Health & Beauty

More under-13s seeing the doctor

New Ministry of Health data shows the average number of GP visits for under-13s has increased almost 14 per cent between July and December 2016, compared to the same period in 2014. Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says this is due to more than 99...... Read More

NZ light years ahead of UK and US exercise

New Zealand exercise facilities score significantly higher than United Kingdom and United States operators when it comes to customers recommending the business. This has been put down to an exceptionally high standard of personal trainers and customer...... Read More

Motorway incident sparks DHB probe

An investigation is underway by Auckland District Health Board after a mentally ill teenage girl was removed from an Auckland motorway by police. The incident on Friday evening on a bridge on Grafton Road brought rush hour traffic in central Auckland...... Read More

Your lack of exercise is contagious

Exercise is socially contagious, shows a paper published in Nature Communications this week. Data from digital fitness tracking devices combined with social network analyses reveal that the running habits of individuals can influence their friends’...... Read More

Dentists repeat call for sugary drink tax 

The New Zealand Dental Association is once again calling on the Government to introduce a sugary drinks tax following promising results from a similar tax in California. A paper in PLOS Medicine journal has released data from the first US city to introduce...... Read More

Girl rescued from harbour, man still missing

Police are continuing to look for a man after a 12 foot aluminium runabout was found adrift in the Manukau Harbour with no one on board. Police, Coastguard and a hovercraft from Airport Crash Rescue conducted a search and recovered an 8-year-old...... Read More

Difference of opinion on mental health report

The Health Minister has rejected calls for an inquiry into mental health services, despite a new report finding more than 90 per cent of respondents were frustrated by the system. The People's Mental Health Review collected stories from 500 Kiwis...... Read More

Historic payday for aged care workers

Some of the health sector’s lowest paid workers will share in a $2 billion pay equity settlement over five years. More than 55,000 workers in aged and disability residential care, and home and community support services across New Zealand are...... Read More

’Knowledge gaps’ over new mums’ depression

Midwives need more training to help them identify mental health issues with expectant and new mothers, a study has concluded. Registered nurse and Massey University master's student Kristina Paterson says there are gaps in midwives' knowledge...... Read More

Toddler diagnosed with rare cancer

The family of a two-year-old diagnosed with a rare cancer are embarking on a 200km hikoi today to raise money for treatment that is urgently needed by the toddler. It took 50 visits to a number of medical experts before Ka’iulani Forbes (Waikato,...... Read More