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Anti-cancer vaccines – In the News

Posted in In the News on August 25th, 2016.

New Zealand scientists are preparing to move to human clinical trials on a vaccine they hope will aid in the treatment of bowel cancer. The University of Otago researchers studying a potential vaccine for colorectal cancer presented their findings at a Melbourne conference this week. PhD candidate Braeden Donaldson said the vaccine worked differently from […]

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How should communities deal with serious sex offenders – In the News

The Department of Corrections has moved a convicted sex offender from a Lower Hutt suburb after backlash from the community. Radio NZ talked to University of Auckland’s Dr Gwenda Willis, a senior lecturer in clinical psychology and expert in the rehabilitation of sex offenders. “I think one of the most important things to remember first is […]

August 24th, 2016 Read full Story

Parents most in need of cot death information left out – In the News

Māori parents are less likely to receive ‘safe sleep’ advice despite their babies having a high risk of cot death – unconscious bias in the health system may be to blame. Although Māori babies die of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) at almost five times the rate of non-Māori babies, less than half of Māori […]

August 23rd, 2016 Read full Story

Hawke’s Bay laid low with gastro – In the News

Thousands of people in Havelock North have been laid low with gastroenteritis in the past week following a contamination of the drinking water supply, thought to be campylobacter. University of Otago professor of public health Michael Baker has been talking to media since Monday about the science behind the outbreak, including a live chat with […]

August 18th, 2016 Read full Story

Sunday feature on obesity and type 2 diabetes – In the News

TVNZ’s Sunday programme turned the floodlights on obesity this weekend, with a 15-minute segment on obesity and type 2 diabetes. Auckland-based endocrinologist Dr Brandon Orr-Walker told Sunday that the problem would only continue to escalate. “If it’s looking bad now, it’s going to look a whole lot worse soon. We’re going to have double the problem to deal […]

August 15th, 2016 Read full Story

Falcon splits across Cook Strait – In the News

Researchers studying kārearea – New Zealand falcon – in the North and South Island were surprised to find a clear difference in the birds’ sizes. Massey University’s Professor Steven Trewick led the study, which examined body sizes and neutral genetic markers for Falco novaeseelandiae – New Zealand’s only surviving endemic raptor species. They found the South […]

August 12th, 2016 Read full Story

Tourism focus at mountain conference – In the News

At the country shivers during winter’s first real cold snap, conservationists and mountaineers have gathered at Aoraki/Mt Cook to discuss protecting mountains for future generations to enjoy. The Sustainable Summits Conference, hosted by the New Zealand Alpine Club, follows on from an international conference held in Colorado, USA in 2014. The conference has a strong […]

August 9th, 2016 Read full Story

Predator-free continues to nab headlines – In the News

Two weeks after an announcement that the Government would aim to make New Zealand “predator free” by 2050, conservation news continues to grab headlines in NZ media. Today’s Catalyst – Fairfax Media’s science page – hosted two predator-free stories. Environmental scientist Dr Jamie Steer wrote in an opinion piece that the “militant” stance implicit in […]

August 8th, 2016 Read full Story

Change of heart over baby baskets – In the News

The Health Minister has reassessed his stance on safe-sleep pods for babies following a New Zealand Herald investigation and advocacy from scientists. NZ Herald investigative reporter Olivia Carville found the Ministry of Health had restricted the reach of flax-woven wahakura, or their plastic counterparts pepi-pods, despite evidence showing they reduce the risk of Sudden Unexpected […]

August 4th, 2016 Read full Story

Pharmac confirms funding for melanoma drug – In the News

Drug-buying agency Pharmac officially announced funding for the melanoma treatment Keytruda on Tuesday. It followed a provisional decision in June to fund the drug and funding for the alternate Opdivo (nivolumab). Pharmac had previously said it had received mixed advice on the long-term benefits of Keytruda (pembrolizumab), but operations director Sarah Fitt said new evidence […]

August 3rd, 2016 Read full Story


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