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Study identifies exercise as key to halting progress from diabetes to heart disease

An international study led by the University of Otago has revealed how exercise can reduce the chance of diabetes leading on to heart disease. The research has identified that exercise triggers the release of small...

Lung cancer screening a step closer to reality following combined study

Newly released study results present a strong case for lung cancer screening in New Zealand – particularly for Māori whose mortality rates are between three and four times higher than other ethnic groups. Around 450...

Research to inform national cervical screening programme

Researchers from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington have been awarded more than $1 million from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) to develop the evidence-base for an effective national HPV screening...

UNITE to tackle dementia – $3 at a time

Dementia is the next big health and social crisis the world will have to face after COVID-19, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), with numbers set to soar in the coming years. Predicted numbers...

Funding success for Otago in 2020 Health Research Council grants

Ten University of Otago proposals have been awarded funding through the Health Research Council’s (HRC) new Health Delivery Research Investment round. The 32 research grants are the first of two funding announcements for the...

New Zealanders better off under marijuana legalisation: Government economic reports

Two reports by economic thinktank BERL analysing the current illicit marijuana market and how a new legal model would benefit New Zealand were released yesterday. The economic reports were commissioned by the Ministry of Justice...

High-fructose diet in pregnancy impacts metabolism of offspring, study finds

An increased level of fructose intake during pregnancy can cause significant changes in maternal metabolic functions and milk composition and alter the metabolism of their offspring, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington, have...

Virus uses ‘decoy’ strategy to evade immune system, Otago research reveals

Researchers have learnt more about how viruses operate and can evade the immune system and are now using their discovery to help learn more about COVID-19. The recent University of Otago research, led by Dr...

New research shows declining alcohol and cigarette use in New Zealand youth

A new study shows that cigarette smoking is now rare in high school students, and binge drinking has declined since 2012. These are some of the latest findings from the Youth19 Rangatahi smart study, part...

Contact tracing system shows promising results

An initial test of the University of Otago’s contact tracing system for COVID-19 has produced promising results after most contacts identified in the emergency exercise scenario of a visiting international professor to the Dunedin...
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Opinion: Hope is the key

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