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Earthquake effect on tourism – Expert Q&A

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 15th, 2016.

Over the coming days and weeks the full impact of Monday morning’s Kaikoura earthquake will become apparent. We asked an expert in the effect of natural disasters on tourism what the recovery of this tourist town might look like. Dr Caroline Orchiston, Deputy Director, Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago How do natural disasters like […]

Waikato proposes new medical school – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on October 19th, 2016.

A third medical school, based in Waikato, has been proposed as a joint initiative between the University of Waikato and the Waikato District Health Board. But the plan has drawn ire from the country’s two existing medical schools. The proposed Waikato Medical School would take a community-focused approach, the University of Waikato said in a […]

Otago scientists make cervical cancer discovery – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on October 7th, 2016.

Researchers at the University of Otago have made new gains in learning about one of the main viruses that causes cervical cancer and say their findings could lead to new therapies. The team, led by Associate Professor Merilyn Hibma, found a protein called E7 could play a key role in suppressing the body’s immune response […]

Study finds more adverse outcomes for midwife-led pregnancies – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 28th, 2016.

New research from the University of Otago has found an excess of adverse outcomes for midwife-led compared to medically-led deliveries. The five-year study, published in PLOS Medicine, found mothers with medical-led care had lower odds of some adverse outcomes for their children, including oxygen deprivation, neonatal encephalopathy and a low Apgar score. New Zealand College […]

Changes to cervical cancer screening – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 14th, 2016.

From 2018, women will begin cervical screening at age 25 – instead of 20 – based on evidence that suggests screening younger women does more harm than good. The Ministry of Health announced the change today, with clinical director of the National Screening Unit Dr Jane O’Hallahan saying the human papillomavirus (HPV) causes more than 90 […]

Sugar, diet and obesity – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 29th, 2016.

Kiwi scientists have been featured prominently in the media over the weekend discussing healthy diets and the role of sugar and genes in obesity. Press feature writer Philip Matthews tackled the dichotomy between health experts speaking out about the options to tackle obesity and a political unwillingness to take action. “The Government seems allergic to regulation […]

Anti-cancer vaccines – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 25th, 2016.

New Zealand scientists are preparing to move to human clinical trials on a vaccine they hope will aid in the treatment of bowel cancer. The University of Otago researchers studying a potential vaccine for colorectal cancer presented their findings at a Melbourne conference this week. PhD candidate Braeden Donaldson said the vaccine worked differently from […]

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Sinking Dunedin’s flood risk – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 19th, 2016.

Reclaimed land in South Dunedin might be sinking faster than other areas, GNS Science researchers have found, coinciding with a push by the regional council to decide how to handle natural hazard risk in the region. Satellite data from ground stations around Dunedin show land might be sinking about 1mm a year – according to […]

Slower eating – worth the weight

John Kerr posted in on September 1st, 2011.

Eating slower be the key to losing weight, according to new Kiwi research. A recently published study from Otago University found that women who eat slower have a lower body mass index. The research, led by Dr Caroline Horwath, used a nationwide population survey to identify the link between eating speed and body mass. In […]

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NZ must change ‘obesogenic’ environment – Researchers

John Kerr posted in on August 18th, 2011.

New Zealand’s obesity problem is getting worse and researchers are becoming more vocal about the need for action to avoid a looming health crisis. The latest announcement comes in the form of a video produced by the University of Otago (embedded below). The video explores how to change the current “obesogenic” environment – which provides […]

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