Tagged: Public Health

Putin and the Bomb: Why New Zealand national risk assessments should include planning for the potential impacts of nuclear winter - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Mar 14, 2022

Dr Matt Boyd & Prof Nick Wilson* (Syndicated from the Adapt Research Blog) In this blog we briefly review the literature on the probability of nuclear war and what various models estimate to be the potential global climate impacts (eg, of nuclear winter). Although New Zealand is relatively well placed as a major food producer – a … Read More

Daily nicotine use increases among youth in Aotearoa NZ: The 2021 Snapshot Y10 Survey - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Mar 08, 2022

Janet Hoek, Jude Ball, Lindsay Robertson, Philip Gendall, Nick Wilson, Richard Edwards, Andrew Waa* Recently, ASH New Zealand released findings from the 2021 Snapshot Year 10 survey, a large cross-sectional survey of young people aged 14-15. The survey provides important information on vaping and smoking among an age group where dependence on nicotine may develop, and the findings enable … Read More

Promoting physical activity through the prescription of smartphone apps in primary care: Likely to produce health gains and cost-savings - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Feb 22, 2022

Dr Leah Grout, Kendra Telfer, Dr Cristina Cleghorn, Prof Nick Wilson, Dr Anja Mizdrak* Over 40% of NZ adults are insufficiently physically active. In this blog we summarise our recently published modelling work that suggests that the prescription of smartphone apps for physical activity promotion in primary care could benefit health and save millions in health sector costs for … Read More

Once a form of ‘social camouflage’, school uniforms have become impractical and unfair. Why it’s time for a makeover - News

Guest Author Jan 28, 2022

Johanna Reidy, University of Otago As the start of a new school year looms, school uniforms are being dusted off or new ones bought. At the same time, age-old debates about the pros and cons of school uniforms are being dusted off, too. But questions about practicality, cost or conformity tend to overshadow the bigger underlying issue of how uniforms … Read More

The cost burden of excess weight in New Zealand: Sizing up a new report - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Dec 14, 2021

Professor Boyd Swinburn* The latest New Zealand Health Survey results show a substantial up-tick in both childhood and adult obesity prevalence after plateauing for a decade. This is of great concern and it makes a new report from the Sapere Research Group on the Economic Impact of Excess Weight in Aotearoa all the more important. The report was … Read More

COVID-19 in Aotearoa: what does public health do now? - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Oct 18, 2021

Dr Belinda Loring, Dr Ruth Cunningham, Dr Polly Atatoa Carr* Public health activities have collectively made an incredible contribution to minimising the impact of COVID-19 in Aotearoa. But the work for public health is not over. As the situation in Auckland heralds a transition point in our approach to the pandemic, the challenge now is to be bold and clear … Read More

Five actions to support New Zealand’s Covid-19 response, with a focus on Auckland - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Oct 03, 2021

Prof Michael Baker, Prof Sue Crengle, Assoc Prof Collin Tukuitonga, Sarah Helm, Dr Amanda Kvalsvig, Prof Nick Wilson* Regardless of whether Auckland returns to Covid-19 elimination or transitions to a suppression approach, there are critical actions that can be taken to strengthen pandemic control measures, including: (1) Enhancing Covid-19 control in groups who experience deprivation and marginalisation; this is key … Read More

How big companies are targeting middle income countries to boost ultra-processed food sales - Hot off the press

Guest Author Sep 14, 2021

Edwin Kwong, The University of Melbourne; Joanna Williams, Swinburne University of Technology; Phillip Baker, Deakin University; Rob Moodie, The University of Melbourne, and Thiago M Santos, Federal University of Pelotas   Ultra-processed foods might not be a familiar term to many people. But it is an emerging, and increasingly dominant type of food in the world. They are foods … Read More

E-cigarettes: misconceptions about their dangers may be preventing people from quitting smoking - Guest Work

Guest Author Sep 07, 2021

Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, University of Oxford When electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) first emerged, they became a popular way for people to quit smoking. But in 2019, a mysterious lung condition emerged that primarily affected young people, particularly those who vaped. This left many questioning the safety of e-cigarettes. The condition was named e-cigarettes or vaping use-associated lung injury – or Evali for … Read More

A Smokefree Aotearoa – could taking the nicotine out of smoked tobacco products help us get there? - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Sep 06, 2021

Nick Wilson, Janet Hoek, Nhung Nghiem, Jennifer Summers, Leah Grout, Richard Edwards* This blog presents key findings from a modelling study where we estimated the impact that denicotinising smoked tobacco products could have on smoking prevalence in Aotearoa New Zealand. A policy requiring that all smoked tobacco products are virtually nicotine free is one of the key proposals included in … Read More