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Turning healthcare around: Health professionals learning together makes for better healthcare

Thursday, 13 April 2017 11:14am

Poor communication between clinicians can turn health care into a bad experience. The University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) is turning this around through an interprofessional education (IPE) programme introduced in recent years for students across the disciplines – dietetics, medicine, physiotherapy, and radiation therapy.

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Probiotics may reduce risk of gestational diabetes

Tuesday, 4 April 2017 2:06pm

Research led by the University of Otago, Wellington has found that a ‘home-grown’ naturally occurring probiotic reduces the risk of developing diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) and lowers fasting blood sugar.

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Health Research Council supports Otago researchers

Thursday, 30 March 2017 8:18am

Several University of Otago researchers have gained feasibility grants from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) in its latest funding round. The HRC yesterday announced a combined total of $2 million worth of these grants, up from $1.05 million in 2016.

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New research towards a Smokefree Wellington

Thursday, 30 March 2017 8:46am

Progress towards smokefree inner cities in New Zealand requires specific policies for places like building entrances, family areas, public seating, outdoor dining and for city events, say researchers.

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Evidence supports nationwide roll-out of home safety measures

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 2:28pm

New evidence from the University of Otago, Wellington shows that government social investment in safer housing would be justified to prevent falls.

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Major science event presents latest research on our “Diabesity” epidemic

Friday, 17 March 2017 9:32am

Getting teenagers more active and how our gut hormones impact on obesity are just two of a wide range of topics being discussed at a major gathering of top national and international researchers at Auckland City Hospital today.

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Otago researchers receive new joint pharmaceuticals research funding

Thursday, 2 March 2017 4:32pm

Researchers from University of Otago are among the first recipients of two new grants from PHARMAC and the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC).

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Downward trend in disaster events causing mass deaths in NZ (1900 to 2015)

Thursday, 2 March 2017 7:45am

Fewer New Zealanders are now dying in large-scale disaster events but that is not the case across the Tasman, a University of Otago, Wellington study has found.

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Cold homes harm NZ youth health and schooling

Monday, 13 February 2017 11:29am

A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington has found that young people are experiencing increased health problems, stress, and adverse social effects from cold housing.

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Wellington researchers awarded Long-Term Condition funds to tackle diabetes

Thursday, 9 February 2017 2:32pm

Diabetes is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing long-term health conditions with enormous costs for individuals, the health care system and society. This was recognised in today’s announcement by the Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith for multi-million dollar funding on research to tackle diabetes.

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Public health leaders speaking in Wellington through February

Tuesday, 7 February 2017 9:43am

The 21st Public Health Summer School starts at the University of Otago, Wellington today. As part of the Public Health Summer School, the University will host four free evening talks by leading international public health experts throughout February. The Wellington lectures are free and open to the public.

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Researchers call for ban on alcohol sponsorship of sport

Friday, 13 January 2017 9:01am

Watching televised sport means watching advertisements for alcohol, say researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW).

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Medicinal Cannabis – harms or benefits? Who decides?

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 9:25am

Wellington researchers are calling for doctors to be more involved in the debate around cannabis as a medicine.

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What has art got to do with Public Health?

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 4:40pm

What has art got to do with public health? How can people be “nudged” to better health using behavioural economics? And what emerging infectious diseases should we really worry about?

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Medical Evacuation from the South Pole

Monday, 28 November 2016 5:05pm

One of our graduates from the post graduate diploma in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport at UOW featured recently in a story on Otago alumni. Dr Hamish Wright was the medical physician at the South Pole this winter and he assisted in a world-first medical evacuation of two patients in extreme conditions in the middle of winter this year.

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Amazon humidity and Everest Base Camp altitude...in Wellington

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 10:29am

Researchers can now explore complex health questions in a unique environmental simulation suite at the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Akoranga pūtaiao i roto i te reo Māori

Tuesday, 1 November 2016 12:40pm

Viewing eyeballs through a microscope and discovering the huge numbers of cells in a “single eyeball slice” was one of the highlights for Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna students on a recent visit to the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Cost-effectiveness of Herceptin® for early stage breast cancer varies by age and tumour type

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 9:33am

A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) found that the cost-effectiveness of the drug trastuzumab (known more commonly as Herceptin®) in treating early stage breast cancer was highly variable depending on the disease characteristics and age of the woman.

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University of Otago and Ngāti Toa Rangatira renew partnership

Monday, 17 October 2016 4:39pm

The University of Otago this week renewed an important Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira. The MoU was signed at a ceremony at the University of Otago Wellington by Te Taku Parai, chair of Te Rūnanga, Sir Matiu Rei, Te Rūnanga Executive Director, and John Ward, Chancellor of the University.

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Large Otago study shows New Zealand maternity system needs improvement

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 7:38am

Researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington, have released the findings of a major five-year study of New Zealand’s maternity outcomes. 

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BLITZ study: A youth vision for Porirua City

Monday, 19 September 2016 1:38pm

A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington, with a unique angle and focus in Porirua city has found that better facilities and affordable activities for youth are urgently needed to achieve social sector change.

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Kids'Cam in Tonga

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 12:14pm

Researchers from the University’s Wellington campus have started working with camera and GPS-wearing children in Tonga.

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Otago researchers gain major science funding for innovative projects

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 7:18am

Six innovative Otago research projects have been supported through the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) 2016 Endeavour Fund round announced yesterday.

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Cycling and walking in NZ cities

Thursday, 25 August 2016 10:00am

Cities with higher levels of cycling and walking have better overall population health, according to new research from the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Most homeless people working or studying

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 2:02pm

More than half of all homeless adults in New Zealand are working or studying, say University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) researchers.

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Promoting Health in Aotearoa New Zealand

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 9:17am

Now available as an e-book... a must-read for all in health promotion.

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Radical new law needed to ensure the Smokefree 2025 goal

Friday, 5 August 2016 10:06am

Sweeping changes to the Smokefree Environments legislation are proposed by University of Otago researchers in a newly published article in the New Zealand Medical Journal.

