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.

Mental health inquiry: Hope stirs amid the wreckage

Mental health inquiry says 'there was some rage' as it acknowledges public frustration but remains confident of delivering blueprint for change to Government.

Rolling strike by ACC medical advisors kicks off Tuesday

Up to 39 senior doctors who process complex ACC claims will be walking off the job around the country tomorrow after pay negotiations stalled over a redundancy deal and well-being claim.

New Zealand hospital staff abused daily: ‘It’s time to talk’

Hospital staff nationwide are being abused daily with reports of death threats, nurses being punched in the face and wrists being broken.

New Zealand babies dying from syphilis: ‘Our healthcare systems are falling over’ say experts

New Zealand babies are dying from syphilis passed on from their mothers during pregnancy.

Government scrapping of police mental health pilot ‘disgraceful’, says National

National says the Government's decision to scrap a pilot improving emergency mental health call responses is 'disgraceful'.

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.

Deaths from heart disease decline

Hospitalisations and deaths from heart disease decline, but ethnic disparities continue, according to a new study published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal. By Rebekah Fraser

DHBs coping well with nurses’ strike

District Health Boards say contingency plans at the country’s hospitals are working well for the nationwide nurses’ strike.

Scientists stumble on promising agent for incurable cancer

Kiwi researchers have stumbled upon what could be a promising agent against an incurable blood cancer.


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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