Study recommends better sun protection for young rowers during competition
Friday, 30 July 2021 12:33pm
High school rowing uniforms should include sun protective headwear and sunglasses to better shield rowers from the harmful effects of the sun, a University of Otago study recommends.
Otago study debunks arguments behind continuing availability of tobacco at convenience stores
Monday, 7 December 2020 11:14am
Claims that tobacco drives foot traffic into convenience stores have been discredited in new research from the University of Otago.
Bars facilitating smoking in young adults, study shows
Tuesday, 17 November 2020 12:39pm
Designated outdoor smoking areas in bars are facilitating experimentation and tobacco use among young adults, a new study has found.
Less than half of schools have robust sun hat policies in place to protect children
Tuesday, 7 July 2020 10:54am
Despite schools being encouraged to implement sun protective hat wearing policy to reduce children’s future risk of skin cancer, less than half participating in a University of Otago study had robust policy in place.
Otago researchers ponder selling tobacco only through liquor stores, petrol stations or pharmacies
Thursday, 9 January 2020 12:34pm
The sale of tobacco only through liquor stores, petrol stations or pharmacies would considerably reduce the overall availability of tobacco and assist the Government in achieving its 2025 smokefree goal, new University of Otago research shows.
Remove profit motive from tobacco to deal with mass addiction, researchers urge
Tuesday, 17 December 2019 12:40pm
Governments worldwide need to create non-profit supply systems for tobacco and nicotine products because of their potential to cause significant and avoidable harm, researchers from the University of Otago say.
Dairy owners’ lack of knowledge about e-cigarettes may undermine smoking cessation
Thursday, 7 November 2019 12:41pm
Convenience store owners who lack knowledge of the e-cigarettes they sell may undermine, rather than support, smoking cessation.
New research collaboration to fight cancer in New Zealand
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 8:57am
University of Otago cancer researchers are coming together in a new collaboration awarded a $2 million grant by the Cancer Society in a bid to better tackle a leading cause of death in New Zealand.
Butting Out: Researchers gauge public opinion on tobacco product waste
Friday, 14 June 2019 12:42pm
Requiring cigarettes to contain biodegradable filters, fining smokers who litter cigarette butts and expanding smoke free outdoor areas are measures the public considers are most likely to reduce tobacco product waste, new University of Otago research reveals.
Otago research highlights need for spirituality to be integrated into the health system
Wednesday, 14 November 2018 4:11pm
Spiritual care must be integrated into health system care plans, policies and training in order to reflect national guidelines and strategies more effectively, according to University of Otago researchers.
Most Kiwis support some form of euthanasia or assisted dying, Otago review reveals
Thursday, 1 November 2018 9:21am
Most New Zealanders support some form of euthanasia or assisted dying, a review of 20 years’ research into Kiwis’ attitudes to euthanasia by University of Otago researchers reveals.
Potential for less smoking with new tobacco retailer restrictions, Otago research shows
Thursday, 6 September 2018 4:02pm
Changing the way tobacco is sold is a crucial step in achieving the Government’s 2025 smokefree goal, new University of Otago research suggests.
More commitment by local government needed to achieve Smokefree 2025
Thursday, 29 March 2018 10:37am
There needs to be more commitment by local government to help achieve central government’s Smokefree 2025 goal, new University of Otago research shows.
New Co-Directors of Cancer Society Social and Behavioural Research Unit
Wednesday, 7 March 2018 11:24am
The new Co-Directors of the Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit, Dr Richard Egan and Dr Louise Marsh, are keen to ensure they make a real difference to the wellbeing of New Zealanders through high-quality research.
Switching to vaping not always straightforward: Otago research
Thursday, 8 February 2018 11:42am
Smokers attempting to quit the habit by vaping or using e-cigarettes do not always find the process plain sailing, according to new University of Otago research published in the international journal, Tobacco Control.
Mind the gap – public and expert views on cancer risk
Tuesday, 23 January 2018 1:30pm
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.
Shoddy sunbeds on the second-hand market in New Zealand: Otago findings
Wednesday, 4 October 2017 10:03am
New Zealand regulations around commercial sunbeds have been tightened in recent years, but they can be purchased on TradeMe where no regulations apply at all, according on to ongoing University of Otago research.
Youth more likely to discourage than promote smoking among peers
Friday, 28 July 2017 12:18pm
Young people more often discourage smoking among their peers than encourage it, new University of Otago research suggests.
Experts call for urgent changes to tobacco sales
Friday, 2 June 2017 4:48pm
Dramatically changing the way tobacco is sold will be a crucial step in achieving the Government’s 2025 smokefree goal, according to new University of Otago research that examined the views of smokefree experts throughout New Zealand.
