US backtrack on prostate cancer screening welcomed

An influential US government taskforce no longer discouraging prostate cancer screening has been welcomed by the New Zealand’s Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Men’s health: What barriers are stopping inactive Māori men getting back into exercise?

‘Fishbowl gyms’ and putting work and whānau first are amongst the reasons stopping overweight Māori men getting back into exercise, a recent study indicates.

Winter wariness advocated by Council of Medical Colleges

Discouraging unnecessary antibiotics and tests this winter is being advocated by the Council of Medical Colleges as part of the ongoing Choosing Wisely campaign.

Men’s health: Self-medicating depression with drugs

Plenty of everyday men – and women – turn to alcohol or drugs to ‘self-medicate’ or cope with anxiety and depression. Rachel Helyer Donaldson talks to some New Zealand experts on the issue.

8 per cent of youth have social issues

About 8 per cent of New Zealand children have social, emotional and/or behavioural problems, and another 7 per cent are on the borderline of having issues, Ministry of Health statistics say.

Stressful job linked to earlier death for unhealthy blokes

A demanding job increases the risk of premature death in men with heart disease or diabetes, a major review of cohort studies involving more than 100,000 people has found.

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.


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

SPONSORED ARTICLE A virtual radiology service being set up by SEQURE Health could double the capacity of District Health Boards to read X-rays, CT Scans,...