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Samuel Carrington is underway with his MPH

Thursday, 6 December 2018 4:34pm

Samuel Carrington is currently underway with his masters project exploring Māori understandings of antimicrobial resistance using a One Health approach.

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Too many dementia patients prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs – Otago finds

Thursday, 29 November 2018 9:45am

Older adults diagnosed with dementia are frequently being prescribed potentially inappropriate medications, which leaves them at risk of delirium, worsening cognitive impairment, and increased mortality, a University of Otago study has found.

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True burden of rheumatic fever in NZ currently underestimated, new research reveals

Thursday, 22 November 2018 5:05pm

The true burden of rheumatic fever in New Zealand may be underestimated because serology cut-off guidelines are too high resulting in undercounting about 16 cases annually, new collaborative research has found.

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Otago research highlights need for spirituality to be integrated into the health system

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 4:11pm

Spiritual care must be integrated into health system care plans, policies and training in order to reflect national guidelines and strategies more effectively, according to University of Otago researchers.

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Research reveals diagnosis delays and at risk populations for bowel cancer in NZ

Friday, 5 October 2018 12:44pm

There are often delays in diagnosis for New Zealanders with bowel cancer with people aged under 60, Māori and those with less formal education most at risk, new research reveals.

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No increased risk of lung infections among infants using popular anti-reflux medicines

Tuesday, 18 September 2018 10:16am

New University of Otago research shows infants using popular anti-reflux medicines like omeprazole are not at increased risk of pneumonia or other lower respiratory tract infections, contrary to findings from other international studies.

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Congratulations to Dr Emma Wyeth on her promotion

Thursday, 13 September 2018 9:38am

Congratulations to our Director Emma Wyeth who has been promoted to Senior Lecturer above the bar in Hauora Māori.

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Ngāi Tahu Māori Health Research Unit’s new space

Thursday, 13 September 2018 4:41pm

Earlier this week the Ngāi Tahu Māori Health Research Unit’s new space was officially opened.

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Māori Injury and Disability Poster

Friday, 7 September 2018 11:57am

  A poster summarising the longitudinal studies of Māori Injury and Disability.

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Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori!

Friday, 7 September 2018 11:56am

We are so excited that this week is te reo o te wiki (te reo Māori language week). The week runs from September 10th – 16th and we are all challenging each other and you to kōrero te reo Māori (speak te reo Māori) as much as possible not only this week but all year!

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Potential for less smoking with new tobacco retailer restrictions, Otago research shows

Thursday, 6 September 2018 4:02pm

Changing the way tobacco is sold is a crucial step in achieving the Government’s 2025 smokefree goal, new University of Otago research suggests.

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Otago researcher claims new study a step forward in fight to eliminate tuberculosis

Thursday, 2 August 2018 9:36am

The McAuley Professor of International Health at the University of Otago is labelling the findings of new international collaborative research a step forward in the fight to eliminate the world’s top infectious disease killer, tuberculosis.

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Otago researchers signal time for Government action on reducing alcohol-related harm

Friday, 27 July 2018 9:40am

University of Otago experts in addiction medicine and the health effects of alcohol are questioning what the barriers are to Government action on reducing alcohol-related harm and calling for change.

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DSM's palliative care education in the spotlight

Tuesday, 3 July 2018 2:48pm

Lis Latta

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Primary Care Exhibition

Thursday, 21 June 2018 11:46am

The Primary Care Exhibition was showcased at the Hocken Library this month focusing on "different areas such as health promotion, disease prevention, disgnosis, treatment, deinstitutionalisation - thinking about hospitals like Seacliff - mental health, community health and Māori health".

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Reduction in HIV diagnoses in New Zealand

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 10:03am

There has been a significant reduction in the number of people diagnosed with HIV in New Zealand over the past year.

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$4.4 million awarded to DSM researchers in HRC funding

Monday, 18 June 2018 1:21pm

Dunedin School of Medicine warmly congratulates our outstanding researchers on their HRC funding success

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Fran Kewene joins the NTMHRU

Friday, 15 June 2018 11:48am

We are pleased to welcome Fran to the NTMHRU team as a Professional Practice Fellow.

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Expert Advisory Rōpū Hui

Monday, 11 June 2018 11:49am

The Expert Advisory Rōpū met for the first time today.

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PhD candidate receives award

Thursday, 31 May 2018 12:07pm

Sarah Donald has received a prize in the 2018 Dunedin School of Medicine postgraduate poster competition for a poster which outlines the process of generating a pregnancy cohort for medicine utilisation and safety studies in New Zealand.

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Otago University-led Citizens’ Jury highlights complexity around euthanasia debate

Thursday, 24 May 2018 10:59am

A University of Otago-led Citizens’ Jury on euthanasia could not reach agreement about whether it should be legalised, highlighting complexities around the debate.

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Otago researcher’s dream of eliminating Tuberculosis among Māori gains HRC support

Monday, 21 May 2018 3:23pm

The goal of eliminating the top infectious disease killer in the world, tuberculosis, among Māori has earned University of Otago researcher Professor Philip Hill $250,000 from the Health Research Council to undertake a feasibility study.

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HRC funding enables Otago researcher to investigate early detection test for bowel cancer

Thursday, 17 May 2018 7:59am

A researcher aiming to develop an early-detection genetic-based test for bowel cancer is one of several University of Otago researchers who have been awarded almost $1.5 million in Health Research Council funding.

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Toi Tū Te Whānau, Toi Tū Te Kāwai Whakapapa

Monday, 14 May 2018 11:58am

Emma Wyeth and Georgia McCarty recently attended the Toi Tū Te Whānau, Toi Tū Te Kāwai Whakapapa: A Workshop on Whānau and Whakapapa for Public Policy.

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Congratulations to Shawnee Brausch

Saturday, 12 May 2018 11:50am

Congratulations to Shawnee for graduating with a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health.

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Prescribing guidelines not always followed for patients on cholesterol-lowering drug

Friday, 4 May 2018 10:40am

New Zealand prescribers do not always follow guidelines when prescribing other medicines to patients taking simvastatin, according to University of Otago researchers from the Pharmacoepidemiology Research Network. 

