New Zealand patients suffering pain which cannot be managed with conventional pain-killers have had success with medicinal cannabis - but found it was much more costly than supplies of illicit cannabis, a lobbyist for the legalisation of cannabis says.
The Government has legalised medicinal cannabis, but many multiple sclerosis patients allowed to use the commercial form of the drug will have difficulty paying for it, says Multiple Sclerosis Society national director Rosie Gallagher.
Many current autism treatments are unproven and may be harming children, an education specialist says.
New Zealand and Singapore have teamed up in the battle against cancer.
An Auckland health symposium has identified rheumatic fever and superbugs as the greatest infectious disease threats in New Zealand.
The total number of smokers dropped between 2006 and 2009, a report shows.
New Zealanders get enough vitamin D without deliberately exposing themselves to the midday sun, skin cancer prevention groups say.
Young children who take paracetamol are twice as likely to develop asthma, researchers say.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferers will have wider access to treatments as a result of an agreement by government drug-funder Pharmac with Bayer New Zealand.
A treatment for patients undergoing major joint replacement surgery will be made more readily available after an agreement between the Government and an international company.
Massey University researchers are calling for people who use alternative medicines or dietary supplements to participate in the final phase of a three-year study.
A $1 million donation has helped establish the country's first Biobank for brain disease.
Nurture rather than nature appears to be the more influential factor in aggression in children, according to a new study.
Overweight men are more likely to father undersized babies, new research says.
The Mental Health Foundation is emphasising the importance of strong family relationships in preventing youth suicide, following the release of suicide statistics yesterday.
Cancer survival rates improved in the 10 years to 2007, according to a Ministry of Health report released today.
The Drug Foundation is offering people a chance to give their bodies a break in February after the excesses of the holiday season.
Couples trying for a baby may find it easier to conceive if the male takes antioxidant supplements, new research suggests.
Retailers have spoken out against a bill that would ban shops from displaying cigarettes.
Research suggests Maori women are more likely to get breast cancer than European, Asian or Pacific women despite a tendency to give birth earlier and have more children - factors that normally reduce breast cancer rates.