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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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Epigenetic changes promoting cancer metastasis identified: Otago research

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:25pm

Latest University of Otago research is shedding new light on why and how cancer cells spread from primary tumours to other parts of the body. This phenomenon – known as metastasis – causes about 90 per cent of all cancer deaths.

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Mystery of Southlan's high bowel cancer rates may be solved

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 11:42am

Professor Brian Cox receives funding to investigate Southland's high rates of bowel cancer

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Rachael Taylor promoted to full professor

Thursday, 15 December 2016 10:30am

The Dunedin School of Medicine warmly congratulates Rachael Taylor, the Department of Medicine's Deputy Head of Department, on her promotion to full professor

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Otago academics made full professor

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 9:02am

Seventeen leading academics from across the University of Otago’s Dunedin, Christchurch, and Wellington campuses are being promoted to full professor.

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Boxing: what lies beneath

Monday, 12 December 2016 2:27pm

Dr Jane Millichamp from the Dunedin School of Medicine discusses the dangers of repeated injuries to the brain

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Brian Cox: a cancer beater – and we're not using it

Friday, 9 December 2016 12:28pm

A 20-minute procedure called flexible sigmoidoscopy can reduce the subsequent risk of bowel cancer by 43 per cent.

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Māori medical student graduates create history

Wednesday, 7 December 2016 10:56am

The largest number of Māori medical students in New Zealand’s history will graduate from the University of Otago on Saturday 10 December.

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New Zealanders need high quality cancer information

Friday, 2 December 2016 3:24pm

There is considerable demand for cancer information resources in New Zealand, with a third of women and a quarter of men deliberately searching for these over the past year, according to a new University of Otago study.

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NZ banning sunbeds will have little impact on jobs

Friday, 2 December 2016 3:18pm

Banning sunbed services in New Zealand would help reduce skin cancer rates and only have a minimal impact on businesses and jobs, new University of Otago research suggests.

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Triple Marsden success for DSM researchers

Tuesday, 8 November 2016 12:15pm

Dunedin School of Medicine researchers have been awarded nearly $2.5 million in Marsden Fund grants.

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Otago academic honoured by NZ AIDS Foundation

Monday, 7 November 2016 8:24pm

An Otago academic was one of five people to be recognised by the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) during the weekend, receiving honorary Life Membership – the highest honour the organisation bestows.

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Otago researchers probe HPV’s manipulation of immune system

Friday, 7 October 2016 9:55am

University of Otago researchers have gained fresh insights into how one of the main viruses that cause cervical cancer evades its hosts’ immune systems.

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Disparities in insulin pump use by New Zealanders with type 1 diabetes: Otago research

Friday, 23 September 2016 11:32am

There are significant demographic and regional disparities in the use of insulin pumps in New Zealand, according to new University of Otago research.

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Study reveals joint replacement surgery inequities

Friday, 23 September 2016 10:32am

The provision of publicly-funded hip and knee total joint replacement (TJR) procedures varies between District Health Boards (DHBs) and national rates have not increased since 2007, new University of Otago research has found.

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Otago scientists win national medals

Friday, 9 September 2016 12:02pm

Two current and one former University of Otago staff members received medals at the New Zealand Association of Scientists Awards Night, which recognises outstanding contributions by members of the country's science community.

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Vaccine complacency alert

Monday, 29 August 2016 11:11am

Despite major achievements arising from the past use of vaccines, including the eradication of smallpox, there is no room for complacency over the continuing need to vaccinate.

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Study suggests NZ children’s family lives often complex and fluid

Monday, 29 August 2016 10:38am

Conventional notions of family life that underpin New Zealand’s social policies do not match the reality of many young New Zealanders’ lives, new University of Otago research suggests.

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CVD-targeted screening for the 'silent killer' AAA

Friday, 26 August 2016 3:04pm

Targeted screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) based on patients' cardiovascular health shows promise for improving detection and treatment of this potentially deadly condition, new University of Otago research suggests.

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Otago rugby team assisting with ground-breaking concussion research

Thursday, 25 August 2016 8:35am

The University of Otago is conducting ground-breaking research in to the forces exerted on heads of the Otago rugby players as they compete during the Mitre 10 Cup on Thursday, 25 August. The University researchers are testing whether neck strength is a crucial factor in preventing concussion in the sport.

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Many pregnant NZ women are in the dark about healthy weight gain in pregnancy

Friday, 5 August 2016 4:34pm

A large proportion of pregnant New Zealand women are at higher risk of poor health outcomes because they don’t know how much weight they should be putting on during pregnancy, new University of Otago research suggests.

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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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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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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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Garry Nixon rewarded for Dunstan Hospital, rural health work

Monday, 6 June 2016 4:30pm

Dr Garry Nixon has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to health in the Queen's Birthday Honours List

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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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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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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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Medical centre in Michigan offers exercise program developed at Dunedin School of Medicine

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 10:42am

Thirty people improved their health and well-being this past year by participating in Otago, a simple, individually tailored, home-based exercise program to improve strength and balance that was offered by Cuyuna Regional Medical Centre (CRMC) in Crosby [Michigan].

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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.