Scientists reiterate Kiwi flu vaccine updated with new strains

ESR scientists are reiterating that this year’s flu vaccine has been updated to include the H3N2 strain linked to increased flu hospitalisations and deaths in the northern winter.

Child asthma admissions rate at hospitals up by 45 per cent

The burden of child asthma in New Zealand hospitals has increased sharply, prompting a chest expert to warn that more must be done to control the potentially fatal disease.

Children living in poorest areas three times more likely to die

Children living in the most deprived areas are three times more likely to die in childhood or adolescence than those living in the least deprived areas, a report has found.

Gas stoves linked to childhood asthma

Damp housing and gas stoves have been associated with about 20 per cent of childhood asthma burden in a study across the Tasman.

Junk food companies targeting kids online, finds study

Kiwi adolescents are frequently exposed to marketing of unhealthy food choices online, according to a University of Auckland study.

Youth smoking at record low: survey

Youth smoking is at a record low level - but young Maori are still smoking at more than double the general youth smoking rate.

World Oral Health Day – what’s on wish list for better dental health?

A health levy on sugary drinks to help pay for the thousands of children’s rotten teeth pulled out each year tops a dentists’ spokesman wish list for World Oral Health Day.

It’s just a quick prick for farmers

Free health checks are on offer as part of a national campaign to deliver health checks to farmers.

Report finds there is no harm in passive vaping

Whether you're a smoker or not, you've no doubt heard the rumours. Some might call it science.

Milo pulling its health stars after winning Bad Taste award

Nestle is removing the 4.5 health star rating from its Milo powder, a product given a Bad Taste Food Award by Consumer NZ in 2016.


Clinician with “passion for public healthcare” to lead Ministry of Health

Dr Ashley Bloomfield was announced today as the new Director General of Health – the third appointment this decade to lead the controversy-hit Ministry of Health.

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