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2010 News archive

Pūranga karere 2010

Study finds concern for children a significant new reason to quit smoking

Friday, 10 December 2010 9:03am

New Zealand smokers are increasingly saying that ‘setting an example’ for children is an important reason to quit, according to new public health research from the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Depressed men struggle more with functioning than depressed women

Wednesday, 8 December 2010 12:28pm

A new wide-ranging study by the University of Otago, Wellington has shown that men with common mental disorders, such as depression or anxiety, are more likely than women with those disorders to have difficulties with social and role functioning.

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Varying New Zealand cancer trends and burden by ethnicity

Tuesday, 7 December 2010 9:04am

The University of Otago, Wellington, has just launched two major cancer reports, both in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.

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Study suggests paracetamol links to allergy/asthma in young children

Monday, 29 November 2010 12:26pm

Links between early paracetamol use and the development of allergies and asthma in five and six year old children have been confirmed by health researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Improving prioritisation of health services

Friday, 26 November 2010 12:25pm

The National Health Committee (NHC) should consider using a ‘traffic light’ approach to enable District Health Boards to set healthcare priorities more explicitly, according to an article in today’s New Zealand Medical Journal.

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The tobacco report: A kaupapa to save 5000 lives a year

Friday, 26 November 2010 9:10am

An editorial in today’s New Zealand Medical Journal describes the recent Māori Affairs Select Committee (MASC) report on tobacco as bold and visionary.

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Journalists sceptical about rules on suicide reporting

Wednesday, 24 November 2010 2:49pm

University of Otago Wellington health researcher and psychiatrist, Associate Professor Sunny Collings, will tell the Asia-Pacific Coroners’ Conference in Auckland today that many journalists are not familiar with Ministry of Health guidelines on the reporting of suicide, and that most do not use them.

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Major report released on families living with addiction

Tuesday, 23 November 2010 12:22pm

New Zealand families living with other members suffering from addiction is the focus of a report just released by the Families Commission and carried out by researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Household crowding linked to high rates of acute rheumatic fever

Monday, 15 November 2010 4:03pm

New Zealand has one of the highest reported rates of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) amongst children and teenagers in the developed world; an infectious disease which can cause chronic rheumatic heart disease through damaged heart valves, and results in over 120 deaths a year.

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Alcohol often cheaper than bottled water and nearly as cheap as milk

Friday, 15 October 2010 4:08pm

Alcohol has become increasingly affordable in New Zealand over the last decade and is now cheaper in some instances than bottled water, and close to the cost of milk, according to latest research from the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Clash of views on healthy food labelling

Friday, 15 October 2010 4:11pm

Food manufacturers and the public health sector are at loggerheads over front-of-pack nutrition labelling, according to an editorial in today’s issue of the New Zealand Medical Journal.

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Landmark Aust. study on cost-effectiveness of preventing disease – New Zealand has much to learn

Wednesday, 8 September 2010 12:35pm

New Zealand has much to learn from an Australian programme of research on the cost-effectiveness of 150 interventions to prevent or treat disease, according to researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington.

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“Who cares about New Zealand’s Waistline?” – Wellington Public Symposium

Wednesday, 1 September 2010 2:04pm

What can be done at all levels of New Zealand society to reduce people’s risk of obesity and its related illnesses?

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Extensive indirect tobacco marketing on YouTube

Thursday, 26 August 2010 3:53pm

Just published research has found an extensive use of leading tobacco brand names and brand images on YouTube, closely associated with pro-smoking content or smoking imagery.

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26 August 2010 Media Release

Thursday, 26 August 2010 12:05pm

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Māori gains in cancer, but much to be done

Monday, 23 August 2010 3:54pm

A new report on Māori cancer trends by researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington shows progress in some areas, but that there is considerably more to be done to improve Māori health prospects.

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13 August 2010 Media Release

Friday, 13 August 2010 8:40am

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Improving life expectancy, but increasing economic inequalities

Friday, 13 August 2010 12:33pm

Increasing differences in life expectancy between high and low income groups since the early 1980s provide evidence of the impact of social determinants, such as income, on inequalities in health in New Zealand, according to latest research from the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Why pregnant women are admitted to intensive care in NZ

Tuesday, 3 August 2010 12:32pm

The first ever study of pregnant women in New Zealand with severe acute maternal morbidity (SAMM) found that 35% of those admitted to intensive care had a potentially preventable “near miss” event.

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New impetus for Type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer research

Thursday, 29 July 2010 3:58pm

The Dean of the University of Otago Wellington, Professor Peter Crampton and the Director of the Wakefield Biomedical Research Unit, Professor Richard Stubbs have welcomed its relocation to the Wellington campus of the Medical School.

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Ethnic differences in accessing medication

Monday, 12 July 2010 12:30pm

Māori and Pacific peoples are particularly badly affected by cost barriers when trying to access medication, according to latest research from the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Unusual NZ testicular cancer trends revealed in new study

Tuesday, 29 June 2010 3:55pm

New Zealand has different patterns of testicular cancer occurrence compared to the rest of the developed world, particularly in relation to ethnicity, but also socio-economic status according to a new study from the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Flu study shows infection can occur during long-haul flights

Wednesday, 2 June 2010 12:29pm

New research by the University of Otago, Wellington confirms that there is a small but measurable risk of contracting pandemic influenza A/H1N1 virus, or swine flu, during long-haul airline flights.

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Major prostate cancer trial boosted by new funding

Monday, 31 May 2010 2:05pm

The largest ever clinical trial into new treatments for prostate cancer, which kills about 600 men annually in this country, has received another significant funding grant from the Cancer Society of New Zealand.

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Good home heating cuts school absences for children with asthma

Tuesday, 23 March 2010 12:37pm

Improving heating in New Zealand homes with children who suffer from asthma has a significant impact on reducing the number of days children are away from school.

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New nicotine replacement products offer hope to smokers

Wednesday, 17 March 2010 12:38pm

New Zealand smokers have given the thumbs up to two nicotine replacement products which may become more commonly available in this country following research from the University of Otago, Wellington. The new products come in small sachets which smokers keep in their mouth, allowing nicotine to be rapidly released.

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New tobacco tax strategy needed to reduce smoking

Friday, 29 January 2010 4:00pm

Efforts to reduce smoking in New Zealand have been undermined since 2001 by increased tobacco affordability due to increased average incomes and a failure to raise tobacco taxes above inflation, according to researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington.

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New Zealanders support an end to all tobacco sales by 2020

Friday, 29 January 2010 3:59pm

New research just published in the New Zealand Medical Journal shows strong support for an end to tobacco sales within 10 years, with significantly more New Zealanders agreeing to this than disagreeing.