Your Health: Medicinal herbs to alleviate allergies

A large study in progress by Auckland University shows that by the age of two, 10 per cent of the 7000 children they are studying had an allergy which was diagnosed by a doctor.

Active play guidelines for under-fives

Discouraging screen time and ensuring good quality sleep are included in the newly released Sit Less, Move More, Sleep Well: Active play guidelines for under-fives. 

Damp, overcrowded homes bigger threat to kids than car crashes

The health impact on thousands of Kiwi kids of unhealthy homes – including frustration with funding of nurse-led healthy home initiatives – is investigated by New Zealand Herald's Kirsty Johnston and Chris Knox.

More mumps reported in eight months than in past 16 years

More cases of mumps have been reported this year in Auckland than in the past 16 years combined.

New South Auckland birthing centre will help with ‘dire shortage’ of postnatal beds

Expectant mothers in South Auckland will now have more choice of where to give birth and one midwife says it will help alleviate a "dire shortage" of postnatal beds in the area.

Some of my favourite apps

Nurse entrepreneur ANNETTE MILLIGAN shares some smartphone apps that make her life easier – plus one she helped to develop with her local district health board.

Changing Places toilet a first for NZ

Hamilton will have the first Changing Places accessible bathroom in New Zealand.

Teens are sleeping less – but there’s a surprisingly easy fix

Sleep experts agree that teens need at least nine hours of sleep a night. But by 2015, 43 percent of teens reported sleeping less than seven hours a night on most nights

Profile: rapid hat-changing on the Coromandel

When the Colville ambulance rolls out of its hayshed home and screams down the road, locals know to rebook their appointments as the nurse has changed hats.

Goodbye tax cuts but Labour’s families package expected to halve child poverty

Labour's Families Package will kick in from July next year and is forecast to almost halve the number of children living in poverty.


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.