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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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Many Kiwis not taking cholesterol medication consistently

Thursday, 26 November 2020 4:19pm

More than half a million New Zealand adults are taking cholesterol-lowering medications, but a new University of Otago study reveals many are not taking them consistently.

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Dairy and low-fat diet can reduce risk of bowel cancer - study

Tuesday, 24 November 2020 1:02pm

Eating dairy and a low-fat diet can reduce the risk of bowel cancer in New Zealand, a new University of Otago study reveals.

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Bars facilitating smoking in young adults, study shows

Tuesday, 17 November 2020 11:21am

Designated outdoor smoking areas in bars are facilitating experimentation and tobacco use among young adults, a new study has found.

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Otago researchers secure $17.5m in Marsden funding

Tuesday, 10 November 2020 10:41am

University of Otago researchers have secured $17.5 million in Marsden funding for 30 world-class research projects.