How to prevent the spread of colds and flu

As the weather cools down, winter illnesses tend to ramp up. Rebekah Fraser spoke to an infection control nursing expert about how the spread of colds and flu can be prevented. Simple hygiene practices could...

Fears of increase in fetal alcohol disorder following lockdown

A University of Otago researcher fears the soaring rates of alcohol purchases during lockdown may result in more babies being born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) next year. Associate Professor Anita Gibbs says the...

The power of protein

We get protein from a range of foods including meat, chicken and fish; tofu; eggs; dairy products, nuts, beans and other legumes.

Shift work can affect pregnancies

New research shows that shift work for mothers is associated with reduced fetal growth and longer pregnancies.

Women’s unit opens at Palmerston North Hospital

Women will now have their own dedicated space in Palmerston North Hospital for surgical recovery and assessments with the opening of the new Women’s Assessment and Surgical Unit (WASU). Opened with a blessing on Tuesday...

Prescriptive reading – books to help youth feel better

Prefer to prescribe a book then a pill? A list of suitable self-help books for young Kiwis has just been released by Books on Prescription.

At least a third of kids are vaping – principals

High-decile schools say at least a third of their students are trying vaping - and they want quick action to regulate it. The Secondary Principals' Association and 36 individual principals of mainly high-decile schools have...

Te Rito Maioha welcomes new guidelines for child food safety

Te Rito Maioha (ECNZ) welcomes the Ministry of Health guidelines for child food safety provided as part of the Ministry of Education’s new requirements. “It is heartening to see the new guidelines provide guidance not just...

Fat vs carbs debate: scientists seek consensus

Whether we should we eating fewer carbs or less fat has been a hot health topic for years. A major review published this month in the journal ‘Science’ seeks to add more light than heat to the debate.

Unhealthy diet blamed for one-third of premature deaths

Less than half of one percent of the health budget goes into prevention measures, argues a new coalition formed to reduce the health damage of smoking, alcohol and unhealthy diets.


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...