West Coast school goes fizzy free

A West Coast primary school is backing up sugar education with action.

World Smokefree Day: vaping under spotlight & Ruapehu now smokefree

It’s World Smokefree Day and here in New Zealand vaping and e-cigs are under the spotlight; the reduction in smoking nationwide is being celebrated and – inhale deeply snow-sports lovers – Mt Ruapehu is now smokefree. Jody Hopkinson reports.

Targeted subsidies not dental therapists answer to unmet adult dental needs

Training another workforce to provide adult dental care is not the answer to unmet needs – better subsidies are, argues the  New Zealand Dental Association.

Anti-smoking campaigner and health advisor throws weight behind vaping

A leading GP and anti-smoking campaigner in Whanganui is now actively promoting vaping as an option for people trying to quit smoking.

Hopes New Zealand will follow Ireland’s lead on abortion law reform

There are hopes that New Zealand will follow Ireland's lead in changing the law around abortion soon.

Call for special support service in Wellington for Māori victims of sex abuse

Wellington should lead the way in ending sexual violence by providing kaupapa Māori sexual abuse support services, a community group says.

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.

Urgent action needed to address increasing asthma hospital admissions

Urgent action is needed to address childhood asthma, health care professionals say, as a new report shows Rotorua has the second highest rate of child hospital admissions for the condition.

Meningococcal disease increases in Fiji, NZ, calls for more vaccines

Kiwis escaping the winter to catch the rays in Fiji are being warned to be vigilant as the Pacific nation grapples with an outbreak of meningococcal disease.

Families shocked by increasing rates of type 2 diabetes in children

An increasing number of Auckland children under 15 are being admitted with type 2 diabetes, a study released today shows.


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.


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