News & Opinion

June 5, 2018

MEDIA RELEASE: Terms of reference shackle health review

“The terms of reference for the recently announced health review shackle its potential to take full advantage of the opportunity to bring about transformational change” says Chris Higgins, New Zealanders for Health Research Chief Executive. “We are very concerned that there is nothing in the terms of reference which calls… Read More

February 20, 2018

Scientists discover how NZ glowworms shine

Scientists have discovered just what it is that makes the tails of New Zealand glow worms light up and now hope to use the knowledge to aid medical research. The small glow worm larvae that later bloom into a flying insect produce their light using a chemical reaction that is… Read More

February 20, 2018

Family carers under pressure and in the shadows

It is clear family and friends will play a critical role in meeting rapidly rising palliative care needs predicted within the next 30 years. However, this is not recognised in most mainstream palliative care policy, writes the University of Auckland’s Merryn Gott Being at home, in our own bed, surrounded… Read More

February 19, 2018

New Zealand pregnancy study: Are diet fizzy drinks really any better?

While expecting her first child, Dr Clare Reynolds switched from normal fizzy drinks to diet. It was a rational move – the lesser of two evils, she figured – yet when she checked what research had been done, she found surprisingly little. That prompted Reynolds, a researcher at the University… Read More

February 19, 2018

Calcium may play a role in the development of Parkinson’s disease

The international team, led by the University of Cambridge, found that calcium can mediate the interaction between small membranous structures inside nerve endings, which are important for neuronal signalling in the brain, and alpha-synuclein, the protein associated with Parkinson’s disease. Excess levels of either calcium or alpha-synuclein may be what… Read More

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