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Dr Fu presents the “Taking Charge after Stroke (TACAS)” intervention at the European Stroke Organisation Conference

June 24, 2019

Dr Vivian Fu recently presented her exciting PhD research “Taking Charge after Stroke“ on a simple but effective intervention which improved patient quality of life, ability to live independently and to perform activities of daily living. Traditionally stroke research has focussed on the hyper-acute management, in the belief that intervention...

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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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Kia Kaha New Zealand by Cilein Kearns (Artibiotics)

Kia kaha, Christchurch

March 18, 2019

All of us at the Institute are saddened and shocked by the terrible events in Christchurch on Friday 15th March 2019. Our thoughts go out to all those affected directly and we share the determination to stand strong with all New Zealanders in the face of such actions. Kia Kaha....

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Diagnostic labelling versus the treatable trait approah: diagram from our latest ERJ publication - Letting the right one in: evaluating the generalisability of clinical trials

Letting the right one in: evaluating the generalisability of clinical trials

December 16, 2018

“Diagnostic labelling” harms targeted therapy research in airways disease. We make a call to adopt the “treatable trait” approach with our latest publication in the European Respiratory Journal: http://erj.ersjournals.com/content/52/6/1802218 Shrimanker R, Beasley R, Kearns C. Letting the right one in: evaluating the generalisability of clinical trials. Eur Respir J 2018; 52:...

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Video podcast: NZ Adult Asthma Guidelines: A Quick Reference Guide.

November 21, 2018

Research Review has published a new video podcast providing an outline of the NZ Adult Asthma Guidelines published in November 2016. The presentation is by Professor Richard Beasley, Physician at Wellington Regional Hospital, and Director of the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand. The purpose of the Asthma Foundation of New...

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Healthy vs COPD lungs.

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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