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Get serious about childhood obesity – health experts

Posted in In the News on July 3rd, 2015.

Two commentaries published in today’s issue of the New Zealand Medical Journal call on authorities to make the right movies in tacking childhood obesity. In an editorial, Dr Steven Kelly of Christchurch Hospital and Prof Boyd Swinburn from the University of Auckland, highlight New Zealand’s growing rate of childhood obesity. Outlining the future health consequences […]

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Too much food driving obesity epidemic

Too much energy-dense food is driving the obesity epidemic in high income countries like New Zealand, say the authors of a new global study. In a study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, lead author Dr Stefanie Vandevijvere from the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland analysed increases in the […]

July 1st, 2015 Read full Story

Pluto steals the limelight in stellar block-out

Stargazers this morning caught a glimpse of a rare astronomical event as ‘dwarf planet’ Pluto passed in front of a distant star. Known as a ‘stellar occultation‘, the passing of Pluto in front of the star will allow astronomers to learn more about the dwarf planet, including clues about the make-up of Pluto’s atmosphere. Data […]

June 30th, 2015 Read full Story

NZ Sea Lion endangered – in the news

The rare New Zealand Seal Lion has been listed as ‘Endangered’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The Sea Lion was previously listed as ‘Vulnerable’ but has been moved to ‘Endangered’ status following population decline due to disease, habitat modification caused by fishing, and accidental death as a result of bycatch. You can […]

June 25th, 2015 Read full Story

Everyday chemicals could trigger cancer when mixed

Mixtures of common chemicals used in our environment may act in concert with each other in the human body to cause the development of cancer, suggests new research published this week in the journal Carcinogenesis. The international consortium of researchers – including a New Zealander – identified 50 chemicals that were not thought to be carcinogenic […]

June 25th, 2015 Read full Story

Concern over “gagged” scientists – Radio New Zealand

Scientists are being pressured by their employers not to speak out on contentions issues, according the New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS). Association president Dr Nicola Gaston highlighted the problem on Radio New Zealand this morning, raising the issue in the wake of a poll conducted last year which found many scientists did not feel […]

June 22nd, 2015 Read full Story

Media buzz over MDMA regulation

The prospect of regulating the sale of party drug MDMA has been thrust into the spotlight this week, stirring robust debate on how New Zealand approaches drug legislation. The media have reported widely on comments from emergency doctor Paul Quigley, who said that regulating the sale of pure MDMA would be safer than allow people […]

June 19th, 2015 Read full Story

Fossil reveals big origins of modern NZ bat

A ‘walking’ bat fossil discovered in central Otago has revealed the super-sized origins for two of New Zealand’s three bat species. The bat’s remains were found in the South Island in what was once a large prehistoric body of water called Lake Manuherikia. The research team – which includes scientists from the University of Otago, GNS Science, Te Papa […]

June 18th, 2015 Read full Story

Marine protected areas on the West Coast

Almost 10,000 hectares of ocean off the West Coast of the South Island will be protected from damaging commercial fishing. Three new marine protected areas (MPAs) on the West Coast were announced this week by Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry. “These new MPAs will add 9557 hectares to New Zealand’s […]

June 17th, 2015 Read full Story

Climate change and extreme weather in the news

Crazy surf at Lyall Bay – awesome stuff #whywellington pic.twitter.com/w3y9f3R2yZ — Mike Cousins (@orbzuc) June 14, 2015 Flooding in Dunedin, wild waves in Wellington and drought in Canterbury – will there be more of the same in a warmer future? Recent extreme weather events have got the media asking about the role of climate change […]

June 16th, 2015 Read full Story


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