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Animals 'tortured' pointlessly in depression research, says NZ group

A swim test is being used where animals are put in a vessel and forced to swim until they nearly drown.

A yellow Labrador Retriever puppy playing with ball tennis outdoors in the grass

Scientists push manufacturers to develop vegan pet food

Some pet owners feel uncomfortable about the intensive farming of animals used for pet food.

Pro-Life activists protest outside U.S Supreme Court at the 2019 annual March for Life.

'The right to defend life' -Trump speaks to activists at annual March for Life rally

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence attended the event which saw thousands brave the Washington cold.

'Life threatening risk'- Complaint forces Burger King TV ad redo

A viewer complained the advert did not convey the life-threatening risk from carbon monoxide poisoning.

The Drug Foundation wants permission to open testing stations.

Top Aussie doctors back pill testing trial at music festivals

Five people have died after taking drugs at music festivals in NSW alone since September.

Complaints about Cancer Society sunscreen increase, with babies among those burnt

On Tuesday the society had received 30 complaints about their products, now they've received 49.

Teens know little of most effective contraception, study finds

The study also found that teens would support an educational programme about long-acting reversible contraceptives.

Kiwis will vote in a binding referendum  on whether to allow personal use of the drug in the 2020 election.

Move carefully on cannabis law reform, Otago Uni academic warns

A binding referendum on legalising cannabis for personal use will be held at the 2020 general election.

After months of cancer treatment in Spain, girl, 4, returns to NZ with tumours inactive

All of the costs were paid for through Ka’iulani Forbes’ Givealittle page, which raised $241,136.

Sofia Vergara, pictured in December 2018.

Life in limbo: Leftover embryos vex US clinics and couples

Some are outright abandoned, in other cases, couples are struggling with tough decisions.

Mother nursing sick child At Home

Waikato measles outbreak leads to warnings from DHB

The region's DHB has been notified of six cases of measles in the last week.

Doctors remove 23-kilogram tumour cutting off blood supply to US woman's brain

The Idaho woman dismissed the rapid weight gain as the result of menopause.

'A tampon almost killed me' - Model shares toxic shock survival story, one year after amputation

The infection became so extreme that she suffered a massive heart attack before being placed into a medically induced coma.

Scientific studies show vaping is healthier than smoking, the government says, and it will likely help current smokers to quit.

E-cigarettes and vaping should be more accessible and regulated - National

MP Nicky Wagner said the Government should "save time" by adopting her bill.

Non-striking junior doctors union sees membership jump as colleagues take action

"Before the strike action we were getting two or three members a day, now we're getting five or six," the union chair said.

Flea breakout prompts fumigation at Middlemore Hospital's surgical ward

Fleas can be a problem in hospital settings this time of year, a hospital spokesperson says.

The 17-year-old appeared in court today, accused of the manslaughter of Goran Milosavljevic.

Countdown 'deeply sorry' after mislabelling hot cross buns as vegan

Countdown has apologised after discovering its hot cross buns were in fact not vegan, despite advertising them as so.

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Ninety children are gathering for the annual holiday camp.

Zip-lining, kayaking all part of the fun for young patients at Heart Kids camp in Auckland

It's an extraordinary event for youngsters who've not only survived major heart surgery, but face the prospect of more.

Concerns raised as more are hospitalised due to synthetic cannabis toxicity

'Concerning new trends' around synthetic drugs in New Zealand - report

Synthetics were becoming more toxic and harmful, the Drug Foundation say.

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Cancer Society investigating complaints about its sunscreen products - 'It's as concerning to us as it is to anyone'

The organisation's chief executive says he has confidence in the brand's products.

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It was a heart-warming moment between Sharon van der Gulik and MP Chris Bishop, who got the new bill through parliament.

Organ donor compensation jumps dramatically in wake of new system

"Live organ donors are heroes, and now the law treats them so," said MP Chris Bishop.

New Zealand's water quality still dropping and tourists aware - scientist

A swimming spot check project which examined 700 sites found 97 of them were unsuitable for swimming in.

Opened pack full of cigarettes closeup

Health organisation calls for less tobacco availability in Māori communities

Tobacco is four times more available in low-income communities compared to affluent ones, the group says.

DHB Spokesperson Julie Patterson says doctors' decision to walk off the job over working hours is disappointing.

Around 3000 junior doctors begin two-day strike at public hospitals

Their union says district health boards are trying to take hard-won terms and conditions out of doctors' contracts.

Doctor with patient (file picture).

Hospitals around New Zealand prepare for junior doctors strike

District health boards say the strike shouldn't stop people from seeking medical attention.

'I felt like a terrible mother' - woman feels guilty her daughter was badly burnt after using Cancer Society sunscreen

An Auckland woman was appalled her eight-and-a-half-month-old was sunburnt "beetroot red" after applying the sunscreen.

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