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Herbicides and antibiotic resistance – Expert reaction

Posted in Science Alert: Experts Respond on March 27th, 2015.

Commonly used agricultural chemicals may help harmful bacteria evade antibiotic drugs, according to a new study. In the study, published this week in mBio, New Zealand researchers exposed two strains of disease causing bacteria, Escherichia coli and Salmonella enterica, to varying levels of commercial formulations of three herbicides—dicamba (Kamba), 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), and glyphosate (Roundup). […]

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What’s in that e-cigarette? – Expert reaction

Electronic cigarettes sold in New Zealand are stronger than they used to be, but still contain far less harmful toxicants than regular cigarettes, according to a new analysis of leading brands. The study, published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, also found discrepancies between labelled and actual nicotine content, prompting a call for better monitoring […]

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NZ leads in Earth and Environmental Sciences – Expert reaction

New Zealand is a leader in earth and environmental sciences in the Asia Pacific region, according to an analysis of high level research publications. The Nature Index analyses countries’ and institutions’ contributions to research published in 68 top tier journals. The Index‘s overview of the last year’s data singles out New Zealand as “a leader in […]

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Smart spending for ‘flagship’ species – Expert reaction

Smart spending of private conservation funding for individual ‘charismatic’ species can significantly benefit other species, say the authors of a new study. In New Zealand, the Department of Conservation (DOC) runs a National Partnership sponsorship programme, allowing companies to sponsor an individual, iconic ‘flagship’ species such as the kiwi, kakapo or takahe. Some experts have […]

March 25th, 2015 Read full Story

Ebola: one year on

Exactly a year ago, on 23 March 2014, the World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed that there was a rapidly evolving outbreak of Ebola in Guinea. Today, although the majority of cases are being brought under control, the disease is still affecting West African communities. Other countries are also continuing to take extra precautions in diagnosing and […]

March 23rd, 2015 Read full Story

Cyclone Pam recovery – Expert reaction

Humanitarian aid is en route to cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu, but in the midst of the devastation, where do you begin to start on the road to recovery? Cyclone Pam has torn through Vanuatu causing wide spread destruction to infrastructure and homes across the island nation. At least 24 are dead and 3,300 people displaced in Vanuatu by […]

March 17th, 2015 Read full Story

Vanuatu, Pam and climate change – Expert reaction

The President of Vanuatu, Baldwin Lonsdale, has pointed at climate change as a contributing factor to the severity of the cyclone that ravaged his country. Speaking at a UN conference in Japan, he was reported by the Guardian as saying “We see the level of sea rise … The cyclone seasons, the warm, the rain, […]

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A tobacco-free world by 2040? – Expert reaction

A group of health experts led by New Zealanders have laid down the global challenge of the world being tobacco-free by 2040, but they admit it requires a ‘turbo-charged’ effort. Writing in a major new Series in The Lancet, an international group of health and policy experts, led by University of Auckland Professors Robert Beaglehole […]

March 13th, 2015 Read full Story

Potential test for chronic fatigue syndrome – experts respond

Newly discovered biomarkers could form the basis of a long sought-after blood test for chronic fatigue sufferers. Chronic fatigue syndrome, known medically as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS) is a disabling disorder, in which symptoms range from extreme fatigue and difficulty concentrating to headaches and muscle pain. However, to date there has been no reliable test to […]

March 5th, 2015 Read full Story

Peanuts linked to lower heart disease deaths – experts respond

Eating more peanuts is associated with a reduced risk of early death, especially from heart disease, according to a new study. The research drew on data from more than 200,000 participants in other diets studies, finding that peanut consumption was associated with decreased total mortality, particularly cardiovascular mortality. The authors of the study, published today […]

March 3rd, 2015 Read full Story


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