Month: May 2019


Trial re: oxygen use in surgery wins vital feasibility funding from Health Research Council

May 27, 2019

For patients undergoing surgery, could less oxygen be better than more? Press release via Health Research Council One of New Zealand’s leading clinical researchers is a step closer to embarking on a major trial to determine whether the conservative use of oxygen during surgery improves post-operative outcomes compared with the...

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1 News interviews MRINZ Director Professor Richard Beasley

1 News interview MRINZ director about “ground-breaking” asthma research which could more than half risk of severe exacerbations

May 21, 2019

1 in 6 New Zealanders has asthma, and many require two inhalers - a 'preventer' and a 'reliever'. Increased treatment complexity has been shown to reduce adherence to that prescription - which could nullify any benefit. 1 News interviewed MRINZ director Professor Richard Beasley about the recent publication of ground-breaking...

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Kanuka honey cold sore treatment editorial illustration by Dr Ciléin Kearns

Kānuka honey found as effective as standard anti-viral treatment for cold sores, in large-scale randomised controlled trial

A unique pharmacy-backed trial, one of the largest medical studies of its kind ever undertaken in this country, has shown that honey derived from the New Zealand kānuka tree is just as effective in healing cold sores as standard pharmaceutical anti-viral treatment. The results published in the prestigious British Medical...

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NIV vs NHF COPD illustration by Dr Cilein Kearns Artibiotics

NIV vs NHF for hypercapnic respiratory failure in COPD

May 20, 2019

Our latest study compared the current “Gold Standard” treatment in COPD: Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV, which can be poorly tolerated in up to 20% of patients) against a possible future alternative strategy of Nasal High-Flow Oxygen (NHF). Check out Dr Steven McKinstry presenting a short video summary of this publication in Respirology. The...

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