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News from the Department of Medicine

Low adherence to diabetes medication concerning – Otago study

Thursday, 5 August 2021 12:39pm

Groups who suffer the highest burden of type 2 diabetes have the lowest level of adherence to effective medication to control it, a University of Otago study has found.

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Study recommends better sun protection for young rowers during competition

Friday, 30 July 2021 10:59am

High school rowing uniforms should include sun protective headwear and sunglasses to better shield rowers from the harmful effects of the sun, a University of Otago study recommends.

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EDOR members gain HRC funding for diabetes and obesity research

Thursday, 29 July 2021 5:08pm

EDOR members have been successful in gaining research funds from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC)

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EDOR members feature at ANZOS meeting

Friday, 23 July 2021 3:27pm

Professor Rachael Taylor and other EDOR members have contributed to the recent virtual Australia and New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS) meeting.

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Vaccine against pneumococcal disease reduces severe cases in children by 80 per cent in The Gambia

Friday, 23 July 2021 9:37am

Study examines the real-life long-term impact of routine introduction of vaccine.

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"I want to champion change for Māori health"

Friday, 16 July 2021 9:41am

When dealt a second opportunity at a career with purpose, a Nelson paramedic was ready to take the plunge.

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Clinical researchers test artificial pancreas to improve diabetes management

Wednesday, 14 July 2021 2:51pm

EDOR member Associate Professor Ben Wheeler and his group are developing an artificial pancreas that can automatically deliver insulin to those with diabetes, based on their usual needs.

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Urgency needed to address the obesity pandemic

Thursday, 8 July 2021 2:24pm

Professor Jim Mann explains why we need to keep talking about how to address the obesity pandemic in this ODT opinion piece.

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Jeremy Krebs talks with RNZ about a new drug for treating obesity

Thursday, 1 July 2021 3:18pm

Professor Jeremy Krebs has been interviewed by RNZ's Jim Mora on recent reports of a new drug to treat obesity.

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"Drink water" Professor Jim Mann comments on that infamous football moment

Thursday, 17 June 2021 8:07pm

Professor Jim Mann comments on the simple but powerful gesture by football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo at the Euro 2020 competition this week.

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Remembering our benefactor and chair Sir Eion Edgar

Tuesday, 15 June 2021 12:52pm

The passing of Sir Eion Edgar this week leaves a keen sense of loss for members of the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre.

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What helps and hinders metformin adherence and persistence

Tuesday, 8 June 2021 8:48am

University of Otago research into what helps and hinders people with type 2 diabetes correctly taking, and continuing to take, metformin, features in today’s New Zealand Medical Journal.

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Extensive type 2 diabetes screening in NZ has led to better cardiovascular risk prediction

Friday, 4 June 2021 5:10pm

EDOR members Professors Jim Mann and Jeremy Krebs have co-authored a paper in The Lancet on cardiovascular risk prediction using type 2 diabetes screening data.

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COVID-19 complacency could be costly – Otago experts

Friday, 4 June 2021 11:23am

Learn lessons from our COVID-19 response, or our health system could suffer the consequences.

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Pride at seeing alumni in Ministry COVID-19 team

Wednesday, 2 June 2021 4:16pm

Professor Patricia Priest admits to a “little twinge of pride” at seeing her former students and colleagues working in the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 team.

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NZ a key exporter of sugary drinks to the Pacific Islands

Friday, 28 May 2021 2:08pm

Associate Professor Lisa Te Morenga comments on research showing an increase in sugary drink exports from NZ to the Pacific Islands, despite chronic diet-related disease being the number one cause of death in this part of the world.

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Lack of timely access to care potentially costing lives – research

Wednesday, 26 May 2021 9:54am

More than 250 people died between 2009 and 2012 from potentially survivable trauma injuries before they reached a hospital because their injury happened in a location without timely access to advanced level hospital care.

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EDOR review shows focused sleep interventions work best, but cultural considerations are needed

Tuesday, 25 May 2021 12:18pm

A systematic review by EDOR researchers of child sleep interventions has made some interesting findings.

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$1.96 million grant a welcome boost to Māori-led lung cancer screening programme

Thursday, 20 May 2021 12:49pm

The University of Otago, Waitematā DHB, and Auckland DHB have today welcomed a $1.96 million grant from the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) – via the Health Research Council.

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Study tracks antidepressant use during pregnancy

Wednesday, 19 May 2021 2:59pm

Almost half of New Zealand women who take antidepressants in the months before getting pregnant, stop during their pregnancy, a new University of Otago study shows.

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Cuddles, bubbles and excellent health care

Wednesday, 19 May 2021 10:04am

Organised by Otago Medical School students, the Teddy Bear Hospital involved dentistry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, and nursing students.

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Join the Young Foods NZ study

Friday, 14 May 2021 10:47am

The Young Foods NZ study is learning more about what, and how, we feed our young tamariki.

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EDOR Chair Sir Eion Edgar made Distinguished Fellow by NZ Institute of Directors

Wednesday, 5 May 2021 11:32am

Sir Eion, EDOR chair and benefactor, has been recognised by the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

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Trainee intern working for health equality

Monday, 3 May 2021 8:41am

Sophie Papali’i, a trainee intern from Porirua, has a rich heritage which enables her to bring a range of cultural perspectives to the board.

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EDOR welcomes health system reforms

Thursday, 22 April 2021 2:46pm

The Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre welcomes the NZ Health system reforms announced on the 21 April, 2021.

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EDOR directors instrumental in Type 2 Diabetes report

Thursday, 8 April 2021 2:36pm

EDOR Directors Rachael Taylor and Jim Mann attended the parliamentary launch of the Economic and Social Cost of Type 2 Diabetes report on 15 March 2021.

