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One in seven New Zealanders over the age of 50 are affected in some way by the condition.

New blood test offers hope to macular degeneration sufferers

The Australian research is also testing for new drugs to slow down the condition.

01:04
David Clark made the major Government announcement today, December 13.

Government crackdown on synthetic drugs sees two common types classified as Class A

Police will now have the discretion to take a "therapeutic approach" when considering prosecution.

01:54
Dr Stuart Jones says “the horse has bolted” because parents believe it’s safe – when it isn’t.

Government moved too slowly on regulating e-cigarettes, lead respiratory doc warns

Dr Stuart Jones says "the horse has bolted" because parents believe it's safe – when it isn't.

Young female surgeon writing on clipboard in hospital. Medical professional is filling form at counter. She is wearing scrubs.

A third of NZ nurses have fallen asleep while driving home - study

A sleep expert says a new model is needed to manage nurses' shift work and fatigue-related risk.

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Heidi Harty-Eugster was given the gift of life, and she wants to make sure other sick Kiwis have the same opportunity.

Grateful heart transplant recipient pleads for Kiwis to have the ‘donor’ chat with their families this Christmas

Heidi Harty-Eugster was given the gift of life, and she wants to make sure other sick Kiwis have the same opportunity.

Increase in tongue-tie cuts result of hospital rush - GP

The procedures involve snipping a tissue connecting a baby's tongue to the lower jaw, to improve breastfeeding.

Modern Family's Sarah Hyland has second kidney transplant thanks to her brother

Hyland detailed her lifelong health struggles in an interview in Self magazine.

James Bond has 'severe' drinking problem, according to researchers

Movies of martini-loving spy studied by Otago University researchers among others.

The town could run out of water completely in a day or two.

US water scientist shocked by NZ's water quality

Mark Borchardt came to New Zealand with the impression that it was clean and green and was surprised by what he saw.

02:27
The distressing symptoms of 18-month-old Nash Jones include extreme self harm.

Taranaki couple's desperate bid to prolong life of young son with rare disease that causes self-harm

Nash Jones, aged 18 months, is the only person in New Zealand with Lesch-Nyhan syndrome.

Pool safety laws too lax, doctor says

The Auckland Council is telling pool owners to make their pools safe as summer approaches, to prevent drownings.

 The New England Jounal of Medicine posted a picture on Twitter of a coughed up blood clot in the shape of a patient's right lung's bronchial tree.

Man coughs up blood clot shaped exactly like his lung's bronchial tree, doctor 'astonished'

The patient had been had been coughing up tiny blot clots for days before an extreme coughing spell brought this up.

Bad Taste Food Awards: Consumer NZ calls out our food companies over 'misleading' claims

This year's awards included foods promoted as healthier choices, "even though they contained spoonfuls of sugar".

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From today 25,000 meningococcal vaccines will be handed out in Northland, following three deaths.

Anxious Northland parents queue for hours to get MenW meningococcal vaccine

The three-week vaccine campaign kicked off on Wednesday at Whangarei Girl's High School and Kerikeri High School.

Public safety at risk as years of bullying mounts, Auckland Rescue Helicopter staff say

CEO Greg Barrow resigned today two years after complaints were raised.

The Independent Complaints Authority has upheld every criticism levelled at police by the family of Nicky Stevens

Waikato DHB slammed in coroner's report into death of mental health patient Nicky Stevens

Key findings from Coroner Wallace Bain’s report are damning. Most notably, that Nicky’s death could have been avoided.

Health Minister David Clark made the announcement today.

Section of new Dunedin Hospital fast tracked, current state won't 'last the distance'

The outpatient and day surgery building would finish early.

Mr Stevens died at 21 when he was allowed to walk out of a mental health unit unsupervised. An inquest is being held into his death.

Parents of Nicky Stevens 'vindicated but devastated' after Coroner rules his death was avoidable

Nicky drowned in the Waikato River while under the care of Waikato DHB's mental health unit.

Graeme Hart

NZ's wealthiest man jump-starts South Auckland affordable dental care initiative with huge donation

Graeme Hart's donation is the largest Otago University has ever received.

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NZ leads the world when it comes to bowel cancer deaths, but there are concerns we are worryingly short on colonoscopy specialists.

'It’s just unacceptable': Fears grow over shortage of NZ bowel cancer detection specialists

NZ leads the world when it comes to bowel cancer deaths, but there are concerns we are worryingly short on colonoscopy specialists.

Auckland beaches ditch 'confusing' amber risk warning

Swimsafe has done away with the amber icon which signals some risk at a beach, leaving only green and red.

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But University of Otago’s Professor Mike Eccles says there’s still potentially years of research to be done before the test becomes widely available.

Researchers reveal potentially huge cancer breakthrough: a 10-minute universal test

"I think this is potentially very exciting," University of Otago Professor Mike Eccles told TVNZ 1's Breakfast.

In world first, woman who received womb transplant from dead donor gives birth

The transplant had been done successfully before involving living donors.

Christchurch's Hillmorton Hospital: 'It's a terrifying workplace' - former psychiatrist

One nurse was stabbed, one attacked with boiling water and another strangled.

Northland DHB reassures parents 'they will not miss out' on meningococcal vaccine

Hundreds of people queued yesterday as community clinics opened to immunise children and teenagers against the new meningococcal W strain.

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From today 25,000 meningococcal vaccines will be handed out in Northland, following three deaths.

Hundreds line up in rain for meningococcal vaccinations in Northland

Hundreds of people waited in line for two hours in light drizzle in Whangārei this morning.

01:27
A crowd of 60 midwives and parents gathered outside Auckland Hospital protesting for more funding and safer working conditions.

Striking midwives gather outside Auckland Hospital

Crowd of 60 includes mums-to-be supporting their own midwives.

Ka'iulani, diagnosed with a rare cancer two years ago, beats the odds to celebrate her fourth birthday

She's currently in Spain getting treatment - all paid for by generous Kiwi's through Givealittle.

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