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Chickenpox can be fatal - but there's a safe vaccine.

Chickenpox outbreak at school full of unvaccinated children

More than 70 percent of the students have exemptions.

Conditions and Disease

'Scariest time of my life': Mum urges Kiwis to get meningococcal shot

Sheryl Martin's daughter felt fine, but quickly fell ill and spent days on life support.

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DHB issues meningococcal advice after teen's death

The 16-year-old became ill at a youth camp attended by almost 200 others.


Self-lubricating condoms prove a slippery success

The coating can reportedly withstand "1000 thrusts".

Conditions and Disease

Ground-breaking research could change the way lung disease is treated

Hospitals around the world expected to adopt findings.

Conditions and Disease

New mum receives PM's support in her search for a donor

The new mother is struggling with finding the perfect match for a transplant.

Conditions and Disease

Experts warn of Legionnaires risk as summer sets in

They advise disposing with the 'she'll be right' attitude when handling compost.

Hundreds of Kiwi babies have been born recently with damage to their health caused by drugs, alcohol or medicine.

'It haunts us': Mum's emotional plea after newborn's death

"We were both just so shocked... I'd never seen my husband cry before."

Conditions and Disease

Pro wrestlers raising funds to get Kiwi 'wrestling nut' to WWE

Mitchell Fels has a rare disorder that's made it difficult to fulfil his dream.

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Pork industry braces for African swine fever

Farmers hope lessons from the M bovis outbreak will prevent the spread of a deadly pig disease.

Half the patients in Wellington Hospital's ICU have the flu.

Flu patients swamp Wellington Hospital intensive care unit

The unprecedented spike is disrupting hospital operations.

MPI won't reveal which farm it is.

Mycoplasma bovis found on Northland farm

MPI won't reveal which farm it is, but has informed the neighbours.

In the year since the Rohingya crisis began, rates of disease have skyrocketed.

Malnutrition, disease rife at Rohingya refugee camp

In the year since the Myanmar crisis began, rates of disease have skyrocketed.


How genetically modifying bugs could save 1 million people a year

Mosquitoes are one of the most-hated insects on the planet - but their days could be numbered.

Farmers are criticising the Ministry for Primary Industries' "chaotic" response to the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak.

M bovis: Farmers want inquiry into eradication process

Newshub has been leaked a letter from distressed farmers describing it as chaotic, stressful and slow.

Conditions and Disease

Fears changes to NAIT could be too little too late to stop M bovis

A Waikato farmer said the animal tracking scheme should have been fixed years ago.

Conditions and Disease

Doctors being asked to stop using the 'c-word'

Australian researchers say the word "cancer" can cause patient anxiety.


NZ should close borders if there's a global pandemic - experts

Our remote location could save us billions of dollars in the event of a disaster.

Baby Mallory died after contracting a very common and contagious strain of the herpes virus.

Grieving dad pleads with parents to wash their hands

After losing his baby daughter, a US man has a chilling warning.

Queenslander Kirsten McGinty said her daughter Zoe went to the gym and ate protein pancakes before falling ill with symptoms similar to gastro.

Meningococcal B kills woman in under a day

Her mother's calling for vaccines to be funded.