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Our latest COPD publication featured on national News

October 17, 2018

Our latest publication on COPD treatment was discussed on Newshub's 6pm national news. You can watch the segment here (skip to 20:36): https://www.threenow.co.nz/shows/newshub-6pm/tuesday-16-october-2018/122217/M25466-114 and read the open-access publication here: https://bmcpulmmed.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12890-018-0720-7

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repeated oxygen-driven nebulisation leads to a clinically relevant increase in blood carbon dioxide levels in acute exacerbations of COPD, a new study from MRINZ finds

Oxygen-driven nebulisation leads to clinically relevant rise in blood carbon dioxide in acute exacerbation of COPD

October 15, 2018

A new study from MRINZ has demonstrated that repeated oxygen-driven nebulisation leads to a clinically relevant increase in blood carbon dioxide levels in acute exacerbations of COPD, compared to air-driven nebulisation. You can read the full open-access paper here: https://bmcpulmmed.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12890-018-0720-7

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PIPPA Tamariki milestone: 250 recruited

PIPPA Tamariki milestone: 250 recruited!

October 14, 2018

PIPPA bear is delighted to announce that the PIPPA Tamariki team has reached a new recruitment milestone of 250 Tamariki! Thank you to all the PIPPA Tamariki whānau taking part in this important study on childhood asthma. Well done also to our teams at Wellington, Auckland, and Middlemore hospitals for helping reach this milestone. Click here to find out more about the study. Onwards!

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PIPPA bear teams up with kiwi mums to crack the case on asthma

PIPPA bear teams up with kiwi kids to crack the case on asthma…

September 9, 2018

Introducing PIPPA bear, our new mascot for the PIPPA Tamariki study, which is investigating the potential role of fever medicines in the development of childhood asthma. Read more about the study here: https://pippatamariki.ac.nz/2018/09/05/pippa-bear-teams-up-with-kiwi-kids-to-crack-the-case-on-asthma/

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Intensive care study informs best practice for transfusion in open heart surgery

Elderly patients may benefit from less blood in open heart surgery

September 6, 2018

An interesting study from the anaesthetic team at MRINZ has recently concluded, showing that patients over 75 years old appear to benefit from less transfusion following open heart surgery.  It also appears that all patients do just as well transfusing to less aggressive haemoglobin targets than is standard practice. This work could lead to better use of blood stocks, reduce pressure on donors, and improve outcomes for older patients. Listen to Dr Shay McGuinness, an intensive care doctor, is one of the lead investigators of the study speaking on Radio New Zealand here, or read the press article in the New...

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Sing your lungs out!

May 3, 2018

Great video about the SYLO programme which uses singing to help manage the symptoms of chronic lung disease. The project started in Wellington in 2014 and is still going strong!

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First Pharmacy Research Network Study finishes recruitment!

January 30, 2018

Over the past three years MRINZ has been developing a unique capability in conducting randomised controlled trials across over 70 pharmacies in New Zealand. The cold sores study looked at a new honey based treatment for this common and painful condition, completing recruitment of 950 participants just before Christmas 2017. The project has been highly successful with a number of subsequent studies in development for this year with our pharmacy investigators and a new, accessible trials network allowing smaller NZ biotech companies to gain clinical evidence or their products. Results and more news soon!

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MRINZ influenza study wins the Fukuchi Respirology award

December 13, 2017

The Fukuchi award is for the best original research paper published in Respirology journal. Here Dr Sarah Jefferies reports the findings of our award winning study looking at paracetamol use in influenza.

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Liley Medal awarded to our very own Dr Paul Young at research awards

November 15, 2017

Dr Paul Young received his Liley Medal for leading the HRC-funded SPLIT trial, the largest clinical trial ever conducted exclusively in New Zealand intensive care units (ICUs) and the highest impact study in the field of intensive care medicine for 2015. The study enrolled 2278 participants from four New Zealand hospitals and compared the routine use of 0.9% saline for fluid therapy with Plasma Lyte® 148 in ICU patients. The study hypothesis was that routinely using Plasma Lyte® 148 for fluid therapy instead of 0.9% saline would reduce the risk of developing acute kidney failure. Kidney failure which occurs in the setting of acute illness is associated...

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The MRINZ Director honoured with Sir Charles Hercus Medal

May 15, 2017

The MRINZ Director, Richard Beasley, has been awarded the Sir Charles Hercus Medal by the Royal Society of New Zealand for his wide ranging contributions to advancing respiratory medicine and health science research in New Zealand.

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