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Synthetic Cannabis Deaths — In The News

Posted in In the News on July 25th, 2017.

On Friday, the Chief Coroner and NZ Police issued a warning about synthetic cannabis which has been linked to at least seven recent deaths in Auckland. The seven dead are believed to have used synthetic cannabis recently or were found with it on them. Auckland City Hospital’s emergency department has seen 31 people suspected of taking synthetic […]

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Appendicitis when you’re older could be a sign of cancer – In the News

Getting appendicitis when you’re over 45 could be the first sign of underlying colorectal cancer, according to a study published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal. In an Australasian first, the New Zealand researchers looked retrospectively at over 600 patients who had been diagnosed with appendicitis between 2003 and 2015, all aged over 45 […]

July 21st, 2017 Read full Story

Auckland’s volcanic past: temperamental and unpredictable – In the News

Auckland’s volcanic past has been punctuated by periods of heightened activity and thousands of years of silence, according to two new research papers. Researchers from the DEVORA (Determining Volcanic Risk in Auckland) research programme used argon-argon age dating to gather more precise timings of eruptions in the Auckland Volcanic Field. The oldest eruption (Pupuke) dates […]

July 19th, 2017 Read full Story

Trans-Tasman approach suggested to tackle quad bike safety – In the News

Researchers in New Zealand and Australia examining the number of quad bike fatalities in both countries say there should be a combined approach to tackling safety issues. The study, published today in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, examined the coronial files from 101 quad-related fatalities: 69 in Australia and 32 in […]

July 17th, 2017 Read full Story

Paris as a model for Auckland? – In the News

The French capital is styling itself as a leader in modern ways to fight climate change and become more resilient. NZ Herald science reporter Jamie Morton looks at what Auckland can learn from Paris. Following a trip to the City of Lights, hosted by the French government, the series highlighted some of the developments in […]

July 14th, 2017 Read full Story

Large quake shakes Snares Island – In the News

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck the Auckland Islands on Tuesday evening was close to, if not on, the subduction zone where the Australian Plate dips below the Pacific Plate, according to seismologists. The quake was centred about 200km to the southwest of Snares Island, part of the Auckland Islands group. GNS seismologist Dr Bill Fry […]

July 12th, 2017 Read full Story

Meningococcal B vaccine protects against gonorrhoea – In the News

Finally, we’re catching a bit of a break in the battle against drug-resistant infectious diseases. A New Zealand study has shown a meningococcal B vaccine provides some protection against gonorrhoea, which the WHO has been highlighted as an emerging drug-resistant disease. Between 2004 and 2008, while New Zealand was in the grips of a Group […]

July 11th, 2017 Read full Story

Weeds head for the hills as climate warms – In the News

As temperatures rise, plants head up mountainsides, with weeds spreading to higher altitudes twice as fast as their native counterparts, a new study has found. Published today in Nature Climate Change, the study examined more than 130,000 records of 1334 plant species collected over 20 years in a single range of the European Alps.  The […]

July 11th, 2017 Read full Story

Baby-led weaning leads to less fussy eaters – In the News

Research from the University of Otago suggests that letting babies feed themselves solid foods appears to lead to them being less fussy eaters. Published today in JAMA Pediatrics, the randomised trial found children who fed themselves solid foods once they were ready – rather than traditional spoon-feeding – had a better attitude towards food at […]

July 11th, 2017 Read full Story

What if cannabis was legal? – In the News

With Green MP Julie Anne Genter’s medicinal cannabis bill due to be debated in Parliament, the issue of legalisation is a hot topic this election year. Stuff.co.nz tackled the subject with a week-long series: What if it was legal? Fairfax reporters talked to a range of experts, from economics, political and medical backgrounds to discuss what the […]

July 10th, 2017 Read full Story


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