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Fears of increase in fetal alcohol disorder following lockdown

A University of Otago researcher fears the soaring rates of alcohol purchases during lockdown may result in more babies being born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) next year. Associate Professor Anita Gibbs says the...

New Zealand lockdown survey reveals economic jolt, but families ‘incredibly robust’

The impact of the global pandemic on New Zealand families has been highlighted in new research from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, which surveyed New Zealanders’ experience under COVID-19 lockdown. The survey was conducted...

Research results may have implications for animal breeding

Published today in the American science journal PNAS, new University of Otago animal research shows that mating with sterile males early in life increases female growth and subsequent reproductive output, but reduces female lifespan. Lead...

New research results show keys to longevity

The results of new research show that people can have some control over the ageing process, says Associate Professor Yoram Barak, a consultant psychogeriatrician at the University of Otago. “Electing not to smoke and committing...

Fuel walking and cycling with low carbon diets, researchers say

Walking and cycling have many benefits and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but researchers say we need to think about what people eat to fuel their walking and cycling. In a paper published in the...

BMI an inconsistent obesity measure for Māori and Pacific people

BMI (Body Mass Index) is likely to be an inconsistent measure of obesity in Māori and Pacific patients, new University of Otago research reveals. Specifically, researchers from HeartOtago – a group of cardiovascular researchers and...

Otago scientist joins international call for care in developing COVID-19 treatments

As scientists worldwide scramble to develop a drug to prevent COVID-19, a University of Otago scientist has helped to create an international guidance statement urging caution in developing treatments. Dr Daniel Wright is a senior...

Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: World-leading public health law

The Government today released the full and final Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill that New Zealanders will be voting for at the referendum on 19 September. “These final new details strengthen the controls from the...

New research is showing that the longer people stay in isolation, the more pronounced...

Stressors identified included length of self-isolation, fear of infection, frustration, boredom, inadequate supplies and financial loss. As a result, many people experienced insomnia, irritability, depression and anxiety, with some people developing post-traumatic stress disorder. If...

Large numbers of NZ military personnel suffer post-traumatic stress, Otago research reveals

The first wide-ranging survey of New Zealand  personnel shows many suffer symptoms of post-traumatic stress (PTS) though greater length of service, psychological flexibility (resilience) and quality sleep may be protective factors. Conducted by University of...

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Opinion: Hope is the key

In an example of conventional medicine at its worst, a patient of mine recently had her beautiful hope dashed. This inspiring young mum of two...

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