Is depression a mental or physical illness?
Is depression a mental or physical illness?

Most people feel down, tired and inactive when they're injured or ill. This "sickness behaviour" is caused by the activation…

Beating obesity? Fat chance
Beating obesity? Fat chance

A sugar tax is out according to Dr Jonathan Coleman who says there's no evidence it works. That's wrong, writes Dita De…

Humans getting taller and smarter
Humans getting taller and smarter

An international study found that those born to parents from diverse genetic backgrounds tend to be taller and have sharper…

Teachers win right to ban junk food
Teachers win right to ban junk food

In a move that has fired up parents, teachers in the UK have won the right to inspect pupils’ lunchboxes and confiscate…

Health & Wellbeing

Opinion: Model’s dangerous message
Opinion: Model’s dangerous message

Miranda Kerr's new baby-care recommendation is dangerous. So dangerous that it could cost lives, writes…

Lee Suckling: My year without caffeine

It's one year to the week since Lee Suckling had his last proper cup of coffee. He explains why - and how - he kicked the…

What is making Kiwis fatter?

An over-supply of high-energy, high-calorie foods in many countries has been today shown by New Zealand researchers as a…

Boy gets a new face, new life

After intense reconstruction surgery, a four-year-old Moroccan boy born without a nose, eyes or a functioning mouth has…

Facebook food ads focus of new study
Facebook food ads focus of new study

The kind of food Facebook is advertising to teenagers is the subject of a study being done at the University…

video California passes mandatory vaccine bill

California lawmakers sent the governor a controversial bill that would impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws…

'Dad, are you autistic like me?'

Ruth Wood meets the parents who only found out they were on the spectrum when their children were diagnosed.

Trans customer 'disgusted' by Farmers

A transgender shopper claims she was ridiculed by an assistant while trying on shorts at a department store in Auckland…

Man boobs: What's to blame

Having enlarged breasts, when you're a man, is an embarrassing physical flaw the majority of males would like nothing more…

Should pre-teens take contraception?
Should pre-teens take contraception?

Senior academics at the University of Otago have called for a free contraceptive programme to be made…

Who's most at risk of rickets?

Researchers have pin-pointed the key risk factors for rickets in a study of nearly 60 Kiwi children identified with the…

Fertility concerns answered

Fertility expert Dr John Peek answered reader questions about infertility, its causes and options for couples.

World's oldest women share their secrets (+video)

What's it like to be 115 years old? The world's oldest women - both born in 1899 - talk about the secrets of their longevity…

'I can't afford to screw up'

Nine months on the meth pipe was all it took for Salah Ibrahim to go from champion athlete and successful businessman to…

Star's perfect reply to period question
Star's perfect reply to period question

Women's tennis world number two, Petra Kvitova has spoken frankly about how periods affect her game…

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Paul Little: Fizzy drinks are poisoning our kids
Paul Little: Fizzy drinks are poisoning our kids

Change needs to come from the boardrooms of the people who produce the sugary food which is slowly poisoning our children…

Jack Tame: Nutrition rules not set in stone
Niki Bezzant: Consign paleo to the past
Fasting can help with stress
Why do nutrition celebrities have so much pull?
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Nicky Park: Good neighbours, good friends
Nicky Park: Good neighbours, good friends

Nicky Park has found people in New Zealand very responsive to a forward approach of getting to know neighbours - moreso…

Top five yum cha spots in Auckland
Nicky Park: Cannes 2014 - Best dressed
Met Gala: Best, worst dressed
Nicky Park: Life & Style - this week's best bits
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