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New Zealand ranks bottom of developed countries on youth mortality rates

New Zealand has the highest death rate for teenagers and young people among 19 of the world's developed, wealthy countries.

Injuries, disease from bad housing costs New Zealand up to $164m a year

Poor housing is causing preventable injury and disease that is estimated to cost New Zealand up to $164 million a year in hospital admissions and accident compensation claims.

Fund Botox for migraine patients, say specialists

Health experts are calling on district health board bosses to cover Botox treatment for people suffering from chronic migraines.

Otago University Students’ Association introduces drug checking for O-Week

Drug checking - allowing students to check the substance they intend to take - is being carried out at the University of Otago this week, as part of Orientation Week, the students' association has announced.

Trial expanded to help more people with health conditions into work

A Canterbury trial which helps people with health conditions or disabilities to find and stay in work has been expanded to help hundreds more Cantabrians.

Smoking to be banned in cars when children under 18 are present, Govt announces

Smoking will be banned in cars when children under 18 are present minister, Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa has announced.

Is it time for an updated nutrition survey in NZ?

Nutrition experts are calling for an updated national survey to see what New Zealanders are eating, with claims that inappropriate nutrition has taken over from smoking as the number one health issue facing New Zealanders.

Water discolouration prompts Kawerau District Council to halt chlorination

The Kawerau District Council has put a temporary stop to chlorinating the town water supply, while it looks to solve water discolouration issues.

Is rural domestic violence even worse than we thought?

Women who live rurally are more likely to experience domestic violence, says Rural Women New Zealand, but the true number may be even higher.

Shift work can affect pregnancies

New research shows that shift work for mothers is associated with reduced fetal growth and longer pregnancies.

DR WELLNESS

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.

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