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2013 news archives

Pūranga karere 2013

Rheumatic fever research partnership projects gain major support

Monday, 16 December 2013 3:00pm

University of Otago, Wellington researchers have been awarded major funding for two projects aimed at reducing the incidence and impact of rheumatic fever in New Zealand.

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Single mothers most at risk of poor mental health

Monday, 16 December 2013 8:31am

Single parents tend to have poorer mental health than partnered parents, with single mothers particularly at risk, new research from the University of Otago Wellington (UOW) shows.

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Exposure to harmful housing conditions common 
among hospitalised children

Friday, 13 December 2013 9:58am

A high proportion of children admitted to Wellington Hospital in winter are exposed to harmful housing conditions, according to a new University of Otago Wellington study.

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Symposium explores new approaches to Māori suicide prevention

Thursday, 12 December 2013 2:19pm

New approaches to Māori and indigenous suicide prevention will be examined at a symposium on 10 February as part of the University of Otago Wellington Public Health Summer School.

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Cat and dog allergens on soft toys a risk for asthmatics

Monday, 9 December 2013 2:10pm

Children’s soft toys can harbour high levels of cat and dog allergens as well as house dust mite allergens, according to new research by the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Prestigious medals presented to three leading Otago researchers

Thursday, 28 November 2013 4:32pm

Three University of Otago researchers’ outstanding achievements were recognised through the bestowing of prestigious national medals at last night’s 2013 Research Honours Dinner.

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Government losing millions due to foreign cigarettes

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:11am

The New Zealand Government is losing up to $89.1 million per annum in tax revenue due to tobacco brought in to the country from overseas, ASPIRE 2025 researchers estimate.

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HRC supports Otago’s up-and-coming Māori and Pacific health researchers

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 3:25pm

Two University of Otago researchers have gained top Māori and Pacific health research awards from the Health Research Council (HRC) to pursue studies into testicular cancer and heart disease, respectively.

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Clinicians influence patients’ attitudes to back pain

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 3:25pm

Although people with low back pain consult with the Internet, family and friends for information and understanding of their symptoms, new research shows health care professionals appear to have the strongest influence on patients’ attitudes and beliefs.

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New Zealand sport “awash with junk food”

Thursday, 7 November 2013 3:25pm

New Zealand sport is “awash with junk food” according to researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW).

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Modern analysis casts new light on WW1 deaths – Study

Friday, 1 November 2013 4:43pm

New research on injury-related deaths among New Zealand military forces in the First World War supports the idea that several preventive measures could have significantly reduced the death toll.

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Breakthrough for diagnosis and outcome prediction for kidney cancers

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 9:13am

A new classification of renal tumours that a leading University of Otago pathologist has helped develop is set to enhance the ability to develop treatments and more accurately predict outcomes for patients.

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New research shows children need protection from smoking in cars

Tuesday, 1 October 2013 10:58am

New research published in a leading international journal shows young people’s exposure to secondhand smoke in cars in New Zealand remains high, particularly among Māori and Pacific people, low socio-economic groups and those whose parents smoke.

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34,000 people missing out on housing, University of Otago research shows

Monday, 23 September 2013 8:00am

An estimated 34,000 people, or about one in every 120 New Zealanders, were unable to access housing in 2006, according to the latest available census and emergency housing data, say University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) researchers.

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Changing social circumstances influence smoking

Thursday, 12 September 2013 4:50pm

Reducing people’s deprivation through wider social policy should help reduce smoking rates significantly according to new research from the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Pacific Day 2013

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 12:09pm

UOW held its annual Pacific Day on Friday 15 March this year. The day was a joint collaboration between the Capital & Coast DHB (CCDHB) Pacific Directorate and UOW.

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Online access to SPASIFIK

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 4:29pm

The UOW Library now offers online access to SPASIFIK magazine.

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New book points the way on housing affordability

Monday, 19 August 2013 3:50pm

A decent supply of affordable and social housing requires a concerted effort from government and the private sector as well as community groups, says Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman from the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Cold bedrooms harm children’s lungs: Otago research

Friday, 16 August 2013 9:52am

New findings from the Housing and Health Research Programme/He Kainga Oranga at the University of Otago show even small changes in indoor temperatures affect children’s lungs.

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7 August 2013 Media Release

Thursday, 8 August 2013 4:15pm

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New findings on health loss and where gains might be made

Thursday, 8 August 2013 4:13pm

The Ministry of Health has just released a new “Burden of Disease” study for New Zealand – a culmination of many years of study into disability, disease and premature death.

