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School holidays increasing risk of measles

By   /  April 16, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on School holidays increasing risk of measles

Source: ESR                  There have now been 75 cases of measles reported in New Zealand so far this year, with most cases linked to outbreaks in Canterbury and the Auckland Region over recent weeks. In addition to the recent outbreaks in New Zealand, there have been measles outbreaks […]

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Study shows importance of flu shots during pregnancy

By   /  April 10, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Study shows importance of flu shots during pregnancy

Source: ESR Research by ESR scientists backs the importance of flu shots during pregnancy. ESR epidemiologist Namrata Prasad says her study using data from ESR’s world-leading SHIVERS (Southern Hemisphere Influenza and Vaccine Effectiveness Research and Surveillance) study emphasises the importance of seasonal vaccinations among pregnant women. Those findings were recently published in The Journal of […]

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Groundwater central to the country’s future

By   /  April 8, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Groundwater central to the country’s future

Source: ESR Groundwater is central to the future of the country’s freshwater and waterways, says ESR’s chief scientist. Brett Cowan says the country’s top earners such as tourism, dairy and marine industries are all underpinned by and dependent on water.                 “The cost of not making groundwater a priority […]

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Measles – not what you want for Easter

By   /  April 5, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Measles – not what you want for Easter

Source: ESR                    So far this year there have been 67 cases of measles reported in New Zealand, with most cases linked to outbreaks in Canterbury and the Auckland Region over recent weeks. In addition to the outbreaks in New Zealand, there have been measles outbreaks reported recently in other […]

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ESR says groundwater critical to large number of drinking supplies

By   /  April 4, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on ESR says groundwater critical to large number of drinking supplies

Source: ESR                                   ESR leading water scientist Murray Close says the country’s groundwater needs urgent attention. An inaugural conference on groundwater is being held in Christchurch tomorrow (Friday April 5 – see below for details), in a bid to […]

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Almost 50 cases of measles have been confirmed this year.

By   /  March 19, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Almost 50 cases of measles have been confirmed this year.

Source: ESR Almost 50 cases of measles have been confirmed this year, with almost two thirds of the cases linked to the current outbreak in Canterbury. ESR, the science agency which tracks all notifiable diseases on behalf of the Ministry of Health, says there have been 49 cases to date this year, with outbreaks also […]

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ESR experience and expertise behind win of top science prize

By   /  March 12, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on ESR experience and expertise behind win of top science prize

Source: ESR Winning the country’s top science award is a feather in the cap for ESR scientists and comes only one year after the Crown Research Institute celebrated its 25th anniversary. ESR was formed in 1992 after the reorganisation of the behemoth Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) and the setting up of individual […]

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STRmix™ a “powerful tool”, making the complicated simple

By   /  March 12, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on STRmix™ a “powerful tool”, making the complicated simple

Source: ESR Winner of the Prime Minister’s Science Prize, the DNA analysis software, “STRmix™, has been used internationally to interpret DNA evidence in more than 100,000 cases since 2012. “STRmix™ is a very powerful tool,” says Dr David Foran from the Forensic Biology Laboratory at Michigan State University. “It takes something that is potentially very […]

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ESR scientists keeping ahead of the game

By   /  March 12, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on ESR scientists keeping ahead of the game

Source: ESR The key to the success of STRmix™, the ESR forensic software that has won the Prime Minister’s Science Prize, is the quality of the team that developed it and the quality of the research, says ESR’s STRmix™ Manager, Bjorn Sutherland.  He says internationally, STRmix™ is acknowledged as world leading, with law enforcement agencies […]

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“An urgent challenge” led to development of STRmix™

By   /  March 12, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on “An urgent challenge” led to development of STRmix™

Source: ESR STRmix™, innovative forensic software, this year’s winner of the country’s top science award, was “born out of an urgent challenge”.  One of the key scientists responsible for the ESR software, Dr Jo-Anne Bright, says the closure of a forensic laboratory in Australia sparked the search for a solution that became STRmix™.  “The lab […]

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The hot and cold of award-winning software STRmix™

