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Researchers suggest that 'Long COVID' is a part of the chronic fatigue syndrome family

Tuesday 26th April 2022 | Seb Rice-Walsh | R1 News Reporter |

Seb interviewed Warren Tate, Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Otago and world-renowned expert on ME/CFS (Chronic fatigue syndrome). Chronic fatigue syndrome has been neglected by the medical community for years. Now researchers suggest that Long Covid could be a sub-type of ME/CFS. Seb Rice-Walsh speaks to Warren Tate to discuss what this surge in interest in ME/CFS means for people withthe condition and the impact that post-viral illness will have on the medical system.

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News Bulletin: Rātu Tuesday 26th April

Tuesday 26th April 2022 | Eileen Corcoran | R1 News Manager | Digital Content Editor |

Off to Market: Rāmere Friday 22nd April

Friday 22nd April 2022 |

We caught up with Otago Farmers Market General Manager Michele Driscoll about what's good at the market this week.

COVID-19 booster vaccination rates are still lower than the Southern DHB would like

Friday 22nd April 2022 | Amiria Pianta-Price | R1 News Reporter |

One in four adults in New Zealand have still not gotten their COVID-19 booster vaccination. Just over 71% of eligible New Zealanders have received their COVID-19 booster shot, compared to the 95% who are double vaccinated.

Karl Metzler, who leads the Covid-19 vaccination rollout for the Southern District Health Board spoke with us about these low booster vaccination rates, why people aren't getting vaccinated, and what can be done to increase the uptake of booster shots. 

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Business as Usual: Inflation in NZ is at it's highest since 1990

Friday 22nd April 2022 | Amiria Pianta-Price | R1 News Reporter |

The annual inflation figures for the tax year ending this March hit 6.9%, making it the highest in New Zealand since 1990. We spoke with Trent Smith from the Department of Economics at Otago University about what it means to have a high inflation rate, how it got this high, and what could be done to combat the effect of inflation.