Ground-breaking child-cancer trial kicks off in New Zealand

A ground-breaking trial exploring new treatments for child cancer is launching in New Zealand today.

More than the population of Taupo diagnosed with cancer every year

Cancer is now the number one killer in New Zealand. More than 23,000 people are diagnosed every year, according to figures released by the Ministry of Health today.

Revolutionary blood test for people with chronic pain set to be unveiled

A world-first blood test which has the potential to revolutionise the diagnosis and treatment of people with chronic pain is being revealed at a conference in Sydney today.

Auckland DHB surgeons demand change as big gaps in cancer care found

Surgeons have demanded an urgent "sea change" at one of the country's largest health boards and accused management of recklessness.

Bowel cancer warnings ignored – ‘unacceptable’

Some New Zealanders are probably walking around with undiagnosed cancer after they were withdrawn from a screening programme.

Alzheimer’s disease will become manageable like HIV

Alzheimer's sufferers may be able to live with the disease without the devastating symptoms within the next few decades, scientists said as they were awarded the Brain Prize for their work fighting the illness.

Opioids unnecessary for chronic pain, finds study

A year-long study has shown that opioid-based medicine was no better at improving chronic pain for veterans than non-opioid drugs.

2500 more Kiwis would have survived cancer if they lived in Australia

You are more likely to survive cancer if you live in Australia than New Zealand.

Think heart health this Valentine’s Day

The number of Kiwi adults living with heart disease has jumped back up to nearly five per cent reversing a trend downwards, according to the latest Health Survey findings.

Cancer patients waiting a year for Keytruda funding decision from Pharmac

Hundreds of lung cancer patients whose lives could be saved by a new treatment labelled a "miracle drug" are still waiting for a funding decision a year after it was first lodged.
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