Banning sugar-rich fizzy drinks from schools will do nothing to stop the high levels of sugar many children are getting from powdered fruit-flavoured drinks prepared at home, University of Otago researcher Associate Prof Winsome Parnell says.
A publicly-funded alternative levothyroxine drug could be available in New Zealand by late October, Health Minister David Cunliffe said on Thursday.
The announcement of another review of mental health services in Otago sounds like a rerun of work already done, Otago District Health Board member Louise Rosson says.
Proposed delays to the development of an Otago child and youth strategy were questioned at the Otago and Southland district health boards' community and public health advisory committee this week.
Parents who think their children are safe because they are watching television or playing computer games may be kidding themselves.
While improvements are being made to acute stroke treatment at Dunedin Hospital, getting patients to recognise stroke symptoms and seek urgent help is still a major issue, Dr Brendon Rae says.
The Government is pressing ahead with plans for a bowel cancer screening pilot expected to start next year, despite calls for a rethink from screening programme authority Associate Prof Brian Cox.
When Waikouaiti woman Lis Bartlett was diagnosed with bowel cancer at 62, she took a day off work and struggled to come to terms with the news.
If a Boeing 737 bound from Dunedin for Wellington crashed every six weeks killing all the occupants, people would be outraged. However, bowel cancer in New Zealand kills that many people and...
When Pat Saunders' glaucoma was picked up during an awareness week for the condition, she joked with the doctor that if it had been a different "week" he might have suspected a different disease.
About 68,000 people in New Zealand over the age of 40 already have glaucoma and this number could rise by another 8000 in the next 20 years. Health reporter Elspeth McLean looks at the issue.
The controversial question of whether doctors are prescribing drugs to treat normal feelings such as grief is among issues to be examined in a University of Otago symposium this weekend.
People in Otago and Southland rural areas are being reminded to be vigilant about hand hygiene as notifications of gastroenteric diseases increase.
Concerns New Zealanders might be paying to care for babies with extremely low birthweights after their mothers sought multiple embryo transfers overseas have been raised with a visiting United States ethics academic.
Those who shuddered at the prospect of daily school milk but diligently drank it anyway may have significantly reduced their risk of bowel cancer, a University of Otago study suggests.
Dunedin teenager Karli Adams (14) knows she cannot change the fact her father Garth died when he was 31, but that does not stop her wondering what her life might have been like if he was still alive.
It is time a nursing programme was offered at the University of Otago, visiting New Jersey psychiatric nurse and academic Dr Shirley Smoyak says.