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Otago experts analyse potential result of End of Life Choice referendum

Monday, 28 September 2020 10:12am

University of Otago researchers are providing a cautious prediction that the majority of voters will support the End of Life Choice Act 2019 in next month’s assisted dying referendum.

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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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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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Kiwis stockpile paracetamol, the basis of most calls to National Poisons Centre

Wednesday, 15 July 2020 9:40am

While paracetamol was the most common substance of enquiry for calls to the National Poisons Centre in 2018, new research reveals most New Zealanders have large quantities of the painkiller stockpiled in their homes.

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Otago researchers find link between rape and breathing problems

Friday, 10 July 2020 12:03pm

Rape and sexual trauma may have long-lasting consequences for physical health as well as mental health, University of Otago researchers have found.

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Less than half of schools have robust sun hat policies in place to protect children

Tuesday, 7 July 2020 10:54am

Despite schools being encouraged to implement sun protective hat wearing policy to reduce children’s future risk of skin cancer, less than half participating in a University of Otago study had robust policy in place.

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Pūtea Tautoko provides vital support for University of Otago students

Thursday, 11 June 2020 12:34pm

Just a few weeks since it was launched, the University of Otago student financial relief fund Pūtea Tautoko has provided NZD$659,156 in grants to support students facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Otago research shines spotlight on health woes of Mururoa veterans and their children

Friday, 22 May 2020 11:30am

Cancers are prevalent among Mururoa veterans who witnessed the French atmospheric nuclear explosions in 1973 while many of their children have fertility problems, new University of Otago research reveals.

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Smoking cannabis causes bronchitis and changes to lung function

Monday, 18 May 2020 10:05am

Cannabis is harmful to the lungs, but in a different way to tobacco, causing significant respiratory symptoms such as bronchitis with evidence to suggest it can result in destructive lung disease – sometimes referred to as ‘bong lung’ – in heavy cannabis users.

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Otago researchers fast-track app for bowel disease sufferers in new COVID-19 era

Wednesday, 13 May 2020 11:03am

The advent of COVID-19 has resulted in University of Otago researchers, in collaboration with others in New Zealand, fast-tracking development of a smartphone application (app) to help improve care for people with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (also called inflammatory bowel disease or IBD), as fewer of them will be able to meet with specialists.

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Dying New Zealanders should be trusted to make decisions about assisted dying

Friday, 8 May 2020 1:28pm

Dying New Zealanders think they can and should be trusted to know what’s right and wrong for them when it comes to end of life decision-making.

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Large numbers of NZ military personnel suffer post-traumatic stress, Otago research reveals

Friday, 24 April 2020 12:15pm

The first wide-ranging survey of New Zealand military personnel shows many suffer symptoms of post-traumatic stress (PTS) though greater length of service, psychological flexibility (resilience) and quality sleep may be protective factors.

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University of Otago announces Pūtea Tautoko support fund for students

Friday, 24 April 2020 4:45pm

The University of Otago is committing $1.5 million as an initial investment to support Otago students facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 global outbreak.

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PPE an ‘ethical imperative’ for front-line health workers – Otago ethicist

Wednesday, 1 April 2020 10:48am

Personal protective equipment for front-line health workers is an ethical imperative, University of Otago ethicist Dr Elizabeth Fenton says.

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Otago experts warn pandemic risks accentuating rural-urban health inequities

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 3:37pm

The current pandemic risks further accentuating the rural – urban health inequities that exist in New Zealand, University of Otago rural health specialists warn.

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Pioneering academic’s papers get UNESCO status

Wednesday, 19 February 2020 4:14pm

The papers of pioneering medical researcher and Otago alumna Dr Muriel Bell have been accepted into the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. Dr Bell graduated MB ChB (1922) and MD (1926) from Otago and was awarded an HonDSc from the university in 1968.

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Weight loss and health improvements with Mediterranean, fasting and paleo diets

Friday, 24 January 2020 10:46am

There were some weight loss and health benefits for overweight adults who followed the Mediterranean, Intermittent Fasting and Paleo diets, though adherence to the diets dropped off considerably during the one-year study, new University of Otago research shows.

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Climate-friendly food choices protect the planet, promote health, and reduce healthcare costs

Thursday, 23 January 2020 9:34am

Increased uptake of plant-based diets in New Zealand could substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions while greatly improving population health and saving the healthcare system billions of dollars in the coming decades, according to a new University of Otago study.

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Unconscious bias in medicine

Thursday, 16 January 2020 10:43am

A lecture by Associate Professor Angela Ballantyne

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Otago global health institute invests in research with Fiji and East Timor

Monday, 13 January 2020 9:16am

The Otago Global Health Institute, a flagship research centre of the University of Otago, is investing in new research initiatives in collaboration with the Fiji National University and the National University of East Timor to help address health problems in these countries.

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Otago researchers ponder selling tobacco only through liquor stores, petrol stations or pharmacies

Thursday, 9 January 2020 2:39pm

The sale of tobacco only through liquor stores, petrol stations or pharmacies would considerably reduce the overall availability of tobacco and assist the Government in achieving its 2025 smokefree goal, new University of Otago research shows.

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Tragedy led young Fijian doctor to change her country

Monday, 23 December 2019 4:02pm

Sometimes things happen that are so tragic, so traumatic, there is no way to forget them.

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30 new Professors for the University of Otago

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 4:51pm

Thirty University of Otago academics have been promoted to the position of professor this year.

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Prescribers be aware of fatal risks of methadone and clozapine

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 11:26am

New Zealand prescribers should be aware of the high risk of death associated with two prescription medicines, methadone and clozapine, University of Otago researchers warn.

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Alternatives to State foster care need to be seriously considered, Otago researcher says

Friday, 6 December 2019 10:56am

The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care shows New Zealand has failed to protect a generation of children and alternatives to foster care need to be seriously considered, an Otago researcher says.

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Nineteen new Associate Professors for Health Sciences

Friday, 6 December 2019 2:03pm

A swathe of the University of Otago Division of Health Science’s finest staff have been promoted to Associate Professor.

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Urology gets a boost at Otago

Friday, 29 November 2019 3:00pm

Research in the specialist area of urology will take a leap forward thanks to a $1 million donation and the arrival of a new Associate Professor of Urology at the University of Otago.

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Fewer Kiwis will die of bowel cancer if new screening tool introduced, Otago research reveals

Thursday, 28 November 2019 11:15am

Introducing flexible sigmoidoscopy screening into the national bowel screening programme would significantly reduce both the incidence and mortality of bowel cancer in New Zealand, new University of Otago research reveals.

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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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Otago scientist wins award for stomach cancer research

Tuesday, 29 October 2019 1:42pm

A University of Otago researcher has won a fellowship to undertake cutting-edge research on stomach cancer survival, using technology not yet available in New Zealand.