Tagged: children

The physics of maiming a child - Kidney Punch

John Pickering May 14, 2013

Dear driver, When you backed out of a driveway and did not even see how I swerved around behind your car to avoid T-boning you, how dare you have the temerity to tell me you were careful!  I was 7 feet tall, dressed in bright yellow and traveling at no more than 10 km/h.  Perhaps … Continue reading » … Read More

Why stereotyping scientists matters - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 27, 2013

I’m always interested to find out what people think I do for a living. No one has ever said scientist. It’s usually something in the arts or fashion*. You know, creative industries. I’m guessing it’s because of my hair. What is interesting about this though is that somehow people don’t think of science as being creative. Such misperceptions are largely … Read More

Obesity prevention starts in the womb - Food Stuff

Amanda Johnson Oct 18, 2012

The annual scientific meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society starts today; the theme of the meeting is ‘For our children’s children‘, and a fascinating programme has been put together with some great speakers who will be presenting their research on this important topic. One of the keynote speakers for today (18 October) will be … Read More

Children killed by mothers – duh! - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Sep 25, 2012

The media is in a tiz over a police report stating that 45% of children killed in family violence were killed by their mothers.  The Herald says “Children are far more likely to be killed by their mothers than any other category of offender,”; Newstalk ZB reports Bob McCoskrie as saying this is “startling”; Stuff ramp … Continue reading » … Read More

Unhealthy weight control among New Zealand kids - Food Stuff

Amanda Johnson Aug 30, 2012

A new study just published this month by researchers at the University of Auckland has highlighted concerns about weight control behaviours among New Zealand adolescents, and has identified a number of ‘red flags’ for unhealthy weight loss. The new findings were published last week (21 August 2012) in the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity by … Read More

Is Having Children a Right or a Responsibility? - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Jun 07, 2012

Over the past few weeks the Minister for Social Development and Youth Affairs, Paula Bennett, has provoked some controversy first by suggesting that free (voluntary) contraception be available to beneficiaries and their children, and then suggesting that children should be removed from previous child abusers. For a government that portrays itself as being opposed to the  “nanny state” I find … Read More