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Sex advice and Siri? To Google or not to Google? These are the questions

Thursday, 14 December 2017 4:17pm

In an article published today in the Christmas issue of the British Medical Journal, New Zealand researchers found that Google laptop searches performed better at finding online sexual health advice than the digital assistants on smartphones.

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No hat, no play? Not always: Otago research

Thursday, 7 December 2017 9:38am

Many children may not be sun-safe during school lunch breaks, research from the University of Otago, Wellington, reveals.

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Otago University breakthrough in the war on sugar

Thursday, 7 December 2017 1:40pm

Distinguishing naturally occurring sugars in a person’s diet from those added as sweetener has been challenging – until now, thanks to a new method developed by the University of Otago.

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Otago study fails to find strong link between sitting and weight gain

Wednesday, 6 December 2017 3:28pm

Sitting is bad for you, but it is unlikely to make you fat, a University of Otago study has found.

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Otago survey shows care needed at Christmas and social functions

Tuesday, 5 December 2017 10:39am

A University of Otago survey of 1000 employers and employees in New Zealand has found that many things can go wrong at work social events when alcohol is involved.

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Otago researchers gain new insights into inflammatory signalling mechanisms implicated in cancer

Monday, 4 December 2017 2:51pm

University of Otago biochemistry researchers are continuing a fine trans-Tasman history of scientific connections by making use of the Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne in their studies – a roughly football-field sized machine that can create intense beams of light a million times brighter than the sun.

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Giving cash without strings attached can improve health

Thursday, 23 November 2017 12:05pm

New research has shown governments can help improve health in low and middle income countries, simply by providing cash to people living in poverty.

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Otago study finds infection and schizophrenia symptom link

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 8:48am

If a mother’s immune system is activated by infection during pregnancy, it could result in critical cognitive deficits linked to schizophrenia in her offspring, a University of Otago study has revealed.

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Healthy food choices in childhood lowers risk of developing cardiovascular disease

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 3:07pm

Cutting saturated fat in children’s diets reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease in adulthood, a University of Otago study has found.

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Consequences of gene drive technologies for ecosystems

Friday, 17 November 2017 11:44am

Scientists working in the vanguard of new genetic technologies have issued a call to ensure that possible applications in conservation will only affect local populations.

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Elimination of mosquito-borne diseases in the Pacific possible with collaboration

Thursday, 16 November 2017 5:00pm

The importance of working together to prevent mosquito-borne diseases will be highlighted during an upcoming University of Otago-organised event.

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First New Zealand study of pathological hoarding

Monday, 6 November 2017 11:46am

An estimated 35,000 New Zealanders have clinically severe hoarding behaviour, according to the country’s first snapshot of the debilitating mental illness. A further 56,000 people are likely to have sub-clinical hoarding behaviours that could later develop into a diagnosable condition.

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Small changes can make big differences for tenants, study finds

Friday, 3 November 2017 9:10am

Even minor improvements to new buildings can make a significant difference to tenants’ comfort, new research from the University of Otago, Wellington, has found.

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Otago health researchers gain career development awards

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 11:53am

Four up–and–coming University of Otago researchers have each been awarded around $500,000 from the Health Research Council (HRC) to pursue world-class projects aimed at improving New Zealander’s health and wellbeing and contributing to international progress in these areas.

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No smokefree signs at New Zealand racecourses, study shows

Friday, 27 October 2017 12:25pm

A survey of New Zealand racecourses and sports grounds with stands has found no smokefree signs at the racecourses and signage at less than half the sports grounds.

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Provide more water fountains at playgrounds, say researchers

Thursday, 19 October 2017 11:14am

A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington, has found that only six per cent of Wellington City children’s playgrounds have drinking water fountains.

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Many NZ mums not getting message about boosting iodine and folic acid: Otago research

Monday, 16 October 2017 11:13am

New Zealand’s Ministry of Health (MOH) rarely recommends using supplements, but does urge mothers to take in additional iodine and folic acid before and during pregnancy, and iodine when breastfeeding, to help avoid neurodevelopmental problems in their babies.

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NZ kids can’t escape alcohol marketing next to bread and milk

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 4:19pm

New Zealand children are exposed to alcohol marketing on nearly every visit to the supermarket, innovative camera research from Otago and Auckland Universities reveals.

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New research shows NZ children are surrounded by junk food ads

Monday, 9 October 2017 5:25pm

New Zealand children are exposed to around 27 unhealthy food advertisements per day, innovative camera research from Otago and Auckland Universities reveals.

