Health - News on Conditions, Diseases

A nine-banded armadillo.

Armadillos may be infecting humans with leprosy

Brazilians who eat the animal are most at risk, a study says.

Dr Lance O'Sullivan says it's time we penalise parents who refuse to vaccinate their kids.

Time to penalise anti-vax parents - Dr Lance O'Sullivan

"We have to be able to make a stand and say we need to do this to protect the children."

A baby raccoon.

US wildlife rescue ends in rabies treatment for 21

woman thought she was rescuing a baby raccoon, but got more than she bargained for.

Conditions and Disease

Why you should take coeliac disease seriously

Kiwi weightlifter Charlotte Moss said coeliac left her very sick.

Conditions and Disease

'Plenty of reservations' over vaping - expert

Dr Michelle Peace admits it's an effective way to quit smoking, however.

Minister of Agriculture and Biosecurity Damien O'Connor told The AM Show New Zealand is likely to take on the difficult task of phased eradication.

Govt likely to try eradicating M bovis

No other country has successfully eradicated the disease.

A new blood test could be a game-changer for those with chronic pain.

New blood test can identify the colour of pain

It's being called a 'game-changer', especially for those who can't communicate how they're feeling.

Michael Hanly was diagnosed with Huntington's disease last year.

The harsh reality of dating with a terminal illness

Michael Hanly was diagnosed with Huntington's disease last year. He explains how that's impacted his quest for love.

Mycoplasma bovis was first detected in a farm in south Canterbury in 2017.

New tool allows farmers to test herd for cattle disease

MPI says the tool will give farmers certainty.


What to do if you suspect you've got measles

Don't just walk in off the street if you think you're infected.

Doctors are reminding people to get vaccinated.

Canterbury DHB on the hunt for measles 'patient zero'

The disease was eliminated in NZ, but someone brought it back last month.

The Canterbury DHB says there's no harm in getting an additional dose of the MMR vaccination.

South Island's measles outbreak spreads further

A baby is one of the new victims.

The MMR vaccine is free for all eligible New Zealanders.

Measles outbreak after exposure at Queenstown Airport

It's not yet known if the trio who contracted the disease have infected anyone else.

The athletes' village.

Athlete with malaria remains in serious condition

The unnamed athlete was admitted to hospital Friday evening with the mosquito-borne illness.

A new survey shows most Kiwis don't think workplace health is taken as seriously as safety.

Workplace health not taken as seriously as safety - survey

Far more people die from past exposure to health hazards than in workplace accidents.

Merryn before she got sick and after.

Inquest into British girl's death after rare disease takes her life

Merryn Crofts' mother recounted the heartbreak of her daughter's suffering.

Nicole Thornton, 13, is calling for a law change for people with Crohn's disease.

Crohn's sufferers' passionate plea for law change

"After today I'll probably need a week's rest - that's how much energy just drains out of you with Crohn's."

New research has discovered how likely you are to catch a sick person's illness while on a plane with them.

How to avoid catching an illness on a plane

Sick flight attendants are more dangerous than sick passengers, a study has found.

Prof Stephen Hawking appears with Flight of the Conchords in The Simpsons, 2010

Stephen Hawking's best lines

The world's finest scientific mind was also wickedly funny.

People who attended the Buller Festival in Murchison on the 3-4 March could have been exposed to the viral disease.

Mumps case confirmed in Nelson Marlborough region

People who attended Buller Festival in Murchison could've been exposed.