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Change needed urgently, practitioners say

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Thursday 30 June 2022 at 10:45am

A group of New Zealand health practitioners is calling on the Government to change its approach to the way it cares for people with osteoarthritis, and to do so urgently.

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Study shows strong link between COVID‑19 and worsening mental health

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Wednesday 8 June 2022 at 8:30am

The past two years have caused widespread disruption, anxiety, loss and grief worldwide – but a new University of Otago, Christchurch, study has identified a concerning link between ongoing COVID-19 disruption and worsening mental health for those most at risk.

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$900,000 funding for Otago health researchers

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Thursday 12 May 2022 at 11:20am

Six Otago researchers have each been awarded a $150,000 Health Research Council Explorer Grant to support transformative research ideas that have a good chance of making a revolutionary change to managing New Zealanders’ health.

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Call for pipe upgrades after Asbestos found in Christchurch drinking water

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Wednesday 13 April 2022 at 8:55am

A new study concludes ageing underground pipes in many Christchurch suburbs are leaching asbestos fibres into the city’s main water supply; and although raising no immediate concerns for public health, the results are prompting calls for a prioritised pipe replacement programme.

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Dying alone: heartbreaking stories of death during COVID‑19 lockdowns

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Monday 4 April 2022 at 10:20am

Families have shared heartbreaking and poignant stories with researchers about the deaths of their loved ones in Wellington Hospital during the COVID‑19 Alert Level 3 and 4 lockdowns in 2020 when district health boards were restricting visitors to wards.

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The price of keeping kids warm at night

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Wednesday 30 March 2022 at 10:55am

The cost of heating a child’s bedroom through the night in a Wellington winter would run through 46 per cent of the government’s Winter Energy Payment, which is paid to qualifying beneficiaries and all superannuitants to help with heating costs, a study by researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington has found.

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Nitrate levels in drinking water and bowel cancer

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Friday 4 March 2022 at 10:50am

The formation of cancer-causing chemicals in the gut could be at the heart of understanding how high levels of nitrate in our drinking water contribute to increasing the risk of bowel (colorectal) cancer, New Zealand researchers say.

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2022 Bulletin Board photo competition opens

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Thursday 24 February 2022

The Otago Bulletin Board team is thrilled to announce the launch of our 10th annual photo competition, which opens for entries on Tuesday, 1 March.

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Hefty bags hindering active transport to school

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Wednesday 9 February 2022 at 9:05am

Heavy school bags are a “significant” issue for teenagers, with one-third of them thinking their bag is too heavy to walk or bike to school, BEATS Research from University of Otago shows.

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Urgent investment needed in deadly disease

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Tuesday 1 February 2022 at 3:25pm

Researchers are calling for urgent investment in the prevention of a devastating emerging disease that kills tens of thousands of people each year

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Reimagining school uniforms

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Thursday 27 January 2022 at 9:35am

School uniforms need a radical redesign to better meet the needs of students, particularly for girls, who are often forced to wear uniforms that prevent them from being physically active in their lunch breaks and from cycling to and from school, a public health researcher says.

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