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Older, injured workers lose up to one-third of income, Otago research reveals

Tuesday, 1 May 2018 9:21am

Injuries impact on the financial well-being of older workers with substantial lost earnings of between 20 and 30 per cent of their work income, new University of Otago research reveals.

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More commitment by local government needed to achieve Smokefree 2025

Thursday, 29 March 2018 10:37am

There needs to be more commitment by local government to help achieve central government’s Smokefree 2025 goal, new University of Otago research shows.

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Otago researchers part of $18M project to reveal causes of fever in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia

Friday, 9 March 2018 11:05am

Otago researchers are helping lead a major international project to determine what the main causes of fever in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia are and how they should be treated.

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‘Ubiquity’ of cancer highlighted by Cancer Research Unit’s new Co-Directors

Wednesday, 7 March 2018 9:41pm

The new Co-Directors of the Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit, Dr Richard Egan and Dr Louise Marsh, are keen to ensure they make a real difference to the wellbeing of New Zealanders through high-quality research.

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New Co-Directors of Cancer Society Social and Behavioural Research Unit

Wednesday, 7 March 2018 11:24am

The new Co-Directors of the Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit, Dr Richard Egan and Dr Louise Marsh, are keen to ensure they make a real difference to the wellbeing of New Zealanders through high-quality research.

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Teachers suffer post-traumatic stress following ‘quakes – Otago research highlights

Thursday, 1 March 2018 2:56pm

School teachers were among the majority of frontline workers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following the Christchurch earthquakes, new University of Otago research shows.

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Switching to vaping not always straightforward: Otago research

Thursday, 8 February 2018 2:48pm

Smokers attempting to quit the habit by vaping or using e-cigarettes do not always find the process plain sailing, according to new University of Otago research published in the international journal, Tobacco Control.

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New University of Otago research on women involved in the ‘Unfortunate Experiment’

Thursday, 8 February 2018 10:38am

A final report on the unethical clinical study conducted by Dr Herbert Green at National Women’s Hospital in Auckland from the 1960s to the 1980s, known widely as the “Unfortunate Experiment”, has just been published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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Switching to vaping not always straightforward: Otago research

Thursday, 8 February 2018 11:42am

Smokers attempting to quit the habit by vaping or using e-cigarettes do not always find the process plain sailing, according to new University of Otago research published in the international journal, Tobacco Control.

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Otago study links childhood fitness to healthy lungs in adulthood

Thursday, 1 February 2018 2:49pm

Fit children whose fitness improves during childhood and adolescence have better lung function as young adults, according to a University of Otago-led study.

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NTMHRU welcomes new staff

Thursday, 1 February 2018 11:50am

We are pleased to welcome on board two new Assistant Research Fellows, Vicky Nelson and Georgia McCarty.

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2017 Graduates' Oath Reading Ceremony

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 1:52pm

Otago Medical School graduates undertook their oath on 9 December 2017 as part of their graduation ceremonies.

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Otago survey shows care needed at Christmas and social functions

Tuesday, 5 December 2017 10:39am

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

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Dean's Bequest recipients 2018

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 3:22pm

DSM warmly congratulates recipients of Dean's Bequest Round 2018

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Otago health researchers gain career development awards

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 11:53am

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

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

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 10:03am

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

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Canterbury quake damage increased risk of cardiovascular disease

Friday, 8 September 2017 3:32pm

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

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First CHeST Symposium on Implementing Integrated Care held

Tuesday, 5 September 2017 4:23pm

The first annual symposium of the Centre for Health Systems and Technology (CHeST) took place at Hunter Centre, University of Otago, Dunedin, on 29 August 2017. The theme was "Implementing Integrated Care".

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Study highlights potential issues with liquor store proposal

Monday, 28 August 2017 11:28am

A national study is being used to consider a liquor store proposal close to the University of Otago

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Two-time 3MT winner loves challenge of event

Tuesday, 8 August 2017 4:29pm

Nicola Beatson of the Department of Accountancy and Finance clearly has a knack for presenting her research in just 180 seconds.

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No evidence higher doses of cholesterol-lowering drug increase risk of acute kidney damage

Monday, 31 July 2017 3:37pm

New Zealanders taking a higher dose of simvastatin, one of the cholesterol-lowering statin drugs used to prevent heart attacks and strokes, do not appear to have a higher risk of acute kidney damage than those taking a lower dose, according to University of Otago researchers from the Pharmacoepidemiology Research Network.

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Youth more likely to discourage than promote smoking among peers

Friday, 28 July 2017 12:18pm

Young people more often discourage smoking among their peers than encourage it, new University of Otago research suggests.

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Stomach cancer programme part of HRC funding haul

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 4:31pm

A five-year programme to examine ways of reducing the burden of stomach cancer in New Zealand has received support in the latest Health Research Council (HRC) funding round announced last week, along with 18 other Otago projects.

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Researchers funded to investigate possible adverse effect of a common lung disease treatment

Thursday, 15 June 2017 9:23am

The University of Otago’s Dr Lianne Parkin and colleagues will receive a Health Research Council grant to investigate whether particular drugs used to treat a common lung disease put people at greater risk of heart attacks.

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Experts call for urgent changes to tobacco sales

Friday, 2 June 2017 4:48pm

Dramatically changing the way tobacco is sold will be a crucial step in achieving the Government’s 2025 smokefree goal, according to new University of Otago research that examined the views of smokefree experts throughout New Zealand.

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HIV diagnoses in New Zealand in 2016 highest ever

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 9:28am

Figures released today by the AIDS Epidemiology Group at the University of Otago show that in 2016, 244 people were diagnosed with HIV in New Zealand – the highest number ever diagnosed in any one year since monitoring of the epidemic began in 1985.

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Chlamydia more common in New Zealand than thought

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 10:46am

One in three New Zealand women have had the sexually transmitted infection (STI) chlamydia by the age of 38 as have one in five men, based on estimates from a new study.

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Off-label prescription of proton pump inhibitors to New Zealand infants is common

Thursday, 4 May 2017 12:09pm

Off-label use of proton pump inhibitors is common among New Zealand infants, according to new University of Otago research.

