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Dunedin Study Newsletter 2013

Tuesday 31st December 2013


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Young people and suicide attempt: A signal for long term healthcare and social needs.

Wednesday 4th December 2013

A recent paper from the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study team lead by Dr. Sidra Goldman-Mellor showed that 8.8% of Study participants had attempted suicide by the age of 24. These young New Zealanders came of age at a time when their country suffered a severe economic recession, with rising youth unemployment and youth suicide.
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Retinal Imaging shows microvascular abnormality in schizophrenia

Sunday 1st December 2013

At the age 38 assessment, the Dunedin Study introduced retinal imaging as part of the assessment. Using these data, a recent study showed that those who developed schizophrenia were distinguished by wider retinal venules, suggesting microvascular abnormality reflective of insufficient brain oxygen supply.
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The Science of Us: The 1000 Most Studied People in the World

Monday 25th November 2013

We are very excited to announce that a four-part documentary series on the Dunedin Study is currently being produced by Mark McNeil and his team at Razor Films, New Zealand.
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Dental caries in the first half of life.

Friday 11th October 2013

The Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study is the first study in the world to track dental caries from childhood to the adulthood. There has been a perception among dentists that dental caries is mostly active in the younger population. However, using lifetime data from birth to age 38, researchers from the Dunedin Study lead by Dr. Jonathan Broadbent showed that dental caries remain constant over the lifecourse, at least to late thirties, and is not a disease of childhood.
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Study reveals genetic testing’s promise for predicting which children will grow out of asthma

Saturday 1st June 2013

Genetic risk assessments could be used to predict which children with asthma are likely to grow out of the condition, and which will continue having symptoms as they grow older, new research emerging from the University of Otago’s world-renowned Dunedin Multidisciplinary Study suggests.
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Width of Blood Vessels in Retina May Indicate Brain Health

Wednesday 1st May 2013

The width of blood vessels in the eye may predict brain health years before the onset of dementia and other deficits, according to a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
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Excessive TV in childhood linked to long-term antisocial behaviour

Tuesday 19th February 2013

Children and adolescents who watch a lot of television are more likely to manifest antisocial and criminal behaviour when they become adults, according to a new University of Otago study published online in the US journal Pediatrics.
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Having multiple sex partners linked to later drug and alcohol problems

Friday 15th February 2013

The more sex partners young adults have the more likely they are to go on to develop alcohol or cannabis dependence disorders in young adulthood, according to new University of Otago research.
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