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Dieting approaches may not be effective for weight loss: Otago research

Friday, 5 August 2016 12:26pm

Weight control attempts by middle-aged New Zealand women are not linked with change in weight three years later, according to new University of Otago research.

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New review concludes evidence for alcohol causing cancer is strong

Friday, 22 July 2016 2:34pm

University of Otago researcher Professor Jennie Connor’s new review of epidemiological evidence supports a causal association between alcohol consumption and cancers at seven sites in the body: oropharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, rectum and female breast.

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Thumb-sucking and nail-biting children show fewer allergies in later life

Monday, 11 July 2016 4:21pm

Children who suck their thumbs or bite their nails may be less likely to develop allergies, according to a new University of Otago study.

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Otago global health researchers to tackle fevers in Asia

Monday, 11 July 2016 1:58pm

A coalition of experts on tropical infectious diseases led by the University of Otago’s Professor John Crump, Co-Director of the Centre for International Health, has secured around NZD $450,000 to study causes of fever and how patients with fever are managed in Myanmar (formerly Burma) and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR).

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Ultra Violet and the sun-smart kid

Monday, 11 July 2016 10:05am

Associate Professor Tony Reeder presents 'Ultra Violet and the sun-smart kid' in both Wellington and Auckland, in August as part of the University of Otago 2016 Winter Lecture Series.

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Giving back: volunteer mission to beat bowel cancer

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 9:24am

As a volunteer on the Bowel Cancer New Zealand executive, Preventive and Social Medicine’s Associate Professor Sarah Derrett has discovered the motivating power of being part of a passionate group of people with clear, shared goals.

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Alcohol consumption contributes to cancer, even in moderate drinkers: Otago study

Monday, 27 June 2016 3:05pm

Drinking alcohol increases the risk of several types of cancer, and was responsible for 236 cancer deaths under 80 years of age in New Zealand in 2012, according to a new study at the University of Otago.

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Funding body gives strong support to Otago’s health research

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 2:30pm

University of Otago researchers have been awarded around $43.8M in new health research funding to support their world-class studies aimed at improving New Zealanders’ health and well-being.

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Otago health researchers honoured by HRC

Thursday, 9 June 2016 10:07am

A world-renowned New Zealand longitudinal study researcher; a molecular biology pioneer and mentor; and two talented up-and-coming researchers from the University of Otago have received Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) awards for an outstanding contribution to health research excellence, leadership, and impact last evening.

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Māori health expert tops list

Monday, 6 June 2016 4:01pm

Professor John Broughton has been made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to Māori health, theatre, and the community in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

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High level of HIV diagnoses in New Zealand persists in 2015

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 9:23am

224 people were diagnosed with HIV in New Zealand in 2015 — a similarly high figure to last year — according to data released today by the AIDS Epidemiology Group based at the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago.

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Success for Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit

Tuesday, 17 May 2016 3:05pm

Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit is delighted with our recent success at the Health Research Excellence Awards ceremony highlighting our strong reputation for research excellence.

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Otago studies supported by Health Research Council

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 8:58pm

Health Research Council ‘Emerging Researcher First Grants’ have been won by two up-and-coming University of Otago, Christchurch researchers.

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New director for Cancer Society Social and Behavioural Research Unit

Sunday, 1 May 2016 4:09pm

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NZ and Aus e-government responsiveness scores poorly

Thursday, 28 April 2016 9:59am

Central government agencies on both sides of the Tasman have scored poorly in a University of Otago study of e-government responsiveness published online by Government Information Quarterly, the top ranked journal in the field.

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Surgery shortfall worsens

Friday, 1 April 2016 2:39pm

The "explicit rationing" of joint-replacement surgery in Otago is worsening, and patients should look to other methods of funding their surgery, a research paper published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal says.

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Sun protection poor for NZ secondary school students: Otago research

Thursday, 31 March 2016 9:25am

A University of Otago study that involved unobtrusively observing the sun-protective practices of students and staff at the sports days of 10 Dunedin secondary schools last summer has found them sorely lacking.

