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New Mental Health Commission Chair Named

Associate Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today welcomed the appointment of Dr Lynne Lane as the new chair of the Mental Health Commission.

Dr Lane has been appointed for three years from 1 January 2011 and replaces Dr Peter McGeorge who resigned earlier this year.

Allergy Study Highlights Risk For Children

Allergy Study Highlights Risk For Children

By Sarah McDougall of NZPA

A lack of testing for food allergies is putting children's health at risk and could lead to life threatening reactions, a study has found.

Teeth Survey Shows Dental Help Needed

Teeth Survey Shows Dental Help Needed

Today's latest Dental Health Survey found that more older people are keeping their natural teeth into older age; but will this be a health and financial nightmare for them, Age Concern asks.

Failed Prescription No Medicine For Savings Ills

The Savings Working Group lumps too much blame on New Zealand households without addressing other causes of low savings, said CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Group's interim report published today.

Dietitians Decry Fad Diet Using Placenta Hormones

Dietitians Decry Fad Diet Using Placenta Hormones

Wellington, Dec 16 NZPA - Nutrition experts are warning about potential harmful consequences of a recently-revived fad diet based on hormones from human placenta.

Kiwi Teeth Condition Improving

Kiwi Teeth Condition Improving

Wellington, Dec 16 NZPA - The state of New Zealanders' teeth has improved significantly over the past two decades though costs are still a barrier to dental care, a new survey says.

Ministry Looks At Cancer Patient Waiting Times

Ministry Looks At Cancer Patient Waiting Times

The Health Ministry is investigating whether cancer patients are waiting too long for treatment at Wellington Hospital.

NZ Tanning Association Defends Use Of Sunbeds

NZ Tanning Association Defends Use Of Sunbeds

Wellington, Dec 15 NZPA - The Indoor Tanning Association of New Zealand is defending the use of sunbeds following a Consumer magazine report slamming most sunbed operators' practices.

Top Surgeon Awarded For Stem Cell Research

Top Surgeon Awarded For Stem Cell Research

A world class plastic surgeon and researcher at Wellington, Professor Swee Tan, was tonight awarded the New Zealand Medical Association's highest award, for his world class research into strawberry birthmarks, which has the potential to advance the

Waikato Shallow Lakes Cyanobacterial Warning Update

Waikato Shallow Lakes Cyanobacterial Warning Update

Four lakes now have health warnings in place. Monitoring results from late November 2010 have shown that cyanobacterial cells are multiplying in four of the five lakes which are routinely tested.