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Prostate cancer survival rates in New Zealand grim

Laura Goodall posted in on May 8th, 2015.

New Zealand men with advanced or metastatic prostate cancer need new treatment guidelines to ensure improved, more consistent and more equitable care, according to a new study led by the University of Auckland. The study is the first of its kind to look at the treatment of New Zealand men with metastatic prostate cancer (MPC) and […]

Fiordland a hotspot for carbon burial – Expert reaction

Laura Goodall posted in on May 6th, 2015.

New Zealand’s stunning Fiordland punches above its weight when it comes to storing organic carbon, according to a new analysis from US and New Zealand researchers published in Nature Geoscience this week. The team of scientists, which includes the University of Otago’s Dr Candida Savage, estimate that about 18 million tonnes of organic carbon is […]

Sorting antiques from modern shams – Stuff.co.nz

Laura Goodall posted in on April 20th, 2015.

Nikki Macdonald reports in Stuff.co.nz how the radiocarbon dating lab in Lower Hutt gave the 26000 Vodka brand its name, confirmed an ancient waka as pre-European and revealed the age of the old frame chosen for a modern painting in Te Papa Tongarewa. Nikki’s feature articles won her a Canon Media Award in 2011 and she is also in […]

Redesigned nets let small fish escape – Māori TV and 3 News

Laura Goodall posted in on April 8th, 2015.

Two different research-based approaches to boost New Zealand’s fishing sustainability have recently been covered in the media, both of which involve using nets designed with wider holes so that young fish can escape. Ngāti Kahungunu, in partnership with Hawke’s Bay Seafoods, are now planning on using a more sustainably-designed net on all their trawlers, reports Aroha Treacher at Māori TV. […]

Mouth cancer in NZ men aged 40 plus – Expert reaction

Laura Goodall posted in on April 1st, 2015.

In a study published earlier this week, University of Auckland scientists revealed a “rapid rise” in diagnoses for oropharyngeal cancer – a type of mouth cancer – in New Zealand men aged 40 and over. The researchers looked at trends in diagnoses of different types of mouth cancers in New Zealand between 1981 and 2010, […]

No link found between brain cancer and mobile use

Laura Goodall posted in on February 26th, 2015.

Despite a dramatic increase in the use of mobile phones, there hasn’t been a matching rise in the incidence of brain cancer, reports a new study by scientists at the University of Auckland. The research, which looked at trends in primary brain cancer incidence in New Zealand between 1995 and 2010 from New Zealand’s national cancer […]

Kiwi scientists discover how Earth’s plates move

Laura Goodall posted in on February 5th, 2015.

New Zealand researchers have developed the clearest picture yet of what happens at the base of tectonic plates and how they move across Earth’s surface in a study published in Nature today. For the first time, an international team of scientists based out of Wellington, has been able to see 100 kilometres under the earth’s […]

‘Fishy’ labels for fish oil supplements

Laura Goodall posted in on January 22nd, 2015.

Most fish oil supplements sold in New Zealand contain less omega-3 fatty acids than their labels claim, according to new research led by scientists at the University of Auckland’s Liggins Institute. Analysing 32 brands of fish oil capsules marketed in New Zealand, the researchers found that only three contained the same concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids […]

UPDATED: Fish oil capsules fall short on quality, freshness – experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on January 22nd, 2015.

Most fish oil supplements sold in New Zealand contain less omega-3 fatty acids than their labels claim, according to new research led by scientists at the University of Auckland’s Liggins Institute. Analysing 32 brands of fish oil capsules marketed in New Zealand, the researchers found that only three contained the same concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids […]

NZ research lights up e-cigarettes as quitting aid

Laura Goodall posted in on December 18th, 2014.

Scientists from the University of Auckland have just completed a study indicating that e-cigarettes may help smokers kick the habit. Their research, published in the Cochrane Library this week, combined and analysed data from previous studies looking at the effects of e-cigarettes on rates of quitting or reducing the number of cigarettes smoked. They found that about […]

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