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New Zealanders using more antipsychotics, especially older females

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Friday, 17 August 2018

The prescription of drugs designed to treat conditions such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions has increased in New Zealand by almost 50 per cent in less than a decade, according to the first local study of its kind.

3MT finals showcase up-and-coming talent

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Wednesday, 8 August 2018

A PhD candidate who is investigating the emotional responses of clinicians who deal with suicidal patients has won the PhD category of Otago’s 2018 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

Departing PVC (Health Sciences) grateful for opportunities

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Monday, 16 July 2018

Professor Peter Crampton has stepped down from his role as Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Health Sciences, and into a new role at Kōhatu, the Centre for Hauora Māori. The Otago Bulletin Board visited him during his last week as PVC, late last month.

Christchurch scientists recognised internationally

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Three University of Otago, Christchurch, staff members have been recognised for their global work with appointments and awards from key groups relating to cancer, tissue banking, and immunisation.

Major fundamental changes required to achieve health equity

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Monday, 9 July 2018

In comparing efforts to address health inequities, researchers in Aotearoa/New Zealand (NZ) and the United States (US) have found that both countries are failing to align policy with evidence-based approaches that could help achieve equity.

Junk food dominates NZ sport

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Monday, 9 July 2018

Junk food dominates New Zealand sport venues, according to new research led by the University of Otago, Wellington.

Otago research reveals alarming rise of obesity in New Zealand

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Thursday, 5 July 2018

The Body Mass Index (BMI) of New Zealanders is continuing to rise and on current trends, two million New Zealanders will be considered clinically obese by 2038 up from 1.1 million in 2015, new University of Otago research reveals.

Hunt for Nessie captures hearts and minds

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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Otago’s Professor Neil Gemmell is now in Scotland, with teams of international media waiting to follow his every move as he searches for DNA evidence of the Loch Ness Monster.

Medical students striving to be more socially accountable

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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Student representatives from the country’s two medical schools recently met to share ideas on how the medical curriculum can become more socially accountable to ensure medical students become competent doctors, advocates and agents of change in society.

Unit to provide statistical support to staff, students

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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

No statistical survey will ever be perfect, the director of the University of Otago’s biostatistics unit, Robin Turner, says.

However, health surveys carried out by Otago staff and students will hopefully be as close to perfect as they can thanks to the work of the biostatistics unit.

Health Research Excellence Awards celebrate staff

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Thursday, 31 May 2018

University of Otago Curekids Professor of Paediatric Genetics Stephen Robertson is considered an outstanding leader in his field internationally, and last night his achievements were formally recognised closer to home at the Health Research Excellence Awards in Dunedin.

Cold New Zealand council housing getting an upgrade

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Wednesday, 30 May 2018

University of Otago, Wellington researchers are advocating for standards to bring all New Zealand housing up to the World Health Organization minimum standard which recommends indoor temperature of 18 degrees celcius.

Cannabis: What's the harm?

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Friday, 25 May 2018

A researcher of the effects of cannabis says any law change to free up the drug’s availability needs to take account of scientifically-robust data showing regular use in young people is associated with a higher risk of mental health issues, use of other substances, and lower levels of achievement.

Education key to hauora and success

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Monday, 21 May 2018

A Christchurch medical student is playing a key role in a Ngāi Tahu-backed initiative to keep rangatahi (youth) from the West Coast in education.

Obesity a tough topic for GPs, Otago research reveals

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Friday, 18 May 2018

New University of Otago research highlights the difficulties for GPs of discussing obesity with patients who are overweight and signals the need for resources to support them and other community health providers in this role.

New ideas for detecting cancer get go-ahead from HRC

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Thursday, 17 May 2018

A University of Otago researcher focused on the earlier detection of cancer has just secured her first significant grant from the Health Research Council, valued at $249,984, for her novel proposal for diagnosing bowel cancer.

Christchurch campus hosts indigenous health leaders

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Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Improving health statistics for indigenous populations and more culturally-relevant medical curriculums were topics for discussion at a recent meeting of Australian and New Zealand medical schools at the University of Otago’s Christchurch campus.

Otago scientist involved in new tool to classify severity of Salmonella

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Wednesday, 9 May 2018

A University of Otago expert is part of an international collaboration that has created a new machine learning tool that can detect whether emerging strains of the bacterium Salmonella are more likely to cause life-threatening bloodstream infections rather than only food poisoning.

News of inner-city site for new Dunedin Hospital welcomed

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Friday, 4 May 2018

University of Otago leaders are pleased Cabinet has approved an inner-city Dunedin location with close proximity to the University precinct, on which to build the city’s new $1.2 to $1.4 billion hospital.

New monitoring method could help Māori cancer patients

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018

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

Biochemistry PhD student already saving Māori lives

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018

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.

Taxing sugary drinks a no-brainer for New Zealand

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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

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.

Yoghurt may reduce eczema and allergy in infancy

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018

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.

Summer Studentship programme 2017/2018

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Monday, 26 March 2018

University of Otago, Wellington hosts the Summer Studentship Programme each year.  The Department of Medicine has had a number of students this summer participating in 10 week research projects.

New Zealand-led heart failure findings debunk world medical view

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018

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.

Out of prison and back to smoking?

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Friday, 23 February 2018

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