Health and medicine
The interactive device you can stick in your mouth
19 February 2019
Imagine a device that feels like and is no bigger than a piece of chewing gum, which allows you to answer the phone simply by biting down on it.
3D gene insights into diabetes, overlapping diseases
18 February 2019
Ground-breaking findings by Liggins Institute researchers based on mapping DNA in three dimensions have shed fresh light on the genetic drivers for type 1 diabetes, and on why seemingly unrelated diseases so often go together.
Obesity and empowered choices
13 February 2019
Opinion: Obesity is complex issue, but we are in it together and must work collectively to find a solution that will end this epidemic, writes Dr Milind Mandlik.
Balloon-assisted births could be easier for mums
6 February 2019
Women who need help starting labour could have a more comfortable, relaxed birthing experience with the aid of a specialised balloon.
A little thing called compassion fatigue
5 February 2019
Opinion: Does compassion fatigue in medical professionals actually occur - or are staff simply tired? Professor Nathan Consedine and Dr Tony Fernando give their view.
Study sheds fresh light on self-harming in middle-age and late life
1 February 2019
A “one-size fits all” approach to suicide prevention will not work - we especially need new strategies tailored to the unique circumstances of older people, says a University of Auckland researcher.
Global call for joint action on obesity, undernutrition and climate change
28 January 2019
A new international report linking obesity, undernutrition and climate change is calling for strong global actions that address all three issues at once.
IVF ‘add-on’ has no benefit – study
24 January 2019
A fertility treatment commonly performed around the world has been shown to have no benefit at all, and researchers want IVF clinics to stop offering it.
Legalising cannabis: exploding the myths
22 January 2019
At next year's election, New Zealanders will vote in a binding referendum on personal cannabis use. Are we ready? Professor Benedikt Fischer talks to RNZ National's Jesse Mulligan.
Are you a super pooper?
22 January 2019
Fecal transplants could be used to treat intestinal disorders like inflammatory bowel disease – and perhaps even help prevent Alzheimer’s and cancer – if we can unlock the secrets of the gut-rejuvenating “super donor”, say researchers at the Liggins Institute.
Doctors, drugs of dependence and discipline: new review out
18 January 2019
Only 24 doctors in 20 years have faced disciplinary action for inappropriate prescribing of drugs of dependence in Aotearoa New Zealand, a new review has revealed.
Distinguished Professor becomes a Dame
16 January 2019
Named a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours capped off an outstanding 12 months for Dame Professor Margaret Brimble of the University of Auckland.