Health and medicine
Social disadvantage partly behind child obesity gap
17 June 2019
Differences in socioeconomic conditions are a major driver of unequal obesity rates among Māori, Pacific and European children, a new study shows.
How to make good on a mental health promise
14 June 2019
Opinion: Government plans to improve mental health services will only succeed if protected from vagaries of the political environment, writes Professor Peter Adams.
Medical school and playdates a day-in-the-life of top graduate
14 June 2019
Graduating top of the University of Auckland’s medical school was particularly meaningful for former nurse and mother-of-two young children Dr Christi Bowern, who completed her degree while raising her family.
Things that go bump in the night: new ‘normal’ for baby movements
13 June 2019
A new study shows it is entirely normal in late pregnancy for babies to be more active in the evening and bedtime, and that babies’ movements tend to keep getting stronger even as they come to term.
Four speeding myths debunked
10 June 2019
Opinion: Dr Kirsty Wild and Professor Alistair Woodward from FMHS pick out and dismantle four flimsy arguments against reducing speed limits on dangerous roads.
Queen’s Birthday Honours for University of Auckland academics
5 June 2019
The exceptional service of six University of Auckland researchers has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
What it’s really like to grow old - challenged, not threatened
4 June 2019
Enough talk about decline, disability, frailty and disease in advanced age – a new University of Auckland-led study suggests 85-plus New Zealanders view managing their own health as a matter of challenges and adaptation.
Advice, not probiotics, helps pregnant mums gain less weight
30 May 2019
Women gain less weight during pregnancy when given personalised healthy eating advice, but probiotics do not reduce health risks in pregnant women with obesity, a new study has found.
Official opening of new Exercise Sciences facilities at Newmarket
29 May 2019
New state-of-the-art facilities at the Department of Exercise Sciences at the University of Auckland’s Newmarket Campus will be officially opened by Auckland Mayor Phil Goff today.
Petition to tax sugary drinks can’t be ignored (again)
24 May 2019
University of Auckland academic Dr Gerhard Sundborn, on behalf of the New Zealand Beverage Guidance Panel, has launched another petition to the government to introduce a tax on sugary drinks.
Precision medicine on horizon for type 2 diabetes
22 May 2019
New Zealand researchers are bringing us closer to a future where people living with type 2 diabetes will be prescribed the best medications for them personalised to their genetics, body size, ethnicity, age and other characteristics.
First-year uni can add 4kg to your weight. Here’s how universities can scale that back
21 May 2019
Opinion: Students typically gain weight in their first year of university. Here are five things universities can do to help students eat better.