Health & nutrition
An iPad is allowing Jordan Winther to understand and communicate with those around him.
South Canterbury children as young as 8 are seeking help for suicidal thoughts, according to a counsellor.
Pressuring kids to eat veges tends to backfire by spurring negative emotions, so what can you do to get them to eat their greens?
Nine-year-old Zach was vomiting up to 50 times a day but doctors couldn't work out what was wrong with him.
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A school with a garden regularly feeding its 100 pupils is hoping for donations to build a kitchen which will teach parents as well.
No one-second-a-day video you've ever seen will have the impact of this ad for the charity group Save the Children UK.
Twelve-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis is denied life-saving drug costing $360,000 a year.
Boy's simple ear infection "ate through bone" and got into his brain, nearly killing him.
A Fairfax investigation into lunch box contents has shed light on some unexpected sugary culprits.
School tuck shops selling greasy food are fast becoming obsolete.
Nutritionist Susie Burrell shares her tips for choosing snacks for the school lunchbox.
Dayton Preston isn’t like most other 8-year-olds – he has never eaten a meal in his life.
Sick of making lunches that don't get eaten? Nutritionist Lynda Smith has some tips.
A new study found the question most likely to be asked about daughters is whether or not they're too plump.
Figures released by the Ministry of Health show that the child obesity rate in NZ continues to climb.
A Kapiti Coast primary school has decided to switch off wi-fi in its junior classrooms after a survey of parents revealed concerns about radiation exposure.
Head lice or nits: The idea alone is enough to make your scalp itch.
Invercargill siblings who need life-saving transplants are about to begin their 8-month-long treatments.
San Francisco officials are turning their city into Gotham to help a sick little boy realise his crime fighting dreams.
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