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More evidence needed to determine if in-work tax credits provide health benefits for parents

Thursday, 8 August 2013 4:50pm

A just-published international systematic review has found a small and methodologically limited body of evidence which suggests that in-work tax credits such as the one applied in New Zealand since 2006, may have no discernible effects on the health of parents.

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‘Warrant of Fitness’ for rental houses will soon be available

Friday, 2 August 2013 2:25pm

The Housing and Health Research Programme/He Kainga Oranga at the University of Otago, Wellington and the New Zealand Green Building Council are co-operating to develop a new test that could pass or fail houses with a ‘Warrant of Fitness’ (WoF) type assessment.

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Early results show potential for new way to quit

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 9:11am

A ground-breaking trial of a world-first nicotine inhaler developed by the University of Otago, Wellington has been underway for a month now, with some significant results.

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Dampness key cause of asthma in children

Thursday, 27 June 2013 10:47am

The largest-ever worldwide study of the link between damp homes and respiratory and allergic conditions has significant implications for New Zealand children’s health.

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A new way to quit: why smoke when you can inhale?

Thursday, 27 June 2013 12:06pm

Smokers in the Wellington region are being invited to take part in a ground-breaking trial of a world-first nicotine inhaler which has been developed by the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Household crowding key cause of hospital admissions: Otago research

Friday, 7 June 2013 11:47am

One in 10 admissions to hospital in New Zealand to treat infectious diseases such as pneumonia, meningococcal disease and tuberculosis are the direct result of household crowding a new study has found.

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In-Work Tax Credit does not improve health of parents

Thursday, 30 May 2013 9:23am

Researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington have found that the In-Work Tax Credit, which has been applied in New Zealand since 2006, has no discernible effect on the health of parents.

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Hazards in homes and gardens a major injury cost

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 9:49am

A significant proportion of injuries in the home, costing millions of dollars a year, are related to how a house is built and maintained, according to new research from the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Rotorua’s hydrogen sulphide does not worsen asthma

Wednesday, 3 April 2013 9:46am

In a recently published collaborative study by the University of Otago, Wellington, the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University it has been shown that there are no ill effects from low level hydrogen sulphide gas on asthma symptoms or diagnosis in Rotorua. Hydrogen sulphide or H2S is responsible for the characteristic “sulphur” smell of Rotorua.

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Summer studentships’ health research

Monday, 18 March 2013 10:37am

The Summer Studentship Programme, based at the University of Otago’s Wellington campus, has recently presented the results of its ten week summer medical, public health and science research projects. The 40 students are from the University of Otago’s Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin campuses, along with Auckland and Victoria Universities.

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Prepayment electricity metering leaves children in the cold

Friday, 15 March 2013 8:55am

A study by the University of Otago, Wellington just published in the New Zealand Medical Journal finds that households with children that use prepayment meters to pay for electricity experience greater levels of economic hardship. Problems reported by families running out of credit, or ‘self-disconnecting’ as the industry describes it, included not being able to heat baby’s bottles, cook for or bathe their children, and increased family tension.

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New radiation therapy training system benefits both patients and students

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 3:25pm

A world-leading ‘virtual radiation therapy training system’ which will radically improve the teaching of radiation therapy and facilitate cancer patients’ treatment will be launched by the Minister of Health, Tony Ryall, at the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) this Thursday.

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Lowering salt intake in diets important and very feasible

Monday, 11 March 2013 10:21am

A newly published study has found that it would be relatively easy for New Zealanders to reach recommended levels of lower salt intake to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and stomach cancer. This is even if some meals have occasional high salt ingredients such as sausages or other processed foods.

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Demystifying Addiction – An Online Educational Resource

Wednesday, 6 March 2013 10:21am

A new free online educational resource has been developed by health researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington to help people learn about addiction directly from those who have experienced it.

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Smartphone app shows Australians smoke less in cars than New Zealanders

Monday, 4 March 2013 9:54am

Research just published indicates that New South Wales has one third of the people smoking in cars compared to New Zealand. Of nearly 5000 cars observed in Sydney, only 1% had smokers, compared to 2.9% of 10,000 cars in New Zealand.

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Food, fizzy, and football: unhealthy food and drink promoted through sport

Thursday, 14 February 2013 9:51am

Public health researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW), are concerned that some food and drink companies selling unhealthy food also sponsor popular, televised sports in New Zealand.

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Smokefree playground policies can make a difference

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 8:49am

British and New Zealand playgrounds have a significantly smaller proportion of people smoking than other types of public outdoor areas, according to latest research from the University of Otago, Wellington.

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First time parenting a positive experience for mental health

Tuesday, 22 January 2013 2:17pm

Becoming a parent for the first time may improve mental health and reduce levels of psychological distress, according to a new study from the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW).