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Vaping with nicotine more common than smoking among NZ teens
Monday, 18 October 2021
More than a third of New Zealand high school students have tried vaping, with 10 per cent vaping regularly and six per cent vaping weekly or more often, researchers have found.

TB research will make ‘enormous global health impact’
Thursday, 14 October 2021
University of Otago researchers are behind a major scientific breakthrough which could lead to elimination of the world’s biggest infectious diseases killer, tuberculosis (TB).

New frog named in recognition of renowned Otago researcher Phil Bishop
Thursday, 14 October 2021
A new species of endemic frog discovered from fossils in North Canterbury has been named in recognition of the late Otago Professor Phil Bishop (1957–2021) for his worldwide services to amphibian research and conservation.

Data confirms rural areas falling behind in COVID‑19 vaccination rates
Wednesday, 13 October 2021
COVID‑19 vaccination rates in rural areas in New Zealand are significantly lower than in urban areas, an analysis of data by University of Otago researchers reveals.

Māori dished out pills to mask chronic pain, study finds
Friday, 8 October 2021
Māori adults who experience chronic pain are being prescribed painkillers at the expense of best practice treatments and are not being offered referrals to specialists, research from the Māori community health provider, Tu Kotahi Māori Asthma and Research Trust and the University of Otago, Wellington has found.

Significant psychological toll from COVID lockdown for people with histories of mental illness – study
Thursday, 7 October 2021
New research suggests more priority needs to be given to support the health of New Zealanders struggling with mental illness during COVID-19 lockdowns – with findings showing many people with mental health histories struggle and are disproportionately affected.

Otago researcher discovers first brain marker for an anxiety disorder
Thursday, 7 October 2021
A University of Otago researcher has discovered a brain signal that will help improve the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders.

Energy efficiency analytics helping the University’s bottom line and the environment
Wednesday, 6 October 2021
A desire to better use its existing buildings, rather than simply replacing them, is behind the University of Otago’s use of an Energy Efficiency and ICT Analytics programme.

University of Otago appoints new Dentistry Dean
Wednesday, 6 October 2021
Professor Paul Cooper is probably the only person to have worked in the two newest dental school buildings on the planet.

Urgent need to tackle smoking rates in Pacific adults and youth
Thursday, 30 September 2021
New Zealand needs to take urgent action to reduce smoking in Pacific adults and youth if the country is to achieve its goal of reducing the number of smokers to less than five per cent of the population by 2025 according to a new report.


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