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I whakaputaina he Tirohanga Hauora mō ngā Poari Hauora a-Rohe i roto i te reo Māori

Friday, 8 July 2016 9:42am

I whakaputaina e Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, he rīpoata whakarāpopoto i ngā tatauranga hauora Māori mō ngā Poari Hauora a-Rohe o te motu nei. Koinei te wā tuatahi kua puta ēnei momo tatauranga i roto i te reo Māori.

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Removal of point-of-sale tobacco displays working

Tuesday, 5 July 2016 12:06pm

A new study led by University of Otago researchers suggests that July 2012 legislation that removed all point-of-sale tobacco displays from shops selling cigarettes has helped reduce smoking among New Zealand school students to record low levels.

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Innovative Tairāwhiti programme scores well

Monday, 13 June 2016 12:35pm

A new study has shown that a rural health professional programme on the East Coast of the North Island near Gisborne is highly successful for students, patients and the local community.

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Calls for government restrictions on fast food sponsorship deals

Wednesday, 8 June 2016 9:39am

Calls for government restrictions on fast food sponsorship deals

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Homelessness accelerates between censuses

Friday, 3 June 2016 11:54am

At least one in every 100 New Zealanders were homeless at the latest census in 2013, compared with 1 in 120 in 2006, and 1 in 130 in 2001, say University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) researchers.

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Novel nicotine inhaler doubles smoking quit rates

Tuesday, 17 May 2016 9:46am

A study by researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington shows that smokers who used a nicotine inhaler were twice as likely to quit smoking as smokers using a placebo inhaler.

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Insulating houses keeps children out of hospital

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 9:25am

A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington has found that retrofitting insulation to current 2008 standards in existing houses reduces hospitalisation rates for all children by six percent.

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Much healthier low-cost bread possible

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 10:02am

Bread design could be substantially improved to better protect heart health according to new research. A team at the University of Otago, Wellington studied bread design from the perspective of reducing risk of heart disease, while keeping ingredient costs down. 

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NZ contributes to global report on Indigenous and tribal peoples

Thursday, 21 April 2016 4:01pm

A world-first study into the health and wellbeing of more than 154 million Indigenous and tribal peoples globally was launched today simultaneously in Melbourne and London, by Australia’s Lowitja Institute and the Lancet journal.

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Improving the breast cancer journey for women with experience of mental illness

Monday, 11 April 2016 2:13pm

Researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington are seeking participants for a study to investigate the breast cancer care journey for women with mental illness in order to improve their care.

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University and Kura experiment with science in te reo Māori

Monday, 4 April 2016 2:04pm

Experiments that extract DNA from saliva and use disclosing tablets to look at plaque on teeth may not be new, but the University of Otago, Wellington, (UOW) and Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna are doing these experiments in te reo Māori.

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Barriers to contraception for indigenous Māori teenage mothers

Thursday, 31 March 2016 9:55am

A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington, has found that there are health system barriers for young Māori mothers when trying to access timely contraception.

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Antipsychotic drug clozapine found to have significant gastrointestinal side effects

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 11:36am

New research from the University of Otago, Wellington, and Capital and Coast Health District Health Board (CCDHB) shows that the antipsychotic drug clozapine dramatically slows bowel function. Rarely, this can lead to serious or life-threatening consequences.

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Is austerity bad for your health?

Thursday, 18 February 2016 8:52am

Austerity measures are seriously bad for our health, according to Oxford University Professor David Stuckler, visiting Wellington this week as part of the University of Otago, Wellington Public Health Summer School. 

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Response to global crisis in indigenous mental health

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 3:51pm

Innovative approaches to address traumatised indigenous communities will be described by Australian educators Barbara Wingard and Dr David Denborough from the Dulwich Centre for Narrative Therapy in Wellington tomorrow.

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Promising advances in prevention of rheumatic fever

Tuesday, 9 February 2016 12:45pm

Leading health researchers and practitioners are meeting today to work towards preventing and controlling  rheumatic fever across New Zealand and Australia. The experts are gathering at a one-day seminar at the 20th Public Health Summer School run by the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Working to improve public health in New Zealand

Monday, 1 February 2016 9:52am

Leading international and New Zealand health experts will descend on Wellington throughout February to participate in the 20th Public Health Summer School run by the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Government failing to adequately address tobacco harm for Māori

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 12:38pm

Māori smoking rates have barely changed since 2011, and the Government is not doing enough to address tobacco-related harm amongst Māori, say leading tobacco researchers and public health advocates.

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Wellington start-up in top three at Paris Climate Conference

Monday, 21 December 2015 1:49pm

A Wellington e-commerce start-up with a unique eco-idea to lower CO2 emissions has been placed second in a worldwide competition to tackle climate change at COP21, the 2015 Climate Conference in Paris.

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Rental ‘Warrant of Fitness’ to start in Wellington and Dunedin

Thursday, 17 December 2015 11:35am

The University of Otago, Wellington is working with Wellington and Dunedin City Councils on a rental Warrant of Fitness (WoF) to be introduced next year.

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What drives urban change in New Zealand?

Tuesday, 8 December 2015 9:38am

A new report about the drivers of urban change in New Zealand by the MBIE-funded Resilient Urban Futures Programme has been launched in Parliament by MPs Nicky Wagner and Grant Robertson. The report ‘Drivers of Urban Change’ brings together the views of key decision-makers and cutting-edge research.

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Bodies and bugs: Curious kids doing cool science

Friday, 4 December 2015 8:23am

A pilot project that will help connect children’s innate curiosity with real life science is about to start at the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Study identifies new risk factors for stroke

Thursday, 19 November 2015 10:29am

New research from the University of Otago, Wellington, has identified new risk factors for secondary stroke in patients who have suffered a ‘mini-stroke’ or transient ischaemic attack (TIA). The findings open the way for developing potential new treatments to prevent subsequent full strokes, the researchers believe.

