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Sugar consumption and childhood allergies — Expert Reaction

Tessa Evans posted in on July 6th, 2017.

Higher levels of sugar consumption during pregnancy might lead to an increased risk of allergic asthma and allergies in the child, new research from the UK suggests.   Published in the European Respiratory Journal, the researchers used data from a population-based birth cohort in the UK, the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, and looked at […]

Dads can get postnatal depression too – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on February 16th, 2017.

Dads can get pre- and post-natal depression too, according to data from a New Zealand longitudinal study. Research from the University of Auckland’s Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal study, published today in JAMA Psychiatry, found about one in 25 of the men studied reported symptoms of postnatal depression and on in 50 reported antenatal […]

Pot-smoking teens less likely to finish high school

Laura Goodall posted in on September 11th, 2014.

Frequent teenage cannabis use is linked with less educational achievement and other problems later in life, according to New Zealand and Australian research. Individuals who are daily users of cannabis before age 17 are less likely to complete high school or obtain a degree compared with those who have never used the drug, new research published […]

Teen cannabis use and poor life outcomes – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on September 10th, 2014.

Frequent teenage cannabis use is linked with less educational achievement and other problems later in life, according to new New Zealand and Australian research. Individuals who are daily users of cannabis before age 17 are less likely to complete high school or obtain a degree compared with those who have never used the drug, new […]

Growing Up in NZ report – in the news

John Kerr posted in on June 19th, 2014.

The latest report from the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal study, ‘Now We Are Two‘, has delved deep into the not-so-private lives of the average toddler The report, released this week, provides new insight into the lives of two-year-olds in New Zealand – describing health and safety, emotional and behavioural development, and early learning […]

Video games and aggression in children – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on March 25th, 2014.

Time spent playing violent video games may be linked to aggressive thoughts and behavior in children, according to a new study. The research, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics followed 3000 children in Singapore over three years. It found that children who reported frequent violent video game play were more likely to have aggressive thoughts, and […]

Study describes life for new New Zealanders

John Kerr posted in on March 23rd, 2012.

The latest report from the The Growing up in New Zealand longitudinal study has revealed a wealth of information about the first months of life for kiwi kids. The report Now we are born, to be released today, details the findings from interviews and data collected from 6790 children born in the northern North Island […]

Experts on preliminary results from new longitudinal study

Peter Griffin posted in on November 25th, 2010.

The first results from the new Auckland-based longitudinal study “Growing Up in New Zealand” were released today at Parliament. The study will follow more than 7000 Kiwi families over two decades, through pregnancy, birth, childhood and adolescence, until participating children reach adulthood. This first report presents data from extensive interviews with expectant mothers and their […]

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