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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 >>

TB disproportionately affecting Māori

Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 11:14 am | 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. More >>

Scientists in the age of ‘fake news’

Monday, 24 September 2018, 3:40 pm | ESR

ESR’s new Chief Scientist says at a time when there is an increasing distrust of experts, scientists have a responsibility to communicate in a simple and clear way. Watch Brett Cowan talk on this interesting topic. More >>

Measuring Groundwater Health

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 2:38 pm | ESR

ESR scientists studying groundwater aquifers in Canterbury and Southland are seeing a reduction in biological diversity due to an increase in nutrient concentrations. More >>

ESR microplastics work wins multi-million-dollar funding

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 2:41 pm | ESR

A collaborative bid led by ESR scientist Olga Pantos and Grant Northcott (Northcott Research Consultants) has been awarded more than $12.5 million in government funding to continue research on the impact of microplastics and the threat to New Zealand’s ... More >>

ESR scientists developing drug early warning system

Friday, 27 July 2018, 3:54 pm | 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. More >>

ESR battling to keep on top of illicit designer drugs

Thursday, 12 July 2018, 2:08 pm | ESR

ESR scientists are fighting to keep on top of so-called designer drugs, which they say are evolving rapidly. More >>

ESR on recent drinking water survey results

Wednesday, 11 July 2018, 1:17 pm | ESR

ESR scientists say the recent drinking water survey results reinforce the importance of treating water to make it safer to drink, and having robust monitoring systems. More >>

ESR visitor warns of vaping concerns

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 7:19 pm | ESR

Michelle Peace, who is in New Zealand as the International Vision Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Science Research (ESR), says a whole culture has grown up around the use of e-cigarettes, which many people regard as being safer than tobacco. More >>

 

 

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