NZ has world’s third highest rate of inflammatory bowel disease

New Zealand has the third worst rate of inflammatory bowel disease in the world and it is growing at an alarming rate, a new study has found.

Purple kumara reduces risk of colon cancer by seventy-five per cent

Purple-fleshed kumara could reduce the chance of colon cancer by up to 75 per cent, research shows.

Fund for next-generation medicines investigated

A fund to give Kiwis quicker access to new-generation medicines will be investigated by the Government, a prospect which has left melanoma drug campaigner Leisa Renwick "ecstatic".

Untangling obesity and diabetes’ ‘missing link’

Genetic changes hidden among our so-called junk DNA have helped New Zealand scientists uncover a suspected missing link between type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Can we predict the world’s next pandemic?

Plague warnings were being issued for nine countries in southeast Africa this week, as authorities rushed to contain an outbreak of Black Death.

Doctors fail to tell patient about signs of cancer

Two GPs have been ordered to apologise to a man who was not informed multiple tests taken across more than a year suggested he might have prostate cancer.

Eradicating HIV with new drug, former Whanganui student tells

Emma Russell continues her series charting the stories of former Whanganui students who have gone on to success in the big, wide world

Breast cancer affected by environment over genetics, study funds

Environmental factors could be behind New Zealand's high rate of breast cancer.

Parkinson’s compensation case sets precedent

A Navy veteran has won a battle for compensation after being exposed to a chemical connected to Parkinson's disease.

New NZ research investigates mental illness and heart disease link

With one in three Kiwis with major cardiovascular illness suffering from depression, new research at Victoria University of Wellington will investigate the link between depression, anxiety and heart disease.


Employers anxious mental health worker settlement won’t be fully funded

The Government's intentions to extend the pay equity settlement to mental health and addiction support workers has been welcomed, but employers want to see the new settlement fully funded.