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ESR extends reporting on meningococcal disease

By   /  November 14, 2018  /  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 ESR extends reporting on meningococcal disease

Source: ESR The increasing number of cases of Group W Meningococcal disease (MenW) has prompted ESR to increase its reporting on the disease to the Ministry of Health. ESR, which conducts surveillance of notifiable diseases on behalf of the Ministry, has upped its reporting to weekly. A public health physician at ESR, Jill Sherwood, says the […]

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ESR winners at Science New Zealand Awards

By   /  November 9, 2018  /  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 ESR winners at Science New Zealand Awards

Source: ESR The following winners were announced at the annual Science New Zealand Awards, which took place at Parliament on November 8, 2018.  ESR forensic scientist John Buckleton took out a Lifetime Contribution to Science Award, ESR microbiologist Megan Devane won an Early Career Award and a Team Award went to ESR’s SHIVERS project.  Lifetime […]

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ESR Chemist wins top Chemistry Prize

By   /  November 7, 2018  /  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 ESR Chemist wins top Chemistry Prize

Source: ESR Darren Saunders, ESR Senior Scientist based in Christchurch, has been awarded the 2018 Shimadzu Prize for Industrial and Applied Chemistry for his work in food chemistry. The NZ Institute of Chemistry awards the prize annually for meritorious achievement in the field of industrial or applied chemistry. It was first awarded in 1978. One […]

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Fluorescent dyes taking the guess work out of print analysis

By   /  November 6, 2018  /  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 Fluorescent dyes taking the guess work out of print analysis

Source: ESR A newly developed method of finding DNA in fingerprints is taking some of the guess-work out of print analysis at crime scenes. ESR Senior Technician Alicia Haines has been working on locating DNA within finger marks using fluorescent dyes. “Instead of swabbing an area that we’re not sure has DNA on it, we’re […]

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Drones and 3D adding to the fight against crime

By   /  November 1, 2018  /  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 Drones and 3D adding to the fight against crime

Source: ESR New technology is giving forensic scientists the ability to investigate crime scenes in much greater detail and in a lot less time. It can also provide better information to police and a trial jury. ESR scientists working in the field predict a rapid growth in the technology, particularly with virtual reality tools. Since […]

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“The shoes said otherwise” | ESR

By   /  November 1, 2018  /  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 “The shoes said otherwise” | ESR

Source: ESR “The murderer is a tall man, left-handed, limps with the right leg, wears thick-soled shooting boots…” Sherlock Holmes’s evidence in The ‘Boscombe Valley Mystery” helped establish Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s hero as fiction’s first forensic scientist. Holmes went further, declaring that “there is no branch of detective science which is so important and […]

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Forum to look at water contamination and how to improve the quality of water

By   /  October 19, 2018  /  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 Forum to look at water contamination and how to improve the quality of water

Source: ESR New Zealand drinking water supplies are still vulnerable says an ESR scientist involved in the investigation into the Havelock North water contamination. Microbiologist Dr Brent Gilpin says while it is unlikely there will be an outbreak of waterborne illness on the scale of the 2016  Hawkes Bay event, there are still areas in […]

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Read the latest Healthy Pacific Environments newsletter

By   /  October 12, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Environment, ESR, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Read the latest Healthy Pacific Environments newsletter

Source: ESR Read the latest edition of ESR’s Healthy Pacific Environments newsletter  Inside this latest edition Topics include: –   Meet ESR’s Healthy Pacific Environments’ Team –   Learn about Vanuatu’s WASH in schools programme –  Tonga’s Health adaption and action plan for climate change and disaster risks –  ESRs’ health labs host Pacific trainees- Read Issue 3, […]

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Major wastewater programme to provide exciting opportunities

By   /  October 10, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Environment, ESR, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Major wastewater programme to provide exciting opportunities

Source: ESR ESR scientists say the planned Police roll-out of a national wastewater drug testing programme will provide real-time intelligence about what drugs are being used in New Zealand’s towns and cities. However, the testing, likened by scientists to “one large urine test”, also has the potential to tell New Zealanders how healthy we are. […]

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Legionella numbers on the rise

By   /  October 9, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Environment, ESR, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Legionella numbers on the rise

