Antibiotics 'link to child obesity'

Children who are given antibiotics in the first two years of their lives are at greater risk of becoming obese in early childhood, a study suggests.

Soft drinks linked to obesity: study

Soft drinks linked to obesity: study

People who consume soft drink are significantly more likely to be overweight and sip more of the sugary beverage than their healthy counterparts, research reveals.

Revealed: the state of our kids' teeth

Revealed: the state of our kids' teeth

More pre-schoolers are being hospitalised with dental disease including severe tooth decay than any other age group, and the rate of admissions in New Zealand for all age groups have grown significantly in the past 20 years.

Nail polish detects date rape drugs

Nail polish detects date rape drugs

A simple coat of nail polish could soon prevent Kiwi women from falling victim to date rape.

The good oil on the good stuff

The good oil on the good stuff

One of the reasons people take complementary medicines is to address mental health concerns, but are they really useful?

Sunscreens may overestimate SPF rating

Sunscreens may overestimate SPF rating

A third of sunscreens could have overestimated SPF protection. It's a scandal, write Laurence Coiffard and Céline Couteau.

E-cigs may tempt youths to smoke: study

E-cigs may tempt youths to smoke: study

Electronic cigarettes may be more tempting to non-smoking youths than conventional cigarettes, and once young people have tried e-cigarettes they are more inclined to give regular cigarettes a try, according to US researchers. 

Sports drinks: Should kids be using them?

Sports drinks: Should kids be using them?

Kids playing weekend games want heavily marketed sports or caffeinated drinks but a public health researcher says their choices are unhealthy and of little help on the field.

Change in diet changing minds

Change in diet changing minds

A healthy mind and a healthy body might be inextricably linked, writes Felice Jacka 

Doctors told to 'practice what they preach'

Doctors told to 'practice what they preach'

Doctors have been told to "practice what they preach" in a study that has found medical professionals regularly risk infecting their patients and colleagues, because they fail to meet their own health needs.

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