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  • Auckland mumps outbreak: 300 cases in eight months

    4 September 2017 11:50 PM 3

    Auckland schools are on alert, after the scale of a mumps outbreak's been revealed. There have been 300 cases of mumps in Auckland in just eight months - that's more than the total number of cases in the region over the last 16 years. And Auckland Regional Public Health Service said there's a high chance of further cases in schools. Medical Officer of Health

  • Nats pledge more spending on hip, knee ops

    4 September 2017 10:07 PM 4

    Elective surgeries will rise by more than 20,000 a year if the National Party stays in power, leader Bill English announced this morning. Mr English said his party would lift spending on hip, knee and joint operations by $30 million each year for the next four years. That would allow 200,000 operations a year by 2020/21, up from the current 174,000. When National

  • Body found on Canterbury riverbank

    4 September 2017 7:54 PM 7

    A man's body was found in the Waimakariri River bed in Canterbury last night. Canterbury police criminal investigations manager Detective Inspector Corrie Parnell said a homicide investigation is now under way after the man's body was found just before 10pm near Harrs Rd, North Canterbury. The area was now under police guard and a forensic examination

  • Germans in Aachen get free iodine amid Belgium nuclear fears

    1 September 2017 12:36 PM 12

    The western German city of Aachen has started issuing free iodine tablets to some 500,000 residents and people living nearby because an ageing Belgian nuclear plant is seen as a risk. Iodine can reduce the risk of thyroid cancer after a release of radiation. There have been German protests over Belgium's Tihange nuclear plant, some 70km (43 miles) from Aachen

  • How to live longer: THIS diet could help you cheat early death

    1 September 2017 10:39 AM 14

    EATING five portions of fruit and vegetables a day has been the mantra of public health bosses for years. But now researchers have said eating four servings of fruit, vegetables or legumes every day is enough to reduce the risk of dying prematurely. Current guidelines recommend eating at least 400g of fruit, vegetables or legumes per day, the equivalent

  • Superstar DJ proves political hit in New Zealand

    31 August 2017 9:38 AM 4

    An inexperienced politician aged 37 is on course to become prime minister of New Zealand in next month’s general election after surging in opinion polls. Jacinda Ardern, who became leader of the Labour party a month ago, has tipped the election race on its head. Before her elevation Labour was well behind Bill English’s ruling National party. The latest

  • Shock poll shows New Zealand opposition leading ahead of election

    31 August 2017 9:33 AM 3

    New Zealand’s opposition Labour Party on Thursday took the lead in opinion polls ahead of next month’s election, continuing its resurgence under new leader Jacinda Ardern. The widely respected 1News-Colmar Brunton poll put Labour on 43 per cent, two points ahead of the ruling National Party’s 41. It is the first time Labour has polled better than National

  • 'Absolutely yes': Jacinda Ardern succinct and stubborn on medicinal cannabis use

    31 August 2017 8:10 AM 7

    Labour leader Jacinda Ardern has very firmly locked in her position on medicinal use of cannabis, a succinct answer in a debate strongly paralleled by National leader Bill English. In the TVNZ leaders debate, both were asked to answer in 30 seconds whether they would legalise cannabis for medicinal use, for pain relief or extending life. "I don't need 30 seconds

  • Beyond the commission: Controlling HIV

    30 August 2017 7:56 AM 3

    PREMIUM For more than a decade, the National AIDS Commission has been at the forefront of national campaigns against HIV and AIDS in Indonesia. Until now, it has become the centerpiece of national efforts to combat the human immunodeficiency virus and the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. However, the days of the commission, which has been a driving

  • Drinking this common drink is making you FAT

    29 August 2017 11:33 AM 5

    While a cup or three of coffee per day is necessary to keep the majority of us going, a new study has suggested that caffeinated coffee could be messing with your taste buds. The first of these experiments saw them drink decaffeinated coffee supplemented with 200mg of caffeine – the amount in a strong cup of coffee. In the second, they just had decaffeinated