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Research highlights health issues for NZ Vietnam Veterans

Tuesday, 22 March 2016 9:07am

Otago research into the health of Kiwi Vietnam War veterans is sparking hope it will help them get better treatment.

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Caution urged over planned introduction of new cervical screening test

Friday, 11 March 2016 11:13am

The Minister of Health’s announcement of the introduction within two years of a new test for cervical cancer to replace the current screening method poses a risk to “our well-established, high-quality” screening programme, say leading New Zealand experts and researchers in the New Zealand Medical Journal (NZMJ) this week.

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Vaccine cuts rate of major disease in African children in half

Monday, 7 March 2016 12:20pm

A vaccine against pneumococcal disease, which is a major killer of children in Africa, has cut the disease rate by more than half, new research has found.

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Sigmoidoscopy bowel-screening method urged for New Zealand

Friday, 19 February 2016 12:29pm

An effective national bowel screening programme involving a single test, a sigmoidoscopy, could be introduced in New Zealand within 12 months.

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Vietnam vets' alcohol risk double

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 1:51pm

A new study has found almost twice the number of people who served in Vietnam have been admitted to hospital with alcohol related mental disorders, compared with people who didn't go to the war.

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Veterans' health of concern

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 1:50pm

New Zealand should do more to protect the health of Vietnam War veterans, after new research showed they face much higher risks of chronic kidney failure and a damaging lung disease.

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Otago and Queen’s University to collaborate on veterans’ health research

Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:20pm

The University of Otago is joining forces with Queen’s University in Canada to collaborate in research aimed at enhancing veterans’ health.

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NZ Vietnam War vets’ health scrutinised

Thursday, 10 December 2015 12:08pm

New Zealand’s Vietnam War veterans are more likely to suffer chronic renal failure (CRF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than their non-serving peers, according to new University of Otago research.

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Throat swabbing for rheumatic fever costs too much and might not work - report

Monday, 16 November 2015 1:48pm

Mass throat swabbing will not be enough to combat rheumatic fever and might not even work, a report says.

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Salmonella unmasked as major killer of young children in Africa

Thursday, 8 October 2015 5:01pm

Invasive Salmonella infections in sub-Saharan Africa are a major cause of child illness and deaths, a new body of research into this usually overlooked infectious disease has revealed.

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Otago researchers evaluate The Salvation Army’s Bridge Programme

Friday, 25 September 2015 12:34pm

A twelve-month University of Otago evaluation study of people being treated for alcohol and drug dependency at The Salvation Army Bridge Treatment Programme reports that client recovery outcomes match leading treatment programmes internationally.

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Therapeutic claims in pharmaceutical ads come under scrutiny

Friday, 4 September 2015 11:14am

New University of Otago research suggests a need for greater monitoring of pharmaceutical advertising in New Zealand to ensure that the therapeutic claims they make are justified.

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Alcohol and adverse sexual health outcomes tracked into late thirties

Thursday, 13 August 2015 1:37pm

Mixing alcohol and sex then regretting the consequences sounds like young people’s behaviour. However, a new study from the University of Otago shows that drinking alcohol before sex is still common as people approach middle age, and it still has an impact on their health and wellbeing.

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Young social smokers more likely to become adult daily smokers

Thursday, 6 August 2015 1:59pm

Young people who have a cigarette occasionally—even just at weekends— have almost four times the odds of becoming a daily smoker by their late 30s compared to their non-smoking peers, according to new University of Otago research.

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Time-discounts on restricted driver licences linked to later traffic offending

Tuesday, 4 August 2015 3:39pm

Young New Zealand drivers who gain a time discount on their restricted licences for taking a defensive driving course (DDC) are more likely to be caught committing traffic offences once they are fully licensed, according to new University of Otago research.

