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New monitoring method could help Māori cancer patients

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 1:41pm

A simple blood test could provide a significant step to reducing health inequities for Māori cancer patients.

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Patients are not always receiving information about medicines, Otago research reveals

Monday, 23 April 2018 12:52pm

Some patients in New Zealand may not be receiving adequate information about their newly-prescribed medicines, new University of Otago research suggests.

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International agreement provides Otago opportunity to help shape global cancer agenda

Friday, 20 April 2018 2:25pm

In a New Zealand first, the University of Otago has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

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Safety warning labels needed on fresh chicken, say researchers

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 9:07am

New research has found that many New Zealand consumers are unaware of the high levels of Campylobacter contamination of fresh chicken and most want safety labelling about the risks on poultry products.

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Threats from tobacco industry stalled New Zealand plain packs legislation

Friday, 13 April 2018 12:37pm

Threats of lawsuits by the tobacco industry helped delay the New Zealand legislation for plain tobacco packs by at least three years, new University of Otago research suggests.

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New Zealand dentists pick up the pieces when ‘dental tourism’ goes bad

Thursday, 12 April 2018 11:40am

New Zealand dentists are increasingly having to provide remedial treatment where things have gone wrong for “dental tourists” who travel abroad for dental work.

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Researchers reveal history through exhumation of Otago graves

Thursday, 12 April 2018 10:03am

Exhumation and analysis of skeletons and burial sites in the historic Otago town of Lawrence is underway, with University of Otago researchers conducting The Otago Historic Cemeteries Bioarchaeology Project.

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Biochemistry PhD student already saving Māori lives

Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:04am

A University of Otago biochemistry PhD student is credited with saving lives, thanks to his new research finding a genetic mutation that is linked to high rates of Māori stomach cancer.

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New clues to help restore fertility in women with disabling ovary disorder

Monday, 9 April 2018 4:58pm

Ground-breaking research out of the University of Otago is showing potential to restore fertility in women suffering Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

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Christchurch researchers first to prove specific types of bowel cancer

Thursday, 5 April 2018 9:50am

A University of Otago, Christchurch, researcher has for the first time identified unique genetic patterns for four different sub-types of colorectal cancer – which respond differently to a variety of cancer treatments.

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Taxing sugary drinks a no-brainer for New Zealand

Wednesday, 4 April 2018 10:24am

On 1 April 2018, the United Kingdom introduced a sugary drinks tax, an important public health measure that University of Otago, Wellington, public health researchers believe should be happening in New Zealand too.

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More commitment by local government needed to achieve Smokefree 2025

Thursday, 29 March 2018 10:37am

There needs to be more commitment by local government to help achieve central government’s Smokefree 2025 goal, new University of Otago research shows.

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Yoghurt may reduce eczema and allergy in infancy

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 1:54pm

Yoghurt given to infants in the first year of life may protect them from developing eczema and allergy, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington, and the University of Auckland have found.

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New Zealand researchers help re-write the historical record of Vanuatu

Friday, 23 March 2018 10:42am

Researchers from The University of Otago are playing a key role in revealing previously unknown information about prehistoric settlement in the South Pacific.

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Otago researchers reveal childhood predictors of becoming overweight or obese

Friday, 23 March 2018 9:37am

Childhood predictors of becoming overweight or obese as adults in New Zealand include being male, born into a single-parent family, having parents with larger body size and limited or no breastfeeding, new University of Otago research reveals.

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More sustainable transport for better health in New Zealand cities

Friday, 23 March 2018 1:51pm

Can your local council stop you getting heart disease or cancer? Yes, say researchers in a new study led by the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Research suggests promoting smokefree homes may help reduce teen smoking

Thursday, 22 March 2018 1:52pm

New Zealand children and teens growing up in smokefree homes are less likely to take up smoking, even if their parents are smokers, a University of Otago, Wellington, study has found.

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University of Otago researcher at forefront of discovery to help end tuberculosis

Thursday, 22 March 2018 9:19am

As World Tuberculosis Day looms on 24 March, one of the University of Otago’s latest Sir Charles Hercus Health Research Fellows, Dr Htin Lin Aung, is building relationships to help combat the top infectious disease killer in the world.

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University of Otago researchers unravel knowledge in dolphin teeth to provide environmental insights

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 11:06am

University of Otago researchers are using bottlenose dolphin teeth to help them understand coastal contamination.

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Standardised packaging a good move, but Otago researchers call for more in fight against tobacco

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 2:59pm

Today marks the introduction of standardised packaging for tobacco products sold in New Zealand.

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Otago researchers part of $18M project to reveal causes of fever in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia

Friday, 9 March 2018 11:05am

Otago researchers are helping lead a major international project to determine what the main causes of fever in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia are and how they should be treated.

