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Insight for 12 August 2012 - PNG and Political Mayhem

Johnny Blades goes to PNG to explore whether the elections will help the nation recover from a year of poltical conflict.

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Papua New Guinea’s just completed general election marks a major political juncture for the resource-rich, but impoverished Pacific nation.  

Coming after political conflict  which has dominated PNG's government for the past year, the country appears on the cusp of prosperity and mayhem alike.

Johnny Blades  looks at whether the nation’s political leadership can keep PNG from tipping into chaos.

Gallery: Photographs taken by Johnny Blades in Papua New Guinea

 

 

 

 

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8:12 am Sunday 14 February: New Cancer Drugs and Funding Conundrums

A bright  yellow and aqua sphere, representing the immune system, sits alongside a brown cancer sphere with little goemetric shapes between indicating the drug's action

Manufacturer's illustration of how the new melanoma drug, Keytruda, stops cancer cells hiding from the immune system

Photo: Supplied

New immunotherapy drugs are the hot topic in cancer internationally. 

They stimulate the body's own immune system to fight disease, providing a possible cure for some patients. 

With the highest rates in the world of the deadly skin cancer melanoma, and no effective funded treatment for advanced disease, patients here are demanding action over the drug, Keytruda.

But the price is eye-watering and Pharmac is questioning the effectiveness.

RNZ's health correspondent, Karen Brown, investigates how good these new-generation drugs are, and the debate over whether or not NZ should fund them.