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Otago’s international TB research efforts gain major support

Monday, 3 August 2015 12:03pm

University of Otago researchers have been awarded $450,000 for research into the genetics of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) in Indonesia and Myanmar.

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More transparency around health funding formula crucial to determine if South is underfunded

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 8:39am

An independent review of the population-based health funding formula is necessary to determine if there is systematic constraining of the Southern District Health Board, says health systems authority Professor Robin Gauld

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Elected members of district health boards should be free to represent public

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 8:46am

Responding to leaked documents obtained by the Labour party, Professor Robin Gauld of the Centre for Health Systems has highlighted the contradiction in the role of elected representatives on district health boards: they are elected by the public, but are legally accountable to the Minister of Health, not to the people who elect them.

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Major gaps in understanding of causes of fever in low and middle income countries

Thursday, 9 July 2015 4:04pm

A systematic review involving researchers from the Centre of International Health and Department of Pathology, Christchurch, has identified major gaps in understanding the causes of severe febrile illness around the world

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Study of tobacco company RRPs reveals tax increases applied unequally

Monday, 6 July 2015 2:37pm

New Zealand’s largest tobacco company is not keeping the recommended retail pricing for its leading budget brand in line with tobacco excise tax increases, according to a new University of Otago study.

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Secretive funding formula could contribute up to a third of board's deficit

Tuesday, 23 June 2015 4:02pm

A commissioner has been appointed to oversee the Southern District Health Board's financial position, but part of the board's deficit could arise out of discrepancies in the way funding is distributed between district health boards.

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National Poisons Centre continues to deliver Poisonsline

Friday, 19 June 2015 3:22pm

Staff at the National Poisons Centre based at the University of Otago are delighted to learn that the Ministry of Health has chosen Homecare Medical as the preferred provider for the National Telehealth Service.

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Revolving door of health professionals could cost health system

Wednesday, 17 June 2015 3:57pm

In a public lecture, Professor Robin Gauld of the Centre for Health Systems questions the cost and vulnerability of New Zealand's reliance on foreign-trained health professionals

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Older driver study part of Otago HRC funding scoop

Thursday, 4 June 2015 9:00pm

A study that will investigate older drivers in New Zealand, and the complex balance between maintaining mobility and maximising safety, is one 18 Health Research Council of New Zealand funding contracts granted to Otago.

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Smoking cannabis linked to respiratory problems: Otago research

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 2:27pm

People who smoke cannabis as little as once a week are more likely to suffer respiratory symptoms such as morning cough, bringing up phlegm, and wheezing, according to University of Otago research.

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Endemic zoonoses in the tropics overlooked

Monday, 11 May 2015 5:25pm

Zoonoses - infectious diseases that can be passed between animals and humans - can have a substantial effect on both human and animal health, and yet the health burden due to these conditions in the tropics is often overlooked

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Edible gardens in New Zealand schools providing food for thought

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 8:50am

Edible gardens are taking off in New Zealand primary and secondary schools, presenting important new opportunities to promote fruit and vegetable consumption, new University of Otago research has found.

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Otago receives grant to track true toll of neglected deadly disease

Friday, 6 March 2015 1:25pm

The University of Otago announced today that it has received around NZD$320,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to coordinate efforts in determining the disease burden of typhoidal and non-typhoidal Salmonella disease, which are major causes of child death in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Smokefree tertiary institutions point the way

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 10:39am

The progress public tertiary education institutions (TEIs) have made towards becoming completely smokefree should encourage other New Zealand workplaces and institutions to follow suit, new University of Otago research suggests.

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Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 10:00am

A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s health status, too, according to latest research out of the University of Otago.

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Conference explores integrated ‘One Health’ approach to infectious diseases

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 2:58pm

Infectious diseases and other health concerns arising at the interface between people, animals, and the environment, are the focus of the 7th annual conference of the Otago International Health Research Network (OIHRN) that begins tomorrow.

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Cannabis smoking may increase risk of lung cancer

Friday, 19 September 2014 12:57pm

University of Otago researchers have contributed to evidence that cannabis smoking may increase the risk of lung cancer in heavy users.

