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.

Paediatricians share sad, shocking stories of poverty’s impact

Maggot infested scalps, discharging children to cold, damp homes and treating third world diseases are some of the poverty impacts highlighted by paediatricians speaking out following sobering child death statistics.

Pharmac pushes to reduce antibiotic prescribing this winter flu season

A campaign to educate the public not to expect health professionals to prescribe antibiotics for their cold and flu symptoms this winter has been launched by Pharmac.

‘Not your typical gym’ helps 1000 Kiwis with diabetes

The 1000th participant was signed up this week to a diabetes health and lifestyle programme offered in YMCA  ‘not your typical’ gyms around the country.

Officials warn influenza cases will peak in coming weeks

More severe than the common cold, influenza can cause serious complications such as pneumonia, especially among the elderly, the very young and pregnant women. Experts recommend getting vaccinated as soon as possible.

Five hospitalised after taking mysterious ‘green pills’

Five people were hospitalised after taking green pills believed to be ecstasy - prompting a warning from health officials and police.

School children surrounded by unhealthy eating messages

A major cause of New Zealand’s high rates of obesity has been mapped in a world-first study.

Men’s health: waterworks, weeing and the enlarged prostate

A common health problem for men as they age is an enlarged prostate – for many men it won’t be a bother – for others it brings worrisome to debilitating ‘waterworks’ symptoms. Fiona Cassie talks to Professor Peter Gilling, a Tauranga-based world expert in Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.

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.


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...