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Significant struggle of feeding a family outlined in study

Tuesday, 12 July 2022 4:25pm

Skipping meals, neglecting their health, and constant stress – this is the lived reality of sole-parents struggling to feed their family, a University of Otago study has found.

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Cell biology discovery opens doors for brain disease research

Monday, 20 June 2022 10:50am

Scientists have discovered how and why some genetic mutations can contribute to the cause of diseases like autism and brain malformations.

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Otago researchers help debunk harmful misconception about Autism

Thursday, 3 February 2022 10:59am

University of Otago researchers are helping to breakdown stigma and discrimination faced by Autistic people – debunking historical and harmful misinformation.

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$500,000 for study of environment’s link to children’s mental health

Tuesday, 10 August 2021 10:22am

Is there a connection between the mental health of young people and the physical environment in which they grow up?

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Health sector not ready to provide best practice abortion care

Friday, 30 April 2021 12:15pm

Aotearoa achieved a major milestone in sexual and reproductive health and rights with the decriminalisation of abortion, but a University of Otago academic argues abortion care is still not being provided within the full extent of the law.

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Diabetes study furthers work on ‘artificial pancreas’

Thursday, 4 March 2021 11:07am

Taking another step towards an “artificial pancreas” to improve the health of people with Type 1 diabetes is the focus of a new University of Otago study.

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$3.3 million to help Otago researchers tackle wide range of health issues

Wednesday, 4 November 2020 10:30am

Thirty-six University of Otago researchers have received career boosting funding, to the tune of $3.3 million, from the Health Research Council.

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Kiwi kids get half of energy intake from ultra-processed foods

Monday, 2 November 2020 9:16am

New Zealand children consume almost half of their energy intake from ultra-processed food by 12 months old, with consumption rising even higher by the time they turn five.

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Child Healthcare gets a major boost from Freemasons Fellowship

Tuesday, 20 October 2020 8:28am

Receiving two Freemasons study awards on the same day was a real surprise for University of Otago Department of Paediatrics and Child Health researcher Dr Mona Elbalshy.

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New tech sees teens with diabetes improve glucose monitoring, but not control

Wednesday, 7 October 2020 10:23am

A world-first Otago study has revealed flash glucose monitors help youth with type 1 diabetes better monitor their blood sugar levels, but it does not improve glucose control.

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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 paediatricians contribute to major Oxford University work

Tuesday, 21 July 2020 12:02pm

Two University of Otago academic paediatricians have become the first New Zealand-based researchers to have a chapter published in the prestigious Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Public Health.

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Australian honours for Otago Professor

Thursday, 5 March 2020 11:01pm

An Otago Professor’s “distinguished service to medicine, medical education, child and adolescent health and professional bodies” was cited in the latest Australian Honours list, announced at the end of January.

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Australian honours for Otago Professor

Tuesday, 3 March 2020 11:30am

An Otago Professor’s “distinguished service to medicine, medical education, child and adolescent health and professional bodies” was cited in the latest Australian Honours list, announced at the end of January.

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Be aware of potential for complications following tongue-tie surgery in babies, paediatrician warns

Tuesday, 19 November 2019 12:30pm

Complications following a procedure to treat tongue-tie in babies are occurring that can result in admission to hospital, something a University of Otago paediatrician says needs to be better understood by both health practitioners and parents.

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Otago researchers recipients of inaugural $3m Marsden Fund Award

Tuesday, 5 November 2019 9:42am

University of Otago researchers are the recipients of an inaugural Marsden Fund Council Award worth $3 million to investigate genetic predisposition to metabolic diseases like diabetes and gout among Pacific people.

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Fellowship fund flies PhD students to the United States

Thursday, 22 August 2019 11:04pm

Three PhD students will be winging their way to the United States next year to study and collaborate, thanks to a University of Otago fellowship.

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Simple Otago invention could reduce barriers to contraception

Friday, 26 July 2019 12:44pm

A device that could help decrease the global burden of unwanted pregnancy has been invented by University of Otago academics.

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Kiwi teens have little knowledge of most effective contraceptives, Otago research reveals

Friday, 18 January 2019 10:11am

New Zealand adolescents have little knowledge of the most effective form of contraceptives, like implants and IUDs, and support the concept of an education programme about these long-acting reversible contraceptives to help prevent unintended teen pregnancies, University of Otago research has found.

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Otago researchers discover information about a gene that helps define us as humans

Thursday, 6 December 2018 9:11am

University of Otago researchers have discovered information about a gene that sets primates – great apes and humans – apart from other mammals, through the study of a rare developmental brain disorder.