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Tobacco display bans protect youth and quitters: Otago research

Tuesday, 2 September 2014 12:39pm

Ending the display and promotion of cigarettes and tobacco in retail shops helps prevent young people taking up smoking and keeps quitters on track, according to new University of Otago research.

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Hand sanitiser use doesn't prevent school absences

Monday, 18 August 2014 11:36am

A randomised controlled trial conducted by staff at the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine failed to show any effect of hand sanitiser use on school sick days.

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NZ airport Ebola checks 'an abundance of caution'

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 3:22pm

A global health expert says there is little risk of Ebola reaching New Zealand, but if the virus does arrive on our shores the country is prepared to deal with it.

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Deadly Ebola virus 'unlikely to infect NZ'

Friday, 8 August 2014 3:31pm

New Zealand medical experts insist there's little chance of an Ebola outbreak in NZ.

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NZ schoolchildren not disadvantaged by part-time work: Otago research

Thursday, 24 July 2014 4:19pm

Schoolchildren who combine schoolwork with a part-time job do not appear to suffer from any long-term disadvantage, University of Otago research suggests.

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Study analyses NZ newspapers’ coverage of tobacco control issues

Wednesday, 2 July 2014 9:16am

University of Otago researchers’ analysis of 12 months of coverage of tobacco-control issues in New Zealand newspapers has found that these media outlets use a positive tone when covering actions to reduce smoking.

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Otago healthcare systems expert awarded UK visiting professorship

Friday, 27 June 2014 11:28am

Robin Gauld, Professor of Health Policy and director of the Centre for Health Systems at the University of Otago, has been named the 2014 NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professor.

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Otago researcher in top one percent most-cited in world

Friday, 20 June 2014 3:52pm

A University of Otago researcher, along with only three other New Zealand scientists, has been included in a new list of the top 1% most-cited researchers in science around the globe.

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Reducing the alcohol minimum purchasing age increased assaults of young males

Thursday, 19 June 2014 8:46am

New research from the University of Otago shows that reducing the minimum alcohol purchasing age to 18 in December 1999, was associated with an increase in assaults of 15-19 year-old males in New Zealand.

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Funding granted to study New Zealand’s new alcohol laws

Monday, 9 June 2014 2:15pm

Researchers from the University of Otago have been awarded $1.19 million by the Health Research Council (HRC) of New Zealand to study the effects of the country’s new alcohol legislation.

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BMJ urged to widen its approach to transparency

Wednesday, 4 June 2014 5:00pm

A group of University of Otago health policy researchers, based in Dunedin and Christchurch, has called on the leading medical journal BMJ to be much more even handed in scrutinising the transparency of what it publishes.

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International research coalition secures major funding for ‘One Health’ approach tackling animal-human disease spread

Thursday, 22 May 2014 3:25pm

A coalition of researchers working in northern Tanzania, including leading University of Otago and Massey University experts, has been awarded three grants collectively worth around NZ$8.8 million to study zoonotic infectious diseases among poor livestock keepers.

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2014 Health Research Excellence Awards

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 4:59pm

Professor Barry Taylor of the Dunedin School of Medicine and Carole Heatly of the Southern District Health Board together with the Health Research South Board would like to congratulate recipients of the 2014 Health Research Excellence Awards.

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Fluoridating water does not lower IQ: Otago research

Monday, 19 May 2014 2:10pm

New University of Otago research out of the world-renowned Dunedin Multidisciplinary Study does not support claims that fluoridating water adversely affects children’s mental development and adult IQ.

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Serious muscle damage risk from widely used cholesterol lowering drug very low in general population: Otago research

Friday, 16 May 2014 3:25pm

New Zealanders taking a higher dose of simvastatin, one of the statin drugs used to prevent heart attacks and strokes, have a greater risk of rhabdomyolysis than people taking a lower dose according to new University of Otago research.