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Do New Zealanders still want the quarter-acre dream?

Monday, 2 November 2015 1:38pm

New Zealanders are moving towards the idea of mixed-use development where housing is within walking and cycling distance of key amenities like work, school or shopping, according to a survey carried out by the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities.

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Otago study links midwifery experience to survival chances of babies

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 11:52am

University of Otago researchers have found strong evidence that levels of midwifery experience in New Zealand are associated with baby mortality. The study has been published today in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

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District Health Board Māori Health Profiles for 2015 released

Thursday, 15 October 2015 10:30am

Twenty reports which provide snapshots of Māori health in District Health Board regions all around New Zealand have been released today.

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Growing public support in the USA and Canada for smokefree outdoor laws

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 10:39am

A new study has found increasing support in the United States and Canada for smokefree laws for outdoor areas, especially in playgrounds and school grounds.

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Unlocking ‘Big Data’ medical information

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 3:25pm

New Zealand researchers have developed a new way of extracting and classifying important information from the ‘Big Data’ stored in hundreds of thousands of electronic health records.

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Portable technology for neurocritical care

Monday, 14 September 2015 10:19am

Portable technology for neurocritical care

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New Zealand solutions to complex Public Health problems

Friday, 28 August 2015 1:24pm

A new book, Promoting Health in Aotearoa New Zealand, provides an in-depth scan of the health promotion landscape in New Zealand. It explores ways in which Māori, and other perspectives, have been melded with Western ideas to produce distinctly New Zealand approaches. In doing so it addresses the need for locally written material for use in teaching and practice, and provides direction for those wanting to solve complex public health problems.

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Health benefits of 20 years of tobacco tax increases modelled

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 7:12am

Continuing annual 10% tobacco tax increases in New Zealand until 2031 should lead to health gains, net health-system cost savings and modest reductions of about 2% to 3% in health inequalities between Māori and non-Māori, according to a new study published by University of Otago, Wellington, researchers.

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New care model for Māori children with asthma recommended

Friday, 24 July 2015 4:33pm

A new University of Otago, Wellington, research report has found that the main barriers to optimal health literacy—and therefore optimal care for Māori children with asthma—are structural and endemic to New Zealand’s acute care model of health delivery.

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Self-management techniques helping people manage suicidal thoughts

Tuesday, 23 June 2015 2:35pm

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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Otago study highlights at-risk group leaving hospital without contraception

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 10:35am

Women with near-fatal illnesses during pregnancy have been leaving New Zealand hospitals without the contraception that could prevent future serious harm to their health, a study by University of Otago, Wellington, has found.

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Researchers funded to pursue projects benefiting NZ health

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 8:38am

Three researchers from the University of Otago’s Wellington Campus have been awarded Health Research Council Grants (HRC).

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New Zealand’s maternity statistics should be better – expert

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 8:33am

New Zealand should be one of the safest places in the world to give birth with maternity statistics that are as good as or better than most other countries, says Professor Stacie Geller, an international maternal morbidity and mortality expert.

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High rate of harassment of our MPs, their staff and families

Friday, 8 May 2015 10:26am

Harassment of New Zealand politicians, their families and staff is ‘common and concerning’, according to new Otago University research.

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Reducing salt in food good for the heart and health budgets

Monday, 4 May 2015 3:54pm

New Otago University research shows that introducing strategies that reduce the dietary salt intake of New Zealanders could reduce premature death and save millions of dollars annually for our health sector.

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Smokefree signage lacking in schools

Thursday, 23 April 2015 3:38pm

Smokefree signage, which is required by law, is absent from many North Island schools, according to University of Otago research.

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Overlooked law requires rentals to be free of dampness

Thursday, 16 April 2015 4:22pm

A law, developed in the 1940s to protect people from living in unhealthy homes, could be used to require landlords to provide housing that is free from dampness, according to researchers from the University of Otago and Victoria University of Wellington.

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The burgeoning cost of cancer in NZ – study

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 3:00pm

The cost of treating cancer in the New Zealand public health sector is more than $800 million annually – hundreds of millions higher than previous estimates, according to University of Otago research.

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Fall prevention findings being presented to Taranaki community

Tuesday, 7 April 2015 10:46am

Fall prevention findings being presented to Taranaki community

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Violence imagery in music videos sparks call for tougher controls

Monday, 30 March 2015 10:12am

Violence imagery in music videos sparks call for tougher controls

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Gift to enhance the future care of our most fragile babies

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 9:58am

Our most vulnerable babies may in the future get an even better start to life and have fewer long-term health problems due to the kindness of The Neonatal Trust New Zealand and ICAP New Zealand.

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New Zealand’s WWI veterans had persisting higher risk of early death – study

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 10:05am

New research on the impact of the First World War on participating New Zealand soldiers shows they typically lost around eight years of life and had an increased risk of early death in the post-war period.

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Otago researchers join new global Urban Health and Wellbeing Programme

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 1:59pm

New Zealand researchers are adding their expertise in housing and health to a newly launched global consortium of science and health organisations known as the Urban Health and Wellbeing Programme.

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Otago housing and health researchers win Prime Minister’s Science Prize

Tuesday, 2 December 2014 4:32pm

The internationally acclaimed housing and health research team at the University of Otago, Wellington, has won the 2014 Prime Minister’s Science Prize, valued at $500,000.

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Influenza estimated to kill about 400 New Zealanders each year

Monday, 24 November 2014 9:49am

New Zealand has an average of 401 influenza-associated deaths each year according to estimates published for the first time.

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Memorandum of Agreement acknowledges important and enduring relationship

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 4:24pm

The signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between Kōkiri Marae Seaview and Tū Kotahi Māori Asthma Trust and the University of Otago next week will formalise a relationship that began more than 30 years ago.

