Obese children more likely to have issues with their emotional health

A just published Taranaki study indicates obese children and teenagers are significantly more likely to have issues with their emotional health and wellbeing, reports the New Zealand Herald.

New cystic fibrosis medicine to aid food digestion now funded

A new medicine that will help young children with cystic fibrosis digest their food more easily is now being funded by PHARMAC. Creon Micro, supplied by Mylan, is a modified-release granule formulation of pancreatic enzymes....

Anti-obesity programme slammed as ‘political window-dressing’

A new Budget programme will fund 15 health promotion officers to promote healthy diet and 110 physical activity advisers in schools.

Poverty link with children’s mental health ‘unarguable’: Children’s Commissioner

Children growing up in disadvantaged homes are more likely to need anti-psychotic medication, new research has found.

Nurse teaches safe sleep through doll-play video

An innovative video created by a public health nurse introduces the safe sleep message to pre-schoolers through doll-play.

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.

Whanganui children opt for new dental treatment

Nine out of ten Whanganui children with dental decay in their baby teeth are opting for a new treatment over a traditional filling.

Second DHB rejects Ronald McDonald House for hospital

Southern District Health Board has come under fire over its resistance to a potential Ronald McDonald House in Dunedin.

Wellbeing toolkit for kids online

Wellbeing activities developed to support schoolchildren suffering anxiety in post-quake Christchurch are now available online for all children across the country.

Rise in Meningococcal Disease Among Infants Prompts Health Warning

Parents of infants, early childhood educators and doctors need to be more vigilant in identifying the early stages of meningococcal disease according to health experts. The call comes as a new Institute of Environmental Science...


Opinion: Dr Tracey 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...

Opinion: Hope is the key


Psychological support for the wellbeing of Frontline healthcare workers during the...

Sponsored article chnnl (pronounced channel), an app which anonymously tracks employee mental wellbeing, is helping healthcare providers across New Zealand provide psychological support for the...