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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

February 17, 2018

Why young New Zealanders self-harm – and what you can do about it

New Zealand has a high rate of self-harm among young people, but there are ways to help them cope, writes Victoria University psychology professor and Listener columnist Marc Wilson. “All the people I see hurt themselves,” said the clinical psychologist from the Youth Specialty Service. “What do you mean, like… Read More

February 15, 2018

Additional research funding for rare cancers

The Federal Government has announced a $69 million boost to help medical researchers in their fight against rare cancers and rare diseases. The funding is aimed at assisting patients who often have few options and poor life expectancy. Health Minister Greg Hunt said the Government was committed to investing in… Read More

February 15, 2018

Exercise helps muscles and organs communicate

Researchers have shown, for the first time, why exercise has positive health effects across the entire body. The new Australian research, published in the journal Cell Metabolism, reveals tiny protein-filled packages, called vesicles, are used by our muscles and other organs to communicate with each other during exercise. Sydney’s Garvan… Read More

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