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Innovative Otago health research gains funding

Monday, 12 May 2014 11:16am

Four University of Otago researchers have gained a total of around $550,000 to support their innovative studies in the latest funding announcement by the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC).

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Postcard from the Gambia

Thursday, 10 April 2014 4:46pm

Working with children in the Gambia, Dr Uzochukwu Egere is doing what he loves: caring for children and easing “the intolerable burden of disease” around him.

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Web-based alcohol intervention programme has limited effect on consumption

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 3:25pm

New research from the University of Otago shows that a web-based self-assessment and feedback programme for students who drink hazardously produced only a modest reduction in alcohol consumption.

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Widely used heartburn and peptic ulcer medicines increase risk of rare kidney disease: Otago research

Monday, 24 March 2014 3:25pm

New Zealanders taking a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), a type of medicine used to treat gastric acid reflux disorders and peptic ulcer disease, are at an increased risk of a rare kidney disease, according to new findings by University of Otago researchers.

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Otago’s collaboration with Myanmar university moves into TB research

Friday, 21 March 2014 3:24pm

An international partnership forged by the University of Otago and University of Medicine (1) in Myanmar (also known as Burma) in late 2012 is moving ahead in several directions, including research into the genetics of tuberculosis drug resistance.

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Education and persuasion strategies fail to address alcohol problems

Thursday, 30 January 2014 8:46am

In an article published today in the Otago Daily Times, Professor Jennie Connor explains that education and persuasian strategies are popular but ineffective ways to address alcohol problems.

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Quitting smoking unlikely to cause long-term weight gain: Otago research

Monday, 27 January 2014 11:46am

Smokers wanting to kick the habit needn’t be too worried about gaining a lot of weight after quitting, according to newly published University of Otago research.

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One-off screening could slash NZ bowel cancer rates: Otago expert

Thursday, 23 January 2014 2:48pm

Introducing a highly effective one-off bowel cancer screening test could reduce rates of the deadly disease and alleviate the current over-supply of nursing graduates in New Zealand, according to a University of Otago researcher.

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Research vital part of vaccination projects

Saturday, 9 November 2013 3:21pm

Professor Kim Mulholland says Western governments and other organisations that are supporting vaccination programmes in developing countries should also ensure some key related research is undertaken.

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Internet may be tool to improve veterans' health

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 4:30pm

The internet could become a useful tool to improve the mental health and wellbeing of some New Zealand veterans after military service abroad, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine researcher Dr Shyamala Nada-Raja believes.

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Leukaemia rates significantly higher in NZ Vietnam vets

Monday, 2 September 2013 4:26pm

Vietnam veterans who served from 1962-1971 have double the rate of chronic lymphatic leukaemia compared to the general population according to a new study by the University of Otago’s Department of Preventive and Social Medicine.

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Injuries for Māori result in considerable disability

Friday, 2 August 2013 3:25pm

Researchers at the University of Otago have found that many Māori are experiencing adverse outcomes three months after being injured.

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Tougher laws no silver bullet for cyclist and pedestrian accidents

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 2:08pm

A leading University of Otago injury prevention researcher’s policy brief is casting doubt on increased penalties as the answer to reducing careless driving causing injury to vulnerable road users** (VRU) such as cyclists and pedestrians.

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African fever patients commonly over-diagnosed with malaria

Friday, 19 July 2013 9:35am

People hospitalised with fever in Africa are most likely to be treated for malaria but, in some areas, nearly all of these patients are ill from a different infection, a new collaborative study led by a University of Otago researcher suggests.

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Breast cancer leading cause of alcohol-attributable death in New Zealand women: Otago research

Monday, 15 July 2013 10:02am

Alcohol is responsible for more than one-in-twenty deaths of New Zealanders aged under 80, new University of Otago research suggests.