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South Asians' health focus of study

Sunday, 23 April 2017 4:44pm

The health of migrants moving to New Zealand from South Asian countries is the focus for a University of Otago research fellow.

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Stress study surprises

Sunday, 16 April 2017 4:47pm

David McBride speaks out about supporting front-line workers dealing with earthquakes and other disasters.

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Injured Māori face higher rates of long-term disability

Tuesday, 4 April 2017 2:36pm

Māori experience considerable longer-term disability after injury, new University of Otago analysis of patient-reported and Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) data shows.

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Māori prostate cancer study gets "Movember" funding

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 4:49pm

A study of the support and treatment of Māori men with prostate cancer involving University of Otago and University of Auckland researchers has received more than $500,000.

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Major support for Otago health research provided through latest lottery grants

Thursday, 9 March 2017 1:57pm

University of Otago researchers have gained more than $2.6m in funding from the Lottery Grants Board to support studies aimed at improving the health status of New Zealanders.

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Epidemic expert bewildered by NZAF funding issue

Wednesday, 8 March 2017 4:49pm

The NZ AIDS Foundation has just announced staff cut-backs as it struggles with effects of the eight-year funding freeze forced on it by the Ministry of Health which hasn't allowed for the erosion of capacity by inflation.

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Flexible sigmoidoscopy test just once greatly reduces life–time risk of bowel cancer

Friday, 3 March 2017 3:14pm

A world expert in cancer screening based at the University of Otago says new evidence from the United Kingdom strongly supports the introduction of flexible sigmoidoscopy screening for bowel cancer in New Zealand rather than the currently planned screening approach.

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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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Young nation’s leader to discuss public health initiatives with his former University

Monday, 27 February 2017 4:44pm

The Timor-Leste Prime Minister, who is a University of Otago alumnus, will visit the campus this week to explore possible collaborative projects.

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New building adds to “auspicious time” for Dunedin Study

Thursday, 23 February 2017 2:59pm

The University’s world-renowned Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study has settled into a new purpose-built home ready to begin another round of testing as the first of its cohort of Study Members turns 45.

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Kiwis seeking cancer information

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 9:38am

The study, led by Dr Rose Richards of the Cancer Society Social and Behavioural Research Unit, shows a third of women and a quarter of men searching for cancer information over the past year.

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Screening changes may mean more cervical cancer deaths - expert

Sunday, 8 January 2017 3:39pm

Doctors are at loggerheads over changes to New Zealand's cervical screening programme, with one saying more women will die.

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Department gets into the Christmas spirit

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 4:28pm

A generous University of Otago Department has issued a challenge for next Christmas: instead of holding a “Secret Santa”, why not instead donate something to those less fortunate.

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Mystery of Southland's high bowel cancer rates may be solved

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 11:16am

The mystery of why Southland has the highest rates of bowel cancer in New Zealand, and among the highest in the world, may soon be revealed.

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Otago academics made full professor

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 2:25pm

Seventeen leading academics from across the University of Otago’s Dunedin, Christchurch, and Wellington campuses are being promoted to full professor.

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Caring for our elderly

Sunday, 11 December 2016 4:51pm

Dr Richard Egan, fresh from the NZ Gerontology Nursing Conference, joins Wallace Chapman on RNZ National to talk about how we care for our elderly and what we should be doing differently.

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Brian Cox: a cancer beater – and we're not using it

Friday, 9 December 2016 12:28pm

A 20-minute procedure called flexible sigmoidoscopy can reduce the subsequent risk of bowel cancer by 43 per cent.

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PIPI study wins Innovation Award

Monday, 5 December 2016 4:03pm

A novel Otago-led prediabetes pilot project has won an Excellence in Innovation award at the recent Hawke’s Bay District Health Board Health Awards.

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New Zealanders need high quality cancer information

Friday, 2 December 2016 3:24pm

There is considerable demand for cancer information resources in New Zealand, with a third of women and a quarter of men deliberately searching for these over the past year, according to a new University of Otago study.

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NZ banning sunbeds will have little impact on jobs

Friday, 2 December 2016 3:18pm

Banning sunbed services in New Zealand would help reduce skin cancer rates and only have a minimal impact on businesses and jobs, new University of Otago research suggests.

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SDHB to roll out bowel cancer screening programme

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 4:03pm

Southerners have one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world and a bowel cancer screening programme will be rolled out in the region in 2017–18. The screening program will be for people aged 60–74, but Bowel Cancer New Zealand believes it should be for people aged 50–74.

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University of Otago receives grant to support severe typhoid research in Tanzania

Monday, 28 November 2016 1:17pm

The University of Otago received a three-year NZD $439,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for Professor John Crump and collaborators at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre and Duke University to study severe typhoid fever in northern Tanzania.

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Havelock North crisis a 'wake-up call' for RMA changes

Friday, 11 November 2016 1:49pm

A public health academic is warning the government's Resource Management Act (RMA) reforms could cause more emergencies like Havelock North's water contamination.

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Weakening the RMA is a major health risk

Thursday, 10 November 2016 1:48pm

Media release from University of Otago Environmental Health lecturer Alex MacMillan

University of Otago senior lecturer in Environmental Health Dr Alex Macmillan comments on the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill before Parliament

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Otago academic honoured by NZ AIDS Foundation

Monday, 7 November 2016 4:10pm

An Otago academic was one of five people to be recognised by the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) during the weekend, receiving honorary Life Membership – the highest honour the organisation bestows.

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Disparities in insulin pump use by New Zealanders with type 1 diabetes: Otago research

Friday, 23 September 2016 11:32am

There are significant demographic and regional disparities in the use of insulin pumps in New Zealand, according to new University of Otago research.

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Study reveals joint replacement surgery inequities

Friday, 23 September 2016 10:32am

The provision of publicly-funded hip and knee total joint replacement (TJR) procedures varies between District Health Boards (DHBs) and national rates have not increased since 2007, new University of Otago research has found.

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NZ sanitation slipping – Skegg

Thursday, 22 September 2016 2:28pm

The "appalling fiasco" in Havelock North where thousands of people became ill from contaminated water is likely to be repeated in other parts of New Zealand, Professor Sir David Skegg said yesterday before giving an inaugural lecture on the state of public health in New Zealand.

