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Decline in the number of people diagnosed with HIV in New Zealand

Thursday, 12 May 2022 11:01am

The number of people being diagnosed with HIV in New Zealand continues to decline, figures released today by the University of Otago’s AIDS Epidemiology Group show.

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$900,000 funding for Otago health researchers

Thursday, 12 May 2022 10:51am

An apple a day keeps the doctor away – so will 12 weeks of free, healthy food delivered to a patient’s door keep the cardiologist at bay?

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Long-term cannabis use damages lungs, but in a different way from tobacco

Thursday, 3 February 2022 11:24am

Smoking cannabis leads to lung damage, but in a different way from tobacco, new University of Otago research has found.

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Urgent investment needed in deadly disease

Tuesday, 1 February 2022 3:29pm

Researchers are calling for urgent investment in the prevention of a devastating emerging disease that kills tens of thousands of people each year

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Excellence in teaching, research and service

Thursday, 4 November 2021 9:20am

Excellence in teaching, research and service have been celebrated with the announcement of the 2021 Otago Medical School – Dunedin Campus (Dunedin School of Medicine) Teaching and Research awards.

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Professor Sue Crengle appointed to new Māori Health Authority

Wednesday, 6 October 2021 11:11am

Otago Medical School Professor Sue Crengle will play a central role in what she describes as “the biggest opportunity for Māori health in my career”.

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Accuracy of DHB figures questioned by University of Otago study

Wednesday, 22 September 2021 11:56am

The accuracy of District Health Board (DHB) data on the use of consultants and contractors has been questioned by an Otago University research team.

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Dual treatment increases risk of heart attack – study

Friday, 13 August 2021 11:59am

People using two different inhalers for common chronic lung diseases are more than 50 per cent more likely to have a heart attack than those on just one, new University of Otago-led research reveals.

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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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Otago backing new Communicable Diseases Research Centre in Fiji

Monday, 2 August 2021 11:03am

The University of Otago’s Global Health Institute and Dunedin’s Mercy Hospital are supporting the establishment of a new Communicable Diseases Research Centre at Fiji National University.

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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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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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Health Delivery Research Activation Grants for eight Otago projects

Friday, 23 July 2021 12:27pm

Eight University of Otago researchers are sharing more than $230,000 from the first round of the Health Research Council (HRC)’s Health Delivery Research Activation Grants. 

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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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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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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.