Rise in “unpaid consultants” conceals conflicts of interest

Rise in “unpaid consultants” conceals conflicts of interest

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[ad_1] Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 12:56 pmPress Release: University of Auckland Rise in “unpaid consultants” conceals conflicts of interestAre authors of articles in leading medical journals playing down the extent of ties to drug and other for-profit companies? That appears to be the case, according to a new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicineby Associate Professor David Menkes and colleagues, who found a dramatic increase in the use of the term "unpaid consultant" in author disclosure statements.For example, the use of this term during 2002-2004 (11 instances) jumped nearly fifty-fold to 500 instances during 2012-2014. In their paper, “What does ‘unpaid consultant’ signify? A survey of euphemistic language in conflict of interest declarations,” Associate Professor Menkes, of the University’s Waikato Clinical Campus, says declaration of potential conflicts of…
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New solar forecasts shed light on sun’s power potential

New solar forecasts shed light on sun’s power potential

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[ad_1] Tuesday, 28 November 2017, 3:45 pmPress Release: MetService New solar forecasts shed light on sun’s power potentialWith over 3,400- households in the Auckland region already powered by sustainable energy from the sun, MetService and HRV Solar have joined forces to produce a new forecast for the daily energy potential of the sun for the Auckland region.The Auckland region accounts for 22% of the total number of residential solar installations in the country. The new Solar Forecast is displayed on the Auckland page of the metservice.com website: http://www.metservice.com/towns-cities/auckland/auckland-central and shows the total amount of electricity forecast to be generated by all solar panels in the region for the day.MetService general manager meteorological operations Ramon Oosterkamp said, "Solar energy forecasts are another way for us to transform environmental data into something…
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Rinse and repeat | Scoop News

Rinse and repeat | Scoop News

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[ad_1] Monday, 27 November 2017, 2:18 pmPress Release: MetService MetService News Release27 November 2017Rinse and repeatA static weather pattern over New Zealand sees the forecasts for the coming week similar for several consecutive days. "Settled conditions remain for many places under a persistent ridge of high pressure, with little change from day to day. However, warm temperatures, sea breezes and humidity combine to form thunderstorms during the afternoons and evenings for inland areas of both the North and South Islands," said MetService Meteorologist Hannah Moes."When we look at accumulated daily rainfall, the pattern is apparent. Coastal areas remain mainly dry, while inland areas are targeted by showers and thunderstorms," Moes said, "the pattern is similar for each day this week". In addition to lightning, other risks associated with thunderstorms can…
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SMC ALERT: Emergency Mobile Alert Test – Expert reaction

SMC ALERT: Emergency Mobile Alert Test – Expert reaction

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[ad_1] Sunday, 26 November 2017, 9:51 pmPress Release: Science Media Centre SMC ALERT: Emergency Mobile Alert Test - Expert reactionEmergency Mobile Alert Test - Expert reaction26 November 2017Earlier today, the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) sent out a nationwide test of their new Emergency Mobile Alert.The mobile alert will have appeared automatically on your phone's screen, accompanied by a unique warning sound. In future, the alert will be used by authorised emergency agencies (MCDEM, Ministry of Health, New Zealand Police, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, Ministry for Primary Industries, Local Civil Defence groups) to send messages to the public about emergencies. The SMC asked experts to comment on the test, please feel free to use these comments in your reporting.________________________________________Associate Professor Sarb Johal, disaster mental health, Massey…
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SMC Bulletin: More earthquakes in 2018?

SMC Bulletin: More earthquakes in 2018?

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[ad_1] Friday, 24 November 2017, 3:01 pmPress Release: Science Media Centre More earthquakes in 2018?A report makes headlines around the world, with scientists saying we could be set for more intense earthquakes from next year.The claim came from US geophysicists Roger Bilham and Rebecca Bendick, initially reported from a conference presentation last month. The Observer reported that periodic slowing of the Earth's rotation was linked to increased numbers of earthquakes magnitude 7 or greater.Bilham told The Observer that with a periodic slowdown due, from 2018 "we should see a significant increase in the number of severe earthquakes". It was those headlines that screamed around the world on Monday.However, New Zealand scientists were sceptical that the link was any more than correlation. In a statement, GNS Science said there wasn't enough…
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Geospatial standards Organisations to meet in NZ

