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Study recommends better sun protection for young rowers during competition

Friday, 30 July 2021 4:09pm

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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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.

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Lung cancer screening a step closer to reality following combined study

Tuesday, 29 September 2020 10:04am

Newly released study results present a strong case for lung cancer screening in New Zealand – particularly for Māori whose mortality rates are between three and four times higher than other ethnic groups.

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Alcohol-related assaults in NZ decline after restrictions on late-night alcohol sales

Friday, 28 August 2020 9:50am

The number of people hospitalised because of assaults over the weekend reduced significantly following restrictions on late-night alcohol sales, new research from the University of Otago shows.

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Professor John Broughton Retires

Monday, 24 August 2020 11:47am

Professor John Broughton (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu Ki Heretaunga), who has now retired from his position in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine (PSM).

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Digital contact tracing alone may not be miracle answer for COVID-19

Wednesday, 19 August 2020 2:33pm

In infectious disease outbreaks, digital contact tracing alone could reduce the number of cases, but not as much as manual contact tracing, new University of Otago-led research published in the Cochrane Library reveals.

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Future research in safe hands at Otago Medical School

Thursday, 13 August 2020 11:00am

A group of Otago Medical School student researchers were awarded scholarships this week, showing there’s a bright future for medical research in New Zealand.

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Otago University’s contact tracing system shows promising results in test scenario

Friday, 7 August 2020 10:56am

An initial test of the University of Otago’s contact tracing system for COVID-19 has produced promising results after most contacts identified in the emergency exercise scenario of a visiting international professor to the Dunedin campus were able to be tracked down.

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Updates from the NTMHRU, post COVID-19

Monday, 3 August 2020 1:54pm

Welcome back to our tauira! We hope you are looking forward to semester two studies and catching up with your mates. If you need support, come and see us and/or apply for the tautoko hardship fund. Read more about the Māori response to COVID-19 and Urutā in this article too.