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Sleep a weighty issue for boys

John Kerr posted in on September 20th, 2013.

Poor sleep habits have been linked with teen weight gain in a new study, but the findings only seem to apply to boys. Researchers from the University of Otago examined the sleeping habits and physical measurements of almost 700 secondary school students, identifying a link between less sleep and higher body fat, but only in […]

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Bedsharing with parents a risk for babies – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on May 21st, 2013.

The risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (cot death), is five times higher in babies who share parents’ beds, even when the parents are non-smokers and the mother has not been drinking alcohol and does not use illegal drugs, according to new research. The study is the the largest of it kind and includes data […]

Sleep & stillbirth study draws media attention

John Kerr posted in on June 16th, 2011.

The publication of a New Zealand study examining the link between sleep habits and stillbirth in pregnancy has received strong international media interest. The research, published in the British Medical Journal, found that the risk of stillbirth for women who slept on their left side was 1.96 per 1000 compared with 3.93 per 1000 for […]

3 News: NZ-made ‘Sleep Time’ milk a hit in Taiwan

Peter Griffin posted in on May 31st, 2010.

David Farrier writes for 3 News about a New Zealand biotech firm which has developed a form of powdered milk which helps people sleep. Although not yet available here, the milk has done very well in Taiwan, where sleep deprivation is a common problem. An excerpt: (read in full here) “A New Zealand biotech company […]

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