Source: ESR ESR scientists say gardeners should be aware of the risks posed by potting mix and compost, as the numbers of cases of legionella bacterial infection begins to rise. Legionella can cause a range of symptoms, including severe pneumonia (Legionnaires’ Disease). ESR, which manages public health surveillance for the Ministry of Health, has already noted […]

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ESR extends flu surveillance | ESR

By   /  October 8, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Environment, ESR, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on ESR extends flu surveillance | ESR

Source: ESR For those who have suffered from a bad case of flu over the winter, it may be galling to note this flu season has been marked by a relatively low number of cases. Furthermore, there had been expectations of a potentially severe season, given the moderate to high levels of flu-related hospitalisation and […]

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TB disproportionately affecting Māori | ESR

By   /  September 25, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Environment, ESR, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on TB disproportionately affecting Māori | ESR

Source: ESR Migrants to New Zealand carry the highest risk of having tuberculosis, although Māori continue to suffer disproportionately from the disease compared with others born in New Zealand. Data presented by ESR at a recent Australasian conference on TB, show the overall rate of TB disease in New Zealand is low, but the numbers […]

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Scientists in the age of ‘fake news’

By   /  September 23, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Environment, ESR, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Scientists in the age of ‘fake news’

Source: ESR ESR’s new Chief Scientist, Brett Cowan, says at a time when there is an increasing distrust of experts, scientists have a responsibility to communicate in a simple and clear way. He was echoing comments by the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Professor Juliet Gerrard, who told ESR staff recently that building trust in […]

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Measuring Groundwater Health | ESR

By   /  September 20, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Environment, ESR, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Measuring Groundwater Health | ESR

Source: ESR ESR scientists studying groundwater aquifers in Canterbury and Southland are seeing a reduction in biological diversity due to an increase in nutrient concentrations. The research project, which was presented at the September Water New Zealand Conference in Hamilton, is looking at what the organisms that exist in underground aquifers can tell us about […]

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ESR investigates drinking water supply failures

By   /  September 19, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Environment, ESR, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on ESR investigates drinking water supply failures

Source: ESR A study looking at whether water supplies are meeting drinking water standards has highlighted ongoing problems experienced by some suppliers. The study’s results, which are being presented in a paper to the September conference of Water New Zealand’ by ESR research scientist David Wood, examines seven years of data collected on the achievement […]

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Testing native plants to improve lake quality

By   /  September 13, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Environment, ESR, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Testing native plants to improve lake quality

Source: ESR A new field trial is underway in Wairarapa using native plants to clean up farm runoff going into Lake Wairarapa. Scientists from ESR, the Institute of Environmental Science and Research, are looking at the potential of mānuka and of other native trees to reduce the leaching of nitrate and other pathogens from farm […]

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ESR’s new chief scientist brings raft of qualifications to role

By   /  August 27, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Environment, ESR, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on ESR’s new chief scientist brings raft of qualifications to role

Source: ESR ESR’s new Chief Scientist, Brett Cowan, brings an eclectic range of qualifications to his new position. They include degrees in engineering, medicine and business, as well as studies in philosophical theology and ancient history.  He was previously the General Manager of Business at Auckland Uniservices and also holds the position of Associate Professor […]

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ESR shares medical laboratory technology

By   /  August 8, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Environment, ESR, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on ESR shares medical laboratory technology

Source: ESR ESR hosted six very special visitors in their health labs as part of a Pacific Islands programme to provide training in appropriate medical laboratory technology. Since 1990 the not-for-profit organisation, Pacific Paramedical Training Centre (PPTC) has sponsored students to come to New Zealand to undertake training in medical laboratory science as part of […]

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Flu cases may peak soon

By   /  July 30, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Environment, ESR, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Flu cases may peak soon

Source: ESR ESR scientists say with July normally the time for flu infections to peak, the number of cases being reported is still quite low. However, ESR Strategic Health Intelligence Manager Dr Lisa Oakley says that could change quickly. “Generally it’s this time of year that we start to see flu cases peak. Although the […]

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ESR scientists developing drug early warning system

By   /  July 27, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Environment, ESR, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on ESR scientists developing drug early warning system

Source: ESR ESR scientists are developing a platform for a national drug monitoring and surveillance system to tackle the wave of evolving synthetic drugs coming into the country. ESR says its expertise along with input from key agencies and affected organisations can be used to create a drug early warning system. Scientists began collaborating with […]

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