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Study of smoking among doctors and nurses shows very low smoking prevalence and Smokefree 2025 goal can be achieved

Friday, 9 March 2018 10:57am

A new study on smoking trends among doctors and nurses in New Zealand finds smoking has declined steadily within these healthcare professions. Researchers say this shows that very low smoking rates can be achieved in large occupational groups, suggesting that New Zealand’s Smokefree 2025 goal is reachable.

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Trade treaty threatens health if climate change not addressed: University of Otago expert

Friday, 9 March 2018 10:47am

A University of Otago health expert is calling for an independent assessment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact’s potential impacts on climate change and health.

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New Co-Directors of Cancer Society Social and Behavioural Research Unit

Wednesday, 7 March 2018 11:24am

The new Co-Directors of the Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit, Dr Richard Egan and Dr Louise Marsh, are keen to ensure they make a real difference to the wellbeing of New Zealanders through high-quality research.

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New Chair for research foundation’s advisory committee

Wednesday, 7 March 2018 10:18am

Dr Rebecca Grainger from the Department of Medicine at the University of Otago, Wellington has been appointed Chair of the Research for Life’s Research Advisory Committee.

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Teachers suffer post-traumatic stress following ‘quakes – Otago research highlights

Thursday, 1 March 2018 2:56pm

School teachers were among the majority of frontline workers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following the Christchurch earthquakes, new University of Otago research shows.

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Innovative health and well-being hub opens in Dunedin

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 4:33pm

A new iwi-driven health village focusing on affordable, high quality health and social services in partnership with the University of Otago officially opened its doors in Dunedin today.

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New study shows when ‘broken hearts’ are most deadly

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 11:52am

A University of Otago, Christchurch, summer student has identified the days when patients are most vulnerable to dying from a ‘broken heart’.

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Va’a o Tautai further builds Otago’s reputation as leader in Pacific education

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 10:09am

The University of Otago continues to lead the way in education for Pacific peoples with the development of Va’a o Tautai, the Pacific entity within the Division of Health Sciences.

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New Zealand-led heart failure findings debunk world medical view

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 12:00pm

Thousands of New Zealanders can look forward to improvements in treatment and care of heart failure following new research findings that look set to alter the clinical approach and health care planning for heart failure globally.

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Otago academic gains fresh insights into the inner workings of the brain

Monday, 26 February 2018 3:52pm

New discoveries into how information is stored in the brain have been made by a University of Otago researcher.

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Out of prison and back to smoking?

Friday, 23 February 2018 4:20pm

A lack of support means many prisoners relapse back to smoking on release, despite many wanting to stay smokefree, a new study has found.

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Therapeutic relationships key to reducing suicides – University of Otago experts

Friday, 23 February 2018 10:06am

Ongoing contact between health professionals and patients is likely to have more of an impact in helping to reduce suicide death rates than a perfectly completed risk assessment tool, University of Otago psychological experts say.

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Christchurch researcher easing the pain of gout

Friday, 16 February 2018 2:53pm

A Christchurch rheumatologist has won Medicines New Zealand's top prize for research into how increasing dosages of gout medicines can dramatically improve patients’ lives.

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Nano-scale science helps prize-winning Otago scientist make a big impact

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 4:36pm

A University of Otago scientist at the forefront of developing applications from tiny science to powering a new technology sector has won the 2017 Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize.

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Third vaccine dose needed to protect young New Zealanders from mumps outbreak

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 4:35pm

Urgent and proactive action is needed to protect young people from the current mumps outbreak in New Zealand, says Dr Ayesha Verrall, an infectious diseases physician and researcher at the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Switching to vaping not always straightforward: Otago research

Thursday, 8 February 2018 2:48pm

Smokers attempting to quit the habit by vaping or using e-cigarettes do not always find the process plain sailing, according to new University of Otago research published in the international journal, Tobacco Control.

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New University of Otago research on women involved in the ‘Unfortunate Experiment’

Thursday, 8 February 2018 10:38am

A final report on the unethical clinical study conducted by Dr Herbert Green at National Women’s Hospital in Auckland from the 1960s to the 1980s, known widely as the “Unfortunate Experiment”, has just been published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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Otago research provides more incentives for desk-dwellers to get up and move

Wednesday, 7 February 2018 9:39am

Taking regular activity breaks while sitting for long periods does not increase your appetite, University of Otago academics have discovered.

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First human trial of potentially game-changing diabetes treatment set to commence

Wednesday, 7 February 2018 2:17pm

University of Otago researchers are ready to take a significant step in the development of a new natural product that could potentially prevent diabetes.