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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 […]

Kiwi students having sex later but riskier – In the news

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 4th, 2016.

New Zealand high school students are now more likely to delay sexual activity, but they are less prepared to practice consistent safe sex, new research suggests. A new study by researchers at the University of Auckland, published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, drew from the Youth2000 survey series which has surveyed over […]

Prostate cancer survival rates in New Zealand grim

Laura Goodall posted in on May 8th, 2015.

New Zealand men with advanced or metastatic prostate cancer need new treatment guidelines to ensure improved, more consistent and more equitable care, according to a new study led by the University of Auckland. The study is the first of its kind to look at the treatment of New Zealand men with metastatic prostate cancer (MPC) and […]

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