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2017 Graduates' Oath Reading Ceremony

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 1:52pm

Otago Medical School graduates undertook their oath on 9 December 2017 as part of their graduation ceremonies.

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Dean's Bequest recipients 2018

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 3:22pm

DSM warmly congratulates recipients of Dean's Bequest Round 2018

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Positive outlook for couples with fertility difficulties

Wednesday, 30 August 2017 11:01am

Young couples who fear they are infertile may just need more time rather than costly treatments, University of Otago research shows.

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Departmental recipients at Health Research Excellence Awards night

Monday, 10 July 2017 2:50pm

Departmental recipients at Health Research Excellence Awards night

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Department staff create distraction bears for children in ED

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 11:39am

Staff in the Department of Women's and Children's Health have been knitting distraction bears for children in ED.

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Otago research suggests child obesity can be tackled by simple sleep interventions

Tuesday, 7 March 2017 12:34pm

Families who receive brief interventions about how to improve their children’s sleep have infants who are much less likely to be overweight, a University of Otago study has found.

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Study finds babies are relatively safe in Wahakura, woven flax bassinets

Monday, 9 January 2017 4:19pm

Infants sleeping in wahakura (flax bassinets) are relatively safe when compared with bassinets, a joint study between the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic has found.

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Monitoring for Congenital Zika Syndrome to start in New Zealand

Friday, 29 July 2016 9:25am

From August 2016, paediatricians are being asked to report all cases of infants and children less than six months of age with microcephaly or other brain abnormalities, whose mother, or her partner, has been in a country with active Zika virus transmission during (or just before) her pregnancy.

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Infertility a common problem for Otago-Southland women

Friday, 20 November 2015 10:23am

Infertility is common amongst women aged 25–50 years in the south of New Zealand and significant health resources go towards helping them become mothers, new University of Otago research suggests.

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Otago study shows clear link to worse learning outcomes in child snorers

Monday, 7 September 2015 4:04pm

A comprehensive University of Otago-led study of data from 12 countries has found that children with sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), including snoring, are clearly associated with poorer academic performance.

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Long-acting reversible contraceptives for adolescents advocated

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 2:38pm

Senior lecturers in bioethics, and obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Otago have called for a free, universal LARC (long-acting reversible contraceptive) programme to be made available to teens before they become sexually active.

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NZ children still suffer rickets from lack of Vitamin D

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 9:14am

Vitamin D deficiency continues to cause rickets in young New Zealanders, new University of Otago research has found. The researchers say that their finding suggests that at-risk mothers and children should be better targeted for Vitamin D supplementation.

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Rejecting Vitamin K at birth predicts child vaccination refusal

Thursday, 16 April 2015 10:54am

New Zealand parents who turn down vitamin K for their newborns are more than 14 times more likely to not get their children immunised, a new University of Otago study has found.

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Waiting to start a family could be more problematic than thought: Otago study

Monday, 23 February 2015 9:16am

More than a quarter of women and a fifth of men experience fertility difficulties by their late thirties – figures which are considerably higher than traditionally reported, newly published information from the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study shows.

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Health issues highlighted in Child Poverty Monitor

Tuesday, 2 December 2014 8:28am

Although the just released second annual Child Poverty Monitor has revealed a small decrease in the number of New Zealand children living in income poverty, researchers involved in its preparation say there is still much to address in terms of health impacts.

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Health Research Excellence Awards

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 2:16pm

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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Accurate height and weight measurement necessary to reduce risk for pregnant women

Friday, 11 April 2014 1:38pm

A study by the University of Otago shows there are inaccuracies being made in the documented height and weight of pregnant women at the time of their 12-week scan, which could change clinical risk assessments for women.

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New Zealand Child Poverty Monitor released

Monday, 9 December 2013 8:25am

Today’s release of the first annual monitor of child poverty puts a spotlight on the thousands of Kiwi children who are not getting the start to life they deserve.

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PhD student wins new writing competition

Friday, 8 November 2013 3:08pm

Sophia Cameron-Christie, of the Department of Women's and Children's Health, has won an inaugural writing competition run by the Otago Medical School Research Society.

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Teaching Award winners announced

Monday, 21 October 2013 9:33am

Top medical teachers were recognised last week at the annual Dunedin School of Medicine Teaching Awards.