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OTAGO DAILY TIMES: A Waimate man is “peeved off” with the NZ medical system, saying doctors are not proactive enough in contacting men and getting them to go for a prostate cancer check. READ MORE>

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OTAGO DAILY TIMES: A protein found in the prostate gland could hold the key to developing a more accurate screening test for prostate disease, University of Otago researchers say. READ MORE>

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robertclark_200JULY 14: PROSTABLOG NZ: The UK scientist leading the research project that is about to report on folic acid risk factors and prostate cancer is Robert Clarke at Oxford University, says Otago University’s Professor Murray Skeaff.

Professor Skeaff is quoted in the Otago Daily Times newspaper as saying the team led by Clarke (pictured) will soon release details of a large study that found folic acid – about to be added to most NZ bread – is not a cancer risk.

The conference where preliminary results were presented was the 7th International  Conference on Homocysteine Metabolism, which Professor Skeaff attended last month.

According to the Oxford Uni website, Dr Robert Clarke joined its Clinical Trial Service Unit and Epidemiological Studies Unit in 1991.

He is an honorary consultant in Public Health Medicine, and Reader in Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.

His research interests include the importance of traditional risk factors (blood pressure and cholesterol) and novel risk factors (homocysteine and genetic markers) for cardiovascular disease and for cognitive impairment through large-scale meta-analyses involving individual participant data from observational studies and trials.

In addition, he co-ordinates aspects of the PROCARDIS study of the genetics of coronary heart disease, Whitehall study of London Civil Servants and Oxford Healthy Aging Project.

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JUNE 27: OTAGO DAILY TIMES: Many men in New Zealand are suffering side effects after radiotherapy and surgery for prostate cancer which would never have killed them, and a screening programme would increase this, says University of Otago public health researcher Dr Brian Cox. READ MORE>

He was commenting on the recent announcement by chairman of the Health Committee Dr Paul Hutchison that the committee will conduct an inquiry into optimal screening (or early detection) and treatment of prostate cancer.

Dr Cox is concerned there is already considerable over treatment of men for this disease with very little evidence of any reduction in deaths from it.

Dr Cox, an epidemiologist, recently published an article in the New Zealand Medical Journal. READ IT HERE>

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