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Improving assessment of acute abdominal pain

Friday, 6 October 2017 3:08pm

Surgical admissions for people with abdominal pain to Wellington Hospital’s department of general surgery have nearly doubled over the past decade, a University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) study has found.

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Shoddy sunbeds on the second-hand market in New Zealand: Otago findings

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 2:26pm

New Zealand regulations around commercial sunbeds have been tightened in recent years, but they can be purchased on TradeMe where no regulations apply at all, according on to ongoing University of Otago research.

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New Zealand teens’ risky behaviour rates reduced since the 1990s

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 11:38am

Overall today’s adolescents are ‘better behaved’ than teens in the 1990s, says a University of Otago, Wellington researcher.

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World-leading cancer geneticist to receive Otago’s highest honour

Tuesday, 3 October 2017 9:43am

Professor Parry Guilford, an internationally renowned cancer genetics and biology expert, has been selected as the University’s latest recipient of the Distinguished Research Medal, the University of Otago’s highest distinction.

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Internationally pioneering Otago microbiology group honoured

Thursday, 28 September 2017 4:06pm

A world-leading team of microbiologists, whose work on a novel new way to fight TB infections shows great promise, has been selected as the recipient of the University of Otago’s latest Research Group Award.

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Undeclared steroids found in products sold in NZ

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 12:25pm

Athletes and the body-conscious beware – at least six sports supplements on sale in Australia and New Zealand contain anabolic steroids not declared on their labels.

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Lactation hormone also helps a mother’s brain: Otago research

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 12:11pm

The same hormone that stimulates milk production for lactation, also acts in the brain to help establish the nurturing link between mother and baby, University of Otago researchers have revealed for the first time.

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US video shines light on Otago research into the mystery of how glowworms glow

Monday, 25 September 2017 5:40pm

Otago Department of Biochemistry glowworm bioluminescence research was recently showcased internationally on a US public radio website.

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New study shows General Practices at health training capacity

Friday, 22 September 2017 10:17am

A comprehensive survey in the lower North Island and South Island has revealed that general practices, although crucial for teaching our future health professionals, are at training capacity.

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New research shows surge in outdoor smokefree action around NZ

Friday, 22 September 2017 9:42am

Local outdoor smokefree action is rapidly growing around New Zealand, according to new research from the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Book shines spotlight on our cities

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 12:02pm

A new book sets out important ideas for helping New Zealand cities resolve the challenges of providing quality, affordable housing, designing healthy transport systems and dealing with climate change.

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New medical device for brain monitoring at the bedside

Monday, 18 September 2017 10:26am

A University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) team has been awarded an MBIE Endeavour grant this week to develop a non-invasive and cost-effective device to diagnose and treat stroke and other brain injuries.

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Dawn of agriculture linked with poor start to life in ancient Atacama, Chile

Monday, 11 September 2017 9:29am

Learning to cultivate crops and other agricultural food – rather than relying on hunter-gathering – is often thought of as a key milestone in the history of humanity.

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Canterbury quake damage increased risk of cardiovascular disease

Friday, 8 September 2017 1:48pm

A Healthier Lives National Science Challenge study using New Zealand linked datasets  reveals the impact of residential housing damage from the 2010/11 Canterbury earthquakes on hospital admissions for cardiovascular disease.

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Otago researchers investigate new stroke treatment

Friday, 8 September 2017 1:56pm

New Zealand stroke survivors are being sought by University of Otago researchers for an innovative study that holds promise for restoring their arm and hand function.

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Study shows mould in bedrooms causes asthma in young children

Thursday, 7 September 2017 11:02am

Researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) have shown that leaking and mouldy homes may lead to the development of a first attack of asthma in young children living in them.

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Traditional pregnancy a thing of the past

Tuesday, 5 September 2017 12:12pm

Having a baby may never be the same again as increasingly sophisticated genetic testing is likely to raise thorny ethical issues, according to a new report.

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Otago researchers makes "natural born killer" cell discovery

Friday, 1 September 2017 11:29am

An unexpected role for a white blood cell called the Natural Killer (NK) cell – a critical cell for ridding the body of infection and cancer, has been discovered by University of Otago researchers.

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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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Helping healthcare practitioners to work with language interpreters

Monday, 28 August 2017 11:44am

A team of researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington has just launched a unique on-line eLearning module to provide realistic and practical guidance for clinicians working with spoken language interpreters in primary health care.

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Otago brain health researchers delve into dopamine

Friday, 25 August 2017 4:03pm

University of Otago researchers studying learning processes affected in brain disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have made new discoveries about how nerve impulses form memories, findings which have implications for developing new therapies for these conditions.