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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.

Christchurch researcher easing the pain of gout

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Friday, 16 February 2018

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.

Considering public health issues- the 22nd Public Health Summer School

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Monday, 5 February 2018

Leading international and New Zealand health experts will be in Wellington to participate in the 22nd Public Health Summer School run by the University of Otago, Wellington in February. The Public Health Summer School will be officially opened by the Minister of Health, Hon Dr David Clark on 7 February.

Surgeons look to do the right thing by their patients

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Friday, 2 February 2018

New Zealand surgeons are often prepared to treat an abnormality discovered during an elective surgical procedure in the absence of patient consent, especially if the patient’s health is threatened and the risk of the additional procedure is low.

Mind the gap – public and expert views on cancer risk

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

There are substantial gaps between expert recommendations and public knowledge about risk factors for cancer, though these gaps are closing for some cancer types, according to new University of Otago research.

Predator Free 2050 has major benefits for human health

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Monday, 15 January 2018

The Predator Free 2050 campaign to rid New Zealand of rats and possums will have major benefits for human health as well as for native plants and animals, says University of Otago, Wellington public health researcher Dr Mary McIntyre.

Otago breakthrough in diabetic heart disease

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Friday, 5 January 2018

The molecule responsible for heart disease in diabetics has been identified by University of Otago researchers, greatly improving chances of survival.

How do firearms, floods and flu impact public health?

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Firearms and public health, impacts of New Zealand’s most common natural hazard - flooding, and lessons from the 1918 flu pandemic are just some of the courses and seminar talks being offered by the University of Otago, Wellington’s Public Health Summer School.

Students scoop awards in Wellington ceremony

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Monday, 11 December 2017

Top-ranking medical and radiation therapy students enjoyed their own version of the red carpet at the University’s Wellington campus 2017 Awards Ceremony at the Roxy Theatre last month.