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

Scientists stumble on promising agent for incurable cancer

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

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.

Little progress made in boosting clinical governance

A new report from the University of Otago has highlighted a lack of progress in clinical governance in NZ’s health system.

Research sheds light on Pacific youth gambling habits

New research funded by the Ministry of Health has revealed the gambling habits of Pacific youth and their mothers.

Kiwi scientists closing in killer infectious disease

Kiwi scientists have discovered a novel property of a new anti-tuberculosis drug which may help develop more drugs to treat the world's biggest-killing infectious disease.

Mental health staff to be surveyed on safety

Feedback on the current safety culture at New Zealand’s mental health and addiction services is being sought in a staff survey by the Health Quality & Safety Commission.

Median GP income remains between $100-125k, finds survey

A third of GPs are earning less than $100,000 and 18 per cent less than $75,000 – with GPs earning less and working less hours not surprisingly the least likely to be burnout.

Little science in old wives’ tale about ‘a tooth per child’

A Kiwi researcher has found there is little science to the belief that one of the costs women bear for having multiple children is poor teeth.

Kiwi study indicates why some melanoma patients resistant to immunotherapy drugs

A biomarker to help determine which melanoma patients are likely to benefit from new immunotherapy drugs may be one result of a discovery by Otago researchers’ published today.


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...