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2011 news archives

Pūranga karere 2011

Brief mental health intervention programme assists patients and GPs

Thursday, 10 November 2011 11:52am

A big difference to the mental health of New Zealanders could be achieved by introducing a promising brief guided self-help intervention programme administered by GPs.

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Action on climate change policy falls well short

Friday, 4 November 2011 11:54am

A review of Government policy and action on climate change by researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington and Victoria University shows they fall well short of what is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet even weak targets.

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Killing house dust mites on children’s soft toys

Monday, 17 October 2011 11:55am

Infestations of house dust mites on children’s soft toys can be eradicated by freezing, hot tumble drying or washing with eucalyptus oil and detergent according to new research by the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Big increase in potentially fatal necrotising fasciitis disease

Tuesday, 27 September 2011 9:23am

There has been a significant increase in necrotising fasciitis (NF) or ‘flesh-eating disease’ in New Zealand between 1990 and 2006 according to the first ever nation-wide assessment of the incidence of this disease.

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Lack of trained interpreter use may affect patients and doctors

Friday, 9 September 2011 11:56am

Two studies by the University of Otago, Wellington, have shown that the use of trained interpreters by doctors and health professionals in New Zealand is inadequate, and needs more funding.

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Otago rewards up-and-coming researchers

Tuesday, 6 September 2011 11:58am

Six highly promising academic staff members have been recognised through the University of Otago’s latest Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.

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Decision-makers back concept of tobacco-free NZ by 2025

Monday, 5 September 2011 11:59am

Research led by the University of Otago, Wellington shows that senior officials, health practitioners, decision-makers and opinion-leaders support bold new ways of thinking being explored to achieve a tobacco-free New Zealand.

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Some improvements but stark differences remain in children’s wellbeing

Monday, 29 August 2011 2:42pm

The annual Children’s Social Monitor Update shows that although there have been some improvements over the last year, there are still serious concerns about the wellbeing of New Zealand’s children, with stark differences in the levels of ill health, abuse and neglect for different groups of children.

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Doctors and public health researchers say shocking diabetes rates can be reduced

Friday, 12 August 2011 12:02pm

Leading medical specialists, public health researchers and nutritionists warn that not enough is being done to prevent the rapidly increasing diabetes rates, largely caused by significant increases in obesity in adults and children in recent years.

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Long-acting contraception methods reduce repeat abortions

Monday, 25 July 2011 12:05pm

Repeat abortions are significantly reduced if women use long-acting reversible contraceptive methods such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) after an abortion.

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World expert raises concerns about health inequalities

Tuesday, 12 July 2011 12:09pm

Renowned UK epidemiologist Sir Michael Marmot will be the keynote speaker at a wide-ranging symposium on health equity and the social determinants of health being held at the University of Otago, Wellington this Wednesday and co-hosted by the New Zealand Medical Association.

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Much still to be done to reduce ethnic and socio-economic health inequities

Friday, 8 July 2011 9:12am

Although progress has been made in reducing health inequities, an editorial in today's New Zealand Medical Journal proposes the next ten most important actions needed to further reduce significant health "gaps‟ based on ethnicity and socio-economic status in New Zealand.

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Health risk from solvent use by lab technicians

Tuesday, 28 June 2011 12:12pm

Exposure to solvents by medical laboratory workers may be a health risk according to a new study from the University of Otago, Wellington just published in The Journal of Rheumatology.

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Campylobacteriosis cases halved following controls on chicken meat

Monday, 16 May 2011 8:50am

New Zealand’s success in reducing its food borne campylobacteriosis epidemic is receiving international attention. In a paper just published in the journal, Emerging Infectious Diseases, NZ scientists report how both notified and hospitalised cases of campylobacteriosis declined by more than 50% following interventions to reduce campylobacter contamination of fresh chicken meat.

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Serious skin infection rates double in children since 1990

Wednesday, 27 April 2011 2:10pm

Serious skin infection rates in New Zealand children have increased markedly over the last two decades according to new research from the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Food insecurity and psychological distress in NZ

Monday, 4 April 2011 8:55am

Food insecurity appears to be a growing problem in New Zealand and according to latest research from the University of Otago, Wellington is associated with elevated levels of psychological distress amongst thousands of adults. Food insecurity or the lack of access to safe, nutritious, affordable food, not only affects nutrition and physical health, but also the mental health of New Zealanders.

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Action needed on poor Māori oral and dental health

Friday, 25 March 2011 12:14pm

Much more needs to be done to improve the oral health of Māori according to a publication launched at the Copthorne Hotel, Waitangi on Friday March 25 at the annual conference of Te Ao Marama, the New Zealand Māori Dental Association.

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Māori women have biggest increase in breast cancer rates

Tuesday, 15 February 2011 8:58am

Māori women have had the highest rates and the largest increase in breast cancer over the last two decades according to new research from the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Top international clinicians attend cancer symposium

Friday, 11 February 2011 12:16pm

The University of Otago, Wellington is hosting a major Inaugural International Cancer Symposium which will see a stellar cast of overseas and New Zealand cancer experts in the capital city over the coming week, from Sunday 13 to Saturday February 19.

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Research finds economic sector uninterested in reports about social and health inequalities

Thursday, 3 February 2011 12:18pm

A report just published by the World Health Organisation from a public health researcher at the University of Otago, Wellington shows that while New Zealand has developed innovative annual Social Reports, these have had varied uptake in addressing health inequities over the last decade.

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University of Otago announces new Wellington campus Dean

Wednesday, 2 February 2011 12:20pm

The University of Otago has appointed Associate Professor Sunny Collings as the next Dean and Head of Campus at the University of Otago, Wellington.