Auckland City Harbour News : November 25th 2015
Try mango salad in tacos P11 Wednesday, November 25, 2015 Harbour News Auckland City Your Place, Your Paper Funding boost for research It has been quite a month for Mt Albert’s Professor Ian Reid, as Julian Raethel reports. It’s been a month full of rewards for Professor Ian Reid. The University of Auckland professor recently picked up the Liley Medal and Rutherford Medal for his work, while his Auckland Bone and Joint Research Group also won the Prime Minister’s Science Prize on November 11. The team, which included associate professors Andrew Grey and Mark Bolland, began a study in 2008 looking into the effect of calcium supplements. It eventually involved almost 30,000 people in bone trials. ‘‘We [initially] set out in the late 1990s in the Auckland Calcium Study ... to see if we could decrease bone fractures,’’ the Mt Albert resident says. After secondary analysis an alarming discovery was made. It showed that calcium supplements not only did little to prevent fractures, they actually increased the risk of heart attacks. ‘‘We were appalled,’’ Reid says. ‘‘We thought, if this was really a general phenomena then it would have been done before now.’’ Reid says the results have seen calcium supplement sales drop 70 per cent in the last five years in New Zealand alone. ‘‘It was that initiative that led to a real sea-change in our Professor Ian Reid attitude towards calcium supplements.’’ He admits the findings remain controversial, but says people should get calcium from a balanced diet. ‘‘It’s a bit like turning a super- tanker, it takes time.’’ The Government introduced the Prime Minister’s Science Prizes in 2009 as a way of raising the profile and prestige of science among New Zealanders. There are five prizes in total with a combined value of $1 million. Reid’s team picked up the top gong, which brought them $500,000 towards further research. ‘‘What we would like to see are advances in understanding of osteoporosis. ‘‘To predict who’s going to have fractures based on bone density ahead of time.’’ Lynn Paterson is fulfilling a dream to kayak the coastline of New Zealand. Paddling for mental health CATRINOWEN There are plenty more rough seas, sunburn and solitude ahead for Lynn Paterson. Kayaking more than 5000 kilometres of the country’s coastline has always been a dream for the 50-year-old from Onehunga. Paterson is also raising money for the Mental Health Foundation during her journey. Every year, one in five New Zealanders is affected by some form of mental health issue. With every stroke Paterson wants to highlight how hard it is for families with loved ones who are suffering. Her son has battled with depression. ‘‘It’s like a grenade has dropped in your lap and it explodes. Everyone around you gets hit by a bit of shrapnel too,’’ she says. ‘‘I wanted to prove that I can do something and if I can help just one other person with mental health I am happy,’’ Paterson says. On October 27 Paterson set off from Takapuna beach in her red kayak. She’s aiming to cover 30km a ❚ Visit facebook.com/REDzNZJourney and text REDZNZ to 2446 to donate $3 to the Mental Health Foundation. day and reached Wairoa in the Hawke’s Bay on November 18. It’s not all calm waters. Some of the hardest days are when the weather predictions are wrong. ‘‘The scarier moments make me more determined, when I see a wall of water coming towardsmeI know I have to get over it and I do,’’ she says. Paterson sleeps in a campervan at night, driven by her support crew. Breaking the coffee habit P12 M S a y 6839726AA www.communitynewspapers.co.nz and you can read all Keeping our local communities connected.
November 18th 2015