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Novel approach enables improved capabilities for autism research in New Zealand

A method for identifying children and young people on the autism spectrum/Takiwātanga using health data within the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) has been developed. The A Better Start National Science Challenge’s Big Data method enables...

Kiwi-led study shows sugar-tax benefit – NZDA

An NZ study published in The Lancet shows different scenarios on consumer taxes for unhealthy products that are worth considering, says the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA). The study, by leading New Zealand public health...

EASIE Living Centre welcomes families into new sensory space

A new sensory space, which provides a safe and engaging place for families to explore, has been officially opened in Palmerston North by Mayor Grant Smith and Enable New Zealand General Manager Michelle Riwai. Nestled...

Fears of increase in fetal alcohol disorder following lockdown

A University of Otago researcher fears the soaring rates of alcohol purchases during lockdown may result in more babies being born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) next year. Associate Professor Anita Gibbs says the...

Later bedtimes fine for pre-schoolers if they get enough sleep

A new study has found later bedtimes for children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old aren’t likely to directly increase their risk of developing obesity. Childhood obesity is a global problem, with...

NZ parents concerned children could catch COVID-19 at school – Otago study

Parents of school-aged children were very concerned that their children may catch COVID-19 if schools were reopened at Alert Level 3 despite no evidence supporting this view, a new University of Otago, Christchurch, study...

New cystic fibrosis medicine to aid food digestion now funded

A new medicine that will help young children with cystic fibrosis digest their food more easily is now being funded by PHARMAC. Creon Micro, supplied by Mylan, is a modified-release granule formulation of pancreatic enzymes....

Collaboration gets funding to track COVID-19 spread and evolution in NZ

A collaboration between the University of Otago and ESR has received a substantial government grant to lead an international team of scientists to sequence the genomes of all of New Zealand’s positive COVID-19 cases...

Tobacco industry targets a new generation

The tobacco industry is targeting a new generation of smokers with sophisticated marketing designed to associate smoking with rebellion, social prestige and attractiveness, researchers from the tobacco control research centre ASPIRE 2025, at the...

Dentists desperate to assist New Zealanders

Dentists in New Zealand are desperate to get back to work to assist their patients.

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Opinion: Hope is the key

In an example of conventional medicine at its worst, a patient of mine recently had her beautiful hope dashed. This inspiring young mum of two...

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Psychological support for the wellbeing of Frontline healthcare workers during the...

Sponsored article chnnl (pronounced channel), an app which anonymously tracks employee mental wellbeing, is helping healthcare providers across New Zealand provide psychological support for the...
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