Vegetable Maths Masters: The app that could make kids love their greens

Getting children to eat their greens is notoriously difficult, but a brand new smartphone app may offer parents a helping hand by making vegetables more psychologically appealing to their youngsters.

Addition of folic acid to bread should be mandatory: PM’s chief science adviser Peter...

The Prime Minister's chief science adviser is calling for the mandatory addition of folic acid to packaged bread, saying it could prevent about 10 babies a year from being born with a neural tube defect.

Breastfeeding crucial in first hour of life says WHO

As Kiwi Mums get ready to lead the global ‘Big Latch On’ this Friday, the World Health Organisation is expressing concern that 3 in 5 babies worldwide are not breastfed in the crucial first hour of life.

Hundreds of babies to latch on for breastfeeding awareness

It will be breastfeeding en masse for Hawke's Bay mums as they plan to celebrate Breastfeeding Awareness Week.

Kind Hands respite care cottage opens in Whangārei

A respite care centre which caters for Northland's youngest medically fragile residents has officially opened it's doors.

Innovation recognised in 2018 Pharmacy Awards

A rural pharmacy’s innovative service for children with gastro bugs and a pair’s work in reclassifying medicines were amongst the winners in the 2018 Pharmacy Awards.

Views on vulvas: cosmetic genital surgery in NZ

Female cosmetic genital surgery has been a growing field since the mid-to-late nineties. Dr Hera Cook discusses this emerging practice, particularly in relation to the history of women’s attitudes towards their genitals. By Soumya Bhamidipati.

Which food fads are good for your heart?

A major new research review sheds light on food controversies over dairy, sugar, coffee, tea and alcohol and whether they contribute to a healthy heart.

Dr Lance O’Sullivan’s remote healthcare service goes national

New Zealand's biggest private childcare chain has signed up to Dr Lance O'Sullivan's health-by-email service, amidst mounting concerns for pre-schoolers' health in low-income communities.

How safe is the MMR vaccine?

In Samoa earlier this month two babies died shortly after receiving the MMR vaccine and an investigation is ongoing. in her blog Dr Helen Petousis-Harris, director of the Immunisation Advisory Centre, answers some of the questions raised by the tragedy.


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...