Health & nutrition

Health & nutrition



Food waste a disgrace

There is such a glut of cheap food available in New Zealand that we're cavalier about wasting it.

Raw food backlash

Are strict dietary restrictions for kids doing them more harm than good?

Splitting for daughter's sake

A Northland family is being torn apart in their bid to give their six-year-old daughter cannabis oil.

Sharing cancer with strangers

Danielle Phillips is the parent of a child with cancer in the age of social media. She's chosen to share her child's journey online.

Measles infections soar

Parents are being urged to vaccinate their children amid fears of a measles outbreak spreading.


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Save cash with your crockpot

The cost savings slow cookers offer make them a must-have item for any aspiring Budget Buster.

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Banning sugary drinks

What do your little ones drink with their meals? Is it milk, water, juice - or even something more exotic like home-blended smoothies?

Exposing allergic kids to peanuts

Would you knowingly give your severely allergic child peanuts? US researchers are piloting a programme aimed at 'desensitising' allergic kids.

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Dumb ways to . . . end up in hospital

Lawnmowers are more dangerous than guns, and your bed is downright treacherous.

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Lack of immunisation blamed

A measles outbreak in Hamilton may have been caused by parents neglecting to immunise their children.

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Obesity 'killing us'

Doctors are calling for a soda tax, ad restrictions and ditching fish and chips to battle the bulge.

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Low bowel cancer awareness

Bowel cancer is the country's second-most deadly cancer and many people could be living with it.


Calcium for kids who hate milk

There are countless appetising ways to ensure a child consumes the calcium they need that don't involve milk or cheese.


How kids get overweight

Overweight kids don't necessarily eat lots of fast food or biscuits. Take a look at how easy it is to feed your child the wrong things.

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Children 'not taking their meds'

The multimillion-dollar fight against rheumatic fever is being undermined by children not taking their medicine.

Cassandra Brandeis and daughter Lucy

Warm bedrooms, fewer colds

Warm, clean bedrooms for children could put a stop to colds and prevent wheezing attacks, researchers say.

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Free GP visits welcomed

Solo mum of two "rapt" she will soon be able to take both her sons to the doctor for free.


How to decipher food labels

Mind-boggling percentage requirements and ingredient lists can trip up even the most nutrition-savvy.

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Allergies tough on family

Four-year-old Cody's allergy to lamb, potato, eggs and dairy means the Simpson family have to do things differently.


NZ health costs rising

Healthcare experts say it's time for drastic action to reduce demand on our already-stretched health services.

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