Scientists will begin testing wastewater from communities across New Zealand to find hotbeds of P, heroin, cocaine, ecstacy and bath salts.

Dodgy batch of ecstasy suspected as Christchurch Hospital emergency admissions spike over weekend

Doctors reported patients with symptoms associated with having taken an MDMA-containing substance, more commonly known as ecstasy.

Midwives union calls for higher pay to address staff shortages

MERAS union says in the last six months several areas of the country have seen self-employed midwives retire and leave.

A UK research team have found it might be how you eat, more than what you eat, that dictates teeth health.

Scientists find swishing, rinsing, slowly sipping acidic drinks increases tooth erosion

A UK research team have found it might be how you eat, not what you eat, that dictates teeth health.

The scheme in Japan was launched in September and has already encouraged four people to quit smoking.

Many smokefree prisoners relapse after release - study finds

New Zealand prisons were made smokefree in 2011.

Close-up shot of hemp

East Coast's Ruatoria looks set to seal $160m medicinal cannabis deal

It is conditional on the medicinal marijuana bill passing its second and third reading

Dr Damian Scarf looked in to a 2011 US study which said the quick editing of the cartoon was bad for kids – and found it was not true.

Otago Uni study finds fast-paced cartoons like Spongebob Squarepants are not bad for kids' attention spans

A 2011 study out of the US cause a "media storm", Dr Damian Scarf said, but his team found the pace of a cartoon has no effects on kids' executive function.

Jacinda Ardern talks turning the 100 day plan into a 300 day plan.

Govt invests $28 million into Christchurch children's post-quake mental health programme

The PM called it a "practical way to support our kids" in Canterbury".

The fluoride debate: Paul Connett and Jonathan Coleman give opposing arguments

Watch: Fluoride can impair intelligence says professor but former Health Minister says water fluoridation is safe, beneficial

Professor Connett, who has a PhD in chemistry, made numerous points, but one of the main ones was that he believes research suggests fluoride can impair intelligence.


First treatment to prevent serious peanut allergy reactions may be on the way

Aimmune Therapeutics says its daily capsules of peanut powder helped children build tolerance.

Giving blood is personal for Hayley and Allen Mundy, after they lost 10-year-old Harrison to a rare bone disease.

Couple get together to give blood in memory of son

Giving blood is personal for Hayley and Allen Mundy, after they lost young Harrison to a rare bone disease.

There are calls for a long-term plan to tackle the deadly disease after the report published in medical journal The Lancet.

Cancer survival rates better in Australia than NZ - research

Around 2500 New Zealanders would have survived cancer if they lived across the Tasman, the research shows.

Warning issued to Kiwis over popular joint supplement after reports of liver toxicity

Medsafe is not recalling the popular herbal product, but was continuing to monitor its safety.

Treatments targeting the gut key to battling type 1 diabetes, new research says

Australian researchers hope the new findings can help treat and prevent type 1 diabetes in the future.

Births decrease as NZ records its lowest fertility rate

But thanks to migration the country's population is still growing.

Neutrogena SPF60+ suncreens were found to have a lower SPF than New Zealand standards when tested by the Commerce Commision.

Sunscreen producer promises to meet NZ standards

The two Neutrogena products will now be tested against local ratings.

Ever since he was a small boy he's been bullied, put down, shunned – all because of his face. Carlos Askew was born severely disfigured and with complex health issues. He's never been in a relationship, never been kissed, never had sex. But instead of letting that destroy his life, it's inspired him to believe anything is possible. Now 21, Carlos been given the chance of pioneering surgery to transform his looks and his life.

'I'm going to put myself out there' – young Kiwi Carlos Askew optimistic after life-changing facial surgery

Carlos, 21, is confident the dramatic change in his looks, will likewise change his life after NZ-first reconstructive surgery.

Professor Boyd Swinburn says unfounded judgements about obese people’s character is “rife” in society, health system.

Plus size models confront society's unfair 'weight bias', says obesity expert

Professor Boyd Swinburn says obesity is wrongly linked with negative character traits.

A 4000km scooter ride is set to be undertaken by nine mental health experts speaking to teens around the country.

Mike King to spearhead 4000km mental health scooter ride encouraging teens to speak up

Speaking on TVNZ1's Breakfast today King said the campaign is motivated by the "crisis focused" nature of the New Zealand mental health system.


New Zealand cancer survival rates significantly worse than Australia

Over the last five years, 2500 cancer patients in New Zealand wouldn't have died if they had been treated in Australia.

Researchers have studied women whose hearts were literally broken during the Canterbury earthquakes.

'Broken Heart Syndrome' can turn deadly in days Christchurch research shows

Researchers have studied women whose hearts were literally broken during the Canterbury earthquakes.

The annual event, Bike the Bridge, has been running since 2011.

MP Julie Anne Genter joins thousands to cycle over Auckland Harbour Bridge

The annual event, Bike the Bridge, has been running since 2011.

"He was upset and frightened. His facial bones were about to be broken, shifted and put back in a way meant to make him look "normal".

'Good as gold' - Meet the courageous Kiwi on a life-changing journey after pioneering surgery

Sunday reporter Janet McIntyre writes about her encounter with a young man before he took part in surgery which could change his life.

ACC and a leading recruitment agency are trying to dispel common misconceptions.

Employers encouraged to take on more workers with disabilities

ACC and a leading recruitment company are trying to dispel the misconceptions of those with disability.

'Feel so honoured'-Lena Dunham overwhelmed by support following hysterectomy

The 'Girls' creator says she is looking into options regarding motherhood in the future.

Unhealthy food concept - sugar in carbonated drink. Sugar cubes as background and canned drink

US state looking to ban soda drinks from food outlets' children's meals

But milk and 100 per cent fruit juice would be allowed in New Hampshire.

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