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Low-risk prostate cancer patients will benefit from active surveillance guidelines

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 11:17am

New guidelines for active surveillance of prostate cancer will improve health outcomes for those with low grade diagnoses, according to two University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) experts who had input in to the international recommendations.

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World-first study proves low-cost home modifications prevent falls

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 10:59am

Falls in the home could be reduced by a quarter according to the results of a new study just published online in top international medical journal The Lancet.

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Learning science in te reo Māori

Thursday, 18 September 2014 12:51pm

The University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine recently hosted Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna for two days of science, in an exciting initiative aimed at exposing year 9 to 13 Kura students to science not usually offered at their school.

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Renters need assistance to improve poor housing conditions - study

Thursday, 18 September 2014 11:46am

Renters are living in poorer conditions than homeowners and are less empowered to improve their housing situation according to a study by medical students at the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Study highlights flaw in tobacco industry’s “informed adult choice” stance

Monday, 15 September 2014 11:09am

Flaws in the tobacco industry’s argument that smokers exercise “informed adult choice” when they start smoking have been highlighted in new study.

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Science Challenge 11 funding a breakthrough for predominantly-urban New Zealand

Monday, 8 September 2014 2:53pm

The Government’s announcement of funding for Science Challenge 11 is welcome recognition that New Zealand is now predominantly an urban country, says the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities.

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Tobacco taxes important, but new approaches also needed – study

Wednesday, 3 September 2014 10:43am

A just-published study suggests tobacco tax increases will need to be supplemented with other new approaches if New Zealand’s Smokefree 2025 goal is to be achieved.

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Political parties to be questioned on needs of children

Wednesday, 3 September 2014 9:57am

Political party representatives will be asked to outline their policies in three key areas relating to the needs of children at a public forum being hosted this Friday by the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW).

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Study on causes of rheumatic fever gets underway in Auckland

Monday, 1 September 2014 10:04am

A study to identify and better understand risk factors for rheumatic fever – one of New Zealand’s most mysterious and serious illnesses – starts recruiting participants in Auckland this week.

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Needs of Māori a priority to address poor stomach cancer survival - researchers

Thursday, 21 August 2014 2:26pm

New research shows that Māori diagnosed with stomach cancer are 27% less likely to survive than non-Māori, prompting calls for recently-released national stomach cancer standards to prioritise the needs of Māori.

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Many drinks children associate with sport are largely unhealthy - study

Friday, 8 August 2014 11:45am

Urgent action is needed to help children and parents make healthier choices when it comes to the drinks children consume when playing sport, say University of Otago, Wellington researchers.

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Wellington’s street-connecting walkways could be better - study

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 11:20am

Graffiti, litter, and insufficient lighting and signage on Wellington’s street-connecting walkways are likely to be discouraging their use, researchers say.

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More political momentum needed to achieve Smokefree 2025 goal

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 11:24am

New research published in the New Zealand Medical Journal by ASPIRE 2025 researchers suggests the Government’s goal to achieve a Smokefree New Zealand by 2025 may be failing to gather the political momentum needed to ensure it is achieved.

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Improving prepayment electricity schemes could benefit households

Monday, 21 July 2014 11:12am

As power prices continue in an upward trend as reported in the latest Consumer Price Index, a new study shows households looking to find ways to make savings could benefit from using prepayment metering.

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HPV vaccination for school boys not yet cost-effective – study

Monday, 14 July 2014 12:11pm

HPV vaccination of New Zealand school boys is not yet a value-for-money option, according to a study just published by the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Successful community action – but smokefree car law
still needed to protect children

Friday, 4 July 2014 9:05am

Newly-published research shows the potential for community campaigns to reduce smoking in cars, but legislation is still critical to ensure children are protected the authors say.

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New Health Star Rating nutrition label may not be best format

Monday, 30 June 2014 10:18am

University of Otago researchers are questioning the likely effectiveness of new Health Star Rating nutrition labels that may soon be seen on the front of food packages in New Zealand and Australia.

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Breast cancer screening programme targets women too soon: researchers

Thursday, 26 June 2014 12:15pm

New Zealand should re-consider the age at which its breast cancer screening programme starts in light of growing questions about the balance of benefits and harms for women under 50, public health experts from the University of Otago Wellington say.

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Decline in funding for mass media campaigns undermines smokefree 2025 goal

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 11:43am

A steady decline in funding for mass media campaigns to promote smoking reduction is undermining the Government’s goal to achieve a smokefree New Zealand by 2025, warn ASPIRE 2025 researchers.

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Thyroid cancer risk in New Zealand highest among Pacific women

Friday, 6 June 2014 4:14pm

Just-published research shows Pacific women have the highest rates of thyroid cancer in New Zealand.

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Smoking cessation trial prompts call for subsidies on wider range of quit therapies

Thursday, 29 May 2014 9:24am

Community smoking-cessation workers are calling for the government to subsidise a wider range of nicotine replacement therapies so that smokers can afford to use products that are proving to be more popular and effective for those trying to quit.

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Study provides new insights in to health system cost of living and dying in New Zealand

Friday, 2 May 2014 10:45am

A just-published study showing how public spending on health varies by age and proximity to death raises interesting questions about the best use of taxpayer funds, the authors say.

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Pregnant Māori teens let down by system despite positive health-seeking behaviour

Friday, 2 May 2014 10:13am

A new study dispels the myth that young pregnant Māori women delay access to antenatal care in their first trimester.

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Mall therapy a hit, but cost still a barrier

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 10:18am

A novel trial that offers smokers the chance to try nicotine replacement therapies through kiosks in community locations is offering ongoing discounts on the most popular products to help people stick with their decision to quit.

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Anti-cancer vaccine proves cost effective: but coverage needs improving

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 1:12pm

The New Zealand Government’s investment in HPV vaccination for girls is a “good value-for-money” way to protect health, a just-published study by the University of Otago Wellington (UOW) shows.

