Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Kiwi firm wins US grant to further develop lab-grown skin

An Auckland firm has won a $409,000 research grant – from a United States consortium with a US Army contract – to help develop a world-class skin replacement treatment for burns patients.

Kiwi-led research finds predictor of tooth decay in babies’ saliva

Tooth decay in children at age five can be predicted by testing their saliva at age one, ground-breaking research has found, raising questions about what age to start oral health care.

Survey reveals gap in Kiwi’s knowledge of cancer risk

A just published survey found most Kiwis know the risk factors for lung cancer and melanoma but few can recall risk factors for cervical, breast and bowel cancer.

Alarming rates of vitamin D deficiency in South Island women, babies

Research shows alarming rates of vitamin D deficiency in South Island women and their babies.

Analysing patient record “big data” finds “silent killer”

Screening patients for life-threatening abdominal aneurysms by analysing their patient record data successfully led to 36 people being diagnosed, reports an Auckland research trial.

More seek gender reassignment surgery information, Wellington study finds

More people are seeking advice on gender reassignment surgery, a new Wellington study indicates, and better societal awareness could be behind the rise.

Listen more and talk less to patients with diabetes, study finds

Nurses and GPs could improve their delivery of care to newly-diagnosed diabetes patients by listening more, repeating less and co-ordinating better, a New Zealand research study has found.

Action needed on super sweet NZ drinks

Dentists and ‘ditch the fizz’ campaigners argue research showing Kiwi soft drinks are sweeter than other western countries means that government action is needed now.

Study: NZ soft drinks have more sugar than US

Our fizzy drinks are among the worst in the world when it comes to sugar content.

How big data could help combat heart failure

Mining a wealth of untapped health data could reveal new insights into how we age - and help tackle one of the biggest killers of older Kiwis.


Midwifery in ‘crisis’ with pregnant women unable to find lead maternity...

Midwives have appealed to the Government to urgently deal with a "crisis" in their sector, as they say pregnant women are struggling to get maternity care.