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Study reveals genetic testing's promise for predicting which children will grow out of asthma

Friday, 28 June 2013 11:36am

Genetic risk assessments could be used to predict which children with asthma are likely to grow out of the condition, and which will continue having symptoms as they grow older, new research emerging from the University of Otago’s world-renowned Dunedin Multidisciplinary Study suggests.

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Researchers investigate Population Based Funding Formula (PBFF)

Wednesday, 26 June 2013 4:07pm

New Zealand is out of step with other countries in a lack of transparency about how some $9 billion of health funding is distributed each year, Centre for Health Systems researchers suggest.

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Otago Innovation Limited wins national commercialisation award

Friday, 21 June 2013 1:09am

The University of Otago’s commercialisation arm, Otago Innovation Limited, has won a national award for its commercialisation of the National Poison Centre’s database, TOXINZ.

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University of Otago receives grant for groundbreaking research in global health and development

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 2:20pm

The University of Otago announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr Stephen Sowerby will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled "Portable soil-transmitted helminth monitoring to combat gastrointestinal parasites".

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NZ outdoor workers poorly protected from the sun: Otago research

Tuesday, 23 April 2013 8:50am

New Zealand outdoor workers are generally poorly protected from solar UV radiation, with only around one-third wearing sunscreen or a suitably protective hat, according to a University of Otago study published in the latest issue of the international Journal of Occupational Health.

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Better outcomes for injured New Zealanders than ill ones

Monday, 18 March 2013 9:13am

New Zealanders who fall ill experience significantly worse financial and work outcomes than those with a comparable injury, according to new University of Otago research. Dr Sue McAllister of the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine led the research for her PhD, conducting a comparative study of 109 people under the age of 65 years who had a stroke and compared their outcomes with 429 people who had a similarly debilitating injury.

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District health boards faced challenges prior to Christchurch quakes

Friday, 15 March 2013 9:04am

Before the Christchurch earthquakes, emergency preparedness at district health board-level in New Zealand faced challenges that they needed to overcome, suggests a University of Otago study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal today. However, the study – the first to address the issue of strategic healthcare emergency preparedness in New Zealand - found that disaster preparedness was adequate to deal with a major emergency– as occurred in Christchurch.

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Healthcare system not 'what most NZers want today'

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 4:19pm

The private healthcare system relies on the public system when things go wrong, and should be more transparent about its fees, Prof Robin Gauld said in a lecture in Dunedin last night.

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Car crashes overlooked killer of unborn babies in NZ

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 10:04am

Motor vehicle crashes involving mothers-to-be account for more than half of all New Zealand’s foetal deaths due to maternal injury, new University of Otago research reveals. In the first-ever study to describe foetal mortality due to vehicle crashes in this country, an Otago injury prevention researcher shows that of the 41 foetal and newborn deaths due to maternal injury between 1997 and 2008, 21 involved motor vehicle collisions, according to narrative data on the foetal death certificate.

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Excessive TV in childhood linked to long-term antisocial behaviour

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 9:52am

Children and adolescents who watch a lot of television are more likely to manifest antisocial and criminal behaviour when they become adults, according to a new University of Otago study published online in the US journal Pediatrics.

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Having multiple sex partners linked to later drug and alcohol problems

Friday, 15 February 2013 3:25pm

The more sex partners young adults have the more likely they are to go on to develop alcohol or cannabis dependence disorders in young adulthood, according to new University of Otago research.

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Otago researchers create online injured cyclist-door crash map

Thursday, 7 February 2013 9:48am

A searchable online map showing where in New Zealand cyclists have been injured as a result of car doors opening has been created by University of Otago injury prevention researchers.

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Study finds the cheapest emergency food to stockpile

Friday, 14 December 2012 4:55pm

Storage foods for an emergency such as an earthquake that meet all daily energy requirements can cost as little as $2.22 per day according to a new study by the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Shocking disparities in child obesity now exist in New Zealand

Wednesday, 12 December 2012 9:58am

Public health researcher Professor Tony Blakely from the University of Otago, Wellington says the time for prevaricating about obesity is over with the release of latest child obesity figures by the Ministry of Health.

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Before Skyfall: 46 years of violence in James Bond movies

Tuesday, 11 December 2012 3:25pm

Violent acts in James Bond films were more than twice as common in Quantum of Solace (2008) than in the original 1962 movie Dr No, University of Otago researchers have found.

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Clinical governance in hospitals making good progress

Thursday, 6 December 2012 2:10pm

The largest and most complex survey of the New Zealand health workforce has just been completed showing good progress across many DHBs in the development and implementation of clinical governance by health professionals in public hospitals.

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Study shows the reality for “vital” Christchurch quake responders

Friday, 23 November 2012 8:31am

Front-line rescue workers in Christchurch put their own needs and those of their families to one side to play a vital role during the Christchurch earthquakes and aftershocks, early results from a study into the occupational health of 600 emergency workers shows.

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Kiwis missing out on free prescription medicines entitlement

Tuesday, 13 November 2012 7:59am

Many New Zealanders are not getting free prescriptions when they should and these people are likely to include our most vulnerable, new findings from an ongoing University of Otago and Victoria University study into equity in prescription medicine use suggest.

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Sexual Health and Rugby World Cup 2011

Tuesday, 16 October 2012 3:25pm

A new in-depth analysis of sexual health clinic attendance and diagnoses during last year’s Rugby World Cup (RWC) reveals increased risk and harm for attendees who had sex related to this sporting event.

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Serious assaults in NZ disturbingly high: Otago research

Friday, 12 October 2012 8:34am

University of Otago researchers have found that serious assaults in New Zealand have been steadily rising and are now at disturbingly high levels, especially among young males, Maori and Pacific people, and those from deprived neighbourhoods.

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NZ’s shameful alcohol injury toll put under spotlight at major conference

Friday, 5 October 2012 1:43pm

Around one-quarter of injury deaths in New Zealand could be prevented if alcohol use was removed from the combination of factors causing these injuries, a University of Otago researcher told the 11th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion held in Wellington this week.

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More govt responsibility needed in making schools ‘sun-smarter’

Tuesday, 18 September 2012 11:30am

Central government needs to take more responsibility for ensuring that New Zealand children are sun-safe while at school, according to University of Otago researchers.

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Greater blood clot risk for heavier middle-aged women, especially after surgery

Wednesday, 18 April 2012 3:25pm

A major study by researchers from the Universities of Otago and Oxford has found that overweight and obese middle-aged women are at much higher risk of developing potentially fatal blood clots than women who are a healthy weight.

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Many NZ primary schools need to be ‘sun smarter’: Otago research

Friday, 10 February 2012 9:18am

While New Zealand primary school students are benefiting from improved sun protection efforts over recent years, our schools still lag behind those of Australia in the ‘sun smart’ stakes, according to latest University of Otago research.

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One in five gay men with HIV unaware of infection: Otago research

Thursday, 2 February 2012 3:21pm

New University of Otago research suggests that 6.5% of gay and bisexual men in Auckland have HIV, with a fifth (21%) of these unaware of their infection.

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Otago academics made full professors

Thursday, 22 December 2011 9:24am

Fourteen of the University of Otago’s leading academics are being promoted to full professorships.

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Low influence of playgrounds on child activity: Otago study

Wednesday, 21 December 2011 4:30pm

Upgrading playgrounds does not appear to be sufficient to help children become more active.

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NZ among nations making no progress on child maltreatment

Friday, 9 December 2011 1:07pm

New Zealand is named in a major international study involving the University of Otago as one of six states and countries which have no clear evidence of a decrease in child maltreatment over the past two decades.

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University of Otago research shows spirituality important in healthcare

Monday, 14 November 2011 9:29am

A University of Otago study has offered a working definition of spirituality to help healthcare professionals better understand its importance for those faced with illness and death in an age when fatal illnesses are often prolonged.

