The truth on fat

Fat is a major source of energy, it can help absorb vitamins and minerals, lower inflammation, boost brain health, it's needed to build cell membranes, build healthy hair, skin and nails and protect against heart disease.

Clampdown on firefighters lifting heavy patients for hospitals, rest homes

A fire chief is looking to limit its callouts to help the morbidly obese because it's injuring firefighters and taking them away from "real emergencies".

Why fibre is so important

Fibre is an important component of a healthy diet and it’s something that most people aren’t eating enough of.

Number of kids hospitalised for malnutrition doubled in last decade

Low income parents can't afford to properly feed their kids. Dr Nikki Turner speaks with Mike Hosking

The importance of iron

The mineral that helps to keep our immune system strong throughout cold and flu season, and is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body.

South Island women unable to access long term treatment for alcohol addiction

South Island women are currently unable to access any long term programmes to help them with their alcohol addictions.

The benefits of Magnesium

Magnesium is an incredible mineral with a very long list of benefits to the human body.

Just listen and show you care: Mike King’s advice

Comedian and mental health advocate Mike King says teachers play a more important role than they imagine when it comes to their students’ wellbeing.

Sugar tax and water-only pledge

Political parties were grilled about their stance on a sugar tax at a conference run yesterday by advocacy group Fighting Sugary in Soft Drinks (FIZZ), the New Zealand Herald reports.  At the one day conference the New Zealand soft drink manufacturing body also unveiled its pledge for all members to only sell bottled water to primary and intermediate schools.

Sugar labelled the new tobacco

Sugar has been labelled the "new tobacco" by scientists concerned by just how much of it we are now consuming, reports the New Zealand Herald in the lead-up to today's FIZZ symposium  in Auckland.


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)

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,...