

When he first started to compose music, singer Vita Vaka had no idea it would one day help save his life.

Big Pharma's role with Pharmac video

The expensive drug debate is not just one of whether Pharmac will fund or not. Are we being told the whole truth, when ...

OPINION: Who's really driving the campaign to publicly fund a $1m drug for the orphan disease Spinal muscular atrophy?

Our mokopuna's role

I was inspired by the very real leadership of some of our young people at Hoani Waiti Marae, writes Dr Hinemoa Elder.

OPINION: If we are empowering our mokopuna with knowledge we are preventing the "ageing brain".

Forgotten flu victims remembered

A group gathered at the unveiling of a memorial at the Waitapu Urupa in New Plymouth to the people who died in the ...

Flu victims forgotten for a century are being remembered in Taranaki.

Life with a 'forgotten cancer'

Unicorn Foundation NZ executive Siobhan Conroy carries a genetic mutation which causes cancerous tumours to grow.

Siobhan Conroy will develop tumours throughout her lifetime – but she sees this knowledge as a blessing.

$7.1m for Bay of Islands Hospital

An artist's impression of the new main entrance of Bay of Islands Hospital which includes a care facility.

A Northland hospital is receiving a cash injection to boost healthcare services in the area.

Antibiotics only when needed

Nelson Marlborough Health clinical pathologist Juliet Elvy with her children Poppy, 3, Noah, 7, and Florrie, 9.

Our use of antibiotics is leading to untreatable infections which can affect anyone of any age.

Polio: The forgotten disease

Author Mervyn Dykes at the launch of his new book Polio and Me.

It's a disease often thought of in the past tense, but author Mervyn Dykes' polio story is one from today.

Bored, lonely and ignored

Disability Training Services/Epic Pathways offices in Napier. The trust has been running in various forms since the 1980s.

Disabled clients of taxpayer-funded training organisation found sitting idle and sleeping in reception.

Gluten-free fail

The Raizada Food website advertises its "100% preservative and gluten-free spice mixes".

Gluten-free products withdrawn from sale because business can't prove they are gluten-free.

Beast victim marches for help

Rererangi Eketone (with the speakerphone) leads the protest.

Lorraine wasn't immune to her former partner's depraved ways. She, too, was abused.

Strike cluster a tipping point

The Waikato physios' plan is to start a 24-hour strike on the morning of November 19 (file photo).

Strike action across industries more about simmering tension as opposed to a change in Government.

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