Babies are suffocating and need their own safe sleeping space, University of Auckland School of Population health programme manager Keith Gell says.
The number of middle-aged New Zealand women using smoking and compulsive exercise as a way to control their weight is particularly concerning, University of Otago researchers say.
Ideological opposition from midwives makes it difficult to instigate change to hospital practices to reduce the incidence of neonatal falls, a junior paediatrics trainee says.
Parents pay up to $89 for after-hours medical appointments for children aged 6-17 in some parts of New Zealand, delegates heard yesterday.
Mental health and addiction services in the South had 21 serious adverse events last year, a new report shows.
The legal status of cannabis puts a ''massive block'' between client and clinician, Pact mental health clinical leader Matthew Peppercorn told a cannabis public forum at Dunedin Hospital.
A national public health committee that has not met for a couple of years has effectively been unlawfully disbanded, Green Party health spokesman Kevin Hague says.
An international medical student who has spent nearly a decade studying in Dunedin says he is not ready to give up his goal of obtaining registration as a doctor in this country.
A growing number of GPs will not initiate discussion of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing with male patients, research published yesterday in the New Zealand Medical Journal concludes.
An ''extraordinary'' drop in international medical jobs contributed to a shortfall of places for this year's medical school graduates, which was resolved this week only by the goodwill of district health boards, Prof Des Gorman told a GP medical conference in Dunedin yesterday.
The Southern District Health Board has accepted fault in its treatment of a Dunedin patient who probably died from having toxic levels of a drug used to treat schizophrenia.
The Southern District Health Board says it has no way of knowing how many parents sought a second opinion on their child's hearing before more than 1500 families were contacted and offered retesting.
A "landmark'' bowel cancer summit meeting in Wellington today will look at how to improve survival rates in New Zealand, which are lower than those of other countries, summit convener Dunedin medical oncologist Chris Jackson says.
A norovirus outbreak at Cardrona township last year has highlighted some shortcomings in the law protecting drinking water supplies, particularly in small population centres that host many visitors in the tourist season.
Otago Daily Times Queenstown bureau chief Tracey Roxburgh has reached the halfway point of the 12-week Revive programme at Alpine Health & Fitness. With just under six weeks left, this week she documents her progress and that all-important meeting with the scales and measuring tape.
Childhood allergy rates have hit "epidemic proportions" in Australia, prompting health experts to broaden their efforts to combat the mysterious condition.
The Government has approved a $10 million cash injection for the Southern District Health Board for the 2011/12 financial year.
A "ring-fence" guarding mental health funds should be removed within five years, as district health boards treat a broader cross-section of society and focus on prevention, an updated blueprint says.
A dozen weeks of hard work paid off for the competitors in the Alpine Health and Fitness Ladies Fashion Challenge on Monday night.
Tens of thousands of New Zealanders are swallowing antidepressant pills that don't work, according to a new study.