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Three trillion trees on earth – study

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

There are more than 3 trillion trees on Earth today, but since the start of human civilization the total number of trees has on earth has almost halved, according to new research by an international team of scientists including New Zealanders. The study, published today in Nature, churned through more than 400,000 measured tree density […]

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Seabirds’ plastic plight – In the news

The majority of seabird species are accidentally eating bits of plastic and the situation is likely to get worse, predicts a new study. Based on analysis of published studies since the early 1960s, research undertaken by CSIRO and Imperial College London has found that plastic is increasingly common in seabird’s stomachs. In 1960, plastic was […]

September 2nd, 2015 Read full Story

Firstborn females more likely to be overweight, obese – NZ research

Girls who are born the first in their family are more likely to be overweight or obese compared to their younger sisters, according to a new study from New Zealand and Swedish researchers. The conclusions were drawn from a study of more than 13,000 pairs of adult Swedish sisters – the largest study of its […]

August 27th, 2015 Read full Story

Depression affects many New Zealand mums-to-be – research

Almost one in eight pregnant women suffer from the symptoms of depression during their pregnancy, according to new research from the Growing Up in New Zealand study. The research, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, also found that the risk of experiencing these symptoms is three times higher for women who were diagnosed with […]

August 24th, 2015 Read full Story

Bowel cancer screening – in the news

The release of a major report on bowel cancer this week has re-ignited debate over nationwide screening for the disease. Bowel cancer is the most common cancer in New Zealand, which has the highest rate of both bowel cancer and related deaths in the developed world. Around 1200 New Zealanders die each year from the disease, with […]

August 21st, 2015 Read full Story

Whooping cough spreads in South

Increased rates of whooping cough in the South Island have authorities reminding parents of the importance of vaccinations. Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a contagious bacterial disease characterised by nasty and persistent bouts of coughing. The Southern DHB Medical Officer of Health, Marion Poore, told the Otago Daily Times that there had been 174 […]

August 14th, 2015 Read full Story

New Zealanders uncertain about water fluoridation

New Zealanders aren’t getting enough information about the health effects of community water fluoridation to know whether it is a good or a bad thing, suggests a new study. The research, based on a survey of almost 3,500 people, is published today in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. The authors found […]

August 11th, 2015 Read full Story

Ultra-processed foods prevalent & unhealthy – research

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 […]

July 30th, 2015 Read full Story

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


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