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Climate adaptation group reports back – In the News

Posted in In the News on May 25th, 2018.

The Climate Change Adaptation Technical Working Group has reported back to Government with recommendations on what New Zealand needs to do to adapt to the effects of climate change. The report’s 21 recommendations include developing a national adaptation action plan and a national climate change risk assessment, alongside reviewing existing legislation to better align with adaptation […]

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Sugar gel study gets US funding boost

A Kiwi-led study looking at whether sugar gels can prevent brain damage in infants has received a huge funding boost from the US. The National Institutes of Health, the US government agency responsible for biomedical and public health research in the US, awarded $2.8 million to the study, led by the University of Auckland’s Liggins Institute. […]

May 24th, 2018 Read full Story

Donald Trump v. Pharmac – In the News

Last weekend saw Donald Trump going after countries who have national drug-buying agencies (like Pharmac) which allows them to negotiate with drug manufacturers for drug bundles resulting in lower prices. New Zealand was one of the first countries to set up a national drug-buying agency in 1993, with many other countries following our model. Pharmac negotiates with drug […]

May 18th, 2018 Read full Story

Mycoplasma bovis spreads “beyond all expectation” — In The News

Cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis has spread “beyond all expectation” in the last six days, with the number of properties under regulatory control leaping from 130 to 290, with 38 farms named as actively infected places. Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor has released a statement indicating that the number of farms affected by the disease is far higher than previously thought, and […]

May 10th, 2018 Read full Story

Too soon for the tooth fairy — In The News

The only real cure for rotting teeth is ending poverty, according to a report released this morning from the Child Poverty Action Group which highlights the level of tooth decay in our nation’s kids. The report, written by oral health researcher Prathibha Sural and public health specialist Dr Rob Beaglehole, makes clear that some parents don’t […]

May 7th, 2018 Read full Story

Flu season kicks off – In the News

District Health Boards are urging people to get the seasonal influenza vaccine as the flu season kicks off and hospitals are already overflowing from a particularly busy summer season. Waikato Hospital’s Emergency Department has had a particularly busy summer season, with clinical nurse director Mary-Anne Spence saying the number of people presenting to ED in […]

May 3rd, 2018 Read full Story

Interim climate committee announced – In the News

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has announced the members of the Interim Climate Change Committee, which will begin work while the Government sets up a full Commission. Shaw said the independent Climate Change Commission would be set up under the Zero Carbon Act next year, and the interim committee would hand over its work and […]

April 17th, 2018 Read full Story

Warning labels for chicken? – In the News

University of Otago researchers are calling for safety labels on raw poultry products because New Zealand has one of the highest campylobacteriosis rates in the world. Research published last week in BMC Public Health surveyed consumers’ knowledge of Campylobacter and safe chicken preparation, but while a majority of chicken for sale in New Zealand (60-70 per […]

April 17th, 2018 Read full Story

No new offshore oil exploration permits – In the News

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced this morning that the Government would not hand out any new offshore oil and gas exploration permits through the Block Offer programme. The decision will come into force immediately with the exception of Taranaki, which will have another three years: consultation on the 2018 Block Offer, limited to onshore areas […]

April 12th, 2018 Read full Story

Kiwi research leads to appetite-suppressing pill launch in NZ and USA – In the News

Years of study at Plant and Food Research has led to the development of an appetite-suppressing pill which has just been launched in New Zealand and soon the United States. The pills use a compound, registered as Amarasate, from hops, which the research team honed in on following tests of 900 extracts. The bitter-tasting compound “activates […]

April 5th, 2018 Read full Story


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