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Vaccinating boys flawed and dangerous

Family First NZ is rejecting a call for the cervical cancer vaccine to be given to all boys as young as 11, saying the idea is flawed and sends a dangerous message.

Warning over future health costs as health cover dips

Warning over future health costs as health cover dips

A further dip in health insurance coverage has sparked a warning from the Health Funds Association (HFANZ) over the growing public/private imbalance in the health sector.

NCWNZ thrilled at new health policy for under 6's

The National Council of Women of NZ (NCWNZ) congratulates the Government on its policy to provide free after hours health care for children under six.

Group welcomes free kids after-hours visits

Child Poverty Action Group has welcomed the National Party's promise of free after-hours doctors visits for children under 6.

Whooping Cough cases spreading

Whooping Cough cases spreading

The number of new cases of pertussis in Westland district has now reduced significantly, however, the outbreak is spreading to other districts. The majority of new suspected pertussis notifications come from the Grey District.

Call for Dementia to be national health priority

Dementia rates in New Zealand are set to double within the next 30 years placing increased demands on families and an already over-burdened health system. But according to AUT University researcher Grace O'Sullivan, life doesn't have to stop because a diagnosis of dementia.

NZ urged to run for stroke day

NZ urged to run for stroke day

While one man continues his 2,900km run the length of New Zealand to raise awareness and funds for stroke, the rest of the country is being urged to join him by donning their trainers and running whatever distance they can on World Stroke Day Saturday 29 October.

Christchurch bans booze in two more areas

The Christchurch City Council today approved two amendments to its Alcohol Restrictions in Public laces Bylaw 2009 to include Riccarton/Ilam and Okains Bay beach and reserve area to its list of permanent alcohol ban areas in Christchurch.

Christchurch air plan vital to city's health

The Christchurch Air Plan which came into force in 2010 is critical to the delivery of clean air and better health in Christchurch.

New home dialysis unit at Greenlane

Aucklanders living with or facing kidney disease are now able to undertake dialysis education in a more comfortable and homely environment. This is thanks to the new Home Dialysis Unit based at Greenlane Clinical Centre that was officially opened by Deputy Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr.