How to boost your immune system and avoid getting sick this winter

It's peak flu season. You're cold, rugged up and squashed on public transport or in the lift at work. You hear a hacking cough, or feel the droplets of a sneeze land on your neck. Will this turn into your third cold this year?

Viagra may stop macular degeneration-related blindness

A two-year trial led by scientists at Columbia University in New York suggests the little blue Viagra pills could stop age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, in its tracks.

Nurse care ‘equal or even better’ than GPs for some conditions, finds review

For chronic conditions nurses “probably achieve equal or better health outcomes” for patients then doctors, a major international research review has concluded.

Kiwi babies vaccinated against tuberculosis for first time in two years

Kiwi babies will again be safe from the life-threatening complications associated with severe forms of tuberculosis with a new supply of the vaccine available for the first time in more than two years.

West Coast first to train GP to perform caesareans

A GP on the isolated West Coast can now perform emergency caesareans and other services that means women don’t have to cross the Alps when no obstetrician is on duty.

Vegetable Maths Masters: The app that could make kids love their greens

Getting children to eat their greens is notoriously difficult, but a brand new smartphone app may offer parents a helping hand by making vegetables more psychologically appealing to their youngsters.

Addition of folic acid to bread should be mandatory: PM’s chief science adviser Peter...

The Prime Minister's chief science adviser is calling for the mandatory addition of folic acid to packaged bread, saying it could prevent about 10 babies a year from being born with a neural tube defect.

Breastfeeding crucial in first hour of life says WHO

As Kiwi Mums get ready to lead the global ‘Big Latch On’ this Friday, the World Health Organisation is expressing concern that 3 in 5 babies worldwide are not breastfed in the crucial first hour of life.

Hundreds of babies to latch on for breastfeeding awareness

It will be breastfeeding en masse for Hawke's Bay mums as they plan to celebrate Breastfeeding Awareness Week.

Kind Hands respite care cottage opens in Whangārei

A respite care centre which caters for Northland's youngest medically fragile residents has officially opened it's doors.
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Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – You are not a number

As we embrace the New Year, Dr Tracy Chandler (aka Dr Wellness) says we should be celebrating our uniqueness and aim for a one-size-does-not-fit-all approach to your health.

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