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Study of 1000s of NZ fruit & vege prices shows markets best value

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 2:10pm

A family of four could save as much as $49 per week by buying their fruit and vegetables at markets other than from a supermarket, a University of Otago Wellington study shows.

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High level of smoking around others at bus stops - study

Wednesday, 5 March 2014 10:11am

A study of bus stops in the Wellington Region has identified high levels of smoking around other people and high levels of butt littering.

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Smokers respond to spur of the moment chance to quit

Monday, 24 February 2014 11:20am

A novel trial that has been underway for a month at Queensgate mall in Lower Hutt has seen 256 smokers take up the chance to try nicotine replacement therapy on the spur of the moment.

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Good intentions, but inadequate sun protection practices at early childhood centres - study

Friday, 14 February 2014 2:44pm

Inadequate sun protection policies and practices at early childhood centres (ECCs) in New Zealand could be putting children at risk of skin cancer later in life, a new study shows.

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Skin reactions during radiation therapy preventable: new finding

Thursday, 13 February 2014 9:53am

Severe skin reactions during radiation therapy could be prevented by applying a thin transparent silicone dressing to the skin from the first day of treatment, a clinical trial shows.

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Roll-your-owns less natural and at least as harmful as tailor-made cigarettes

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 2:05pm

Poorer smokers may favour “roll your own” and many falsely believe that use of loose tobacco is less dangerous than factory-made cigarettes, according to a University of Otago public health researcher writing in the British Medical Journal.

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Severe illness in pregnancy preventable in many cases

Friday, 7 February 2014 2:02pm

As many as 40% of cases where pregnant women are admitted to intensive care units due to severe illness are potentially preventable, according to University of Otago Wellington researchers.

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Study prompts call for ban on manipulative junk food advertising to children

Friday, 7 February 2014 9:25am

A ban on manipulative junk food advertising to children is urgently needed to help fight increasing rates of childhood obesity, say University of Otago Wellington researchers.

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Māori leaders join together to inspire new suicide prevention approaches in wake of latest figures

Tuesday, 4 February 2014 3:25pm

Māori, Pacific and indigenous leaders will next week join youth workers, teachers, community activists and others at a Wellington symposium to examine and inspire new approaches to Māori, Pacific and indigenous suicide prevention.

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University of Otago trial takes help directly to smokers

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 3:01pm

A novel trial which offers smokers the chance to try nicotine replacement therapy on the spur of the moment as they go about their daily lives has started in Wellington.

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Rheumatic fever research partnership projects gain major support

Monday, 16 December 2013 3:00pm

University of Otago, Wellington researchers have been awarded major funding for two projects aimed at reducing the incidence and impact of rheumatic fever in New Zealand.

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Single mothers most at risk of poor mental health

Monday, 16 December 2013 8:31am

Single parents tend to have poorer mental health than partnered parents, with single mothers particularly at risk, new research from the University of Otago Wellington (UOW) shows.

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Exposure to harmful housing conditions common 
among hospitalised children

Friday, 13 December 2013 9:58am

A high proportion of children admitted to Wellington Hospital in winter are exposed to harmful housing conditions, according to a new University of Otago Wellington study.

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Symposium explores new approaches to Māori suicide prevention

Thursday, 12 December 2013 2:19pm

New approaches to Māori and indigenous suicide prevention will be examined at a symposium on 10 February as part of the University of Otago Wellington Public Health Summer School.

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Cat and dog allergens on soft toys a risk for asthmatics

Monday, 9 December 2013 2:10pm

Children’s soft toys can harbour high levels of cat and dog allergens as well as house dust mite allergens, according to new research by the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Government losing millions due to foreign cigarettes

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:11am

The New Zealand Government is losing up to $89.1 million per annum in tax revenue due to tobacco brought in to the country from overseas, ASPIRE 2025 researchers estimate.

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Clinicians influence patients’ attitudes to back pain

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 3:25pm

Although people with low back pain consult with the Internet, family and friends for information and understanding of their symptoms, new research shows health care professionals appear to have the strongest influence on patients’ attitudes and beliefs.

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New Zealand sport “awash with junk food”

Thursday, 7 November 2013 3:25pm

New Zealand sport is “awash with junk food” according to researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW).

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Modern analysis casts new light on WW1 deaths – Study

Friday, 1 November 2013 3:25pm

New research on injury-related deaths among New Zealand military forces in the First World War supports the idea that several preventive measures could have significantly reduced the death toll.

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Breakthrough for diagnosis and outcome prediction for kidney cancers

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 9:13am

A new classification of renal tumours that a leading University of Otago pathologist has helped develop is set to enhance the ability to develop treatments and more accurately predict outcomes for patients.

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New research shows children need protection from smoking in cars

Tuesday, 1 October 2013 10:58am

New research published in a leading international journal shows young people’s exposure to secondhand smoke in cars in New Zealand remains high, particularly among Māori and Pacific people, low socio-economic groups and those whose parents smoke.

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34,000 people missing out on housing, University of Otago research shows

Monday, 23 September 2013 8:00am

An estimated 34,000 people, or about one in every 120 New Zealanders, were unable to access housing in 2006, according to the latest available census and emergency housing data, say University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) researchers.

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Changing social circumstances influence smoking

Thursday, 12 September 2013 9:57am

Reducing people’s deprivation through wider social policy should help reduce smoking rates significantly according to new research from the University of Otago, Wellington.

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New book points the way on housing affordability

Monday, 19 August 2013 3:50pm

A decent supply of affordable and social housing requires a concerted effort from government and the private sector as well as community groups, says Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman from the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Cold bedrooms harm children’s lungs: Otago research

Friday, 16 August 2013 9:52am

New findings from the Housing and Health Research Programme/He Kainga Oranga at the University of Otago show even small changes in indoor temperatures affect children’s lungs.

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New findings on health loss and where gains might be made

Thursday, 8 August 2013 4:13pm

The Ministry of Health has just released a new “Burden of Disease” study for New Zealand – a culmination of many years of study into disability, disease and premature death.

