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Health Research Matters July 2018

August 12, 2018

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Health Research Matters June 2018

August 12, 2018

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Health Research Matters April 2018

May 10, 2018

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Health Research Matters February 2018

February 28, 2018

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Scientists discover how NZ glowworms shine

February 20, 2018

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 different to all other glowing…

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Family carers under pressure and in the shadows

February 20, 2018

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 by loved ones, is an…

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Health Research Matters January 2018

February 19, 2018

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

February 19, 2018

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 of Auckland-based Liggins Institute, to…

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

February 19, 2018

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 starts the chain reaction that…

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

February 17, 2018

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 accidents?” I asked. “No, they…

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