Health

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Dalton Kelly of the NZRGPN said about 50 towns are currently looking for a long term doctor.

Raising salaries not the answer to recruiting GPs to small towns, says doctors' group

Dalton Kelly of the NZRGPN says small towns are struggling to retain doctors, with 50 towns currently needing permanent GPs.

02:02

Mother of Hamilton teen in hospital recovering from toxic shock syndrome warns about risk of tampons

Chloe Jordan's been in intensive care after the condition left her with acute kidney failure.

02:28
A team of scientists in America has trialled a method that detects eight forms of cancer simply by taking blood.

Major breakthrough made in fight against cancer

A team of scientists in America has trialled a method that detects eight forms of cancer simply by taking blood.

Blood test to detect some cancers early gives promising results

The test discovered some of the most deadly cancers that lack screening tools now.

02:01
If you think you've been scratching more of often from bug bites this summer, you'd be right.

'They like it humid' - Warning for pet owners over one of the worst flea seasons in years

Current hot, muggy, wet weather are the perfect breeding ground conditions for all manner of creepy crawlies.

01:51
Many more NZ youngsters are dying than in Australia and the UK, a new study has found.

Young Kiwi cancer sufferers dying at much higher rate than those overseas - study

Survival rates of young NZ cancer sufferers are well short of international standards, the study found.

Close-up of people communicating while sitting in circle and gesturing.

Study finds need to provide 'holistic and connected' transgender support services

The paper is one of the first to look at how many Kiwis identify as transgender.

Online scammers targeting dating sites to extort users - What can you do to avoid it?

Online scam operations are using dating sites to extort people, according to police.

02:07
Cash-strapped residents of the Hawke's Bay town are keen to take up the volunteer dentists' services.

The cost of dental care in New Zealand: Jim Anderton's 'unfinished project'

Free oral care, wider fluoridation, and introducing subsidies are just some proposals from across the political spectrum.

02:47
ACT leader David Seymour’s End of Life Choice bill has passed its first reading in Parliament.

New Zealanders can now have their say on euthanasia Bill as public submissions open

The End of Life Choice Bill is intended to "give people with a terminal illness ... the option of requesting assisted dying".

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Chloe Jordan was admitted to hospital after she became violently ill while on her period.

'It's very nasty' - Kiwis share experiences and rally behind teen in hospital with toxic shock syndrome

Her mother said doctors believe it was cause by tampon use, but she is now on the mend.

02:05
That's according to new research led by a New Zealand academic.

Calls for more support for diabetic mums after study finds they're more likely to develop heart disease

The study is particularly significant for NZ where diabetes rates are among the highest in the world.

01:30
Chloe Jordan was admitted to hospital after she became violently ill while on her period.

'It was really scary' - Hamilton teen left in ICU after suspected tampon induced toxic shock syndrome

Chloe Jordan was admitted to hospital after she became violently ill while on her period.

Racheal has recently been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.

Fundraising effort underway to give Whakatane teen whose body turning into 'stone', a holiday

Racheal Steiner-Hooker,15, wants to make memories with her family before her body slows down even more.

Lisa-Marie Karlseng Utland of Norway Women U23 and Kristin Grubka of United States of America USA Women U23.

Waikato researcher delves into 'taboo' topic of periods in elite athletes

Menstrual cycles of elite athletes can be anywhere between 20 days and three months.

Man sneezing file photo.

British man blows hole in the back of his throat after trying to hold in sneeze

Suppressed sneezes have also been known to rupture eardrums, and cause blood vessels to balloon in the brain.

Massive sugar find in NZ drinks spur renewed calls for sugar tax

The UK was found to have "upwards of 40-50% less sugar".

SAN RAFAEL, CA - OCTOBER 30:  A bucket of KFC Extra Crispy fried chicken is displayed October 30, 2006 in San Rafael, California. KFC is phasing out trans fats and plans to use zero trans fat soybean oil for cooking of their Original Recipe and Extra Crispy fried chicken as well as other menu items. KFC expects to have all of its 5,500 restaurants in the U.S. switched to the new oil by April 2007.  (Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

'Calorie caps' in store for England's KFC, McDonalds in crackdown on obesity

There's no word on whether NZ might follow suit, given we're the third fattest country on Earth.

02:07
Cash-strapped residents of the Hawke's Bay town are keen to take up the volunteer dentists' services.

Hawke's Bay iwi hoping to expand its two weeks of free dental care initiative

Ngati Pahauwera have partnered with Lumino The Dentists to give free dental care to cash-strapped residents of Wairoa.

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Cash-strapped residents of the Hawke's Bay town are keen to take up the volunteer dentists' services.

Two weeks free dental care for Wairoa sees town 'inundated' with those struggling, get a checkup

Cash-strapped residents of the Hawke's Bay town were keen to take up the volunteer dentists' services.

The win is Wilson's first ever at Teahupoo and third in his World Surf League career.

Surfers more likely to have antibiotic resistant E.coli - study

Surfers swallow 10 times more sea water than sea swimmers.

00:47
More than double the usual number of people signed up to Quitline in the first week of the year.

E-cigarette sales on the rise – especially with New Years resolutions kicking in

More than double the usual number of people signed up to Quitline in the first week of the year.

US President Donald Trump.

'The President is in excellent health' - Trump deemed healthy in physical exam

The normally routine examination coincided with swirling questions about his fitness.

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It comes just after tobacco tax was hiked in the hope of turning more people off the deadly habit.

Government's goal of smokefree NZ by 2025 now being described as unrealistic

The claim comes from Quitline after tobacco tax jumped 10 per cent this month.

The New Zealand Dental Association says they don't think the high cost of going to the dentist is to blame for the low rate of dental appointments.

Dental Assoc says amalgam fillings safe as dentist urges NZ to follow EU ban

An Auckland dentist says amalgam mercury fillings are "toxic".

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