The body can tell energy is on the way as soon as you put something in your mouth, even before you swallow, according to research from the University of Auckland.
Two young siblings will today carry a coffin made of cigarette packets into a parliamentary inquiry into the impact of tobacco use on Maori.
A common childhood virus may significantly boost the risk of breast cancer, according to researchers who think infection with it late in life may be a trigger for some of the cancers.
Food advertisements with a strong appeal to children must adhere to a new code launched by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) today.
People off work due to injury are likely to suffer high rates of depression and suicide, new research suggests.
Skipping breakfast before training gives male athletes an advantage and more quickly improves their fitness, according to Massey University researchers.
Many New Zealanders are unknowingly poisoning themselves and their families, in the kitchen, the New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) says.
A drug used to treat various heart conditions has been recalled following the discovery that some tablets were either under- or over-sized.
Research into a 10-year cervical cancer study at Auckland's National Women's Hospital, which became know as the "unfortunate experiment", says the women involved suffered "profound harm".
Energy "shots" and energy drinks which contain high levels of caffeine are not suitable for children, young teenagers, pregnant women and people sensitive to caffeine, food safety officials say.
Parents who drink too much can have a disastrous impact on their children, from neglecting basic needs to causing life-long physical harm, says Children's Commissioner John Angus.
An international study of 50,000 children, including New Zealanders, has shown those who eat three or more burgers a week may be at a higher risk of asthma and wheezing.
The decision to ban sales of certain medicines in supermarkets will deny parents of sick children ready access to cough and cold relief and force them to pay up to 147% more for the same product, according to the Food and Grocery Council.
New Zealand is trailing the developed world in children's car-seat regulations, says Safekids.
A newly-discovered function of a protein found in the brain could lead to a breakthrough in the treatment of motor neurone disease, researchers say.
Vitamin C could play a key role in fighting cancer, a New Zealand study has shown.
Dietary advice can improve the health of people with high-risk type diabetes beyond what drugs can achieve alone, a new study shows.
The levels of pesticide residue present in New Zealand fruit and vegetables, shown in a study released yesterday, are the worst ever, say pro-organic food lobby ogroups.
Access to heart care services in New Zealand has shown little sign of improvement since 2002, according to a study published in the latest New Zealand Medical Journal.
New Zealand researchers say they have made a breakthrough that could lead to a vaccine against hookworm, a parasite that plagues an estimated one billion people worldwide.