Geospatial standards Organisations to meet in NZ

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[ad_1] Friday, 24 November 2017, 12:28 pmPress Release: Landcare Research Open Geospatial Consortium and International Standards Organisations to meet in NZ for the first timeInternational meetings on a subject that enables much of the technology that enhances our lives will be held in New Zealand next month.The Technical Committee of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and the Digital Geographic Information Standards committee of the International Standards Organisations (ISO) are both meeting in New Zealand for the first time. Geospatial standards enable us to collect, share and use location based data efficiently to deliver smart applications at local, national and global scale in a huge range of areas across hundreds of thousands of organisations world-wide. Being able to share and use geospatial data is essential the operation of society, the economy…
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NZVRARA Student Chapter Inaugural Exhibition Planned

NZVRARA Student Chapter Inaugural Exhibition Planned

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[ad_1] Thursday, 23 November 2017, 5:26 pmPress Release: NZVRARA Wednesday 22nd November 2017NZVRARA Student Chapter Inaugural Exhibition PlannedThe New Zealand VR/AR Association will be hosting its first NZVRARA Student Chapter Exhibition at PROJECTR® Wellington on Wednesday 6th December 2017.This showcase of work comes from a selection of the 44 student members who joined during 2017 and demonstrates the extensive breadth of work being undertaken by undergraduate and post-graduate students, primarily sourced from the Wellington region.The NZVRARA Student Chapter was formed in mid-2017 and is driven by NZVRARA Executive Director, Courteney Lomas, who is also the Student Chapter President.“Our student members primarily come from the two on-campus VR Clubs we’ve formed this year at Massey University (VRTX) and Victoria University (Looking Glass),” says Ms Lomas. “The concept of forming on-campus interdisciplinary…
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Operation to protect Northern Ruahine species complete

Operation to protect Northern Ruahine species complete

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[ad_1] Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 1:46 pmPress Release: Department of Conservation Ruahine whio, Apias. Crown copyright: Department of Conservation, Te Papa Atawhai(January 2011).Media release22 November 2017Operation to protect Northern Ruahine native species now completeA pest control operation to protect at-risk native species in the Northern Ruahine Ranges has been completed.The operation was part of the Department of Conservation’s (DOC’s) Battle for our Birds programme, which aims to protect our most vulnerable native species.Director Operations Lower North Island Reg Kemper, is pleased with how the operation went.“It’s early days, but anecdotal reports indicate some wins already, with dead possums, rats and mice reported by our staff and volunteers working in the treatment area,” says Reg.“A lot of effort goes in to planning and delivering an operation like this. It’s a credit…
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UK research mirrors New Zealand stillbirth findings

UK research mirrors New Zealand stillbirth findings

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[ad_1] Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 2:38 pmPress Release: University of Auckland UK research mirrors New Zealand stillbirth findingsUniversity of Auckland research that showed that women who go to sleep on their side have a lower risk of a still birth has been repeated in the UK with similar results.The Midlands and North of England Stillbirth Study (MiNESS) found that women who go to sleep in the supine (lying on the back) position have a 2.3-fold increased risk of late stillbirth (after 28 weeks’ gestation) compared with women who go to sleep on their side.The study, Association between maternal sleep practices and late stillbirth – findings from a stillbirth case-control studyhave just been published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists (BJOG). This study was carried out in collaboration with…
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Warmer temperatures but not all clear skies with the High

Warmer temperatures but not all clear skies with the High

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[ad_1] Monday, 20 November 2017, 1:48 pmPress Release: MetService MetService News Release20 November 2017Warmer temperatures but not all clear skies with the HighThis is the second week that the country will be dominated by high pressure, bringing settled conditions with no severe weather expected.However, this doesn’t mean conditions will be completely dry. MetService meteorologist Gerrit Keyser said, “Cloud and on-and-off drizzle are forecast for coastal areas, with afternoon showers over some inland parts of the country.”“Temperatures are expected to soar during the latter part of the week, with central Otago expected to reach the high 20s, Wanaka is 28°C by mid-week, but seldom will the entire country be without cloud. The east coast of the South Island in particular could experience overcast skies and cooler conditions for much of the…
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