‘Restrictive’ guidelines holding back NZ fertility research

Important fertility studies are being held back by New Zealand's "restrictive by default" stance on using viable human embryos, researchers say.

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.

NZ women increasingly having abortions before 10 weeks

New Zealand women are having abortions earlier in their pregnancy – a trend which has been welcomed by Family Planning.

Medical abortions could be safely performed in any good medical centre

Current legal restrictions on who can approve and carry out abortions and where they can be performed create inequities, risks and are a “shocking” waste of the health dollar, argues the women’s health nurses’ college.

More action still needed to remove inequities for Hep C patients

Viral hepatitis is the focus of today’s World Digestive Health Day with Kiwi gastroenterologists pleased with recent increased access to treatment but concerned inequities remain.

DHB apologises to patients after long waits for urgent care

Waitematā District Health Board has apologised to two patients and the family of another after losing their referral documents, causing them to wait months for urgent treatment.

Hopes New Zealand will follow Ireland’s lead on abortion law reform

There are hopes that New Zealand will follow Ireland's lead in changing the law around abortion soon.

FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

Federal health officials warned parents Wednesday about the dangers of teething remedies that contain a popular numbing ingredient and asked manufacturers to stop selling their products intended for babies and toddlers.

Health warnings on beer & wine labels ‘highly deficient’

The current voluntary labelling of health warnings on alcoholic drinks isn’t working suggests a group of medical students after a study finding ‘pea-sized’ and vague label warnings.

Bowel cancer screening error discovered after calls from public

Officials realised more than 9500 people were missed from potentially life-saving bowel cancer screening only after members of the public rang in to ask where their invitation was.


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.