Kiwis seeking cancer information
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 9:38am
The study, led by Dr Rose Richards of the Cancer Society Social and Behavioural Research Unit, shows a third of women and a quarter of men searching for cancer information over the past year.
Caring for our elderly
Sunday, 11 December 2016 4:51pm
Dr Richard Egan, fresh from the NZ Gerontology Nursing Conference, joins Wallace Chapman on RNZ National to talk about how we care for our elderly and what we should be doing differently.
New Zealanders need high quality cancer information
Friday, 2 December 2016 3:24pm
There is considerable demand for cancer information resources in New Zealand, with a third of women and a quarter of men deliberately searching for these over the past year, according to a new University of Otago study.
NZ banning sunbeds will have little impact on jobs
Friday, 2 December 2016 3:18pm
Banning sunbed services in New Zealand would help reduce skin cancer rates and only have a minimal impact on businesses and jobs, new University of Otago research suggests.
Success for Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit
Tuesday, 17 May 2016 3:05pm
Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit is delighted with our recent success at the Health Research Excellence Awards ceremony highlighting our strong reputation for research excellence.
New director for Cancer Society Social and Behavioural Research Unit
Sunday, 1 May 2016 4:09pm
Sun protection poor for NZ secondary school students: Otago research
Thursday, 31 March 2016 9:25am
A University of Otago study that involved unobtrusively observing the sun-protective practices of students and staff at the sports days of 10 Dunedin secondary schools last summer has found them sorely lacking.
Young social smokers more likely to become adult daily smokers
Thursday, 6 August 2015 1:59pm
Young people who have a cigarette occasionally—even just at weekends— have almost four times the odds of becoming a daily smoker by their late 30s compared to their non-smoking peers, according to new University of Otago research.
Study of tobacco company RRPs reveals tax increases applied unequally
Monday, 6 July 2015 2:37pm
New Zealand’s largest tobacco company is not keeping the recommended retail pricing for its leading budget brand in line with tobacco excise tax increases, according to a new University of Otago study.
Edible gardens in New Zealand schools providing food for thought
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 8:50am
Edible gardens are taking off in New Zealand primary and secondary schools, presenting important new opportunities to promote fruit and vegetable consumption, new University of Otago research has found.
Smokefree tertiary institutions point the way
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 10:39am
The progress public tertiary education institutions (TEIs) have made towards becoming completely smokefree should encourage other New Zealand workplaces and institutions to follow suit, new University of Otago research suggests.
Tobacco display bans protect youth and quitters: Otago research
Tuesday, 2 September 2014 12:39pm
Ending the display and promotion of cigarettes and tobacco in retail shops helps prevent young people taking up smoking and keeps quitters on track, according to new University of Otago research.
Study analyses NZ newspapers’ coverage of tobacco control issues
Wednesday, 2 July 2014 9:16am
University of Otago researchers’ analysis of 12 months of coverage of tobacco-control issues in New Zealand newspapers has found that these media outlets use a positive tone when covering actions to reduce smoking.
NZ outdoor workers poorly protected from the sun: Otago research
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 12:45pm
New Zealand outdoor workers are generally poorly protected from solar UV radiation, with only around one-third wearing sunscreen or a suitably protective hat, according to a University of Otago study published in the latest issue of the international Journal of Occupational Health.
More govt responsibility needed in making schools ‘sun-smarter’
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 12:49pm
Central government needs to take more responsibility for ensuring that New Zealand children are sun-safe while at school, according to University of Otago researchers.
Many NZ primary schools need to be ‘sun smarter’: Otago research
Friday, 10 February 2012 12:48pm
While New Zealand primary school students are benefiting from improved sun protection efforts over recent years, our schools still lag behind those of Australia in the ‘sun smart’ stakes, according to latest University of Otago research.
Otago researchers find “dark shift” bias in self-reported skin colour
Wednesday, 12 May 2010 12:50pm
New University of Otago research has found that people over a range of different skin colours tend to overestimate the darkness of their natural, non-tanned skin.
Outdoor workers exposed to high UV radiation levels
Wednesday, 25 February 2009 12:31pm
Outdoor workers in New Zealand are exposed to much higher levels of ultraviolet radiation from the summer sun than internationally recommended occupational exposure limits, a new University of Otago study suggests.
Child sun protection: Attitudes may be the key
Wednesday, 4 February 2009 12:52pm
Educating school children about the health risks of excessive and harmful sun exposure is not enough in itself to ensure sun-smart behaviour - pro-tanning attitudes need to be tackled too, according to latest University of Otago research.