By   /  March 12, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on The hot and cold of award-winning software STRmix™

Source: ESR One of the key instigators of STRmix™, ESR principal scientist Dr John Buckleton, says an “aligning of the planets” was key to producing the software that has dramatically increased the reliability of DNA evidence in court. STRmix™, ESR’s innovative forensic software, has taken out New Zealand’s top science award, The Prime Minister’s Science […]

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ESR hunting down new psychoactive substances

By   /  February 28, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on ESR hunting down new psychoactive substances

Source: ESR ESR’s tracking of illicit drugs coming into the country is continuing to turn up a large and varied number of new psychoactive substances.                          Research led by ESR senior scientist Cameron Johnson into the detection of illegal drugs at the New Zealand border […]

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Robust regulations needed for medicinal cannabis

By   /  February 19, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Robust regulations needed for medicinal cannabis

Source: ESR One of the country’s main drug testing laboratories says robust regulations are needed to cover locally produced medicinal cannabis. ESR says with Parliament having given the green light permitting a medicinal cannabis industry, it’s crucial that an evidence-based regulatory process is developed that defines strict quality standards. ESR’s Manager of Forensic Toxicology and […]

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Exploring Yersinia and yersiniosis in New Zealand Workshop

By   /  February 12, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Exploring Yersinia and yersiniosis in New Zealand Workshop

Source: ESR Little is understood about Yersinia and yersiniosis in New Zealand. This is a dangerous pathogen which affects the health of people and animals and has the potential to compromise food safety. ESR, in collaboration with the Ministry of Primary Industries and the New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre, invites those working […]

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ESR scientists show women well and truly closing the gender gap

By   /  February 11, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on ESR scientists show women well and truly closing the gender gap

Source: ESR The Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) is helping to lead the way in addressing the gender gap if the numbers of women scientists on its staff are anything to go by. At ESR, women make up 63 percent of the workforce, with 80 percent of ESR’s laboratory technicians being female. International data […]

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ESR “treasure” helping in global fight against meningococcal disease

By   /  February 5, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on ESR “treasure” helping in global fight against meningococcal disease

Source: ESR ESR’s “enormous treasure” of samples from New Zealand’s meningococcal disease epidemic of the 1990s and early 2000s is expected to provide valuable clues in the global fight against invasive meningococcal disease. The importance of ESR’s collection of isolates has been stressed by a visiting expert and ESR research collaborator, Professor Martin Maiden.  A […]

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Invasive meningococcal disease on the rise

By   /  January 31, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Invasive meningococcal disease on the rise

Source: ESR ESR figures show the number of cases of invasive meningococcal disease reported has been increasing since 2014. While, nationally, incidence of the disease remains low, in the past year there were 120 cases reported from January 1 to December 31, 2018, with 10 deaths. That compares with 2017 when there were 112 cases […]

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Getting the most out of blood at crime scenes

By   /  January 23, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, ESR, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Getting the most out of blood at crime scenes

Source: ESR Working at blood-stained crime scenes may not be everyone’s choice of a career, but for forensic scientists, that blood can provide important clues. ESR scientists, world leaders in the research of bloodstain pattern analysis (BPA), are now working on a project that aims to ensure the interpretation of those patterns is much more […]

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Boost for ESR’s drug testing and surveillance work

By   /  January 10, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, ESR, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Boost for ESR’s drug testing and surveillance work

Source: ESR ESR’s expertise in tracking new illegal drugs coming into the country will feed into an international body through the appointment of ESR toxicologist Diana Kappatos to a newly formed committee of the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT). Membership of TIAFT’s New Psychoactive Substances Committee will also boost ESR’s drug testing and drug […]

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Law changes needed before testing for drug impaired drivers goes ahead

By   /  January 8, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, ESR, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Law changes needed before testing for drug impaired drivers goes ahead

Source: ESR ESR, which runs drug tests on blood samples for a range of government organisations, says there would need to be a law change and a consensus of how screening would be done, before the introduction of a roadside test for drug impaired drivers. ESR forensic toxicology and pharmaceutical manager Mary Jane McCarthy was […]

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