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Obese children at risk of serious illness – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 19th, 2016.

Researchers at the University of Auckland studying obese Kiwi kids have found early warning signs that the children are at risk of developing serious problems like type-2 diabetes, heart and liver disease. Over 200 Taranaki children and teenagers took part in a 12-month intervention programme involving home visits from a health professional. At the start […]

Earth-like planet around the Sun’s closest neighbour – Expert reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 25th, 2016.

UPDATED: A small rocky planet has been discovered orbiting Proxima Centauri, the Sun’s closest stellar neighbour, and it may sustain an atmosphere and liquid water that could support life. The discovery of the planet, which is named Proxima b, has a mass about 1.3 times that of the Earth and is just over four light years away, is […]

Newborn rats died after mothers fed rancid fish oil – Expert reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 22nd, 2016.

UPDATED: A new study from Auckland-based researchers found feeding pregnant rats high doses of rancid fish oil caused a high mortality rate among the rat pups. The study follows on from research published by the same group last year, where many brands of store-bought fish oil capsules were found to have oxidised, i.e. become rancid, […]

Call for lower salt consumption – In the news

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 7th, 2016.

If we are to meet a sodium reduction target by 2025, New Zealanders will have to reduce the salt in their food by at least 30 percent, according to new research. University of Auckland researcher Dr Helen Eyles, from the National Institute for Health Innovation, said meeting international targets for sodium would need considerable effort […]

Kiwi students having sex later but riskier – In the news

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 4th, 2016.

New Zealand high school students are now more likely to delay sexual activity, but they are less prepared to practice consistent safe sex, new research suggests. A new study by researchers at the University of Auckland, published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, drew from the Youth2000 survey series which has surveyed over […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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