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More evidence needed to determine if in-work tax credits provide health benefits for parents

Thursday, 8 August 2013 3:01pm

A just-published international systematic review has found a small and methodologically limited body of evidence which suggests that in-work tax credits such as the one applied in New Zealand since 2006, may have no discernible effects on the health of parents.

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‘Warrant of Fitness’ for rental houses will soon be available

Friday, 2 August 2013 9:39am

The Housing and Health Research Programme/He Kainga Oranga at the University of Otago, Wellington and the New Zealand Green Building Council are co-operating to develop a new test that could pass or fail houses with a ‘Warrant of Fitness’ (WoF) type assessment.

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Early results show potential for new way to quit

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 12:23pm

A ground-breaking trial of a world-first nicotine inhaler developed by the University of Otago, Wellington has been underway for a month now, with some significant results.

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A new way to quit: why smoke when you can inhale?

Thursday, 27 June 2013 10:14am

Smokers in the Wellington region are being invited to take part in a ground-breaking trial of a world-first nicotine inhaler which has been developed by the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Household crowding key cause of hospital admissions: Otago research

Friday, 7 June 2013 11:47am

One in 10 admissions to hospital in New Zealand to treat infectious diseases such as pneumonia, meningococcal disease and tuberculosis are the direct result of household crowding a new study has found.

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In-Work Tax Credit does not improve health of parents

Thursday, 30 May 2013 9:23am

Researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington have found that the In-Work Tax Credit, which has been applied in New Zealand since 2006, has no discernible effect on the health of parents.

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Hazards in homes and gardens a major injury cost

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 9:49am

A significant proportion of injuries in the home, costing millions of dollars a year, are related to how a house is built and maintained, according to new research from the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Rotorua’s hydrogen sulphide does not worsen asthma

Wednesday, 3 April 2013 9:46am

In a recently published collaborative study by the University of Otago, Wellington, the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University it has been shown that there are no ill effects from low level hydrogen sulphide gas on asthma symptoms or diagnosis in Rotorua. Hydrogen sulphide or H2S is responsible for the characteristic “sulphur” smell of Rotorua.

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Summer studentships’ health research

Monday, 18 March 2013 10:37am

The Summer Studentship Programme, based at the University of Otago’s Wellington campus, has recently presented the results of its ten week summer medical, public health and science research projects. The 40 students are from the University of Otago’s Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin campuses, along with Auckland and Victoria Universities.

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Lowering salt intake in diets important and very feasible

Monday, 11 March 2013 10:21am

A newly published study has found that it would be relatively easy for New Zealanders to reach recommended levels of lower salt intake to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and stomach cancer. This is even if some meals have occasional high salt ingredients such as sausages or other processed foods.

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Demystifying Addiction – An Online Educational Resource

Wednesday, 6 March 2013 10:21am

A new free online educational resource has been developed by health researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington to help people learn about addiction directly from those who have experienced it.

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Smartphone app shows Australians smoke less in cars than New Zealanders

Monday, 4 March 2013 2:19pm

Research just published indicates that New South Wales has one third of the people smoking in cars compared to New Zealand. Of nearly 5000 cars observed in Sydney, only 1% had smokers, compared to 2.9% of 10,000 cars in New Zealand.

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Smokefree playground policies can make a difference

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 8:49am

British and New Zealand playgrounds have a significantly smaller proportion of people smoking than other types of public outdoor areas, according to latest research from the University of Otago, Wellington.

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First time parenting a positive experience for mental health

Tuesday, 22 January 2013 10:01am

Becoming a parent for the first time may improve mental health and reduce levels of psychological distress, according to a new study from the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW).

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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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Leading international speakers for Public Health Summer School

Monday, 10 December 2012 2:05pm

The largest and longest running Public Health Summer School in New Zealand and Australia will provide an exciting line-up of national and international speakers for three weeks next February.

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Binge drinking in young people attracted to more than one gender

Monday, 12 November 2012 4:58pm

A report by the University of Otago, Wellington shows that many young people attracted to more than one gender tend to binge drink because they feel stigmatised and socially excluded.

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Swine flu pandemic expensive for NZ

Friday, 9 November 2012 8:44am

A new study estimates the total cost to the New Zealand hospital sector of the 2009 ‘swine flu’ pandemic at around $31 million.

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Silicone dressings reduce skin reactions following radiation for breast cancer

Thursday, 1 November 2012 11:31am

Skin reactions following radiation therapy for breast cancer have been the focus of a recent clinical trial conducted by Dr Patries Herst from the Department of Radiation Therapy, University of Otago, Wellington and a team of radiation therapists in public hospitals in Dunedin, Wellington and Palmerston North and Auckland Radiation Oncology.

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Professor Brett Delahunt elected Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand

Wednesday, 31 October 2012 12:00am

Professor Brett Delahunt, from the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand at the recent Annual General Meeting for his exceptional distinction in research and the advancement of medical science.

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Research undermines tobacco industry’s plain packaging claims

Wednesday, 10 October 2012 2:28pm

Two research studies led by University of Otago researchers have challenged tobacco companies’ claims about plain packaging.  Both studies were conducted by the ASPIRE2025 research group, which includes Professors Janet Hoek and Phil Gendall working from Otago’s Department of Marketing, and Professor Richard Edwards from the University’s Department of Public Health (Wellington).

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Otago study reveals persistent deprivation for NZ children

Friday, 21 September 2012 11:41am

A sizeable and “difficult to ignore” proportion of New Zealand children have experienced persistent low income and deprivation in recent years, according to a new University of Otago study using seven years of longitudinal survey data.

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‘Loan sharks’ need tougher regulation and controls

Monday, 20 August 2012 3:25pm

Recent research from the University of Otago, Wellington shows that loan sharks charging interest rates of up to 400% per annum are exploiting Maori, Pacific and low income New Zealanders and need to be better regulated.

