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Siouxsie Wiles on the future of science

John Kerr posted in on August 6th, 2015.

In her regular science slot, Dr Siouxsie Wiles talks on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon about the special ‘Future of Science’ issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand (and bee vaccines and the mortality of young fathers). You can listen to the segment below and read more about the special […]

Young fatherhood and midlife death – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on August 4th, 2015.

Becoming a dad before the age of 25 is linked to a heightened risk of dying early in middle age, according to new Finnish research. The authors of the new study looked at over 30,000 men who became fathers by the age of 45, and found that younger dads had poorer health and died earlier […]

Peanuts linked to lower heart disease deaths – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on March 3rd, 2015.

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 […]

Many perinatal and maternal deaths avoidable – report

John Kerr posted in on June 14th, 2012.

A new report reviewing the leading causes of death among mothers and children in New Zealand has highlighted maternal suicide during, or shortly after, pregnancy as a tragedy that needs to be addressed. The annual report of the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee (PMMRC) shows suicide continues to be the leading cause of maternal […]

NZ cancer survival rates improve

Peter Griffin posted in on December 22nd, 2010.

A newly-released Ministry of Health report shows that New Zealand survival rates for cancer improved between 1998 and 2007. However, there were differences in survival rates by gender, disease extent, ethnicity and level of deprivation, with women having slightly higher survival rates than men, and non-Maori having higher survival rates than Maori. Media coverage: Stuff: […]

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TV viewing and mortality

Peter Griffin posted in on January 13th, 2010.

AusSMC (Adelaide): Is sitting in front of the TV shortening your life? Australian researchers have tracked the TV viewing habits of 8,800 adults and found that every hour spent in front of the television each day increased the risk of death from all causes. While the study focused specifically on television watching, the findings suggest […]

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Body mass index and mortality – the risks of being obese

Amanda Johnson posted in on March 30th, 2009.

A new study was published in The Lancet this month, which looked at body mass index (BMI) and cause-specific mortality in almost 900,000 adults. BMI is a reasonably good measure of how overweight or obese a person is, and is calculated by dividing the weight in kilograms by height in metres squared. A value of […]

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