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Stronger regulations needed for loose tobacco – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 20th, 2016.

University of Otago public health researchers are calling on policy makers to develop stronger regulation of loose tobacco to curb the growing popularity of the cheaper option among New Zealand’s young adults. Their research, published in Tobacco Control, found young adults who used roll-your-own tobacco associated the product with being more natural and less harmful. ASPIRE2025 co-director […]

Australia AIDS free? – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 12th, 2016.

Australian officials made headlines this week when they announced that AIDS was no longer an epidemic in their country, but New Zealand researchers warned against complacency. The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) announced that with the extraordinary progress made against AIDS, it is now possible to “virtually eliminate” HIV infections in Australia. Head of the […]

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Lifestyle factors drive global stroke cost – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on June 10th, 2016.

Over 90 percent of the death and disability caused by stroke is linked to modifiable risk factors, finds a new global study lead by a Kiwi. The authors of the new research, published in The Lancet Neurology, say that taxation could be the key to lowering these risk factors and decreasing the global burden of […]

Smoking on NZ television – In the news

John Kerr posted in on June 1st, 2016.

New research highlighting the prevalence of smoking on New Zealand television has been widely covered by the media. Researchers from the University of Otago monitored depictions of tobacco across a week’s worth of free-to-air, prime-time New Zealand television. Comparing the results with a similar study from 2004, the researchers found that there had been little […]

Plain packaging regulations revealed – In the news

John Kerr posted in on May 31st, 2016.

Draft regulations for introducing plain packaging for cigarettes have been revealed by the Government. Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga today released the draft regulations and a consultation document outlining how a law requiring plain packaging would be implemented. Plain packaging policies aim to reduce the appeal of cigarettes by requiring standardised packaging that removes […]

WHO backs Olympics despite Zika letter – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on May 30th, 2016.

An open letter signed by almost 200 health researchers calls on the International Olympic Committee and World Health Organization (WHO) to postpone the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on account of the risk posed by the Zika virus. The authors write: “WHO’s declaration of Zika as a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern,” coupled with new […]

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

John Kerr posted in on May 25th, 2016.

 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 […]

WHO warns of Zika spreading to Europe – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on May 19th, 2016.

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 […]

UPDATED: DHBs to control water fluoridation – In the News

John Kerr posted in on April 13th, 2016.

The Government has announced planned legislation that will move responsibility for water fluoridation from local councils to District Health Boards. The decision comes after numerous local councils have grappled with decisions over water fluoridation, balancing expert advice and lobbying from anti-fluoridation campaigners. Previous SMC coverage of fluoride and council decisions can be found here. “Moving […]

Academics push for sugary drinks tax – In the News

John Kerr posted in on April 4th, 2016.

In open letter published this weekend, public health researchers are calling on the Government to introduce a tax on sugary drinks. Citing a number of grim statistics on New Zealand obesity and oral health situation, the authors urge the Government to to bring in stronger measures. “As a matter of urgency, we urge Cabinet to […]

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