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The 10 most Googled health questions answered

You've most likely Googled your own symptoms along with many people across the globe who will now consult Google before checking in with a GP or pharmacist.

Teens are sleeping less – but there’s a surprisingly easy fix

Sleep experts agree that teens need at least nine hours of sleep a night. But by 2015, 43 percent of teens reported sleeping less than seven hours a night on most nights

Study suggests possible link between cannabis and schizophrenia

Researchers are sounding alarms over young people smoking cannabis, as the incoming government promises a referendum on legalising the drug.

Promising results for Whanau Pakari kids’ obesity programme

A programme tailored for obese kids has yielded some promising results, with children reporting better physical and emotional health after just a year.

Southern DHB to launch review after disappearance of patient Gordon McLean

A full review is to be launched into how a "frail" man was able to leave the rehabilitation unit at a Dunedin hospital and go missing this week, the district health board says.

New Zealand third fattest country in the world

Any doubts about New Zealand's obesity epidemic have been dispelled by a new international study that shows we are the third fattest nation in the world.

The importance of Zinc

Zinc is essential for multiple body functions including, skin health, hair growth, gut health, immune function, wound healing, metabolism and absorption of nutrients, eye health, concentration, taste and smell.

New South Auckland birthing centre will help with ‘dire shortage’ of postnatal beds

Expectant mothers in South Auckland will now have more choice of where to give birth and one midwife says it will help alleviate a "dire shortage" of postnatal beds in the area.

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".

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