Health and medicine
Positive signs for potential autism treatment
26 February 2019
A potential drug therapy for neurodevelopmental disorders discovered at the University of Auckland has shown positive results in pre-clinical trials for Phelan-McDermid syndrome. This rare genetic condition involves the same gene thought to be associated with autism.
Auckland Parkinson's research receives big US grants
25 February 2019
Liggins Institute researchers will use a $226,000 grant from the Michael J Fox Foundation and a second US foundation to investigate the genetics of Parkinson’s disease from an unusual and promising angle.
A weighty issue for Auckland Māori
21 February 2019
Young researcher Hannah Rapata is passionate about improving health and nutrition in Maori communities.
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.