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GP Survey explores end of life decisions – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on July 24th, 2015.

A new survey of New Zealand GPs shows that many make decisions about end of life care that may indirectly or directly hasten death. Caring for a patient at the end of their life is an unenviable challenge faced by many general practitioners. A new survey by researchers at the University of Auckland has canvassed […]

Sheepdogs round up the rules for crowd control

Laura Goodall posted in on August 28th, 2014.

Scientists have found two simple rules behind how sheepdogs manage to round up and move sheep so efficiently, which they hope can be used in designing robots for crowd control or environmental cleanup. The study, published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface this week, involved strapping backpacks with GPS units to sheepdogs and sheep and […]

Survey provides health check for New Zealand

John Kerr posted in on December 13th, 2012.

The results of the latest National Health Survey have been released, providing a snapshot of the health of New Zealand health and how has changed over time. Growing ethnic and and socio-economic inequalities, particularity in child and adult obesity rates, have raised concern. The survey contains information about smoking, nutrition, access to health care and […]

Solar storm – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on March 9th, 2012.

Two solar flares that occurred on the sun on 7 March have caused a large cloud of charged particles (a coronal mass ejection; CME) to hurtle towards Earth. A statement, video and images can be found on the NASA website, with the latest update noting that the CME has reached the edge of the Earth’s […]

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TVNZ/One News/Closeup: Warning over the danger of GPS devices

Peter Griffin posted in on August 10th, 2010.

An Australian researcher believes that using GPS devices in cars can be as dangerous as using mobile phones. Professor Mark Stevenson says that, although the devices are intended to be safer than reading a paper map, they can still be highly distracting – he is about to undertake a large study on the subject. An […]

Gisborne Herald: Farms can thrive with tech

Peter Griffin posted in on July 5th, 2010.

Looking at the use by farmers of GPS and RFID, a local researcher has found that despite the productivity gains offered by such technologies, many farmers are not investing in them. An excerpt: (read in full here) “GPS-based devices such as TracMap are used by farm contractors to gain higher productivity and efficiency in cultivating, […]

NZPA/3News: One fifth of NZ babies not immunised

Peter Griffin posted in on April 29th, 2010.

Up to 20% of kiwi babies are falling through the gaps and failing to be immunised, for reasons including poor public knowledge and a lack of engagement from health care and ante-natal practitioners. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Midwives and ante-natal educators were told that immunisation was an after-birth activity and many did not […]

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