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Men over 55 dominate November drownings

Men over 55 dominate November drownings

Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) has today released drowning statistics for the month of November. There were a total of eight drownings for the month; the national drowning toll as at 6 December 2011 is now 110, this follows the reported death of a free diver at Kapiti Island on Saturday.

Hamilton Zoo goes smoke-free

Hamilton Zoo goes smoke-free

Hamilton Zoo is helping to stub out smoking with the introduction of a new smoke-free policy.

Coffee bean 'aids weight loss'

The humble coffee bean is now being hailed as an effective ingredient for weight loss.

Meningococcal C vaccination programme about to end

Meningococcal C vaccination programme about to end

The FREE Meningococcal C Vaccination programme has seen 27,000 eligible young Northlanders vaccinated against this serious disease.

A reminder to those yet to take up the offer, this vaccination is FREE for just two more weeks, with the programme ending on Friday 16 December.

Volunteers roles in hospitals celebrated

Volunteers gifted nearly 33,000 hours to Waikato Hospital this year and many hundreds more gave their time to help patients and visitors to all Waikato District Health Board's hospitals and continuing care facilities.

Study shows Kiwis eat too much salt

Study shows Kiwis eat too much salt

Nearly two-thirds (65%) of adult New Zealanders are consuming more sodium than current nutrition guidelines recommend, according to analysis of urine samples taken from 3000 people who took part in the latest New Zealand Adult Nutrition Survey.

Cryo-therapy surgery available at Tauranga Hospital

Two Tauranga women were recently the first recipients of specialist Renal Cryo-therapy surgery using key-hole surgery in Tauranga Hospital.

IronMaori event brings serious message

IronMaori event brings serious message

The IronMaori event in Napier on 3 December is serious competition but brings a serious health message too, says PHARMAC's Maori health manager Marama Parore.

Rena shellfish warning lifted and replaced

Rena shellfish warning lifted and replaced

The health warning advising against the collection and consumption of shellfish, kina, crabs and seaweed due to the oil spill from the MV Rena is no longer necessary and has been lifted by the Medical Officer of Health.

NZ underperforms in health indicators

NZ underperforms in health indicators

A comprehensive independent survey of people in 15 Asia Pacific nations has found that across the region, people score an average of 61 out of a possible 100 in health living indicators.