Approval for clinical trials involving the injection of pig cells into patients with diabetes partly reflects improved consultation with the community on biotechnology issues, according to Prof Jean Fleming, of the University of Otago.
When runner Allison Roe gave birth to her first child by emergency Caesarean section nearly 19 years ago, a fetal heart monitor was used to monitor the health of her daughter.
No more patients or staff have become ill with suspected norovirus at Dunedin Hospital , but the orthopaedic ward remains closed.
Dunedin Hospital continued to struggle with a shortage of beds yesterday, and hospital management will decide this morning if planned surgery and procedures will have to be postponed.
Biotech company Living Cell Technologies (LCT) says today's ministerial approval for clinical trials in which pig cells will be put into type-1 diabetics is a major milestone.
A company, contracted by the Ministry of Health to provide disability support services to about 45 people in the Nelson region, is investigating complaints from six former staff they were ordered to help intellectually impaired people in their care to masturbate.
Dunedin Hospital closed a ward yesterday because of another outbreak of suspected norovirus, while high urgent demand pushed the hospital into a "code black" alert.
New Zealand children's health camps face a funding crisis which may force the closure of those at Roxburgh, in Central Otago, and either Rotorua or Otaki.
By associating itself with companies like Speight's, the Otago District Health Board was working against the healthy outcomes its staff were trying to achieve, a public health advocate says.
Sweat, laughter and fruit kebabs accompanied the launch of a nutrition and physical activity policy to encourage healthy lifestyle choices among health staff at Dunedin Hospital at the end of last week.
A nationwide health-care providers' group is calling for an urgent injection of government funds to build more geriatric hospitals and dementia units.
More than 2000 text messages have been sent by young Otago people to the mental health website, the Lowdown, in its 10 months of operation.
Some specialist positions with the Otago District Health Board have remained unfilled for more than two years, figures released to the Otago Daily Times show.
Young people using alcohol or other drugs before the age of 15 more than double the risk of damaging their adult health, research just published says.
Two people are dead and more than a dozen are sick after a suspected norovirus outbreak.
A blind hospital patient did not receive meals because nobody told them their the meals were there, the Otago and Southland District Health Board's disability support advisory committee meeting heard yesterday.
Health and Disability Commissioner Ron Paterson has recommended three midwives apologise for a botched delivery in which a baby girl sustained brain damage and the mother lost up to two litres of blood.
Junior doctors have settled their long-running pay dispute with district health boards, but say they will be back at the negotiating table within a year.
A lobby group on genetically modified food has accused the Food Safety Authority of "shopping" for advice when a report it commissioned queried the safety of a variety of GM corn.
It was crazy to have Otago-Southland disability support advisory committee members from Waitaki to Invercargill getting together for a monthly meeting which lasted only about an hour, Otago District Health Board chairman Richard Thomson said.