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Vaccine complacency alert

Monday, 29 August 2016 11:11am

Despite major achievements arising from the past use of vaccines, including the eradication of smallpox, there is no room for complacency over the continuing need to vaccinate.

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Study suggests NZ children’s family lives often complex and fluid

Monday, 29 August 2016 10:38am

Conventional notions of family life that underpin New Zealand’s social policies do not match the reality of many young New Zealanders’ lives, new University of Otago research suggests.

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Professors push for tougher control of alcohol

Thursday, 25 August 2016 10:35am

Alcohol consumption has a direct link to the cause of cancer, according to University of Otago professors.

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Dieting approaches may not be effective for weight loss: Otago research

Friday, 5 August 2016 12:26pm

Weight control attempts by middle-aged New Zealand women are not linked with change in weight three years later, according to new University of Otago research.

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New review concludes evidence for alcohol causing cancer is strong

Friday, 22 July 2016 2:34pm

University of Otago researcher Professor Jennie Connor’s new review of epidemiological evidence supports a causal association between alcohol consumption and cancers at seven sites in the body: oropharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, rectum and female breast.

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Thumb-sucking and nail-biting children show fewer allergies in later life

Monday, 11 July 2016 4:21pm

Children who suck their thumbs or bite their nails may be less likely to develop allergies, according to a new University of Otago study.

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Otago global health researchers to tackle fevers in Asia

Monday, 11 July 2016 9:08am

A coalition of experts on tropical infectious diseases led by the University of Otago’s Professor John Crump, Co-Director of the Centre for International Health, has secured around NZD $450,000 to study causes of fever and how patients with fever are managed in Myanmar (formerly Burma) and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR).

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Ultra Violet and the sun-smart kid

Monday, 11 July 2016 10:05am

Associate Professor Tony Reeder presents 'Ultra Violet and the sun-smart kid' in both Wellington and Auckland, in August as part of the University of Otago 2016 Winter Lecture Series.

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Giving back: volunteer mission to beat bowel cancer

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 4:16pm

As a volunteer on the Bowel Cancer New Zealand executive, Preventive and Social Medicine’s Associate Professor Sarah Derrett has discovered the motivating power of being part of a passionate group of people with clear, shared goals.

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Alcohol consumption contributes to cancer, even in moderate drinkers: Otago study

Monday, 27 June 2016 3:05pm

Drinking alcohol increases the risk of several types of cancer, and was responsible for 236 cancer deaths under 80 years of age in New Zealand in 2012, according to a new study at the University of Otago.

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Funding body gives strong support to Otago’s health research

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 2:30pm

University of Otago researchers have been awarded around $43.8M in new health research funding to support their world-class studies aimed at improving New Zealanders’ health and well-being.

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Otago health researchers honoured by HRC

Thursday, 9 June 2016 9:12am

A world-renowned New Zealand longitudinal study researcher; a molecular biology pioneer and mentor; and two talented up-and-coming researchers from the University of Otago have received Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) awards for an outstanding contribution to health research excellence, leadership, and impact last evening.

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Māori health expert tops list

Monday, 6 June 2016 11:36am

Professor John Broughton has been made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to Māori health, theatre, and the community in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

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High level of HIV diagnoses in New Zealand persists in 2015

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 9:23am

224 people were diagnosed with HIV in New Zealand in 2015 — a similarly high figure to last year — according to data released today by the AIDS Epidemiology Group based at the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago.

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Success for Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit

Tuesday, 17 May 2016 3:05pm

Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit is delighted with our recent success at the Health Research Excellence Awards ceremony highlighting our strong reputation for research excellence.

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Otago studies supported by Health Research Council

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 8:58pm

Health Research Council ‘Emerging Researcher First Grants’ have been won by two up-and-coming University of Otago, Christchurch researchers.

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New director for Cancer Society Social and Behavioural Research Unit

Sunday, 1 May 2016 4:09pm

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NZ and Aus e-government responsiveness scores poorly

Thursday, 28 April 2016 9:59am

Central government agencies on both sides of the Tasman have scored poorly in a University of Otago study of e-government responsiveness published online by Government Information Quarterly, the top ranked journal in the field.

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Surgery shortfall worsens

Friday, 1 April 2016 2:39pm

The "explicit rationing" of joint-replacement surgery in Otago is worsening, and patients should look to other methods of funding their surgery, a research paper published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal says.

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Sun protection poor for NZ secondary school students: Otago research

Thursday, 31 March 2016 9:25am

A University of Otago study that involved unobtrusively observing the sun-protective practices of students and staff at the sports days of 10 Dunedin secondary schools last summer has found them sorely lacking.

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Research highlights health issues for NZ Vietnam Veterans

Tuesday, 22 March 2016 9:07am

Otago research into the health of Kiwi Vietnam War veterans is sparking hope it will help them get better treatment.

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Caution urged over planned introduction of new cervical screening test

Friday, 11 March 2016 9:10am

The Minister of Health’s announcement of the introduction within two years of a new test for cervical cancer to replace the current screening method poses a risk to “our well-established, high-quality” screening programme, say leading New Zealand experts and researchers in the New Zealand Medical Journal (NZMJ) this week.

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Vaccine cuts rate of major disease in African children in half

Monday, 7 March 2016 12:20pm

A vaccine against pneumococcal disease, which is a major killer of children in Africa, has cut the disease rate by more than half, new research has found.

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Sigmoidoscopy bowel-screening method urged for New Zealand

Friday, 19 February 2016 12:29pm

An effective national bowel screening programme involving a single test, a sigmoidoscopy, could be introduced in New Zealand within 12 months.

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Vietnam vets' alcohol risk double

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 4:16pm

A new study has found almost twice the number of people who served in Vietnam have been admitted to hospital with alcohol related mental disorders, compared with people who didn't go to the war.

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Veterans' health of concern

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 4:17pm

New Zealand should do more to protect the health of Vietnam War veterans, after new research showed they face much higher risks of chronic kidney failure and a damaging lung disease.

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Otago and Queen’s University to collaborate on veterans’ health research

Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:20pm

The University of Otago is joining forces with Queen’s University in Canada to collaborate in research aimed at enhancing veterans’ health.