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New Otago study focuses on health aspects of toxic site clean-up

Wednesday, 28 September 2011 12:11pm

University of Otago researchers have received a Health Research Council of New Zealand and Ministry of Health partnership research grant to conduct an epidemiological study of the former Fruitgrowers Chemical Company site in Mapua.

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Novel screening method has potential to reduce lower back/limb injuries

Monday, 11 July 2011 1:31pm

A promising University of Otago student who developed an innovative screening procedure to identify New Zealand army personnel most at risk of lower leg and back injuries has been recognised with a scholarship to develop her concept further.

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Study to investigate infertility in Otago-Southland women

Wednesday, 6 July 2011 10:18am

Little is known about the number of women in New Zealand who experience infertility; their use of health services and their knowledge and attitudes towards the condition and its treatment. Now, a University of Otago PhD student is seeking to shed some light on the situation through a survey of 2000 randomly selected women in Otago and Southland.

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Heavy drinking linked to more frequent and more severe aggression in relationships

Tuesday, 5 July 2011 10:06am

Drinking by one or both partners increases levels of severity, anger and fear reported by victims of intimate partner aggression, according to a new study by University of Otago researchers.

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Scientists critical of Alcohol Reform Bill

Monday, 2 May 2011 11:00am

A paper published in the international scientific journal Drug & Alcohol Review examining the alcohol bill presently before Parliament argues that it falls well short of the major reform promised by government.

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Higher blood clot risk found for newer unsubsidised oral contraceptive pill

Friday, 22 April 2011 12:14pm

New evidence that a combined oral contraceptive pill containing the progestogen hormone drospirenone appears to put women at higher risk of blood clots than older types containing levonorgestrel has just been published by researchers at the University of Otago and Boston University.

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Study suggests school milk prevents bowel cancer

Monday, 17 January 2011 3:17pm

Scientists at the University of Otago have found that regular consumption of school milk significantly reduced the risk of bowel cancer in adulthood.

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Higher density of alcohol outlets related to increased risk of binge drinking and alcohol-related harm

Monday, 1 November 2010 2:57pm

University of Otago researchers have discovered an association between the number of liquor outlets within easy walking distance of home (1km) and the level of binge drinking and alcohol related harm reported in the community.

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Risky drinking and adverse sexual experiences in NZ university students

Friday, 8 October 2010 11:13am

New Zealand university students who drink heavily report considerably more unsafe sex, unhappy sexual experiences and unwanted advances than their lightly drinking peers, according to a new survey of students at five universities.

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Use of Personal Health Information to Assess the Safety of Medicines: What a Citizens’ Jury Decided

Wednesday, 18 August 2010 8:59am

An informed public does not place personal privacy above societal benefits when it comes to using and linking health information for research, according to the outcome of deliberations by a citizens’ jury.

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Major funding for research into improving Māori children’s oral health

Monday, 29 March 2010 9:58am

An innovative University of Otago research project aimed at improving the oral health of Māori children has gained $2,352,328 in funding from the New Zealand Health Research Council.

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Teens who spend less time glued to screens may relate better to peers

Tuesday, 2 March 2010 1:51pm

A new study at the University of Otago has some good news for parents worried that restricting TV viewing might make it more difficult for their children to relate to their friends.

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Melanoma incidence increase found among Māori

Wednesday, 8 July 2009 3:29pm

Research points to need for greater awareness of melanoma risk for Māori.

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Socks-over-shoes proven as means of reducing winter falls

Thursday, 2 July 2009 9:10am

The longstanding practice of wearing socks over shoes to prevent falls on icy slopes has been supported by an innovative study from the University of Otago.

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Time to revisit fairness in NZ health system

Wednesday, 13 May 2009 3:37pm

Private surgery system works against the poor, study shows.

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Greater incidence for STDs for women under 21

Thursday, 26 March 2009 4:22pm

The period before age 21 is a time of special risk for sexually transmitted infections for women, but not men, according to a new paper published by researchers from the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago.