Health

Most read: 'Mummy I'm sorry for this' - Heart-rending last words of cancer-stricken boy, 5, who died in mum's arms

Charlie Proctor's parents in the UK were unable to raise the $NZ1.6m needed for a last-chance liver transplant in the US.

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Infectious disease specialist Dr Emma Best talks to Breakfast about the symptoms and how to act.

Calls for meningococcal vaccine to be funded after six deaths from rare strain this year

The rare strain of the disease is on the rise in New Zealand, with 24 cases of meningococcal W this year.

St John ambulance.

Around 1000 ambulance workers to begin strikes today

The workers insist patient safety will not be put at risk.

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Soala Wilson knows what it’s like to grow up poor, having to use toilet paper. So she started SPINZS. Hilary Barry went along to see.

Watch: Hilary Barry puts in shift at salon that doubles as sanitary products charity

Soala Wilson knows what it's like after having to use toilet paper instead of sanitary products herself.

Fourteen-month-old twins Nima and Dawa Pelden will undergo surgery at the Royal Children’s Hospital to be separated.

Separated twins continue to reach out for each other after successful Melbourne surgery

"They were reaching out for each other, putting their legs across as they did when they were joined."

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Otago Uni study finds mental health improvements using mindfulness meditation apps

It found "modest but tangible improvements" in a healthy student population.

Group of doctors in a hurry down the hospital hallway for emergency

Crushed Whangārei mum pleads for meningococcal vaccine after daughter's death

Rowshae Albert's daughter, Alexis, came home from school four months ago complaining of a headache. But it was something far more sinister.

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Ms Obama says she didn’t realise how common miscarriages were, as people don’t talk about it.

Michelle Obama shares heartbreak about miscarriage - 'I felt like I failed'

Her deeply personal account shed new light on the couple's early struggles.

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When Tanya Mudford lost sight in her left eye, her claim was denied. Now she's warning others.

Fair Go: Invercargill farmer refused trauma insurance payout after going blind in one eye

When is a trauma not a trauma? Tania Mudford found out the hard way.

New unit to transform critical care at Dunedin Hospital

Stage one of the hospital's ICU upgrade was officially opened this morning.

Stethoscope with financial statement

Lack of rural health professionals will result in crisis, GPs say

The Government is currently considering two university bids for rural health training initiatives.

Baby (File picture).

'Severe' preference for sons in cultures linked to demographic distortion

About 117 million to 126 million women are believed to be 'missing' in Asia and Eastern Europe alone.

Artist’s impression of the new main entrance of Bay of Islands Hospital, Kawakawa, incorporating a Primary Care facility.

Government to spend more than $7 million on Bay of Islands hospital

Health Minister David Clark said a new building will give people better access to the services they need.

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Mrs. Obama says she felt she "failed because I didn't know how common miscarriages were".

Watch: Brave Michelle Obama opens up about miscarriage and IVF treatments - 'I felt lost and alone'

Mrs. Obama says she felt she "failed because I didn't know how common miscarriages were".

Kiwi families support GP's controversial 'miraculous' eczema cream

The High Court upheld a controversial tribunal decision sanctioning him for his treatment of eczema patients.

Fourteen-month-old twins Nima and Dawa Pelden will undergo surgery at the Royal Children’s Hospital to be separated.

Conjoined twins successfully separated in life-changing Melbourne surgery

The sisters are in recovery following the operation which took six hours to complete.

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Seven Sharp is here to help you navigate 'that' chat with your kids.

How to have 'that' chat with your kids about porn

Porn nowadays is everywhere and former sex ed teacher Jo Robertson says 'it is now harder to avoid than to come across.'

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It’s a good problem to have, but it’s also exacerbating the skills shortage in industries across the nation.

Concerns voiced over high levels of lead in some Kiwi households' drinking water

Master Plumbers discovered a tap for sale online which leached more than 70 per cent of the recommended level.

Should sugary drinks be taxed? And if so, where would the money go? Breakfast viewers have their say.

Study calls for sugar tax in NZ - 'Self-regulation is not working'

It said industry taxes could help individuals make healthier choices.

NZ’s ‘sandwich generation’, caring for children and their own parents, ‘near to breaking point’

Parents who are caring for their own parents - the "sandwich generation" - are feeling financial and emotional stress.

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Forty per cent of Kiwi five-year-olds have some form of tooth decay, according to a report by the Ministry of Health.

'We need to be constantly vigilant' - PM responds to damning tooth decay report

Last year, tooth decay was found in 40 per cent of Kiwi five-year-olds.

'What if those drugs had killed us?' Chloe Swarbrick implores MPs who have admitted cannabis use to back law change

"If we continue to criminalise drug users we are condemning them for not living up to the moral standards that we ourselves admit that we are not able to meet."

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.

Half of five-year-olds in Gisborne region suffer from tooth decay

Children in the poorest regions still have worse teeth than the rest of the country, new figures show.

Auckland city center aerial view, New Zealand

Auckland's Queen St contains high levels of potentially deadly black carbon - report

The CBD is serving as a basin for air pollution, according to an Auckland Council research report.

The Ruatoria company has just become the first business in New Zealand granted a licence to cultivate the plants.

Regulating cannabis in NZ could generate $240m in tax - report

An economist says there are models in the US and Canada that would work in New Zealand.

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Coffee may help reduce risk of developing Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease

Three different types of coffee - light, dark and decaffeinated dark roasts - were investigated.

Conjoined twins to undergo risky life-changing surgery in Melbourne this week

The Bhutan-born girls are finally ready to undergo the six-hour separation procedure after delays.

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The hospital is being funding by a donation from philanthropist Mark Dunajtschik.

Wellington children's hospital closer to reality with $45.6m Govt funding boost

The cash infusion is in addition to a $50 million donation last year from philanthropist Mark Dunajtschik.

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Mums’ safety will be paramount as more than 1000 midwives go on strike, Jill Ovens told Breakfast.

'Fed up' and stressed out midwives to strike, demand new pay scale, union leader says

But the safety of expectant mums will come first, Jill Ovens tells Breakfast.

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