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$84.6m awarded by Marsden Fund – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 2nd, 2017.

A total of 133 research projects have been funded in the latest round of the Marsden Fund, for a total of $84.6 million – an increase over last year’s $65m. The Fund received a boost in the 2016 Budget of an additional $66m over four years, which allowed more proposals to be funded and increased the success […]

Kids bombarded with junk food, booze ads – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on October 11th, 2017.

How to track the quantity of junk food and alcohol advertising kids are exposed to? Stick a camera on them. That’s what Kiwi researchers have done in a series of new research papers showing the extent of advertising children are exposed to on a daily basis. The Kids’Cam project put cameras on 168 Wellington children, […]

Meningococcal B vaccine protects against gonorrhoea – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 11th, 2017.

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 […]

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 […]

Premature birth can stunt growth of baby girls — In The News

Tessa Evans posted in on December 12th, 2016.

Comparing sisters, researchers from Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland found that baby girls born prematurely (before 32 weeks) were 2.3cm shorter on average that girls born at term. Published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, the researchers said that they have not yet proved why this is happening and can only speculate, but it […]

Kiwi scientists’ diabetes breakthrough – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on December 5th, 2016.

New Zealand researchers have uncovered a new mechanism that controls how insulin is released in the body, raising hopes for developing targeted treatments for type-2 diabetes. The research, published today in The Journal of Biological Chemistry, was led by University of Auckland’s Professor Peter Shepherd. Prof Shepherd told RadioLive that his team had found a […]

Obese children at risk of serious illness – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 19th, 2016.

Researchers at the University of Auckland studying obese Kiwi kids have found early warning signs that the children are at risk of developing serious problems like type-2 diabetes, heart and liver disease. Over 200 Taranaki children and teenagers took part in a 12-month intervention programme involving home visits from a health professional. At the start […]

Earth-like planet around the Sun’s closest neighbour – Expert reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 25th, 2016.

UPDATED: A small rocky planet has been discovered orbiting Proxima Centauri, the Sun’s closest stellar neighbour, and it may sustain an atmosphere and liquid water that could support life. The discovery of the planet, which is named Proxima b, has a mass about 1.3 times that of the Earth and is just over four light years away, is […]

Newborn rats died after mothers fed rancid fish oil – Expert reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 22nd, 2016.

UPDATED: A new study from Auckland-based researchers found feeding pregnant rats high doses of rancid fish oil caused a high mortality rate among the rat pups. The study follows on from research published by the same group last year, where many brands of store-bought fish oil capsules were found to have oxidised, i.e. become rancid, […]

Call for lower salt consumption – In the news

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 7th, 2016.

If we are to meet a sodium reduction target by 2025, New Zealanders will have to reduce the salt in their food by at least 30 percent, according to new research. University of Auckland researcher Dr Helen Eyles, from the National Institute for Health Innovation, said meeting international targets for sodium would need considerable effort […]

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