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First nationwide study of listeria in mothers and babies

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 10:15 am | University of Otago

The first study of the burden of listeria in pregnant New Zealanders and their babies has found reassuringly low rates of the infection – indicating food safety warnings are working to prevent unnecessary cases of miscarriage, still birth, and meningitis ... More >>

Medical Marvels Exhibition - 14 December to 15 March

Monday, 10 December 2018, 4:05 pm | University of Otago

In 1929, the historical collection of the University of Otago’s Health Sciences (formerly Medical) Library was established with the donation of the famed Monro Collection. The some 450 volumes in that collection were owned by Alexander Monro, father ( primus ... More >>

Patients prescribed medications for longer than recommended

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 9:27 am | University of Otago

Almost half of patients are being prescribed common medications for longer than recommended, putting them at unnecessary risk of harmful side effects, new research shows. The findings come from a study of 50,000 patients, led by University of Otago, ... More >>

Cycle lanes and walkways cut car use

Monday, 3 December 2018, 10:39 am | University of Otago

Researchers have shown for the first time that investing in cycle lanes and walkways encourages people to drive less and cuts carbon emissions. The researchers, from the University of Otago, Wellington and Victoria University, studied the impact of ... More >>

Otago report highlights need for Te Papa apology

Friday, 30 November 2018, 11:06 am | University of Otago

There are calls from a University of Otago report for an apology and reparation to iwi in the wider Tauranga area affected by the takeover of Te Papa land in the 19th century. More >>

Otago invention helps manage Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Friday, 23 November 2018, 10:12 am | University of Otago

As increasing numbers of New Zealanders are being diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), University of Otago researchers have developed a smartphone application (app) proven to be as effective as clinical care in helping patients manage their ... More >>

True burden of rheumatic fever in NZ underestimated

Thursday, 22 November 2018, 9:50 am | University of Otago

The true burden of rheumatic fever in New Zealand may be underestimated because serology cut-off guidelines are too high resulting in undercounting about 16 cases annually, new collaborative research has found. More >>

Proposal for National School of Rural Health

Friday, 16 November 2018, 3:33 pm | University of Otago

The University of Otago remains committed to the collaborative proposal for a National Interprofessional School of Rural Health. More >>

Otago scientists’ contributions recognised nationally

Friday, 16 November 2018, 10:13 am | University of Otago

Three University of Otago scientists have been recognised for their significant contributions to New Zealand’s science community with awards from the New Zealand Association of Scientists. More >>

Otago study finds mindfulness apps can improve mental health

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 9:47 am | University of Otago

A University of Otago study has found that using mindfulness meditation applications (apps) on phones is associated with improvements in people’s mental health. In a randomised, controlled trial, mindfulness app users reported modest improvements ... More >>

Boost in training health professionals rurally

Friday, 9 November 2018, 11:24 am | University of Otago

The National Interprofessional School of Rural Health that has been proposed recently is not a separate education provider, but rather an “enabling body” that would lever off the expertise of the existing tertiary institutions to undertake more teaching ... More >>

University of Otago celebrates Marsden Fund success

Thursday, 8 November 2018, 9:18 am | University of Otago

University of Otago researchers are celebrating their most successful Marsden Fund round ever, securing $28.5 million (excluding GST) for 41 world-class research projects. More >>

Driving anxiety experienced by many older adults

Monday, 5 November 2018, 9:15 am | University of Otago

Driving anxiety is experienced by many older adults in New Zealand, especially among women and those aged over 70, recent collaborative research shows More >>

Computer scientist wins Fellowship for AR development

Tuesday, 30 October 2018, 9:10 am | University of Otago

University of Otago computer scientist Stefanie Zollman has won the L’Orėal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship, which recognises outstanding female scientists globally. Researching the wide world of augmented reality, Dr Zollmann’s $25,000 fellowship ... More >>

Secrets of mighty cancer killing virus unlocked

Tuesday, 30 October 2018, 8:57 am | University of Otago

University of Otago researchers have used high-resolution electron microscopy images to reveal how an anti-cancer virus interacts with tumor cells, increasing its potential to save lives. More >>

WWI cast a long shadow over New Zealanders’ health

Tuesday, 30 October 2018, 8:41 am | University of Otago

World War I cast such a long shadow over New Zealand that the health and social impacts continued through to the next generation, public health researchers say. More >>

Increasing alcohol tax could benefit health, study finds

Monday, 29 October 2018, 9:48 am | University of Otago

Increasing the excise tax on alcohol would likely result in fewer people dying or being injured in vehicle crashes – and generate savings for society, according to a just-published New Zealand study. The modelling study reports that raising the ... More >>

Study investigates link between loneliness and age

Saturday, 27 October 2018, 12:32 pm | University of Otago

Loneliness is associated with reduced quality of life and morbidity and mortality and typically worsens with aging. Loneliness may be considered a public health hazard because of its association with a wide range of conditions, including hypertension, ... More >>

Stock-take of AI in government a great start

Friday, 26 October 2018, 4:40 pm | University of Otago

Stock-take of AI in government a great start but New Zealand has a long way to go University of Otago academics applaud the first ever stock-take report into government agencies' use of algorithms launched on Thursday by Statistics New Zealand and the ... More >>

Kiwis failing with sun protection

Friday, 26 October 2018, 10:08 am | University of Otago

An alarming proportion of New Zealanders are neither wearing hats nor seeking shade to protect themselves from the sun, University of Otago research reveals. More >>

 

 

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