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Research tracks the impact of cannabinoids

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 8:47 am | ESR

A two year research project tracking the tragic impact of synthetic cannabinoids in New Zealand has found clear geographical differences in substance use, especially among those drugs linked to fatalities. An ESR project, which started in July 2017, ... More >>

ESR Wins Bid to Host Global Forensic Elite

Monday, 9 September 2019, 2:04 pm | ESR

The world’s top forensic toxicologists will descend on New Zealand after ESR won the bid to host the 61st Annual Meeting and Congress of the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT) in 2023. More >>

Research links virus to high rates of childhood pneumonia

Thursday, 5 September 2019, 3:13 pm | ESR

Research into respiratory infection among young children in New Zealand has highlighted one particular virus as a leading cause of high rates of hospitalisation. More >>

Calls for more research on microplastics in drinking water

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 2:11 pm | ESR

A scientist leading a study on the effects of microplastics in the New Zealand environment is welcoming calls for a further assessment of their potential impacts on human health. More >>

New Guidelines for TB Control

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 2:40 pm | ESR

ESR welcomes the release of the new Guidelines for Tuberculosis (TB) Control by the Ministry of Health today. More >>

NZ’s flu season may have peaked

Thursday, 8 August 2019, 9:22 am | ESR

The latest influenza surveillance shows a continuing drop in numbers of flu and flu-like illnesses around the country for the fourth week running. More >>

Impacts of plastic pollution measured in new Lyttleton trial

Wednesday, 3 July 2019, 11:31 am | ESR

Scientists are investigating the impact of plastics on our marine environment in a new project that has got underway in Lyttleton harbour. More >>

Data shows increased syphilis and gonorrhoea in New Zealand

Tuesday, 2 July 2019, 3:59 pm | ESR

Cases of syphilis in New Zealand continue to increase, with new ESR data showing 548 reported for the 12 months ended March 2019 and these cases concentrated among men aged 20 to 39. More >>

Groundwater critical to large number of drinking supplies

Thursday, 4 April 2019, 10:17 am | ESR

An inaugural conference on groundwater is being held in Christchurch tomorrow (Friday April 5 – details below), in a bid to improve understanding and information about a resource which 40 per cent of people in New Zealand rely on for their drinking ... More >>

49 cases of measles confirmed so far this year

Monday, 18 March 2019, 4:28 pm | 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 ... More >>

ESR hunting down new psychoactive substances

Thursday, 28 February 2019, 10:56 am | 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. More >>

ESR calls for robust regulations over medicinal cannabis

Monday, 18 February 2019, 1:46 pm | ESR

One of the country’s main drug testing laboratories says robust regulations are needed to cover locally produced medicinal cannabis. More >>

Invasive meningococcal disease on the rise

Thursday, 31 January 2019, 9:59 am | 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, ... More >>

Boost for ESR’s drug testing and surveillance work

Thursday, 10 January 2019, 10:11 am | 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 ... More >>

Law changes needed before testing for drug impaired drivers

Tuesday, 8 January 2019, 1:08 pm | ESR

The environmental science and research agency (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 ... More >>

ESR offers testing in fight against synthetic drugs

Friday, 28 December 2018, 1:56 pm | ESR

Following more than 50 deaths in New Zealand now associated with synthetic cannabinoid use, ESR is offering a unique service to all DHBs in the country. More >>

ESR stresses the need to survey quality of country’s rivers

Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 1:06 pm | ESR

The government’s environmental health agency, ESR, says reports of contamination in three Canterbury rivers stresses the importance of the need for a Freshwater Microbiological survey of New Zealand rivers. More >>

How to track foreign objects in food

Tuesday, 27 November 2018, 5:46 pm | ESR

ESR food forensic scientists say they have a number of ways of working out whether an object found in food has been put there maliciously or accidentally. More >>

ESR ups its reporting on Meningococcal disease

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 10:04 am | 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. More >>

Urgent need to find antibiotic alternatives

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 1:09 pm | ESR

ESR scientists say there is an urgent need to develop alternatives to conventional antibiotics for use in the treatment of both humans and food-producing animals. More >>



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