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  • Sleep key to a healthy brain

    23 October 2013 4:30 PM 125

    A good night's sleep may be the key to preventing brain diseases such as Alzheimer's, a new study has found. The paper, published in the journal Science, found the brain's cleaning activities increased 10-fold during sleep, helping to remove the day's toxic clutter. Scientists had long speculated that one of the functions of sleep was to restore and repair

  • More than 1m Kiwis obese - report

    17 October 2013 9:22 PM 116

    More than a million New Zealand adults are now obese, according to the 2013 Ministry of Health annual report. "In 2011/12 about 28 per cent of adults aged 15 years and over were obese, which is about one million adults," the report stated. The adult obesity rate has increased substantially in the past 15 years, the report stated. The report defined obesity

  • The Last Word: Referees...

    20 September 2013 5:27 PM 114

    Many have bemoaned the fact the hooker's sending-off ruined what was shaping as a magnificent test between the All Blacks and the Springboks at Eden Park. This is an interesting approach. It effectively green-lights a rugby referee to make his calls based on what is good for the viewers, not necessarily on what has actually happened in front of him. Others

  • Sports power: McCaw still unchallenged

    17 August 2013 5:30 PM 116

    You. know the drill. In fact, it is probably safe to presume you have kept all three previous editions of the ODT sports power rankings, and dig them out frequently as a conversation starter. This is my opinion, so it cannot be wrong. Complaints and suggestions are welcome (see email below). But this is my opinion, so it cannot be wrong. I rank New Zealand

  • New artifical turf planned for centre

    13 August 2013 5:27 PM 166

    So, as with any carpet, the turf at the Edgar Centre is starting to show its age. The turf on its 14 concrete courts has not been replaced since the centre opened in October, 1994, and with the centre getting about 650,000 visitors a year, it is looking the worse for wear. The plan now is to install new artificial turf over the courts at the centre

  • The Last Word: Name them...

    9 August 2013 5:27 PM 170

    The suspensions of three club rugby men - a team official, a fan and a player - for what, it can be assumed, were some particularly nasty words, send the right sort of message to those sports fans who think it is acceptable to abuse a referee. There is no place in sport, particularly at the lower levels where the referees, like the players, are on the field

  • Sneeze hygiene is slipping: survey

    22 May 2013 11:08 PM 122

    Be wary of the next person you shake hands with - nearly 40 percent of people surveyed admitted using their fingers to wipe their nose. A Colmar Brunton survey of 1018 adult New Zealanders found that two thirds admitted to not protecting their sneezes, and nearly 40 per cent to using their clothing, fingers or wrist to clear their mucus. To make matters

  • Otago sport in 'golden era'?

    20 May 2013 5:29 PM 162

    In January, Sport Otago chief executive John Brimble suggested the province was about to enter a golden era. Those words now seem prophetic. Sports writer Adrian Seconi looks at the resurgence of elite sport in the South. That might be going a touch too far, but Otago sport is certainly enjoying a rich vein of form which is at least comparable with the late 1990s, when the province

  • Big egos don't produce results: study

    19 May 2013 11:51 PM 120

    University students who think they deserve the best marks are among those most likely to bomb out in exams, research shows. Growing evidence suggests younger generations have a rocketing sense of entitlement, leaving researchers curious as to how well people with excessive belief in their self-worth actually achieve. University of Otago researchers tracked

  • Sports awards: Cricket well represented

    9 May 2013 5:27 PM 150

    Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum heads the four cricket nominees at the annual Otago Sports Awards at the Dunedin Town Hall tonight. McCullum, a finalist in the sportsman section, played an important role in lifting morale in the team and improving performances on the paddock. This was demonstrated in the test series against England when the Black