HIV at-home testing picture of stethoscope and a questionmark

HIV at-home self-tests coming to Australia

Companies can now manufacture and sell HIV self-tests in Australia.

8 Jul 2014 | Consumers should soon be able to test for HIV at home, with restrictions on self-HIV testing lifted.

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Chips, coffee, crackers and some baby food increase risk of cancer, says EU

Browned food is a potential carcinogen, EU food safety authority warns (again).

8 Jul 2014 | EU warns consumers to reduce intake of starchy foods cooked at high temperatures as much as possible due to carcinogenic chemical acrylamide.

Doctor speaks with older patient

Medicare co-payments will hit Australians over 65 hardest: study

New research has found older Australians will be hardest hit by the proposed Medicare co-payments.

7 Jul 2014 | Older Australians will be the hardest hit by the proposed $7 Medicare co-payment and the increased price of medicines on the PBS, a study from the University of Sydney has found.

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NSW Fair Trading continues crackdown on vendors of dodgy suspect chargers

Businesses selling suspect electrical goods raided in NSW.

7 Jul 2014 | NSW Fair Trading continue undercover inspections for dangerous electrical goods.

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Electricity costs not fairly applied

Grattan Institute recommends higher costs for peak users.

7 Jul 2014 | A new report by the Grattan Institute calls for a rethink of the way consumers are charged for electricity.

Dentist probes patient's teeth

High cost of dental care due to private health insurance premiums: ADA

The Australian Dental Association says much of the money spent on dental care goes to insurance premiums and out of pocket costs.

4 Jul 2014 | Australians are spending $7.4bn on dental care, much of which is going to insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs, according to the ADA.

ACCC warns gyms about contracts people running on treadmills in gym

Gyms with misleading 'no contracts' advertising on ACCC list

No contracts means no contracts, ACCC warns gyms.

4 Jul 2014 | Gyms that advertise “no contracts” when they actually mean "short-term memberships with contracts” told to clean up their acts.

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L’Oréal unable to support anti-ageing claims on skincare products

Cosmetics company L’Oréal USA couldn't provide any scientific evidence for its "clinically proven" anti-ageing claims.

4 Jul 2014 | L’Oréal in the US has been prohibited from claiming its products have an anti-ageing benefit as it has no scientific evidence to support the claims.

Pills in bottles

Older Australians overusing anti-inflammatory pain killers

NSAID overuse and interactions with other drugs pose health risk to patients

3 Jul 2014 | Researchers find older Australians are taking anti-inflammatory pain killers for too long, and without sufficient precautions to minimise harmful side-effects.

Fire insurance warning sign points to high risk

Home insurance risk information kept from homeowners

Victorian report calls for full disclosure.

3 Jul 2014 | Victoria’s Fire Services Levy Monitor has released a report that calls on the insurance industry to reveal to consumers the risk information they use to set premiums.

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