Serious concern over preschool checks as conditions not picked-up

One of the country's biggest health initiatives - the B4 School Check of four-year-olds – isn't picking up serious problems and could actually widen the rich-poor divide.

New Zealanders biggest consumers in favour of sugary drinks tax, poll reveals

New Zealand's biggest consumers of sugary drinks are leaning towards putting a tax on their fizz, a new poll has revealed.

Parents urged to immunise children against meningococcal B

Meningococcal B can strike at any age, but children are most at risk. A vaccine is the only form of protection and is now available in New Zealand. By Rebekah Fraser.

Warning to be on high alert for symptoms of potentially deadly meningococcal disease

Doctors, emergency departments and the general public are being urged to be on high alert after an increase in the number of people contracting the potentially deadly meningococcal disease.

Kiwi-made test could help save mums, babies

A diagnostic test being developed by a Kiwi researcher could help save the lives of pregnant women and their babies.

Water in, fizz out for November

The Dental Association and the Health Minister are backing the annual Switch to Water challenge but are taking a different spin on the state of children’s oral health.

Today’s kids have more allergies

Allergies are on the rise and scientists have been trying to figure out the reasons behind this spike in recent years.

One-third of Kiwi women forced to miss school and work because of period poverty

A new survey has found one-third of Kiwi girls are forced to skip school or work when they have their period because they can't afford sanitary products.

Syphilis epidemic to be tracked with new system

A beefed-up notification system is being rolled out to track a syphilis epidemic that has claimed the lives of babies.

1500 decayed teeth pulled out of Bay of Plenty kids last year

Approximately 1500 rotten teeth were pulled from the mouths of Bay children last year.



Sponsored: Hydration – Why is it so important for older people?

A closer look at the risks of dehydration – particularly for older people – and what can be done to reduce these risks.