Health

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March organiser Wiki Mulholland says many stage four breast cancer patients turned out, while Labour's Louisa Wall says the funding system will be scrutinised.

Breast cancer sufferers march on Parliament calling on Pharmac to fund two 'game-changer' drugs

The drugs are "literally a lifetime for us," petition organiser Terre Nicholson says.

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Green MP Chloe Swarbrick wants to see safe drug testing legalised before the summer festival season begins.

Greens call to legalise safe drug testing before summer festival season begins

Testing has already been taking place at some events, but the practice exists in a legal grey area.

Worrying rise in Ebola cases after efforts to contain Congo outbreak become violent

The rate of new Ebola cases has more than doubled since the start of this month, experts say.

Herbicides contributing to antibiotic resistance - study finds

Professor Jack Heinemann said low-level exposure allowed for a resistance build-up over time.

pregnant woman holding glass of alcohol

Alcohol warning label to be mandatory to urge risks of drinking while pregnant

The NZ Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation has voted to make the health warnings mandatory.

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Long-held theories gout only affected old men with poor diets could be quashed.

Family history much more likely than diet to cause gout - research

The Otago University finding counters the long-held belief that what you eat is the main cause of gout.

Pregnancy warning labels on alcohol to be mandatory in New Zealand

Labelling has been voluntary for the past six years - now the message will become compulsory.

Mr Seymour, author of the End of Life Choice Bill, debated the pros and cons with Dr Peter Thirkell of the Care Alliance, which opposes euthanasia.

Bug in IT system used to count euthanasia bill submission costs taxpayers $75,000

Hundreds of submissions went missing and a consultant was brought in to find them.

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Grant Schofield reckons the scheme run by MPI is the ‘fake news’ of food health.

Health expert slams Health Star system, wants it disbanded - 'It's worse than useless!'

Grant Schofield reckons the scheme run by MPI is the ‘fake news’ of food health.

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University of Canterbury scientists believe vitamins and minerals could be an alternative to conventional medication.

Micronutrients could be an alternative treatment for anxiety and depression, say NZ researchers

University of Canterbury scientists believe vitamins and minerals could be an alternative.

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The Prime Minister spoke about the issue during Mental Illness Awareness Week.

Jacinda Ardern uses Mental Health Awareness Week to encourage Kiwis to be more 'open' regarding struggles

"The first step is seeking help and encouraging people to be much more open, particularly males," the PM said today.

Single sad teen holding a mobile phone lamenting sitting on the bed in her bedroom with a dark light in the background

Cyber bullying a growing menace that's costing New Zealand $444 million each year

First report that puts a financial figure on the social cost of the issue.

Shot of a mature couple having marital problems in the bedroom at home

Genetic glitch increases risk of erectile dysfunction

Scientists confirm genetic link to impotence for the first time.

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Jess Finnigan says waiting lists are growing for vulnerable young New Zealanders who need help.

Christchurch mum walking 300km to Beehive over child and adolescent mental health services

Jess Finnigan is making the journey to demand urgent action over growing waiting lists.

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Exercise NZ chief executive Richard Beddie said calls for kids to be outside more or to play sport aren't helpful.

Children's gym classes defended by Exercise NZ boss with most Kiwi kids not getting enough physical activity

Richard Beddie says: "Simply saying it should be all about sport, it's a very 20th century solution to the problem."

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The rugby great sat down with Seven Sharp and spoke about his past, his future, and balloon animals.

Exclusive: Sir John Kirwan positive children can drive NZ's change in mental health

"I want to have the greatest mental health in the developed world. Not the worst."

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Sixteen-month-old Otis Porter's parents are pleading for Kalydeco to be funded, to help the toddler live.

Family pleads with Pharmac to help save toddler's life by funding cystic fibrosis ‘wonder drug’

Otis Porter's dad says Kalydeco would have a huge effect on his son's life.

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Spending time in nature is proven to make us happier says The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

Mental Health Awareness Week: Connecting with nature can help Kiwis create positive wellbeing

'Let Nature In' is the theme of this year's Mental Health Awareness Week, from October 8 to 14.

A group of young children run through an obstacle course set up in the gym. They are all focused and having fun. A mom cheers them on. She is carrying a young child.

Kiwi kids going to adult gyms to get active as country registers alarming child obesity figures

Exercise New Zealand says this is a new trend and a number of gyms are starting to offer exercise classes for children.

Abortion rights group brings complaint to Human Rights Group over 'discriminatory' laws

ALRANZ says it believes New Zealand's abortion law discriminates against women and pregnant people on the basis of sex.

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Those working in the field of mental health say they’re overstretched.

'It's OK to sometimes not feel OK' - Mental Health Awareness Week kicks off today

Green Party Mental Health spokesperson Chloe Swarbrick yesterday spent time talking with people on Wellington's Cuba Mall, saying it's time for attitudes to change.

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Mental health awareness week starts next week and Ms Swarbrick was on Wellington’s Cuba Street talking about the issue.

Greens say mental health services in NZ strained beyond capacity

MP Chloe Swarbrick, said NZ needs to end the stigma that still surrounds mental illness.

Nauru government ending Doctors Without Borders service

Doctors Without Borders has been operating on the island since late 2017 to treat mental health needs.

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New research has shown play-based methods of teaching work well, but families need better access.

New research shows play-based therapy in small doses is positive for children with autism

There are increasing calls for government to provide more autism support funding.

'Metal' scare sees brand of frozen mixed berries recalled

The recall is for a batch of Fruzio brand premium mixed berries.

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Ms says the Green party is advocating for a health-based approach dealing with drug abuse.

Chloe Swarbrick accuses Simon Bridges of 'cowardice' after he criticises Green's drug reform calls

Youngest MP comes out firing as she reiterates call for health-based approach to drug crises.

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