Health and medicine
US philanthropist gifts $2.7m to drive NZ medical advances
3 August 2019
A $2.7 million grant will help the Liggins Institute stay at the forefront of research-driven advances in healthcare by supporting a crucial pipeline for tomorrow’s star clinical researchers.
Virtual supermarket shows how food taxes could work
1 August 2019
A world-first study using a virtual supermarket has provided further evidence that food taxes and subsidies can improve people’s diets.
Swallowing problems increase chance of dying after hip surgery
31 July 2019
Older people with swallowing difficulties have longer stays in hospital, are at higher risk of developing pneumonia and have higher mortality rates after undergoing hip surgery, new research shows.
NZ study throws light on how ketamine works as antidepressant
30 July 2019
A new University of Auckland-led study provides the most direct evidence yet of how ketamine works as a fast-acting antidepressant in humans – by increasing the brain’s ability to form new connections.
Checking in for The Check Up
29 July 2019
Take a sneak peek behind the scenes of TVNZ’s myth-busting health series, The Check Up, with co-presenter and FMHS senior lecturer, Dr Mataroria Lyndon.
First New Zealand woman inducted into chemistry’s Hall of Fame
26 July 2019
Distinguished Professor Dame Margaret Brimble will be inducted into the American Society of Chemistry's Hall of Fame.
Why cyclists are the happiest commuters
25 July 2019
A new University of Auckland study reveals that reliability, sensory stimulation, feelgood factor and social interaction are why cyclists are the happiest commuters.
World Brain Day: NZ at leading edge of migraine research
22 July 2019
This year’s World Brain Day today is dedicated to one of the most complex of all neurological disorders that affects millions of people worldwide: migraine.
Midlife career switch: reporter to researcher
22 July 2019
After nearly 25 years as a health journalist, Rajesh Kumar retrained as a public health researcher. He reflects on his experiences, and his masters thesis on barriers to Aotearoa New Zealand becoming smokefree.
Should pokies be funding your local kindy?
18 July 2019
Opinion: The community sector is being propped up by the proceeds of gambling. Professor Peter Adams says we need to find another way to fund our lifeblood organisations that's not profiting off people's misery.
Will climate change create a more unjust world?
17 July 2019
As the Government shapes our climate policy, a University of Auckland researcher and paediatrician shares her hopes and fears with the NZ Herald.
Cancer - stacking the odds in your favour
16 July 2019
Opinion: Healthy living is not a guarantee against cancer – but it does stack the odds in your favour, writes Andrew Shelling, Mark Elwood and Clare Wall.