Research looks to improve neonatal care experiences for Māori

Research led by Victoria University of Wellington academics that aims to improve the care provided to Māori families in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) has had a Health Research Council funding boost. “Most participants in...

Developing healthy eating habits early on

Taste preferences start to develop early in life and can influence food choices in the future. Now, a new study is investigating how exposing babies to a variety of fruit and vegetables when they...

Respiratory ‘WOF’ improves Māori and Pacific children’s asthma management

Hawke’s Bay Māori and Pacific children have a much higher rate of hospital admissions for respiratory disease (7.3 and 10.4 per 1000 respectively) compared with New Zealand European children (4.5 per 1000). Unichem Russell St...

New Zealand experts play crucial role in global fight against pneumonia

Findings from the decade-long global Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health (PERCH) study are published in the latest edition of the prestigious Lancet journal. Professor David Murdoch of the University of Otago, Christchurch, is a renowned infectious disease expert who led establishment of...

Baby food pouches come under the spotlight

They dominate the baby food section in supermarkets, but could baby food pouches be setting our babies up for future problems with obesity and dental cavities?   Squeezable baby food pouches with plastic spouts are described...

Survey: Children’s sleep is Kiwi parents’ biggest concern

A new State of the Nation Parenting Survey carried out by health insurer nib, in partnership with Nielsen, showed that among the 1,200 respondents, issues around quality of sleep were most commonly cited as the...

Building hope for child health research

Kiwis in the market for a brand new home will be able to make a “purchase with a purpose” when a four-bedroom house in Auckland goes to auction in coming months, with all proceeds...

Kiwi kids are starting school on the right foot

Most Kiwi children are starting school without any emotional or physical development delays. By Ruby Harfield

Anti-obesity programme slammed as ‘political window-dressing’

A new Budget programme will fund 15 health promotion officers to promote healthy diet and 110 physical activity advisers in schools.

Headphones and smartphones causing alarming rates of hearing loss in New Zealand kids

Kiwi kids are suffering hearing loss at alarming rates as they spend hours listening to loud music on headphones.


More than just a ‘pill for every ill’

Dr Tracy Chandler (a.k.a. Dr Wellness) says we need to move beyond the current ‘pill for every ill’ model of general practice to a more patient-centred integrative approach.


Extra Health Support For Busy People

People spinning multiple plates often need additional support over and above good nutrition and exercise. Here’s how addressing things at the sub-cellular level can help.