Health & Beauty

Toxic shock risks higher from menstrual cups

Menstrual cups are more likely to cause rare toxic shock syndrome than tampons and should be sterilised between use, new research shows. The study, published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, tested eleven types of tampons and four menstrual...... Read More

Gynaecologist removed fallopian tube without consent

A gynaecologist has been ordered to apologise to a 20-year-old woman for removing one of her fallopian tubes without her consent. The Health and Disability Commissioner has found the patient's rights were breached during surgery in 2015. The woman,...... Read More

Chch residents blame chlorine for inflamed eczema, headaches

Some Christchurch ratepayers say their drinking water now tastes and smells like a swimming pool. The first of the city's 156 wells were chlorinated late last month after the council revealed that some were at risk of contamination during flooding. Most...... Read More

Worries over rescue helicopter cuts

The mayors of Taupō, Rotorua and Ruapehu District will today meet with Health Minister David Clark over the possible loss of rescue helicopter services in the region. Under a proposed re-design of the national air ambulance service, the central North...... Read More

Mayors say medical school a ‘no-brainer’

Two Waikato mayors say a proposal for a Waikato Medical School will be a "game-changer" for smaller Waikato towns and the government must support it. The proposal to build a Hamilton-based medical school has come from the University of Waikato...... Read More

Straight talking about health

Gemma McCaw, Dr Anna Rolleston, Sam the Barter Barber and Harold the Giraffe are inviting you to breakfast, and all for a good cause. Guests at the Life Education Breakfast on Friday, May 4 will be treated to breakfast before meeting and listening...... Read More

Mother’s Day fun run returns to Bay of Plenty

New Zealand’s biggest Mother’s Day event, the Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk, is returning to Tauranga on May 13 – with tickets now on sale. Runners and walkers will set off from Kulim Park at 10am, in support of women’s...... Read More

Move to rid Papamoa waterways of weeds

Ministry for Primary Industries is working with the Tauranga City Council and Bay of Plenty Regional Council to contain and eradicate an infestation of the aggressive aquatic weed Salvinia molesta in the Wairakei Stream in Papamoa. Salvinia...... Read More

Shampoo, leg shaves and sauvignon

Dead skin, clumped together with body oils; itchy, flaky scalp; dried perspiration; rank-smelling secretions from the sebaceous glands; accumulated grime; beastly bacteria hiding in belly buttons and other very dark and uncharted places. Isn’t...... Read More