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Free vaccine to combat whooping cough on West Coast

A free booster vaccine will be available to health care and early childhood education staff along with parents of a baby under the age of six months to help combat the current pertussis outbreak on the West Coast. Access to the free vaccine will be through their General Practice.

Sleepover wages bill passes

Sleepover wages bill passes

Health Minister Tony Ryall has welcomed Parliament's unanimous support for the Sleepover Wages (Settlement) Bill, passed today under urgency.

Measles cases cause concern

Measles cases cause concern

Toi Te Ora - Public Health Service has been on high alert for measles because of the current outbreak in New Zealand, which has been mainly in Auckland, Waikato and Hawkes Bay areas.

'Breathtaking results' from mobile safe sex campaign

'Breathtaking results' from mobile safe sex campaign

As smartphones look set to dominate the phone market, a New Zealand organisation is reporting unheard of rates in mobile traffic and is leading the way in developing mobile marketing for safe sex. Get it On!

Shell nuts and eat less - nutritionist

Shell nuts and eat less - nutritionist

According to leading New Zealand nutritionist Angela Berrill, people who eat nuts straight from the shells could cut down on their calorie intake by 40 percent each time.

How to do deal with knee injuries on the rugby field

By Dr Tony Smith, Medical Director, St John

St John has timely reminder first aid tips about what to do if you or someone is injured on the rugby field.

Medsafe recalls products with undeclared prescription medicines

Director-General of Health Kevin Woods today advised consumers to immediately stop taking two products for erectile dysfunction or the enhancement of sexual performance which contain undeclared prescription medicines, citing significant health risks from their use.

New course aims to lower mental health risks

New course aims to lower mental health risks

Has the person sitting at the desk next to you been behaving unusually oddly? Is your elderly parent inexplicably depressed? Do you have a friend being uncharacteristically abusive or manipulative? These may indicate early signs of mental health distress.

Poor footwear linked to disability - research

New research shows that use of poor footwear is common among patients with gout. According to a study published today in Arthritis Care & Research (ACR), gout patients who make poor footwear choices experienced higher foot-related pain, impairment and disability.

Four Square sponsorship boost to St John

Four Square Supermarkets is thrilled to announce a $345,000 sponsorship of a St John service to rural South Island communities.