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Nation's top tertiary teaching award won by Otago Pharmacy academic

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 12:23pm

University of Otago School of Pharmacy Senior Lecturer Dr Rhiannon Braund’s dedication to both her learners and profession has led to her being named the 2012 recipient of the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for tertiary teaching excellence.

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University of Otago Teaching Excellence Awards Announced

Wednesday, 11 July 2012 8:00am

Three Otago academics have been recognised for their outstanding ability to teach in this year's University Teaching Excellence Awards.

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Otago researchers gain Neurological Foundation funding

Wednesday, 11 July 2012 4:45pm

Several University of Otago researchers have received funding to support their studies through the latest Neurological Foundation grant round announced today.

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Smoking on footpaths increases hazardous air pollutants

Monday, 9 July 2012 11:25am

 A study by the University of Otago, Wellington has found that smoking on city street footpaths increases the amount of dangerous fine particulates in city air.

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Alcohol use common in TV music videos

Tuesday, 19 June 2012 4:05pm

An analysis of music videos on New Zealand television shows that the portrayal of alcohol is commonplace.

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Smokefree city streets not a problem for business

Monday, 11 June 2012 9:44am

Businesses surveyed on Wellington’s central city ‘Golden Mile’ streets have little concern about the possible financial impact of a smokefree streets policy.

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Improving health care for inmates and whānau the focus of symposium

Thursday, 7 June 2012 9:44am

 The University of Otago, Wellington in association with Regional Public Health is to hold the first-ever New Zealand symposium on Friday 8 June focusing on health issues and barriers to care faced by people who have been imprisoned, those coming out, and their whānau.

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Well-planned cities improve people’s health

Friday, 1 June 2012 7:30am

New Zealand is one of the countries critically examined in a major report on the planning of cities and their impact on population health, released this week. The report ‘Shaping Cities for Health’ was commissioned by a leading UK medical journal The Lancet.

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Death by disconnection: ‘Fuel poverty’ issue missed in Muliaga case

Friday, 1 June 2012 7:31am

An analysis of hundreds of print media stories on the death of Auckland resident, Mrs Folole Muliaga, after her power was cut off by Mercury Energy in 2007 has found that the wider issue of ‘fuel poverty’ was largely ignored.

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Smokers support increased regulation of tobacco industry

Tuesday, 22 May 2012 10:46am

Just published research has found strong support from New Zealand smokers for much greater regulation of the tobacco industry.

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Short term household income change and impacts on health

Wednesday, 16 May 2012 8:58am

Short term changes in household income have only small effects on health, but have more significant impacts if income is affected by unemployment or chronic health conditions, new research from the University of Otago, Wellington shows.

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Public health expert questions prescription charge move

Tuesday, 15 May 2012 10:47am

The Government’s announcement that it will increase the co-payment for a prescription from $3 to $5 per item, for up to a maximum of 20 items per year, represents a questionable trade-off, says a University of Otago public health researcher.

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The cost of law-making in New Zealand

Monday, 14 May 2012 9:52am

University of Otago, Wellington researchers have just published a study that estimates for the first time the average cost of producing a new law in New Zealand.

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High income mobility but one in five households have chronic low income

Wednesday, 9 May 2012 10:00am

A new study by the University of Otago, Wellington shows how the problem of chronic low income for a significant number of New Zealand households co-exists with high income mobility for the rest.

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Improving the labelling of food for health

Friday, 20 April 2012 12:21pm

Front-of-pack (FOP) labelling of food in New Zealand has support from industry, policy-makers and NGOs according to new research from the Universities of Otago and Auckland.

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Charitable blue collar workers most frequent body donors: Otago study

Friday, 20 April 2012 10:09am

People who donate their bodies to science are more likely to be blue collar workers who also regularly give blood, are registered organ donors, and give frequently to charity, according to an international study led by the University of Otago.

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Cancer Trends survival report shows improvements and inequalities

Wednesday, 18 April 2012 11:39am

Cancer survival is significantly improving in New Zealand, but inequalities in survival remain stark according to a new report released today by the University of Otago and the Ministry of Health.

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Political leadership needed to achieve tobacco-free goal

Tuesday, 28 February 2012 10:27am

Clear goals and detailed planning are critical to achieve the government’s aim of making New Zealand ‘smoke-free’ by 2025, according to health researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms indicated

Friday, 24 February 2012 3:25pm

Population-based screening for often fatal abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) should be given serious consideration, according to a new study from the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Alarming increase in serious infectious diseases in NZ

Monday, 20 February 2012 8:28am

Admissions to New Zealand hospitals from infectious diseases have jumped dramatically over the last two decades according to just published research from the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Vitamin C may enhance radiation therapy for aggressive brain tumours

Friday, 17 February 2012 12:01pm

Recent research by the University of Otago, Wellington has shown that giving brain cancer cells high dose vitamin C makes them much more susceptible to radiation therapy.

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Emerging influenza viruses in animals still a threat to human health

Tuesday, 14 February 2012 11:05am

 A top international influenza researcher, educated at the University of Otago, warns that public health officials responsible for the surveillance of influenza viruses should not be complacent about the development of new viruses that may spread from the animal world to humans.

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Food safety regulation of poultry cuts levels of paralysis

Wednesday, 8 February 2012 3:25pm

A recent large decrease in campylobacter infection from fresh poultry in New Zealand has also resulted in a significant drop in a neurological condition which can result in paralysis or death.

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Calories, not protein or carbs, are key to weight loss for people with diabetes

Tuesday, 7 February 2012 10:27am

Overweight or obese people with type 2 diabetes are more likely to reduce weight if they focus on cutting back on total calorie intake, rather than specific high protein/high carbohydrate diets according to a new study from the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Setting a good example? Smoking amongst key occupational groups

Wednesday, 18 January 2012 10:08am

A new study published by researchers from University of Otago, Wellington has found that smoking rates have declined rapidly amongst many occupational groups over the last 25 years.

