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Department of Preventive and Social Medicine news

Postpartum diabetes testing low for women with gestational diabetes

Wednesday, 7 December 2022 9:29am

Women with gestational diabetes are seven times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those without, yet over a ten-year period only half of these women were tested for diabetes within six months of giving birth, a new University of Otago study reveals.

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Excessive television viewing in childhood is a risk factor for later smoking and gambling disorders

Wednesday, 30 November 2022 9:09am

Excessive television viewing as a child can lead to a higher risk of tobacco use and gambling disorders in adulthood, a new University of Otago study shows.

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Professor Sue Crengle receives Te ORA award

Friday, 9 September 2022 11:31am

The Te ORA (Māori Medical Practitioners Association) gathered for their awards’ night at the end of July.

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Otago research unravels insights into military veterans’ health

Thursday, 16 June 2022 9:20am

New Zealand military veterans experience the same level of anxiety and depression as the general population, but have more problems with pain and mobility, new research shows.

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Researcher’s road trip to talk about spiritual care

Thursday, 2 June 2022 2:39pm

Spiritual care can be an important part of patients’ recovery but is often overlooked, a University of Otago researcher says.

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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