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Obesity a tough topic for GPs, Otago research reveals
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.

HRC funding enables Otago researcher to investigate early detection test for bowel cancer
Thursday, 17 May 2018
A researcher aiming to develop an early-detection genetic-based test for bowel cancer is one of several University of Otago researchers who have been awarded almost $1.5 million in Health Research Council funding.

Primary schools to study the worm that once held up State Highway One
Tuesday, 15 May 2018
Researchers from Catchments Otago – a University of Otago Research Theme – are embarking on a year-long study with three Dunedin primary schools into the mysterious ancient velvet worm – peripatus – thanks to a $20,000 grant from the from the Ministry for Business Innovation and Employment’s Participatory Science Platform (PSP).

Otago study shows “giant” problem looms for ageing New Zealanders
Monday, 14 May 2018
Urgent attention needs to be paid to frail older New Zealanders’ oral health, a University of Otago study has highlighted.

Radical new framework for trade and investment treaties
Monday, 14 May 2018
A team from the University of Otago, Wellington has just published a radical new framework for designing international trade and investment treaties.

New Zealand school children revealing the power of mānuka
Friday, 11 May 2018
Schools and pupils from all over New Zealand are working with the University of Otago and Plant & Food Research to discover what secrets are locked within the wide variety of mānuka around the country – including whether the native plant’s leaf chemistry could provide a natural weed killer.

Otago researcher’s discovery of ancient fossil provides clues to evolution of baleen whales
Friday, 11 May 2018
A University of Otago palaeontologist’s discovery of an ancient fossil whale that swam the Antarctica seas 34 million years ago has paved the way for new knowledge about the evolution of baleen whales.

Exposure to second-hand smoke doubles rates of asthma and wheezing in infants
Friday, 11 May 2018
In a New Zealand first, University of Otago, Christchurch, researchers have analysed nicotine levels in infants’ hair to get a true measure of the impact of passive smoking on respiratory problems.

Gaps in patient care pathway may perpetuate high rates of sexually transmitted infections
Wednesday, 9 May 2018
There are gaps between best practice and documented management of patients diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections in primary care, which may contribute to high rates of infection, new University of Otago research shows.

Otago scientist involved in new tool to classify severity of Salmonella
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.


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