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Inbreeding threatens island’s kiwi – In the News

Posted in In the News on January 19th, 2017.

Newly-published research from New Zealand researchers has found a Marlborough kiwi population thought to be thriving is actually threatened by the ‘silent effects’ of inbreeding. Dr Helen Taylor’s PhD research took her to Long Island, which has a little spotted kiwi population founded with two birds in the 1980s. While the population appeared to be […]

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Researchers call for ban on alcohol marketing in sport – In the News

A paper published overnight in the New Zealand Medical Journal has added to the call to ban alcohol marketing and sponsorship from sports. Researchers at the University of Otago surveyed five televised sporting events over the 2014-15 summer and found audiences were exposed to between 1.6 and 3.8 alcohol brands per minute and up to […]

January 13th, 2017 Read full Story

Summer science at the NZ Herald – In the News

Over the summer break, New Zealand Herald science reporter Jamie Morton has kept readers informed with two summer science series. Five-part series ‘Our Blue Backyard’ explores Auckland University’s research in the region’s blue backyard, including innovations inspired by underwater creatures and the hardy critters living in rock pools. Under the heading of ‘summer science’, stories […]

January 11th, 2017 Read full Story

Community targets wasps – In the News

A community-led conservation project – supported by Fairfax Media’s The Nelson Mail – aims to significantly reduce German and common wasps in the Nelson-Tasman region this summer. Stuff launched the campaign with an interactive feature – Wasp Wipeout – covering the history of wasps in New Zealand, current control regimes in the region and the […]

December 20th, 2016 Read full Story

Lifestyle changes could cut bowel cancer burden – In the News

Targeting six lifestyle factors could considerably reduce bowel cancer rates, according to a new study investigating risk factors for the disease. Published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal, the study examined the bowel cancer risk factors associated with obesity, alcohol consumption, smoking and consuming red and processed meat – plus the benefits associated with […]

December 16th, 2016 Read full Story

Smoking continues to drop in NZ – In the News

Using information from the 2013 Census, researchers say that smoking is declining at an ever-increasing rate. A study, published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal, compared smoking prevalence in 2013 with the previous census in 2006. In 2013, around on in seven New Zealand adults (15 years and older) reported they were regular smokers […]

December 16th, 2016 Read full Story

Quakes didn’t stop school students achieving – In the News

A new study found, unexpectedly, that the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 did not negatively affect school leavers. Despite concerns that disasters tend to increase rates of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder – psychologists at the University of Otago found no evidence for poorer academic performance by Canterbury students as a consequence of […]

December 14th, 2016 Read full Story

Premature birth can stunt growth of baby girls — In The News

Comparing sisters, researchers from Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland found that baby girls born prematurely (before 32 weeks) were 2.3cm shorter on average that girls born at term. Published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, the researchers said that they have not yet proved why this is happening and can only speculate, but it […]

December 12th, 2016 Read full Story

Testing finds campylobacter in nearly two-thirds of raw chicken – In the News

A Consumer NZ test of 40 fresh chicken products found campylobacter in nearly two-thirds of the samples, sparking calls for regular testing of chicken sold in retail stores. Raw chicken is considered responsible for some 40 per cent of campylobacter cases. New Zealand has 6218 notified cases of the bacterial disease in 2015 – a […]

December 12th, 2016 Read full Story

Dentists launch war on sugar – In the News

The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) has launched a new consensus statement on sugary drinks, calling for better information for the public about negative impacts of excess sugar. Launched today, the consensus statement highlights seven areas for action: An icon on drinks indicating the amount of sugar in teaspoons Independent monitoring of food marketing, with […]

December 9th, 2016 Read full Story


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