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NZ Vietnam War vets’ health scrutinised

Thursday, 10 December 2015 12:08pm

New Zealand’s Vietnam War veterans are more likely to suffer chronic renal failure (CRF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than their non-serving peers, according to new University of Otago research.

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Throat swabbing for rheumatic fever costs too much and might not work - report

Monday, 16 November 2015 1:48pm

Mass throat swabbing will not be enough to combat rheumatic fever and might not even work, a report says.

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Salmonella unmasked as major killer of young children in Africa

Thursday, 8 October 2015 5:01pm

Invasive Salmonella infections in sub-Saharan Africa are a major cause of child illness and deaths, a new body of research into this usually overlooked infectious disease has revealed.

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Otago researchers evaluate The Salvation Army’s Bridge Programme

Friday, 25 September 2015 12:34pm

A twelve-month University of Otago evaluation study of people being treated for alcohol and drug dependency at The Salvation Army Bridge Treatment Programme reports that client recovery outcomes match leading treatment programmes internationally.

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Therapeutic claims in pharmaceutical ads come under scrutiny

Friday, 4 September 2015 11:14am

New University of Otago research suggests a need for greater monitoring of pharmaceutical advertising in New Zealand to ensure that the therapeutic claims they make are justified.

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Alcohol and adverse sexual health outcomes tracked into late thirties

Thursday, 13 August 2015 1:37pm

Mixing alcohol and sex then regretting the consequences sounds like young people’s behaviour. However, a new study from the University of Otago shows that drinking alcohol before sex is still common as people approach middle age, and it still has an impact on their health and wellbeing.

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Young social smokers more likely to become adult daily smokers

Thursday, 6 August 2015 1:59pm

Young people who have a cigarette occasionally—even just at weekends— have almost four times the odds of becoming a daily smoker by their late 30s compared to their non-smoking peers, according to new University of Otago research.

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Time-discounts on restricted driver licences linked to later traffic offending

Tuesday, 4 August 2015 3:39pm

Young New Zealand drivers who gain a time discount on their restricted licences for taking a defensive driving course (DDC) are more likely to be caught committing traffic offences once they are fully licensed, according to new University of Otago research.

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Otago’s international TB research efforts gain major support

Monday, 3 August 2015 12:03pm

University of Otago researchers have been awarded $450,000 for research into the genetics of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) in Indonesia and Myanmar.

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More transparency around health funding formula crucial to determine if South is underfunded

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 8:39am

An independent review of the population-based health funding formula is necessary to determine if there is systematic constraining of the Southern District Health Board, says health systems authority Professor Robin Gauld

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Elected members of district health boards should be free to represent public

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 8:46am

Responding to leaked documents obtained by the Labour party, Professor Robin Gauld of the Centre for Health Systems has highlighted the contradiction in the role of elected representatives on district health boards: they are elected by the public, but are legally accountable to the Minister of Health, not to the people who elect them.

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Major gaps in understanding of causes of fever in low and middle income countries

Thursday, 9 July 2015 4:04pm

A systematic review involving researchers from the Centre of International Health and Department of Pathology, Christchurch, has identified major gaps in understanding the causes of severe febrile illness around the world

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Study of tobacco company RRPs reveals tax increases applied unequally

Monday, 6 July 2015 2:37pm

New Zealand’s largest tobacco company is not keeping the recommended retail pricing for its leading budget brand in line with tobacco excise tax increases, according to a new University of Otago study.

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Secretive funding formula could contribute up to a third of board's deficit

Tuesday, 23 June 2015 4:02pm

A commissioner has been appointed to oversee the Southern District Health Board's financial position, but part of the board's deficit could arise out of discrepancies in the way funding is distributed between district health boards.

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National Poisons Centre continues to deliver Poisonsline

Friday, 19 June 2015 3:22pm

Staff at the National Poisons Centre based at the University of Otago are delighted to learn that the Ministry of Health has chosen Homecare Medical as the preferred provider for the National Telehealth Service.

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Revolving door of health professionals could cost health system

Wednesday, 17 June 2015 3:57pm

In a public lecture, Professor Robin Gauld of the Centre for Health Systems questions the cost and vulnerability of New Zealand's reliance on foreign-trained health professionals

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Older driver study part of Otago HRC funding scoop

Thursday, 4 June 2015 4:21pm

A study that will investigate older drivers in New Zealand, and the complex balance between maintaining mobility and maximising safety, is one 18 Health Research Council of New Zealand funding contracts granted to Otago.

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Smoking cannabis linked to respiratory problems: Otago research

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 2:27pm

People who smoke cannabis as little as once a week are more likely to suffer respiratory symptoms such as morning cough, bringing up phlegm, and wheezing, according to University of Otago research.

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Endemic zoonoses in the tropics overlooked

Monday, 11 May 2015 5:25pm

Zoonoses - infectious diseases that can be passed between animals and humans - can have a substantial effect on both human and animal health, and yet the health burden due to these conditions in the tropics is often overlooked

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Edible gardens in New Zealand schools providing food for thought

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 8:50am

Edible gardens are taking off in New Zealand primary and secondary schools, presenting important new opportunities to promote fruit and vegetable consumption, new University of Otago research has found.

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Otago receives grant to track true toll of neglected deadly disease

Friday, 6 March 2015 1:25pm

The University of Otago announced today that it has received around NZD$320,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to coordinate efforts in determining the disease burden of typhoidal and non-typhoidal Salmonella disease, which are major causes of child death in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Smokefree tertiary institutions point the way

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 10:39am

The progress public tertiary education institutions (TEIs) have made towards becoming completely smokefree should encourage other New Zealand workplaces and institutions to follow suit, new University of Otago research suggests.

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Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 10:00am

A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s health status, too, according to latest research out of the University of Otago.

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Conference explores integrated ‘One Health’ approach to infectious diseases

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 2:58pm

Infectious diseases and other health concerns arising at the interface between people, animals, and the environment, are the focus of the 7th annual conference of the Otago International Health Research Network (OIHRN) that begins tomorrow.

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Cannabis smoking may increase risk of lung cancer

Friday, 19 September 2014 12:57pm

University of Otago researchers have contributed to evidence that cannabis smoking may increase the risk of lung cancer in heavy users.