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Silver linings in lockdown

Wednesday, 7 April 2021 12:09pm

Two thirds of New Zealanders believed there were ‘silver linings’ to the country’s Alert Level 4 COVID-19 lockdown imposed in March last year, a University of Otago survey has found.

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Better podiatry services would avoid 600 diabetes-related amputations per year

Thursday, 1 April 2021 4:35pm

The Economic and Social Cost of Type 2 Diabetes report found that around 600 amputations could be avoided in New Zealand each year if better foot screening and podiatry services were made available for everyone with type 2 diabetes.

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Forum strengthens NZ-China non communicable diseases research collaborations

Wednesday, 31 March 2021 4:15pm

An impressive range of joint research projects between Chinese and New Zealand cancer, brain and modernisation of traditional medicine scientists may receive further support from the New Zealand-China Non-Communicable Diseases Research Collaboration Centre (NCD CRCC).

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Otago research seeks to answer youth bedtime dilemma: To stream or not to stream?

Tuesday, 30 March 2021 9:24am

Does streaming before dreaming make for a worse night’s sleep? That’s the question University of Otago researchers are hoping to answer when they monitor young people’s screen-use at bedtime to see if it impacts sleep quality.

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Dunedin COVID-19 QR code scanning rates “worrying”

Friday, 26 March 2021 12:14pm

An Otago academic says it’s time to ask tough questions after an audit revealed “concerningly low” numbers of people scanning COVID-19 QR code posters.

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Action needed on Type 2 Diabetes

Thursday, 25 March 2021 4:05pm

Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research advisory board member, Dr Ofa Dewes, is calling for communities to work together to implement the findings of the Economic and Social Cost of Type 2 Diabetes report, launched at Parliament on 15 March 2021.

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Teenage depression rates more than double in four decades – study

Thursday, 18 March 2021 11:34am

The prevalence of teenage depression in New Zealand has more than doubled since the 1980s, a new University of Otago-led study reveals. 

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Cost of Type 2 Diabetes report launched at Parliament

Monday, 15 March 2021 2:38pm

The Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre (EDOR), Healthier Lives - He Oranga Hauora National Science Challenge, and Diabetes New Zealand have released a hard-hitting report into the cost of type 2 diabetes in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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EDOR researchers collaborate with the Riddet Institute

Monday, 15 March 2021 3:39pm

EDOR researchers collaborate with many other research organisations. Here we profile the work being done in collaboration with the Riddet Institute, as part of the Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) funding.

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Private health patients costing public system $11.5m a year

Wednesday, 24 February 2021 2:57pm

Taxpayers are footing an annual bill of up to $11.5 million – the cost of 760 hip replacements - for patients who need public hospital care after private inpatient treatment, a new University of Otago study reveals.

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Junk food marketing to kids: action urgently needed

Thursday, 18 February 2021 3:18pm

Research by EDOR member Professor Louise Signal is again in the spotlight, with junk food marketing to children still going unchecked.

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NZ part of global project with world-leading scientists to map future COVID-19 scenarios

Wednesday, 17 February 2021 12:03pm

Two top New Zealand scientists are key members of a new international panel mapping future Covid-19 scenarios.

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The Science of Medicines – a programme for tamariki

Tuesday, 9 February 2021 11:35am

The Ngāi Tahu Māori Health Research Unit's Dr Karyn Maclennan is currently piloting a new, innovative and hands-on education programme targeted at tamariki.

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Sue Crengle promoted to Professor

Thursday, 4 February 2021 2:26pm

Sue Crengle Promoted to Professor

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Type 2 Diabetes research questions fracture risk

Wednesday, 3 February 2021 3:58pm

A major study led by a University of Otago researcher challenges an established view that people diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes are at increased risk of fractures.

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Action needed on nutritional therapy for type 2 diabetes

Wednesday, 3 February 2021 1:34pm

Professor Jim Mann talks about nutritional therapy for type 2 diabetes, and what we need to be doing right now.

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University of Otago introduces DIVA to healthcare

Wednesday, 3 February 2021 10:33am

University of Otago-designed computer software for helping surgeons monitor how their patients are doing during their time in hospital has been developed into a commercially available system.

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Congratulations to new EDOR Professor Barbara Galland

Friday, 29 January 2021 12:08pm

EDOR researcher Barbara Galland has been promoted to Professor from February 2021.

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Care urged before banning people entering NZ from the UK

Wednesday, 13 January 2021 3:32pm

The Government should be careful about banning people entering New Zealand from specific countries based on the presence of variants of the virus that causes COVID-19, given most countries are not testing for variants, University of Otago experts say.

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Strengths and vulnerabilities of teen skateboarders revealed in Otago study

Monday, 14 December 2020 9:59am

More young people are opting for skateboards as a mode of transport, with fewer choosing to get their driver licence, and more needs to be done to protect them on the road, a University of Otago study has found.

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Juggling babies with medical degree ‘a wild ride’

Friday, 11 December 2020 11:34am

Even Amy Hensley – who lived every minute of it – seems a little surprised she managed to complete a medical degree while having two babies.

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Largest cohort of Pacific medical students graduate from Otago

Friday, 11 December 2020 2:01pm

Iuliano (Jono) Tinielu always wanted to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and become a doctor.

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Long-serving manager of OMS to retire

Monday, 7 December 2020 12:32pm

Bruce Smith, who is retiring as manager of the Otago Medical School, says he is proud to have played his part over a long career.

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Otago study debunks arguments behind continuing availability of tobacco at convenience stores

Monday, 7 December 2020 11:14am

Claims that tobacco drives foot traffic into convenience stores have been discredited in new research from the University of Otago.