Woman dies after seriousness of symptoms missed

A doctor in New Zealand who did not take the temperature of a woman who died a day later has been found to have failed to recognise the seriousness of her symptoms and to take appropriate action in response

Ageing with a disability sucks, says long-time advocate

69-year-old John McIntosh talks to Mary Anne Gill from the Life Unlimited Trust about ageing, disability and the importance of independence "for your soul".

Northland teen who suffered toxic shock syndrome urging others to know the signs

Whangarei student Grace Morgan has a warning for others after toxic shock syndrome caused her organs to fail and could have been fatal.

Disabled man’s mum wins appeal over family care payments

An elderly mother who looks after her disabled son 24-7 has won her appeal against a Ministry of Health decision to pay her for just 17 hours of care each week.

Enrich+ Spectrum Energy provide much needed support for autism

For people with autism, life can be a challenge. Young people with autism in particular often face a lonely and isolated existence as they struggle to understand their emotions, thoughts and feelings.

Whangarei women hope medical cannabis plan blooms

Two Whangarei women are applying for a licence to grow medicinal cannabis on 2ha of land near the city.

More seek gender reassignment surgery information, Wellington study finds

More people are seeking advice on gender reassignment surgery, a new Wellington study indicates, and better societal awareness could be behind the rise.

Camp Braveheart: Kiwi children with heart defects flourish at Heart Kids camp

Ben has hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a birth defect that affects the way blood flows through the heart. Next week 9-year-old Ben Doig will be at a camp near Auckland, rock climbing, kayaking, shooting with a bow and arrow, and tackling obstacle courses.

Why communication with your people is key after a life-threatening diagnosis

Human connection is something we are all wired for. When things get tough it's often the breakdown in communication that makes life difficult. Jess Weller shares her experience with Breast Cancer.

Dunedin Hospital’s cancer misdiagnosis

After saying goodbye to her grandchildren and planning her funeral, Jan Scott did not expect to see another Christmas.
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THE DEATH SERIES

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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