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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, […]

Finding and losing new bird species with ancient DNA — In The News

Tessa Evans posted in on August 17th, 2017.

Ancient DNA has shed light on two extinct species this week, resulting in New Zealand claiming a new shag and Australia losing a penguin. New Zealand continues to gain new extinct bird species with the addition of the kōhatu shag, whose bones were previously thought to belong to the king shag. Writing on Sciblods, lead […]

Influenza kills about 500 New Zealanders a year – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on June 12th, 2017.

New research from the University of Otago has shown that the flu is a major killer in New Zealand, with Māori, Pasifika and those living in poverty most vulnerable. The study, published last week in the Journal of Infection, was based on the 15 years from 1994-2008, which meant it didn’t include the last flu […]

Legal Action Against Tobacco ‘Sticks’ — Expert Reaction

Tessa Evans posted in on May 18th, 2017.

Tobacco sticks designed to be heated in an electronic device have run afoul of NZ law, with charges laid against their manufacturer. The Ministry of Health has charged tobacco giant Philip Morris with illegally importing and selling a new product that heats tobacco sticks in a battery-powered device rather than burning them. The device itself […]

Inbreeding threatens island’s kiwi – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on January 19th, 2017.

Newly-published research from New Zealand researchers has found a Marlborough kiwi population thought to be thriving is actually threatened by the ‘silent effects’ of inbreeding. Dr Helen Taylor’s PhD research took her to Long Island, which has a little spotted kiwi population founded with two birds in the 1980s. While the population appeared to be […]

Researchers call for ban on alcohol marketing in sport – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on January 13th, 2017.

A paper published overnight in the New Zealand Medical Journal has added to the call to ban alcohol marketing and sponsorship from sports. Researchers at the University of Otago surveyed five televised sporting events over the 2014-15 summer and found audiences were exposed to between 1.6 and 3.8 alcohol brands per minute and up to […]

Summer arrives along with Antarctic research – In the News

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

With the summer season kicking off, it’s not all BBQs and beaches: many scientists are heading south for the Antarctic research season. As Kiwi scientists head to the ice, they’ve featured in New Zealand media – especially given astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s emergency evacuation from the South Pole to Christchurch, where he is recuperating from symptoms […]

Ban sunbeds to reduce skin cancer rates – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on December 2nd, 2016.

A new study from University of Otago researchers suggests banning sunbed services in New Zealand would help reduce skin cancer rates and only have a minimal effect on businesses and jobs. Published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal, the study included a nationwide audit of businesses potentially providing sunbed services. The researchers, Bronwen McNoe and […]

Stronger regulations needed for loose tobacco – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 20th, 2016.

University of Otago public health researchers are calling on policy makers to develop stronger regulation of loose tobacco to curb the growing popularity of the cheaper option among New Zealand’s young adults. Their research, published in Tobacco Control, found young adults who used roll-your-own tobacco associated the product with being more natural and less harmful. ASPIRE2025 co-director […]

Obesity link significant find – Tony Merriman and Dave Grattan

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 28th, 2016.

Writing in the Otago Daily Times, University of Otago Professors Tony Merriman and Dave Grattan discuss the significance of new researching finding the strongest genetic link with obesity to date. An excerpt (read in full here). Tony Merriman and Dave Grattan: Significant to have found gene with link to obesity If we want to solve the obesity […]

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