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Children from lower-socioeconomic area more likely to be exposed to smoke in cars

Wednesday, 7 December 2011 9:19am

Children from a lower socio-economic area in Wellington, Wainuiomata, are 11 times more likely to be exposed to cigarette smoking in cars than in the wealthier suburb of Karori, according to recent research.

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Action on climate change policy falls well short

Friday, 4 November 2011 8:47am

A review of Government policy and action on climate change by researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington and Victoria University shows they fall well short of what is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet even weak targets.

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Killing house dust mites on children’s soft toys

Monday, 17 October 2011 8:46am

Infestations of house dust mites on children’s soft toys can be eradicated by freezing, hot tumble drying or washing with eucalyptus oil and detergent according to new research by the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Big increase in potentially fatal necrotising fasciitis disease

Tuesday, 27 September 2011 8:55am

There has been a significant increase in necrotising fasciitis (NF) or ‘flesh-eating disease’ in New Zealand between 1990 and 2006 according to the first ever nation-wide assessment of the incidence of this disease.

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Lack of trained interpreter use may affect patients and doctors

Friday, 9 September 2011 8:38am

Two studies by the University of Otago, Wellington, have shown that the use of trained interpreters by doctors and health professionals in New Zealand is inadequate, and needs more funding.

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Decision-makers back concept of tobacco-free NZ by 2025

Monday, 5 September 2011 1:39pm

Research led by the University of Otago, Wellington shows that senior officials, health practitioners, decision-makers and opinion-leaders support bold new ways of thinking being explored to achieve a tobacco-free New Zealand.

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Some improvements but stark differences remain in children’s wellbeing

Monday, 29 August 2011 9:47am

The annual Children’s Social Monitor Update shows that although there have been some improvements over the last year, there are still serious concerns about the wellbeing of New Zealand’s children, with stark differences in the levels of ill health, abuse and neglect for different groups of children.

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Doctors and public health researchers say shocking diabetes rates can be reduced

Friday, 12 August 2011 3:17pm

Leading medical specialists, public health researchers and nutritionists warn that not enough is being done to prevent the rapidly increasing diabetes rates, largely caused by significant increases in obesity in adults and children in recent years.

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Long-acting contraception methods reduce repeat abortions

Monday, 25 July 2011 12:29pm

Repeat abortions are significantly reduced if women use long-acting reversible contraceptive methods such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) after an abortion.

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New national research collaboration aims for tobacco-free NZ

Thursday, 21 July 2011 8:45am

The University of Otago, together with Massey University and partners Whakauae Research, and Tala Pasifika, is launching ASPIRE 2025, a new research collaboration designed to help achieve a tobacco-free New Zealand.

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World expert raises concerns about health inequalities

Tuesday, 12 July 2011 10:45am

Renowned UK epidemiologist Sir Michael Marmot will be the keynote speaker at a wide-ranging symposium on health equity and the social determinants of health being held at the University of Otago, Wellington this Wednesday and co-hosted by the New Zealand Medical Association.

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Much still to be done to reduce ethnic and socio-economic health inequities

Friday, 8 July 2011 9:01am

Although progress has been made in reducing health inequities, an editorial in today's New Zealand Medical Journal proposes the next ten most important actions needed to further reduce significant health "gaps‟ based on ethnicity and socio-economic status in New Zealand.

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Health risk from solvent use by lab technicians

Tuesday, 28 June 2011 8:45am

Exposure to solvents by medical laboratory workers may be a health risk according to a new study from the University of Otago, Wellington just published in The Journal of Rheumatology.

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Further investigation into climate change and infectious diseases needed

Monday, 13 June 2011 9:14am

Much more effort should be made by NZ government agencies and researchers into the possible increase of infectious diseases because of climate change according to latest research from the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Intoxicated patients an increasing problem for Emergency Departments

Friday, 10 June 2011 9:29am

Research by the University of Otago, Wellington shows that growing numbers of intoxicated people presenting at the Emergency Department of Wellington Hospital verbally and physically abuse staff on a regular basis, and have a negative impact on other patients.

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Campylobacteriosis cases halved following controls on chicken meat

Monday, 16 May 2011 11:28am

New Zealand’s success in reducing its food borne campylobacteriosis epidemic is receiving international attention. In a paper just published in the journal, Emerging Infectious Diseases, NZ scientists report how both notified and hospitalised cases of campylobacteriosis declined by more than 50% following interventions to reduce campylobacter contamination of fresh chicken meat.

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Serious skin infection rates double in children since 1990

Wednesday, 27 April 2011 10:25am

Serious skin infection rates in New Zealand children have increased markedly over the last two decades according to new research from the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Rural pubs follow smokefree law

Friday, 15 April 2011 9:28am

Rural pubs appear to be following the current smokefree law according to a new study. The research by the University of Otago, Wellington has just been published in the latest issue of the New Zealand Medical Journal.

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Maori women have biggest increase in breast cancer rates

Tuesday, 15 February 2011 9:00am

Maori women have had the highest rates and the largest increase in breast cancer over the last two decades according to new research from the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Top international clinicians attend cancer symposium

Friday, 11 February 2011 1:51pm

The University of Otago, Wellington is hosting a major Inaugural International Cancer Symposium which will see a stellar cast of overseas and New Zealand cancer experts in the capital city over the coming week, from Sunday 13 to Saturday February 19.

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Household crowding linked to high rates of acute rheumatic fever

Monday, 15 November 2010 2:57pm

New Zealand has one of the highest reported rates of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) amongst children and teenagers in the developed world; an infectious disease which can cause chronic rheumatic heart disease through damaged heart valves, and results in over 120 deaths a year.

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Major prostate cancer trial boosted by new funding

Monday, 31 May 2010 2:57pm

The largest ever clinical trial into new treatments for prostate cancer, which kills about 600 men annually in this country, has received another significant funding grant from the Cancer Society of New Zealand.