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Charities funding applications to open in July

The Trusts, a social enterprise that derives its funding from its hospitality and retail operations is committing over $1 million to charities and local groups this year - despite facing an uncertain trading environment. The...

New urban cycleway sees increase in children biking to school

The opening of a new South Auckland cycling project designed to improve access for cyclists to public transport hubs has led to an immediate increase in children biking to school. Previously, students commuting to one...

Research finds baby food pouches are sweet and low in iron

Research out of the University of Otago’s Department of Human Nutrition has examined the nutritional quality of baby food pouches found in most supermarkets. The findings which include notable results around sugar and iron...

Easing of COVID restrictions may increase child asthma over winter: Expert

Health experts are advising parents to have a management plan in place for their children’s asthma as COVID restrictions lessen, leaving them more vulnerable to respiratory illness this winter. The call comes as New Zealand’s...

Inequities in maternity services same as 22 years ago

Concerns raised more than 20 years ago about inequities in New Zealand’s maternity services have still not being addressed, a new University of Otago study shows. The study, published recently in the international journal...

New Zealand’s first study of the safety and benefits of puberty blockers called for

For some people, their innate sense of self doesn’t fit with their biological sex. Any distress this causes is particularly heightened during puberty, but medication used to help is controversial. University of Otago, Christchurch, researchers...

Action needed now for neurodiverse children: forum

Neurodiversity is one of the great unaddressed issues of our time, says Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft, who will address the Belief Change Family Journey forum in Queenstown this weekend. This year’s Forum is hosted...

Water births exceed national average at Bethlehem Birthing Centre

Bethlehem Birthing Centre in Tauranga is smashing the national average when it comes to water births, with 40 per cent, or approximately 170 babies, being born into water at the centre each year. The last national...

Kiwi kids consume five unhealthy snacks a day

On average, 12-year-old children snack on unhealthy food and beverages five times a day, according to new research from the University of Otago. The average child snacked on confectionary, salty snacks, cookies/cakes and sugary drinks...

Teen with cystic fibrosis thriving on PHARMAC-funded medicine

Fourteen-year-old Bruno Cettina is living his best life thanks to a medicine funded by PHARMAC. According to his proud mum, he is a keen sportsman, a musician, an above average student at school and...

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Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – Health pregnancy optimisation tips (for you,...

Whilst pregnancy is an exciting time for most, it does take some planning to keep both you and baby well. Ideally you would see...

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