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Ultra-processed foods prevalent & unhealthy – research

Posted in In the News on July 30th, 2015.

The most processed packaged foods are also the least healthy, according to new research examining hundreds of products sold in New Zealand supermarkets. The authors of the study, published in the journal Public Health Nutrition, found that the large majority (83 per cent) of packaged products available fell into the category of  ‘ultra-processed.’ These products […]

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NZ ranks well in material wellbeing index

New research has found that New Zealand ranks highly in a new index of wellbeing based on household consumption. The research, undertaken by economic and policy research institute Motu, drew on OECD student surveys covering almost 800,000 homes across 40 countries. Data on consumer goods, such as household cars and appliances, was collected by the […]

July 28th, 2015 Read full Story

Mapping the kiwi genome – In the News

The kiwi’s unique nocturnal behaviour is linked to some altered genes that eliminate color vision and others that modify its sense of smell, according European scientists who have mapped the birds entire DNA. The research, published in the open access journal Genome Biology, has been widely covered by New Zealand media. You can read more […]

July 24th, 2015 Read full Story

End of life GP Survey – In the News

A survey of GPs medical decision making in end-of-life situations has been widely covered in the New Zealand media. The research, published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal, surveyed 650 GPs, specifically regarding the last death at which they were the attending doctor. Of the 359 GPs who reported making end-of-life medical decisions, 4.5 […]

July 24th, 2015 Read full Story

New project on the hunt for intelligent life

The search for extra-terrestrial life has been re-invigorated by a new initiative launched by British cosmologist Stephen Hawking and funded by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Yuri Milner. The newly announced Breakthrough Initiative claims to be the largest ever scientific research program aimed at finding evidence of civilizations beyond Earth. Radio telescopes in the US and Australia […]

July 22nd, 2015 Read full Story

Mini ice age: picking apart the predictions

In the wake of new research suggesting that we might be heading into a mini ice-age, media outlets have dug deeper into the science. The study, presented at the UK National Astronomy Meeting this month, outlined a new model of solar activity which was based on two separate internal cycles in the sun interacting. According […]

July 20th, 2015 Read full Story

Pluto photos captivate the public

From mountains to moons, new photos from Pluto have been splashed across mainstream media. Released this week, the images were collected by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft as it drifted past the dwarf planet on the edges of our solar system. “Pluto New Horizons is a true mission of exploration showing us why basic scientific research […]

July 16th, 2015 Read full Story

‘Creative accounting’ in NZ climate targets — watchdog

New Zealand is far from doing its “fair share” of climate action, with its climate plans rated as “inadequate” by an independent international analysis: the Climate Action Tracker. “New Zealand’s climate target shows it’s far from doing its ‘fair share,’ and is anything but ambitious,” said Bill Hare, CEO and Senior Scientist at Climate Analytics, […]

July 13th, 2015 Read full Story

Food taxes and subsidies change diets, save lives – study

Health-related food taxes and subsidies could improve diets and reduce deaths from diet related disease in New Zealand, according to a new study. In a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers estimated the effects of five different tax and subsidy scenarios using data on food expenses and health and showed that, for […]

July 9th, 2015 Read full Story

Drinking in pregnancy research – In the news

New research examining women’s alcohol consumption before and during pregnancy has garnered international media attention. The study, published in BMJ Open, pulled together data from several large scale surveys, covering over 17,000 pregnant women the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. The authors found that rates of alcohol consumption varied between countries and even between […]

July 8th, 2015 Read full Story


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