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Tobacco display bans protect youth and quitters: Otago research

Tuesday, 2 September 2014 12:39pm

Ending the display and promotion of cigarettes and tobacco in retail shops helps prevent young people taking up smoking and keeps quitters on track, according to new University of Otago research.

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Hand sanitiser use doesn't prevent school absences

Monday, 18 August 2014 11:36am

A randomised controlled trial conducted by staff at the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine failed to show any effect of hand sanitiser use on school sick days.

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NZ airport Ebola checks 'an abundance of caution'

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 3:22pm

A global health expert says there is little risk of Ebola reaching New Zealand, but if the virus does arrive on our shores the country is prepared to deal with it.

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Deadly Ebola virus 'unlikely to infect NZ'

Friday, 8 August 2014 3:31pm

New Zealand medical experts insist there's little chance of an Ebola outbreak in NZ.

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NZ schoolchildren not disadvantaged by part-time work: Otago research

Thursday, 24 July 2014 4:19pm

Schoolchildren who combine schoolwork with a part-time job do not appear to suffer from any long-term disadvantage, University of Otago research suggests.

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Study analyses NZ newspapers’ coverage of tobacco control issues

Wednesday, 2 July 2014 9:16am

University of Otago researchers’ analysis of 12 months of coverage of tobacco-control issues in New Zealand newspapers has found that these media outlets use a positive tone when covering actions to reduce smoking.

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Otago healthcare systems expert awarded UK visiting professorship

Friday, 27 June 2014 11:28am

Robin Gauld, Professor of Health Policy and director of the Centre for Health Systems at the University of Otago, has been named the 2014 NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professor.

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Otago researcher in top one percent most-cited in world

Friday, 20 June 2014 3:52pm

A University of Otago researcher, along with only three other New Zealand scientists, has been included in a new list of the top 1% most-cited researchers in science around the globe.

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Reducing the alcohol minimum purchasing age increased assaults of young males

Thursday, 19 June 2014 8:46am

New research from the University of Otago shows that reducing the minimum alcohol purchasing age to 18 in December 1999, was associated with an increase in assaults of 15-19 year-old males in New Zealand.

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Funding granted to study New Zealand’s new alcohol laws

Monday, 9 June 2014 2:15pm

Researchers from the University of Otago have been awarded $1.19 million by the Health Research Council (HRC) of New Zealand to study the effects of the country’s new alcohol legislation.

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BMJ urged to widen its approach to transparency

Wednesday, 4 June 2014 5:00pm

A group of University of Otago health policy researchers, based in Dunedin and Christchurch, has called on the leading medical journal BMJ to be much more even handed in scrutinising the transparency of what it publishes.

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International research coalition secures major funding for ‘One Health’ approach tackling animal-human disease spread

Thursday, 22 May 2014 3:25pm

A coalition of researchers working in northern Tanzania, including leading University of Otago and Massey University experts, has been awarded three grants collectively worth around NZ$8.8 million to study zoonotic infectious diseases among poor livestock keepers.

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Fluoridating water does not lower IQ: Otago research

Monday, 19 May 2014 2:10pm

New University of Otago research out of the world-renowned Dunedin Multidisciplinary Study does not support claims that fluoridating water adversely affects children’s mental development and adult IQ.

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Serious muscle damage risk from widely used cholesterol lowering drug very low in general population: Otago research

Friday, 16 May 2014 3:25pm

New Zealanders taking a higher dose of simvastatin, one of the statin drugs used to prevent heart attacks and strokes, have a greater risk of rhabdomyolysis than people taking a lower dose according to new University of Otago research.

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Innovative Otago health research gains funding

Monday, 12 May 2014 11:16am

Four University of Otago researchers have gained a total of around $550,000 to support their innovative studies in the latest funding announcement by the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC).

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Postcard from the Gambia

Thursday, 10 April 2014 4:46pm

Working with children in the Gambia, Dr Uzochukwu Egere is doing what he loves: caring for children and easing “the intolerable burden of disease” around him.

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Web-based alcohol intervention programme has limited effect on consumption

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 3:25pm

New research from the University of Otago shows that a web-based self-assessment and feedback programme for students who drink hazardously produced only a modest reduction in alcohol consumption.

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Widely used heartburn and peptic ulcer medicines increase risk of rare kidney disease: Otago research

Monday, 24 March 2014 3:25pm

New Zealanders taking a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), a type of medicine used to treat gastric acid reflux disorders and peptic ulcer disease, are at an increased risk of a rare kidney disease, according to new findings by University of Otago researchers.

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Otago’s collaboration with Myanmar university moves into TB research

Friday, 21 March 2014 3:24pm

An international partnership forged by the University of Otago and University of Medicine (1) in Myanmar (also known as Burma) in late 2012 is moving ahead in several directions, including research into the genetics of tuberculosis drug resistance.

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Education and persuasion strategies fail to address alcohol problems

Thursday, 30 January 2014 8:46am

In an article published today in the Otago Daily Times, Professor Jennie Connor explains that education and persuasian strategies are popular but ineffective ways to address alcohol problems.

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Quitting smoking unlikely to cause long-term weight gain: Otago research

Monday, 27 January 2014 11:46am

Smokers wanting to kick the habit needn’t be too worried about gaining a lot of weight after quitting, according to newly published University of Otago research.

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One-off screening could slash NZ bowel cancer rates: Otago expert

Thursday, 23 January 2014 2:48pm

Introducing a highly effective one-off bowel cancer screening test could reduce rates of the deadly disease and alleviate the current over-supply of nursing graduates in New Zealand, according to a University of Otago researcher.

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Research vital part of vaccination projects

Saturday, 9 November 2013 3:21pm

Professor Kim Mulholland says Western governments and other organisations that are supporting vaccination programmes in developing countries should also ensure some key related research is undertaken.

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Internet may be tool to improve veterans' health

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 4:30pm

The internet could become a useful tool to improve the mental health and wellbeing of some New Zealand veterans after military service abroad, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine researcher Dr Shyamala Nada-Raja believes.

