Health & Beauty

Universal blood test for cancer one step closer

Scientists have taken a step towards one of the biggest goals in medicine - a universal blood test for cancer. A team at Johns Hopkins University has trialled a method that detects eight common forms of the disease. Their vision is an annual test designed...... Read More

E-cigarettes now available in leading supermarkets

Some major supermarkets across Aotearoa are now selling e-cigarettes. Meanwhile excise tax on tobacco products have increased by a further 10 percent this month. Progressive Enterprises, which own Countdown, FreshChoice and Supervalue supermarkets,...... Read More

Pilot sees stroke intervention rates double

A six-month telestroke service pilot headed by Wellington Regional Hospital neurologists has seen a dramatic increase in stroke intervention rates across the Central Region. The service is now being replicated across other parts of the country. The...... Read More

Think twice about sharing online

Police are encouraging people to exercise caution when conducting themselves online. Anyone using dating sites and apps needs to be very careful when developing relationships online, says Senior Sergeant Stephen McDaniel. He says it’s extremely...... Read More

Speculation on cattle disease becoming harmful

Federated Farmers thinks speculation around the cattle disease Mycoplasma Bovis and its origins could be adding unwanted stress to worried farmers. The disease was first detected on a South Canterbury farm by the Ministry for Primary Industries last...... Read More

Half car, half couch goes up for auction

It’s probably best suited to a petrol head, a Ford fanatic or someone with a unique taste in furnishings. It’s the butt of a Mark 3 Zephyr, which has been fashioned into a couch. It’s been sitting in the corner of the smoko room...... Read More

Trampers urged to plan and prepare

Police and LandSAR in the Central North Island are urging hikers and trampers to plan and prepare. In the last week Police and LandSAR rescued six people who underestimated the challenges of walking in an alpine environment. "On the evening of...... Read More

Renewed calls to ditch the fizz

A Waikato University study has found that sugary drinks in New Zealand contain proportionally more sugar than their overseas counterparts. Māori Public Health Organisation, Hāpai Te Hauora, says that this highlights the need for the government to...... Read More

Blessing held for missing skydiver

A blessing has been conducted at Lake Wakatipu honouring missing skydiver Tyler Nii. Otago Lakes Central Area commander Inspector Olaf Jensen says police were at the ceremony today to accompany his family. "Kaumātua...... Read More

Codeine-based medicines closer to becoming prescription-only

Codeine-based cold and flu medicines are another step closer to becoming prescription-only in New Zealand. Codeine is in dozens of easily available cold, flu and pain medicines, but it is an addictive opiod. Under the current rules, such medicines...... Read More