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Bad news for women: negative media and stress – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on October 11th, 2012.

With 24 hour news channels, smart phones and constant exposure to the internet, it is almost impossible to avoid news media. But what effect could this exposure be having on the rest of our lives? A new study has found that reading negative news articles can increase women’s – but not mens’ – sensitivity to […]

The Depressing truth about overtime

John Kerr posted in on January 26th, 2012.

The odds of a major depressive episode are more than double for those working 11 or more hours a day compared to those working seven to eight hours a day, according to a new study. Researchers followed about 2000 middle aged British civil servants (as part of the ‘Whitehall II Study‘) and found a robust […]

Experts on link between Canterbury quakes

John Kerr posted in on September 23rd, 2011.

A new study suggests that geological stress caused by the September Darfield quake may have ‘loaded’ the fault that ruptured in the February Canterbury quake. New Zealand geologists agree this is possible but are treating the research with caution. A team of Italian Seismologists have analysed ground deformation data from a Japanese satellite to investigate […]

Resilience in wake of ongoing quakes – expert advice

John Kerr posted in on June 14th, 2011.

Continuing large aftershocks that shook Christchurch this week — the biggest a magnitude 6.3 quake — have caused significant damage to infrastructure and renewed distress among residents. The Science Media Centre received the following comment on the situation from a Christchurch-based risk assessment and disaster management expert. We will update our website with additional comments […]

3 News/NZPA: Call for earlier focus to help troubled youth

Peter Griffin posted in on August 16th, 2010.

Professor Sir Peter Gluckman has said that we need to focus more on young children (under 6), as that is the period in which their ability to cope with life later on, is determined. He also says that a more integrated approach is needed between health, education and social welfare, and that more targeted efforts […]

3 News/NZPA: The future is ‘beautifully black’, say berrygrowers

Peter Griffin posted in on July 13th, 2010.

International research into the health benefits of blackcurrants has local berry growers thinking of ways to sell more of their product. Research has shown that blackcurrants contain compounds which could help eyesight, improve decision-making when stressed, and improve circulation. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Scientists at the Second International Blackcurrant Association Conference recently held […]

ODT: Help urged for stress of eco-farming

Peter Griffin posted in on December 9th, 2009.

Neal Wallace of the Otago Daily Times on the increasing pressure felt by farmers to lessen their environmental impact. However, AgResearch social scientist Dr Neels Botha says that current systems are inadequate for supporting farmers in this, and that systems will need to improve as pressure intensifies. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Dr Botha […]

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