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Diabetes goes under the knife – Expert reaction

Posted in Science Alert: Experts Respond on May 25th, 2016.

New guidelines recommend surgical treatment for obese patients with type 2 diabetes, but researchers say New Zealand lacks the resources and capacity to offer surgery as a standard treatment. A joint statement by international diabetes organisations endorses gastric and bariatric surgery as a standard treatment option for type 2 diabetes for patients with very severe obesity […]

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Climate effects from burning all remaining fossil fuels – Expert reaction

Burning the Earth’s remaining fossil fuels could lead to a bigger global temperature increase than expected, a new study finds. If we were to use up all of our planet’s fossil fuel resources, we’d increase the global average temperature by about 8°C globally by 2300, Canadian scientists report in Nature Climate Change. The scientists say […]

May 25th, 2016 Read full Story

Low-carb, high fat diet advice questioned – Expert reaction

 Experts are questioning the findings of a new report from UK health charities that has called for an overhaul of dietary guidelines. The report, titled Eat Fat, Cut The Carbs and Avoid Snacking To Reverse Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes, was published by the Public Health Collaboration and the National Obesity Foundation, two UK based […]

May 25th, 2016 Read full Story

New tools needed to cut agricultural emissions – Expert reaction

One billion tonnes. That’s how much the global agricultural industry needs to cut its emissions per year by 2030 to achieve the goals set at COP21 in Paris, according to a new study. An international team of scientists – including a New Zealander – calculated the required emissions cuts based on the goal of keeping […]

May 19th, 2016 Read full Story

WHO warns of Zika spreading to Europe – Expert reaction

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that there is a “low to moderate” risk of of a Zika virus disease outbreak occurring during late spring and summer in the European Region. The WHO’s new risk assessment report released today, notes that countries where Aedes mosquitoes are present are more likely to experience a Zika […]

May 19th, 2016 Read full Story

UPDATED: New technology blurring line on GE crops – Expert reaction

Genetically engineered crops are safe, but new regulations are needed as the definition of GE organisms becomes blurred, say US academies. An extensive study by the US-based National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has analysed the costs and benefits of genetically modified crops, drawing on almost 30 years of research. The key findings of the […]

May 18th, 2016 Read full Story

UPDATED: NZ Fisheries catch under-reported – Expert reaction

Updated: Response from MPI added A new study suggests that New Zealand’s total fisheries catch since 1950 is 2.7 times higher than officially reported. Between 1950 and 2013, 24.7 million tonnes of fish went unreported, compared to the 15.3 million that was officially reported to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, the international research led […]

May 16th, 2016 Read full Story

Folate-autism link research questioned – Expert reaction

Independent experts are unconvinced by unpublished research reporting a link between expecting mothers’ levels of folate – a vitamin pregnant women are encouraged to take – and autism in children. Pregnant women are encouraged to take the B vitamin folate, as deficiency is linked to the development of lethal or debilitating birth defects. However researchers […]

May 12th, 2016 Read full Story

The (robot) doctor will see you now – Expert reaction

Artificial Intelligence (AI) will spell the end of doctors as we know them, warn two Kiwi medical professionals. “We believe that over the coming years AI will perform a significant amount of the diagnostic and treatment decision-making traditionally performed by the doctor,” write Drs William Diprose and Nicholas Buist in an new New Zealand Medical […]

May 6th, 2016 Read full Story

Govt to kick-start electric vehicle uptake- Expert reaction

The Government wants to double the number of electric vehicles in New Zealand every year to reach 64,000 by 2021. Yesterday Transport Minister Simon Bridges announced a series of measures to try and reach the target, including a new Road User Charge exemption for heavy electric vehicles, a $6 million innovation fund and allowing electric vehicles […]

May 6th, 2016 Read full Story


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