Health

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The National Party leader said he would be "loath" to take abortion out of the Crimes Act.

'I'd be loath to' - National's Simon Bridges says abortion should stay in the Crimes Act

Mr Bridges says New Zealand's law is working fine, so why change.

FILE- In this Nov. 5, 2017, file photo, former president George H.W. Bush arrives for an NFL football game between the Houston Texans and the Indianapolis Colts in Houston. A spokesman for the former president says the 93-year-old has been hospitalized for low blood pressure and fatigue. Spokesman Jim McGrath tweeted just after 2 p.m. Sunday, May 27, 2018, that Bush will likely remain in the hospital for a few days. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Former US President George H.W. Bush hospitalised

The 93-year-old will spend a few days in hospital in Maine after experiencing high blood pressure and fatigue.

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03:29
New Zealand Nurses Organisation manger Cee Payne says they hope DHB's new employment offer out today is a "clear pay boost".

Nearly 30,000 nurses to walk off the job twice over staffing shortages and low pay

"We're needing a very clear pay boost right now." says the nurses' union.

In this photo taken Friday, May 25, 2018, UNICEF staffer Jean Claude Nzengu, center, talks with members of an Ebola vaccination team as they prepare to administer the vaccine in an Ebola-affected community in the north-western city of Mbandaka, in Congo. An Ebola vaccination campaign is under way in Mbandaka, the city of 1.2 million on the Congo River where four Ebola cases have been confirmed. (Mark Naftalin/UNICEF via AP)

Ebola vaccinations to get underway in Congo following deadly outbreak

The number of confirmed Ebola cases rose to 35, including 10 deaths.

01:44
Claire Nelson had to resort to drastic measures to survive the US desert after she fell while hiking.

'It's amazing what you get used to when it's a life-or-death situation' - Kiwi drinks her own urine to survive in desert with broken pelvis

Claire Nelson had to resort to drastic measures to survive the US desert after she fell while hiking.

**EMBARGO: No electronic distribution, Web posting or street sales before 11:30 pm EST on Thursday May 24, 2018. No exceptions for any reasons. EMBARGO set by source.** People walk by anti-abortion posters in Dublin, May 23, 2018. The argument over the referendum has exposed wide divisions among Irish women and has emerged to some extent as a debate among women for women. (Paulo Nunes dos Santos/The New York Times)

Exit polls predict overwhelming victory to repeal Ireland's abortion ban

The referendum could repeal the strict 1983 amendment that requires authorities to treat a fetus and its mother as equals under the law.

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Nurses' strike could still be on the cards as pay dispute continues

A panel which has been working with DHBs and nurses, recommends a 9 per cent pay increase.

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Panel recommends nurses get immediate three per cent pay rise and one-off $2,000 sum

The nurses' union says the pay offer doesn't enable parity with secondary school teachers until late in the piece.

Listen: Simon Barnett reveals wife Jodi has a brain tumour, as he struggles to hold back the tears on air - 'I get so scared'

The more FM radio host's wife suffered a seizure on April 29 he described as "beyond horrible".

01:27
Health leaders say the rates of smoking among Maori and Pacifica remain too high, with one calling for a total ban.

Experts tell Government to ban cigarette sales by 2025 as smoke free goal 'a train wreck for Maori and Pasifika'

A Maori health leader and anti-smoking campaigner warned politicians more needs to be done, and soon, to save lives.

Funded Viagra needed for prostate cancer patients, says foundation

The cost of Viagra is too high for men recovering from prostate cancer, the Prostate Cancer Foundation says.

The study found youngsters whose parents smoke can have nicotine levels so high they may as well be smokers.

'Saying it's a train wreck for Maori and Pasifika is an understatement' - Maori Public Health boss warns NZ can't hit 2025 Smokefree goal

Maori Public Health boss Lance Norman told politicians today that 35 per cent of Maori still smoke, along with 25 per cent of Pasifika and 12-13 per cent of all other ethnicities.

'No one will see your yellow skin in that jacket' – Toni Street recounts how her daughters reacted to her severe illness

Juliette and Mackenzie were forthcoming in their opinions as Street battled acute liver failure and jaundice.

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The method uses a test to identify gene mutations in children and teenagers.

New cancer treatment aiming to give families options being trialled in NZ

The method uses a test to identify gene mutations in children and teenagers.

Young Kiwi children pushed to the brink by family violence

Children as young as 7 or 8 are telling social workers they have thought of killing themselves because of the violence at home.

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Countries like America, China, France and Germany have mandatory labels, but in New Zealand currently they are voluntary.

Should tobacco-style warnings be placed on alcohol sold in New Zealand?

Countries like America, China, and Germany have mandatory labels, but in NZ currently they're voluntary.

01:38
New research is urging doctors and midwives to wait before cutting the chord, as it cuts the risk of death by a third.

'A phenomenal difference' – premature babies could be saved by waiting 60 seconds before clamping umbilical chord

New research is urging doctors and midwives to wait before cutting the chord, as it cuts the risk of death by a third.

04:09
Anika says the thought of stopping drinking "makes me want to kind of vomit in my mouth a little bit".

Anika Moa visits a clinical hypnotist who reckons she can reduce your drinking in a week, but did it work?

Moa says the thought of stopping drinking "makes me want to kind of vomit in my mouth a little bit".

Researchers call for mandatory warning labels on alcohol after study finds wildly variable standards

Only 19 per cent of the drinks studied had any kind of warning about drink driving, which the researchers say was concerning considering New Zealand's issues with that.

The Auckland hospital has leaky buildings and the problem could be worse than initially thought

Middlemore Hospital project process a 'complete disgrace' - manager

Newly released documents also show millions of dollars of spending were hidden to keep the lecture theatre and associated meeting rooms under a spending cap.

03:39
Dr Marc Lanteigne of Massey University says while Ebola itself is serious, the threat to New Zealand is minimal.

Is Ebola a threat to NZ? Expert discusses the chance of an outbreak here

Outbreaks have been taking place for decades in Africa and recent cases in the Congo are causing concern.

Justice Committee starts hearing record 35,000 submissions on controversial euthanasia bill

The committee will report back to the House next year in March.

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