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Rats that get regular exercise are more productive in day-to-day tasks: Otago research
Friday, 3 July 2015
Regular exercise may help keep you on top of your to-do list at work, latest University of Otago research suggests.

Outlook positive for electric vehicle uptake in New Zealand – Otago research
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
New research out of the University of Otago indicates Kiwis are keen to make the shift to energy efficient electric vehicles (EVs) but some key barriers are holding them back.

Long-acting reversible contraceptives for adolescents advocated
Tuesday, 30 June 2015
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.

Christchurch Māori health researcher on HRC board
Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama (Ngāti Kahungunu) from the University of Otago, Christchurch has been appointed to the Health Research Council’s Board and to the position of Chair on its Māori Health Committee, replacing Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith, CNZM (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Porou).

NZ children still suffer rickets from lack of Vitamin D
Tuesday, 30 June 2015
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.

Carl Smith Medal awarded to rising Otago researchers
Thursday, 25 June 2015
Two up-and-coming University of Otago researchers are the latest recipients of the Carl Smith Medal and Rowheath Trust Award.

Dr T M Hocken: Bookman and Visionary Collector
Thursday, 25 June 2015
Hocken: Prince of Collectors is the first thoroughgoing account of Hocken as a book collector. Author Dr Donald Kerr has examined Hocken’s entire collection, including his extensive correspondence and personal papers, and his publications. An account of Hocken’s formative years in England and Ireland gives new insight into the man.

Awarding advances in biomedical engineering by Christchurch PhD candidate
Wednesday, 24 June 2015
Advanced biomedical engineering that restores mobility for those with failed orthopaedic implants has earned a Christchurch man a national award.

Otago scientist in international task force linking chemical mixtures in the environment to cancer
Wednesday, 24 June 2015
Mixtures of common chemicals used in our environment may act in concert with each other in the human body to cause the development of cancer. This is the overall finding of ground-breaking new research by an international task force that included New Zealand.

Self-management techniques helping people manage suicidal thoughts
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Self-management techniques need to be more widely acknowledged by mental health professionals as an option to help people who felt suicidal and better support provided to help them develop their own self-management strategies, according to new University of Otago research.


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