Colicky babies given controversial anti-reflux medicines not at increased risk of lung infections

Controversy continues over whether prescribing anti-reflux medicines for ‘irritable’ or ‘colicky’ babies is effective but a University of Otago study shows the drugs don’t increase the risk of lung infections.

New research to make living with perthes disease less painful

New research hopes to prevent hundreds of children living with perthes disease from suffering chronic pain.

Whanganui mental health expert delivers stark drug and alcohol warning

The community as a whole needs a rethink on the way alcohol and drugs are used to address the mental health crisis gripping Whanganui.

Step closer to new law that would automatically jail people who attack paramedics

A new law could strip judges of the power to decide on anything less than jail time for people who attack paramedics and other first responders.

Disability law labelled ‘shame on society’ a step closer to repeal

A disability law described as a "shame on society" looks likely to be quashed, with a high-level Government committee to consider its repeal today.

Longstanding addiction leader and innovative ‘meth’ programme win awards

The granddaddy of addiction practice Doug Sellman and a collaborative Northland project to reduce meth harm were major winners at the recent addiction practice awards.

Women in health: the pioneers and first leaders

In the 1890s New Zealand women not only took great strides by gaining the vote but also started making their mark on the country’s health services. Health Central looks at the remarkable group of pioneering women doctors, nurse leaders and health reformers who graduated or rose to prominence in that heady decade.

“Everyone can make a difference,” says award-winning suicide prevention ambassador

LifeKeepers Supreme Award winner Brian Lowe discusses the challenges of working in the field of suicide preventon and how everyone can help make a difference. By Soumya Bhamidipati

Potential rheumatic fever vaccine amongst latest Heart Foundation research grants

Rheumatic fever vaccine research involving special ‘yoghurt’ and a whanau-led approach to healthy nutrition are amongst $4.3m worth of grants just announced by the Heart Foundation.

Neurologist behind stroke risk app honoured

The AUT neurologist behind a stroke risk app translated into 14 languages took out this year’s Excellence in Stroke Award for Australasia.


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.


Remote radiology service offers treatment for waiting lists

A virtual radiology service being set up by SEQURE Health could double the capacity of District Health Boards to read X-rays, CT Scans, MRI...