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Leukaemia rates significantly higher in NZ Vietnam vets

Monday, 2 September 2013 11:27am

Vietnam veterans who served from 1962-1971 have double the rate of chronic lymphatic leukaemia compared to the general population according to a new study by the University of Otago’s Department of Preventive and Social Medicine.

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Injuries for Māori result in considerable disability

Friday, 2 August 2013 3:25pm

Researchers at the University of Otago have found that many Māori are experiencing adverse outcomes three months after being injured.

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Tougher laws no silver bullet for cyclist and pedestrian accidents

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 2:08pm

A leading University of Otago injury prevention researcher’s policy brief is casting doubt on increased penalties as the answer to reducing careless driving causing injury to vulnerable road users** (VRU) such as cyclists and pedestrians.

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African fever patients commonly over-diagnosed with malaria

Friday, 19 July 2013 9:35am

People hospitalised with fever in Africa are most likely to be treated for malaria but, in some areas, nearly all of these patients are ill from a different infection, a new collaborative study led by a University of Otago researcher suggests.

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Breast cancer leading cause of alcohol-attributable death in New Zealand women: Otago research

Monday, 15 July 2013 10:02am

Alcohol is responsible for more than one-in-twenty deaths of New Zealanders aged under 80, new University of Otago research suggests.

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Study reveals genetic testing's promise for predicting which children will grow out of asthma

Friday, 28 June 2013 11:36am

Genetic risk assessments could be used to predict which children with asthma are likely to grow out of the condition, and which will continue having symptoms as they grow older, new research emerging from the University of Otago’s world-renowned Dunedin Multidisciplinary Study suggests.

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Researchers investigate Population Based Funding Formula (PBFF)

Wednesday, 26 June 2013 4:07pm

New Zealand is out of step with other countries in a lack of transparency about how some $9 billion of health funding is distributed each year, Centre for Health Systems researchers suggest.

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Otago Innovation Limited wins national commercialisation award

Friday, 21 June 2013 1:09am

The University of Otago’s commercialisation arm, Otago Innovation Limited, has won a national award for its commercialisation of the National Poison Centre’s database, TOXINZ.

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University of Otago receives grant for groundbreaking research in global health and development

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 2:20pm

The University of Otago announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr Stephen Sowerby will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled "Portable soil-transmitted helminth monitoring to combat gastrointestinal parasites".

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NZ outdoor workers poorly protected from the sun: Otago research

Tuesday, 23 April 2013 8:50am

New Zealand outdoor workers are generally poorly protected from solar UV radiation, with only around one-third wearing sunscreen or a suitably protective hat, according to a University of Otago study published in the latest issue of the international Journal of Occupational Health.

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Better outcomes for injured New Zealanders than ill ones

Monday, 18 March 2013 9:13am

New Zealanders who fall ill experience significantly worse financial and work outcomes than those with a comparable injury, according to new University of Otago research. Dr Sue McAllister of the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine led the research for her PhD, conducting a comparative study of 109 people under the age of 65 years who had a stroke and compared their outcomes with 429 people who had a similarly debilitating injury.

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District health boards faced challenges prior to Christchurch quakes

Friday, 15 March 2013 9:04am

Before the Christchurch earthquakes, emergency preparedness at district health board-level in New Zealand faced challenges that they needed to overcome, suggests a University of Otago study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal today. However, the study – the first to address the issue of strategic healthcare emergency preparedness in New Zealand - found that disaster preparedness was adequate to deal with a major emergency– as occurred in Christchurch.

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Healthcare system not 'what most NZers want today'

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 4:19pm

The private healthcare system relies on the public system when things go wrong, and should be more transparent about its fees, Prof Robin Gauld said in a lecture in Dunedin last night.

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Car crashes overlooked killer of unborn babies in NZ

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 10:04am

Motor vehicle crashes involving mothers-to-be account for more than half of all New Zealand’s foetal deaths due to maternal injury, new University of Otago research reveals. In the first-ever study to describe foetal mortality due to vehicle crashes in this country, an Otago injury prevention researcher shows that of the 41 foetal and newborn deaths due to maternal injury between 1997 and 2008, 21 involved motor vehicle collisions, according to narrative data on the foetal death certificate.

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Excessive TV in childhood linked to long-term antisocial behaviour

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 9:52am

Children and adolescents who watch a lot of television are more likely to manifest antisocial and criminal behaviour when they become adults, according to a new University of Otago study published online in the US journal Pediatrics.

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Having multiple sex partners linked to later drug and alcohol problems

Friday, 15 February 2013 3:25pm

The more sex partners young adults have the more likely they are to go on to develop alcohol or cannabis dependence disorders in young adulthood, according to new University of Otago research.

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Otago researchers create online injured cyclist-door crash map

Thursday, 7 February 2013 9:48am

A searchable online map showing where in New Zealand cyclists have been injured as a result of car doors opening has been created by University of Otago injury prevention researchers.

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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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Clinical governance in hospitals making good progress

Thursday, 6 December 2012 2:10pm

The largest and most complex survey of the New Zealand health workforce has just been completed showing good progress across many DHBs in the development and implementation of clinical governance by health professionals in public hospitals.

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Study shows the reality for “vital” Christchurch quake responders

Friday, 23 November 2012 8:31am

Front-line rescue workers in Christchurch put their own needs and those of their families to one side to play a vital role during the Christchurch earthquakes and aftershocks, early results from a study into the occupational health of 600 emergency workers shows.

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Kiwis missing out on free prescription medicines entitlement

Tuesday, 13 November 2012 7:59am

Many New Zealanders are not getting free prescriptions when they should and these people are likely to include our most vulnerable, new findings from an ongoing University of Otago and Victoria University study into equity in prescription medicine use suggest.

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Sexual Health and Rugby World Cup 2011

Tuesday, 16 October 2012 3:25pm

A new in-depth analysis of sexual health clinic attendance and diagnoses during last year’s Rugby World Cup (RWC) reveals increased risk and harm for attendees who had sex related to this sporting event.

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Serious assaults in NZ disturbingly high: Otago research

Friday, 12 October 2012 8:34am

University of Otago researchers have found that serious assaults in New Zealand have been steadily rising and are now at disturbingly high levels, especially among young males, Maori and Pacific people, and those from deprived neighbourhoods.

