Health and Fitness


Northland woman dies after ovarian cancer goes undiagnosed by doctors for five years

The Northland woman had multiple referrals over symptoms, but only learnt she had cancer months before her death.

Intensifying Congo conflict puts 1 million children at risk of acute malnutrition

GENEVA (Reuters) - More than one million children are at risk from acute malnutrition in Democratic Republic of Congo as rising violence drives up needs among millions of displaced people, the World Health Organization said on Friday. The impact on civilians of the more than two-year conflict between Congolese forces and the Rwanda-backed M23 militia in eastern areas of the country is worsening,

WHO, scientists warn on mpox strain in Congo

By Jennifer Rigby LONDON (Reuters) - The spread of mpox in Africa needs to be addressed urgently, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, as scientists warned separately of the dangers of a new strain spreading in a hard-to-reach part of Democratic Republic of Congo. "There is a critical need to address the recent surge in mpox cases in Africa," said Rosamund Lewis, the WHO's technical

Central African Republic's children are world's most deprived, UNICEF says

GENEVA (Reuters) - The Central African Republic's three million children are the world's most deprived, with widespread malnutrition, inadequate healthcare access and instability putting the country at high risk of a humanitarian crisis, UNICEF said on Tuesday. Half of the country's children do not have access to health services, and almost 40% suffer from chronic malnutrition, the U.N.

E. coli: First death in England linked to ongoing outbreak of bacteria

E. coli: First death in England linked to ongoing outbreak of bacteria -

Peru to stop labeling transgender people as mentally ill

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru will stop listing individuals who identify as transgender, among others, as suffering from mental disorders, the country's health ministry announced on Tuesday, following a backlash to the move that critics derided as unnecessary and discriminatory. The decision comes after hundreds of protesters took the streets of the capital Lima last month to demand the scrapping of a

Mental health clinics across the US are helping Latinos bridge language and access barriers

Mental health clinics across the US are helping Latinos bridge language and access barriers - Mental health experts, community clinics and politicians are working to create new programs to break down barriers that Latinos might face to getting therapy or treatment

Russian missile attack on Ukraine’s largest hospital complicates treatment of kids with cancer

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The National Cancer Institute in Kyiv was busier than usual after a Russian missile struck Ukraine’s largest children’s hospital this week, forcing the evacuation of dozens of its young patients battling cancer. Russia’s heaviest bombardment of the Ukrainian capital in four months severely damaged Okhmatdyt Children’s Hospital on Monday, terrorizing families and severely impacting their children already battling...

States and territories receive hospital funding negotiation pause to 'catch up' on NDIS reform

State and territory hospital funding negotiations are on pause according to the federal health minister in an effort to focus on the overhaul of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), despite public hospitals being under pressure.

Queensland and South Australia lead the ranks in report that reveals most painful suburbs for renters

The latest Rental Pain Index provides a monthly snapshot of conditions for renters, revealing signs of easing stress in some areas but high costs remain a critical issue affecting households nationwide.

More than one million birds to be destroyed as bird flu is detected at a seventh Victorian farm

Poultry farmers continue to fight Australia's largest outbreak of avian influenza as the disease is detected at a seventh Victorian farm.

ICoast kicks off first vaccination drive against malaria

In Abobo, a poor neighbourhood in Abidjan, dozens of women with babies strapped to their backs line up in front of nurses as Ivory Coast kicked off its first vaccination drive against malaria on Monday. Agathe Louis-Doh, a resident of Abobo, would like to see her neighbourhood cleaned up by the authorities.