Opinion: Michael Baker – Inquiry highlights “erosion” in national public health capacity

The hard-hitting Havelock North inquiry report should be grabbed as an opportunity to review and rebuild public health capacity nationwide, argues Public Health Professor Michael Baker.

Opinion: Max Towle – ‘We should never ignore bad dreams’

A few nights ago I decided to give acting a go...

Opinion: Mike Hosking – Do we really need 20 district health boards?

Derek Wright strikes me as a nice bloke. I interviewed him last week. He is the interim boss at the Waikato District Health Board...

Response: Cancer Society – Research does indicate sunscreen reduces melanoma risk

Critically review the available evidence and you will conclude sunscreen reduces the risk of skin cancer, says Cancer Society CEO Mike Kernaghan - following Ian Wishart claims that sunscreen is ineffective.

What’s the evidence that sunscreens reduce melanoma?

The recent Consumer NZ test of sunscreen brands ignores the ‘elephant in the room’ –the lack of evidence that sunscreens may not protect from melanoma, argues Ian Wishart.

Opinion: Mark Hanna – Does your sticking plaster really heal ‘twice as fast’?

Band-Aid is a household name, but can you trust the way they’re promoted? Mark Hanna investigates.

Response: Legalising vaping ‘fantastic public health opportunity’ to save lives

The risk of a few teenagers vaping is an acceptable trade-off for thousands of adults quitting smoking, says a visiting international expert on the health impacts of e-cigarettes.

Rachel Smalley: Breast is best, but not easy for everyone

Breast is best. That much we know, and that's what women are told from the moment they enter motherhood. 

Opinion: Jacek Kolodziej – Record HIV diagnoses last year but tide may be turning

There were record HIV diagnoses last year but two important changes are on the way that could make a difference, argues PhD student Jacek Kolodziej.

OPINION: Matt Doocey – Cross-party approach needed to tackle mental health issues

National’s first mental health spokesman Matt Doocey says he will be strongly advocating for a cross-party and cross-government approach to improving mental health outcomes.


Death: the symptoms of dying

How much do many of us actually know about the act of dying? In the first of Health Central’s special focus on death and dying – The Death Series – FIONA CASSIE talks to palliative care specialist Brian Ensor about the symptoms of dying.


Remote radiology service offers treatment for waiting lists

SPONSORED ARTICLE A virtual radiology service being set up by SEQURE Health could double the capacity of District Health Boards to read X-rays, CT Scans,...