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Saturated fat is still the enemy

Sunday, 26 October 2014, 11:05 am | University of Otago

A group of University of Otago researchers is warning that the promotion of low carb/high fat diets risks harming public health. More >>

Finance company failure in New Zealand was predictable

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 12:18 pm | University of Otago

Thursday 23 October 2014 Annual reports and other public disclosures contained enough information to predict more than 80% of New Zealand finance company failures that occurred during the recent financial crisis, a study led by the University of Otago ... More >>

Primitive microbes stole bacterial genes on surprising scale

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 10:03 am | University of Otago

A University of Otago researcher is part of an international team that has discovered that horizontal gene transfer (HGT) played a surprisingly large role in the evolution of primitive microbes known as archaea. More >>

Low-risk patients will benefit from active surveillance

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 10:04 am | University of Otago

Low-risk prostate cancer patients will benefit from active surveillance guidelines New guidelines for active surveillance of prostate cancer will improve health outcomes for those with low grade diagnoses, according to two University of Otago, Wellington ... More >>

Otago researchers seek parents for survey of school costs

Friday, 26 September 2014, 12:21 pm | University of Otago

According to the Education Act, all New Zealand children have a right to free primary and secondary education[i]. New Zealand isn't unusual in this regard. The majority of the world's children have a right to a basic education according to the laws of ... More >>

Study proves low-cost home modifications prevent falls

Tuesday, 23 September 2014, 5:33 pm | University of Otago

Falls in the home could be reduced by a quarter according to the results of a new study just published online in top international medical journal The Lancet . More >>

Cannabis smoking may increase risk of lung cancer

Friday, 19 September 2014, 12:16 pm | University of Otago

University of Otago researchers have contributed to evidence that cannabis smoking may increase the risk of lung cancer in heavy users. An international collaborative study of the International Lung Cancer Consortium, involving the Hugh Adam Cancer ... More >>

Otago scientists work to help reinstate local communities as

Friday, 19 September 2014, 11:17 am | University of Otago

A University of Otago scientist has gained $180,000 in funding for a placement within Ng?i Tahu to conduct scientific surveys of marine species in customary protection areas. More >>

Renters need assistance to improve poor housing conditions

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 10:08 am | University of Otago

Thursday 18 September 2014 Renters are living in poorer conditions than homeowners and are less empowered to improve their housing situation according to a study by medical students at the University of Otago, Wellington. The fourth year medical ... More >>

Flaw in tobacco industry’s “informed adult choice” stance

Monday, 15 September 2014, 10:19 am | University of Otago

Flaws in the tobacco industry’s argument that smokers exercise “informed adult choice” when they start smoking have been highlighted in new study. The University of Otago research involved 15 in-depth interviews with 18-25 year olds who had started ... More >>

Otago discovery could turn the tables on influenza virus

Friday, 12 September 2014, 11:00 am | University of Otago

University of Otago virologist Dr Matloob Husain has identified a potential new weapon in the battle against the flu. More >>

Otago researchers gain major science funding

Thursday, 11 September 2014, 2:50 pm | University of Otago

Six innovative University of Otago-led research proposals will receive $10.15 M in new science investment funding announced by the Government today. More >>

Cantabrians in large study on impact of teenage cannabis use

Wednesday, 10 September 2014, 12:27 pm | University of Otago

Teenagers who use cannabis daily are 60 per cent less likely to complete high school or get a degree compared with non-users, latest research shows. The study, published in the latest edition of Lancet , also shows daily users are nearly seven times more ... More >>

Medical and vet schools address infectious disease spread

Tuesday, 9 September 2014, 3:42 pm | University of Otago

Infectious diseases such as influenza and those caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria increasingly threaten society’s health. Many originate in animals. These diseases are increasingly linked to contact between humans and animals, intensification and ... More >>

Science Challenge 11 Funding a Breakthrough For Urban NZ

Monday, 8 September 2014, 1:46 pm | University of Otago

The Government’s announcement of funding for Science Challenge 11 is welcome recognition that New Zealand is now predominantly an urban country, says the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities. More >>

Trans-Tasman collaboration leads to new rotavirus vaccine

Thursday, 4 September 2014, 11:05 am | University of Otago

A new rotavirus vaccine that has the potential to save over half a million lives worldwide each year has reached a pivotal milestone after clinical trials results found the vaccine provided a strong immune response in over 90 per cent of babies ... More >>

Tobacco taxes important, but new approaches also needed

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 9:28 am | University of Otago

A just-published study suggests tobacco tax increases will need to be supplemented with other new approaches if New Zealand’s Smokefree 2025 goal is to be achieved. More >>

Political parties to be questioned on needs of children

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 9:08 am | University of Otago

Political party representatives will be asked to outline their policies in three key areas relating to the needs of children at a public forum being hosted this Friday by the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW). The event has been co-organised by ... More >>

Tobacco display bans protect youth and quitters: research

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 12:32 pm | University of Otago

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. More >>

Study on causes of rheumatic fever gets underway in Auckland

Monday, 1 September 2014, 9:56 am | University of Otago

A study to identify and better understand risk factors for rheumatic fever – one of New Zealand’s most mysterious and serious illnesses – starts recruiting participants in Auckland this week. Over the next two years the University of Otago, Wellington ... More >>



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