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Consumer NZ finds more sunscreens which fail to live up to SPF claims

Consumer NZ is accusing some brands of "attacking the messenger" when it comes to their sunscreen testing.

Cancer Society in dispute with Consumer NZ over sunscreen testing results

The Cancer Society says it is in dispute with Consumer NZ over conflicting results on the rating of one of its sunscreen products.

Free dental care brings smiles to Wairoa

A dental volunteer team makes a big difference to a community where many residents struggle to afford dental treatment, reports Ruby Harfield.

Revealed: Forged scripts, self prescribing and inappropriate use of ‘dependent drugs’

Forged scripts, self prescribing and inappropriate use of "dependent drugs" are among New Zealand doctors' breaches of professional misconduct.

Health expert calls for tobacco-style tax excise for alcohol

Alcohol Healthwatch says every New Zealander would benefit from drinking less.

Unfair care: What’s going wrong in the health system?

The Fair Care? series has revealed pressure points and outright failures, with causes ranging from a lack of skilled workers to poor planning. A summary of findings can be found here with links to full reports.

Health approach to be taken for users of synthetic drugs, harsher penalties for suppliers

People who make or supply synthetic drugs face life in prison under changes announced by the Government today.

False sunscreen information dangerous for consumers – expert

A world leading skin cancer expert says SPF may not be the best way to rate sunblock.

Proposed law change forcing doctors to dob in unfit drivers could breach patient confidentiality

A proposed law change following a dementia patient's fatal car crash would see doctors forced to breach their doctor-patient confidentiality by telling authorities if a person is unfit to drive.

Govt orders urgent meningococcal vaccination programme for Northland

The Government is launching an urgent immunisation programme to fight an outbreak of meningococcal disease in Northland, which has had the highest number of cases and deaths of the new meningococcal strain MenW.

DR WELLNESS

More than just a ‘pill for every ill’

Dr Tracy Chandler (a.k.a. Dr Wellness) says we need to move beyond the current ‘pill for every ill’ model of general practice to a more patient-centred integrative approach.

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