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NZ’s shameful alcohol injury toll put under spotlight at major conference

Friday, 5 October 2012 1:43pm

Around one-quarter of injury deaths in New Zealand could be prevented if alcohol use was removed from the combination of factors causing these injuries, a University of Otago researcher told the 11th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion held in Wellington this week.

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More govt responsibility needed in making schools ‘sun-smarter’

Tuesday, 18 September 2012 11:30am

Central government needs to take more responsibility for ensuring that New Zealand children are sun-safe while at school, according to University of Otago researchers.

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Greater blood clot risk for heavier middle-aged women, especially after surgery

Wednesday, 18 April 2012 3:58pm

A major study by researchers from the Universities of Otago and Oxford has found that overweight and obese middle-aged women are at much higher risk of developing potentially fatal blood clots than women who are a healthy weight.

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Many NZ primary schools need to be ‘sun smarter’: Otago research

Friday, 10 February 2012 3:43pm

While New Zealand primary school students are benefiting from improved sun protection efforts over recent years, our schools still lag behind those of Australia in the ‘sun smart’ stakes, according to latest University of Otago research.

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One in five gay men with HIV unaware of infection: Otago research

Thursday, 2 February 2012 3:47pm

New University of Otago research suggests that 6.5% of gay and bisexual men in Auckland have HIV, with a fifth (21%) of these unaware of their infection.

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Otago academics made full professors

Thursday, 22 December 2011 12:49pm

Fourteen of the University of Otago’s leading academics are being promoted to full professorships.

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Low influence of playgrounds on child activity: Otago study

Wednesday, 21 December 2011 4:30pm

Upgrading playgrounds does not appear to be sufficient to help children become more active.

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NZ among nations making no progress on child maltreatment

Friday, 9 December 2011 9:20am

New Zealand is named in a major international study involving the University of Otago as one of six states and countries which have no clear evidence of a decrease in child maltreatment over the past two decades.

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University of Otago research shows spirituality important in healthcare

Monday, 14 November 2011 9:21am

A University of Otago study has offered a working definition of spirituality to help healthcare professionals better understand its importance for those faced with illness and death in an age when fatal illnesses are often prolonged.

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New Otago study focuses on health aspects of toxic site clean-up

Wednesday, 28 September 2011 9:22am

University of Otago researchers have received a Health Research Council of New Zealand and Ministry of Health partnership research grant to conduct an epidemiological study of the former Fruitgrowers Chemical Company site in Mapua.

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Novel screening method has potential to reduce lower back/limb injuries

Monday, 11 July 2011 9:24am

A promising University of Otago student who developed an innovative screening procedure to identify New Zealand army personnel most at risk of lower leg and back injuries has been recognised with a scholarship to develop her concept further.

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Study to investigate infertility in Otago–Southland women

Wednesday, 6 July 2011 9:13am

Little is known about the number of women in New Zealand who experience infertility; their use of health services and their knowledge and attitudes towards the condition and its treatment. Now, a University of Otago PhD student is seeking to shed some light on the situation through a survey of 2000 randomly selected women in Otago and Southland.

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Heavy drinking linked to more frequent and more severe aggression in relationships

Tuesday, 5 July 2011 9:16am

Drinking by one or both partners increases levels of severity, anger and fear reported by victims of intimate partner aggression, according to a new study by University of Otago researchers.

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Scientists critical of Alcohol Reform Bill

Monday, 2 May 2011 8:51am

A paper published in the international scientific journal Drug & Alcohol Review examining the alcohol bill presently before Parliament argues that it falls well short of the major reform promised by government.

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Higher blood clot risk found for newer unsubsidised oral contraceptive pill

Friday, 22 April 2011 8:52am

New evidence that a combined oral contraceptive pill containing the progestogen hormone drospirenone appears to put women at higher risk of blood clots than older types containing levonorgestrel has just been published by researchers at the University of Otago and Boston University.

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Study suggests school milk prevents bowel cancer

Monday, 17 January 2011 9:02am

Scientists at the University of Otago have found that regular consumption of school milk significantly reduced the risk of bowel cancer in adulthood.

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Higher density of alcohol outlets related to increased risk of binge drinking and alcohol-related harm

Monday, 1 November 2010 4:04pm

University of Otago researchers have discovered an association between the number of liquor outlets within easy walking distance of home (1km) and the level of binge drinking and alcohol related harm reported in the community.

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Risky drinking and adverse sexual experiences in NZ university students

Friday, 8 October 2010 4:12pm

New Zealand university students who drink heavily report considerably more unsafe sex, unhappy sexual experiences and unwanted advances than their lightly drinking peers, according to a new survey of students at five universities.

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Use of Personal Health Information to Assess the Safety of Medicines: What a Citizens’ Jury Decided

Wednesday, 18 August 2010 3:55pm

An informed public does not place personal privacy above societal benefits when it comes to using and linking health information for research, according to the outcome of deliberations by a citizens’ jury.

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Major funding for research into improving Māori children’s oral health

Monday, 29 March 2010 3:56pm

An innovative University of Otago research project aimed at improving the oral health of Māori children has gained $2,352,328 in funding from the New Zealand Health Research Council.

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Teens who spend less time glued to screens may relate better to peers

Tuesday, 2 March 2010 3:58pm

A new study at the University of Otago has some good news for parents worried that restricting TV viewing might make it more difficult for their children to relate to their friends.

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Melanoma incidence increase found among Māori

Wednesday, 8 July 2009 3:29pm

Research points to need for greater awareness of melanoma risk for Māori.

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Socks-over-shoes proven as means of reducing winter falls

Thursday, 2 July 2009 9:10am

The longstanding practice of wearing socks over shoes to prevent falls on icy slopes has been supported by an innovative study from the University of Otago.

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Time to revisit fairness in NZ health system

Wednesday, 13 May 2009 3:37pm

Private surgery system works against the poor, study shows.

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Greater incidence for STDs for women under 21

Thursday, 26 March 2009 4:22pm

The period before age 21 is a time of special risk for sexually transmitted infections for women, but not men, according to a new paper published by researchers from the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago.