Health and medicine
NZ’s potential cannabis policy pitfalls
22 April 2019
Opinion: The future prospects of cannabis control in NZ remain murky and undefined at this point. We need clarification ahead of this important decision.
Two is better than one when quitting
19 April 2019
Smokers have a better chance of quitting if they use nicotine gum or another short-acting nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) together with a patch, rather than just one or the other.
Breakthrough for children with serious epileptic seizures
18 April 2019
Emergency medicine doctors around the world now have a better way to treat severe epileptic seizures in children, thanks to a New Zealand-Australian study.
Moderate meat-eaters still at risk of bowel cancer
17 April 2019
People who eat moderate amounts of red and processed meat are still at increased risk of bowel cancer, according to a major new study.
Legacies of trauma passed on through genes
16 April 2019
Opinion: Could poor health outcomes among some populations be the result of persistent biological traces of past trauma? Dr Tatjana Buklijas takes a detailed look.
‘Postcode lottery’ for weight loss surgery
15 April 2019
A ‘postcode lottery’ is denying people with obesity access to weight loss surgery through the public health system in some parts of Aotearoa New Zealand, researchers say.
Aged-care residents open-up about living well
15 April 2019
What gives older people meaning and happiness in aged-care?
Two in five kids have teeth cavities by age five
12 April 2019
A new University of Auckland study shows two in five (41 percent) children living in Auckland and Northland have one or more decayed, missing or filled tooth when they start school.
Best thesis places children as participants in their own health
12 April 2019
Dr Julie Spray spent a year back at primary school for her PhD in Anthropology, which has been awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Best Doctoral Thesis.
Four tactics the pro-gun lobby can be expected to employ
10 April 2019
Opinion: Professor Peter Adams outlines four tactics we can expect the pro-gun lobby to lift from the playbook used by big tobacco and others.
Could mum’s bacteria help c-section babies?
8 April 2019
In what’s believed to be a world-first, scientists from the Liggins Institute will investigate the role of mothers' bacteria in newborns in a randomised, controlled study.
Going to sleep on either side in late pregnancy more than halves stillbirth risk
2 April 2019
Pregnant women can now rest easier – on their side. A University of Auckland-led international study provides the strongest evidence yet that by going to sleep on either side in the last three months of pregnancy, women can more than halve their risk of stillbirth.