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Gaming loot boxes meet gambling criteria – In the News

Posted in In the News on June 19th, 2018.

Video game ‘loot boxes’ – boxes with randomised rewards inside that players can purchase – can meet the structural and psychological criteria for gambling, according to New Zealand and Australian researchers. In a comment piece published today in Nature Human Behaviour, Massey University’s Dr Aaron Drummond and University of Tasmania’s Dr Jim Sauer wrote about […]

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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

‘Tough on crime’ policies aren’t helping our prison system — In The News

Building new prisons won’t fix the problem with New Zealand’s justice system, instead, we need to focus on prevention and early intervention, according to a new report from the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor. The report comes while the government decides whether or not it will build a new 3000-bed prison in Waikeria, despite promising to reduce the […]

March 29th, 2018 Read full Story

Cull begins on infected farms – In the News

Over 22,000 cattle will be culled in an effort to prevent further spread of the disease Mycoplasma bovis. Minister for Biosecurity Damien O’Connor announced the cull on Monday after testing confirmed the disease was not endemic, meaning there was still a chance to eradicate it. The cull will involve 28 infected properties – six of which […]

March 29th, 2018 Read full Story

Top researchers honoured in Prime Minister’s Science Prizes

The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes have been presented in Wellington today, awarding a total of $1 million across five categories. The top prize has been awarded to a multidisciplinary team from Plant & Food Research that helped the New Zealand kiwifruit industry recover after the discovery of the vine-killing disease Psa (Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae). Plant […]

February 13th, 2018 Read full Story

More evidence ‘Unfortunate Experiment’ led to cancer – In the News

Some women who were unknowingly included in the ‘Unfortunate Experiment’ at Auckland’s National Women’s Hospital went on to develop cervical cancer after being diagnosed with microinvasive cancer but not given treatment. A study led by University of Otago researchers, published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, found that of the 82 […]

February 8th, 2018 Read full Story


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