Science Media Centre of New Zealand

Science Media Centre of New Zealand

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  • Study finds more adverse outcomes for midwife-led pregnancies – In the News

    New research from the University of Otago has found an excess of adverse outcomes for midwife-led compared to medically-led deliveries. The five-year study, published in PLOS Medicine, found mothers with medical-led care had lower odds of some adverse outcomes for their children, including oxygen deprivation, neonatal encephalopathy and a low Apgar score. New Zealand College […]

  • UPDATED: World’s first ‘three-parent’ baby – Expert Reaction

    News broke overnight that a baby born in April was the result of a new technique using DNA from three people. The Jordanian parents contacted researchers at New York’s New Hope Fertility Center after discovering the mother had a rare mitochondrial disease – Leigh syndrome – which she had passed on to two children, both […]

  • Prepare for takeoff: rocket launch site opens – In the News

    New Zealand’s first orbital launch site has been opened on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island’s east coast. Los Angeles company Rocket Lab plans to start launching from Mahia later this year, with commercial payloads added from next year. Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce hoped Rocket Lab would be the catalyst for other space-related […]

  • Hikurangi ‘Megathrust’ potential to be studied – In the News

    GNS Science will lead a multi-million dollar study investigating the Hikurangi subduction zone and what danger it might pose to New Zealand. NZ Herald science reporter Jamie Morton highlighted the study, which has received $6.5 million in funding from the Government’s Endeavour Fund. The scientists will examine the Hikurangi subduction zone, where the Pacific tectonic plate […]

  • Welcome to the age of the Anthropocene – Tim Naish

    Is the “Anthropocene” an exercise in geological bureaucracy or something socially more significant – Victoria University’s Professor Tim Naish writes in Fairfax’s science page – Catalyst. An excerpt (read in full): Welcome to the age of the “Anthropocene”. This is to be known as the period of geological history in which human activities left an […]

  • 120 rats with 25 traps – In the News

    A New Zealand-made self-resetting rat and possum trap has garnered more praise after a student’s research project tested its efficiency against traditional traps. Bay of Plenty Polytechnic student Chantal Lilas tested out Wellington-based company Goodnature’s self-resetting trap over a 10-day period in Taneatua Forest, Bay of Plenty. She set up 25 of the self-resetting traps […]

  • UN brings the battle to superbugs – Expert Reaction

    After a high-level meeting yesterday, all 193 United Nations member states have pledged to work together to tackle superbugs – disease-causing bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites that have developed resistance to drugs. It was only the fourth time the UN held a high-level meeting on infectious diseases. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlined the number of […]

Science Media Centre of New Zealand

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 2 months ago

New blog articles detected

  • UPDATED: National cat management strategy launches – Expert reaction

    Animal welfare and conservation groups will jointly launch a plan for cats, addressing impacts on wildlife and cat owners. The National Cat Management Strategy calls for nationwide mandatory microchipping and desexing of domestic cats when ownership is transferred as part of an increased focus on responsible pet ownership. It also proposes ways to manage stray […]

  • Flu project reveals “large invisible iceberg” of disease

    Preliminary findings from a multi-million dollar, five-year international flu study reveal the extent to which people are infected by influenza viruses. The new data, generated from the Southern Hemisphere Influenza and Vaccine Effectiveness Research and Surveillance (SHIVERS) study shows that about one in five people were infected with influenza, with even higher numbers for young […]

  • Stronger regulations needed for loose tobacco – In the News

    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 […]

  • Obese children at risk of serious illness – In the News

    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 […]

  • Conservation in the Anthropocene Age – David Hall

    There are shadows hanging over Conservation Week, writes policy researcher David Hall, the biggest one caused by the scale of humanity’s effect on the natural world. An excerpt (read in full): Last month the Anthropocene Working Group voted to acknowledge that a new geological epoch began around the time of ‘the Great Acceleration’ in the […]

Science Media Centre of New Zealand

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 2 months ago

New blog articles detected

  • Excess sugar harmful and hard to avoid – In the News

    It is difficult to work out how much sugar is added to food and drinks, and therefore excess sugar is difficult to avoid despite being harmful to health, according to a report from the Royal Society. Released today, the factsheet summarises evidence on the role of sugar in health, especially in relation to diseases such […]

  • Changes to cervical cancer screening – Expert Reaction

    From 2018, women will begin cervical screening at age 25 – instead of 20 – based on evidence that suggests screening younger women does more harm than good. The Ministry of Health announced the change today, with clinical director of the National Screening Unit Dr Jane O’Hallahan saying the human papillomavirus (HPV) causes more than 90 […]

  • Do e-cigs help smokers quit? – Expert Reaction

    Two new reports suggest using e-cigarettes help people quit smoking, including a Cochrane Collaboration review that included a New Zealand study. A study published in the British Medical Journal this morning suggests the growth in the use of e-cigarettes in England has been associated with a higher rate of successful attempts to quit smoking. A […]

  • What’s the future of recreational fishing? – In the News

    A new report from the New Zealand Initiative – the first of three – suggests recreational fishers might face greater restrictions unless fisheries are better managed. Report author Dr Randall Bess said with a growing population, the relaxed fishing rights Kiwis currently enjoy might not be sustainable in the future. More information about the report […]

  • Link between earthquakes and tides? – Expert reaction

    Japanese researchers say they have found a link between high tide and large earthquakes, which could indicate a greater likelihood of earthquakes following the new or full moon. The researchers reconstructed the size of tidal stress from the two weeks prior to earthquakes of magnitude 5.5 or higher over the past 20 years and say large […]

  • Call to arms to avert climate change losses – In the News

    A group of international scientists – including a New Zealander – is calling for a global effort to help predict how climate change will affect species. While sophisticated mathematical models can help scientists forecast outcomes under climate change, they’re only as good as the data that goes into the models, the researchers wrote in Science. […]

  • Myths no help to struggling sea lions – Jim Roberts

    Myths about sea lions, sparked by a consultation paper out for public comment, are counterproductive to the conservation of the species, writes Niwa fisheries scientist Dr Jim Roberts. An excerpt (read in full…) Myth – NZ sea lions mainly eat squid Southern arrow squid make up less than one-fifth of their diet. Furthermore, survival and […]

  • Promising steps toward gonorrhoea vaccine – In the News

    Researchers at the University of Auckland have found a vaccine used to protect Kiwis against Meningococcal B also provides some protection against gonorrhoea. Lead researcher Dr Helen Petousis-Harris presented the findings at a conference in England over the weekend. Though gonorrhoea is a major public health challenge, there has been little progress in developing a vaccine. […]

  • Science shines at awards

    Four scientists were honoured on Thursday at an awards ceremony that also recognised one of New Zealand’s historic science stars.  The New Zealand Association of Scientists held its awards ceremony in Wellington on Thursday night, recognising long-term fundamental science with significant value for New Zealand. The awards this year included the Beatrice Hill Tinsley Medal, […]

  • Call for tighter rules on advertising food to kids – In the News

    Researchers at the University of Auckland say New Zealand should adopt stricter criteria to stop the advertising of unhealthy foods to children. Writing in the New Zealand Medical Journal, published today, the Auckland researchers compared three accepted nutrient profiling systems and found the World Health Organization Europe’s model was the most effective at protecting children […]

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