Primary health good ideas sought for 2019 Challenge

Primary health providers with good ideas for making a difference to patient care are invited to apply to be part of Whakakotahi 2018 – the latest round of the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s primary care improvement challenge.

How dogs could sniff out lung cancer

We know that dogs have an excellent sense of smell. They are already helping rescue teams locate people in disaster areas and work with customs officers to identify contraband. Some have been trained to sniff out landmines.

Cancer survivor Andrew Neilson urges ‘just get the jab’

The first sign of Andrew Neilson's cancer was when a bump on his neck "popped" out one workday afternoon.

Whanganui District Health Board supports new FAST stroke awareness campaign

"Take action" is the key new message for the stroke awareness campaign FAST.

Which food fads are good for your heart?

A major new research review sheds light on food controversies over dairy, sugar, coffee, tea and alcohol and whether they contribute to a healthy heart.

Northland Grey Power medicinal cannabis campaigner pleased with support

A Northland Grey Power leader and medicinal cannabis law advocate has welcomed a new poll showing the vast majority of Kiwis support her views.

Deaths from heart disease decline

Hospitalisations and deaths from heart disease decline, but ethnic disparities continue, according to a new study published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal. By Rebekah Fraser

HIV diagnoses lowest in four years

Significantly fewer New Zealanders were diagnosed with HIV last year than the previous year but new diagnoses are still much higher than at the turn of the century.

Global cancer rates: How does NZ compare?

New Zealand's dismal cancer statistics have been highlighted in a global index, putting the country proportionally second worst for new cases.

Death: the symptoms of dying

How much do many of us actually know about the act of dying? In the first of Health Central’s special focus on death and dying – The Death Series – FIONA CASSIE talks to palliative care specialist Brian Ensor about the symptoms of dying.



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.