The best health stories of 2013

We've crunched the numbers and sorted through the stats and these are the biggest stories from the health & wellbeing section according to clicks from you guys.
We take a look back at the best health stories of 2013. Photo / Thinkstock
We take a look back at the best health stories of 2013. Photo / Thinkstock

Ever wondered just how depraved your city is?

Well, a tongue-in-cheek appraisal of New Zealand's vices has revealed Auckland as the country's centre of sin.

With data sourced from the New Zealand Transport Agency, Statistics New Zealand, other government departments and Zenbu, the Herald has plotted the 'Seven Deadly Sins' across each region.

Read more: Infographic: Seven deadly sins of New Zealand

Jared Noel has just one wish before he dies following a five-year battle with cancer: to see his yet-to-be-born daughter.

"My greatest hope is that I get to spend some time with her and enjoy fatherhood. She won't know me. She won't remember me. But I'd like to let her know how much I would have wanted to be there when she's 18, when she's 25," he said.

Read more: Dying doctor's dream: to hold his baby girl

A boy who almost died of tetanus before Christmas is home and on the mend, but his parents are desperate for others to vaccinate their children after they did not.

Auckland couple Ian and Linda Williams thought they had made an informed decision against immunising their three children because of concerns over adverse reactions.

Read more: Son's ordeal was our fault, say parents

Nic Russell spent her thirties undergoing radiography and a double mastectomy. Photo / Facebook
Nic Russell spent her thirties undergoing radiography and a double mastectomy. Photo / Facebook

An Auckland woman has published photos of her reconstructed breasts online to take away some of the fear and mystery around a mastectomy.

Devonport woman Nic Russell spent her 30s undergoing radiography and a double mastectomy, while losing her young daughter to paraspinal cancer.

Read more: NZ woman shares pics to remove mastectomy mystery

Research suggests ladies don't need to wear a bra.Photo / Thinkstock
Research suggests ladies don't need to wear a bra.Photo / Thinkstock

Women don't need to wear a bra, a new French study suggests, saying the under-garment is a "false necessity."

According to the results of a 15 year study bras do nothing to help support a woman's breasts and could even be doing damage.

Read more: The bra is a 'false necessity' - research

Gwyneth Paltrow credits close friend and trainer Tracy Anderson with transforming her body and says she is happier than ever with how she looks.

"I had exercised before I had met Tracy ... I had done Ashtanga yoga and pilates and I [ran] and I thought I was fit, you know?," Paltrow told Us Weekly.

Gwyneth Paltrow is in the best shape of her life. Photo / File
Gwyneth Paltrow is in the best shape of her life. Photo / File

Read more: How Gwyneth Paltrow got the 'butt of a 22-year-old stripper'

When Angelina Jolie revealed that she had had a double mastectomy to lessen her chances of developing the cancer that killed her mother, she was praised across the world for her courage.

But in some corners of the internet, her announcement was greeted only with cruelty.

Read more: Angelina's mastectomy: Trolls flood net with cruel jibes

The former head of the Serious Fraud Office is mourning the loss of his eldest daughter after she choked to death on an Auckland street.

Chas Sturt and his family have been rocked by eldest daughter Natalie Sturt's death on a Mission Bay street last week, when a piece of roast beef she was cooking for tea became wedged in her throat.

Read more: Daughter's choking tragedy a warning

Construction has begun on the world's biggest waterslide on a hillside west of Auckland, as part of a festival to help combat depression.

The 650 metre long waterslide, the brainchild of Auckland men Jimi Hunt and Dan Drupsteen, will be open for public to use during a two-day festival on February 23 and 24.

Funds raised will be used by the charity Live More Awesome.

Read more: World's biggest waterslide being built in NZ

Coca-Cola says there is not enough evidence to link the death of an Invercargill woman with her excessive Coke drinking, despite a coroner's report that found otherwise.

Mother-of-eight Natasha Marie Harris, 31, died of cardiac arrhythmia caused by poor nutrition and the effects of caffeine, Southland Coroner David Crerar said.

Read more: Coca-Cola 'contributed' to death of woman

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