15 May 2019
Cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of death globally.
15 May 2019
Every year, on 31 May, is an opportunity to highlight World Smokefree Day.
13 May 2019
Director, Chris Bullen, recently represented NIHI at University of Auckland's event Celebrating Research Excellence.
13 May 2019
There is no shortage of research into the health benefits of coffee.
29 April 2019
On an April morning in Iqaluit, Ayesha Eyegetok sits down to test-drive a new video game. The scenery of snow and rock resembles the Nunavut landscape. A stone centrepiece fountain is decorated with arctic animals, including a narwhal. The characters are Inuit men and women, standing in traditional, fur-lined parkas, waiting for the player to begin a quest that teaches lessons in mindfulness and coping strategies.
23 April 2019
Associate Professor Robyn Whittaker and Dr Rosie Dobson along with colleague Dr Jude McCool (University of Auckland) recently visited the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
23 April 2019
Associate Professor Robyn Whittaker and Dr Rosie Dobson, along with colleagues Dr Judith McCool (University of Auckland), Dr Chris Paton (University of Oxford) and Dr Smisha Agarwal (Johns Hopkins), ran a satellite session at the recent CUGH conference in Chicago.
23 April 2019
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is a medicine that is available as skin patches, chewing gum, nasal and oral sprays, inhalers, lozenges and tablets that deliver nicotine to the brain.
18 April 2019
Each bottle of beer you drink and steak you eat could be increasing your risk of bowel cancer, new research has found.
Dr Kathryn Bradbury, from NIHI and University of Auckland, found people who consumed red meat even within recommended daily guidelines had a 20 per cent higher chance of developing bowel cancer than those who ate one-third as much.
Recently, some of our researchers worked closely with the team at Hāpai Te Hauora to look at how Auckland could work to reach the government’s goal of Smokefree 2025.
18 April 2019
“They didn’t treat us as unfit people. They treated us as equals. They saw us as a group of guys prepared to come, listen and change.”
16 April 2019
"Once a lot of Māori males hit 30, sport drops off and physical activity drops off and our rates of obesity increase really quickly," says Dr Ihirangi Heke (Waikato-Tainui).
16 April 2019
Do we need energy labelling on our alcohol packaging? Does it impact on people's purchasing and consumption of alcohol? Some of the team here at NIHI recently set to work to find out more about what, if any, impact labels showing kilojoules or calories would have if they were including on alcohol packaging.
4 April 2019
Smoking among young teen students appears close to being stubbed out, a new survey suggests.
2 April 2019
In this editorial, we comment on a recent paper by Sun and colleagues which used Mendelian Randomisation to try to estimate the causal relationship between BMI and mortality.
13 May 2019 | UPDATE
This study has now closed recruitment. You can still visit our webpage to find out more but no further downloads of the app will be possible. Thank you to all of those who are participating.
2 April 2019
"Wanting the best for our children is what I, and all parents and whānau, want," says Gayl Humphrey, the lead investigator in our See How They Grow study.
Are you a fan of professional rugby? Want to get fit? You may be eligible to take part in a free healthy lifestyle programme being run through the Blues, the Highlanders and the Crusaders.
14 March 2019
NIHI is celebrating 30 years of undertaking and managing clinical trials and service delivery.
21 February 2019
NIHI’s work was showcased at the recent ISRII (International Society for Research on Internet Interventions) 10th Scientific Meeting. The international conference brought together experts from around the world in digital health research, including researchers, developers, clinicians, policy and practice leaders, engineers and computer scientists from across the public and private sectors. Presentations included:
18 February 2019
At the recent International Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ISRII) in Auckland, one of our chatbot developers, Dr Jamal Zolhavarieh presented our project EngageBot.
24 January 2019
Our team were recently involved in Hack Aotearoa 2019 - Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare, a conference where health professionals, data scientists and innovators from across Aotearoa, were immersed in workshops and discussion on the concepts of Artificial Intelligence, including machine learning, natural language processing and image recognition.
Are you a fan of rugby? Want to get fit? You may be eligible to take part in a free healthy lifestyle programme being run through the Blues and the Highlanders.
We are looking for male rugby fans who are interested in improving their health and fitness to take part in RUFIT-NZ, a 12-week healthy lifestyle programme delivered through professional rugby clubs. In order to participate, you will need to be 30-65 years old and be overweight.
A New Zealand-led scientific review has found people with a diet high in fibre - specifically whole grains - have lower rates of a range of chronic diet-related diseases. Dr Kathryn Bradbury from NIHI said there was good evidence that higher intakes of whole grains were associated with a lower risk of bowel cancer and lower body weight.
Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu joined a panel hosted by Kim Hill to discuss the practical and social dilemmas associated with tackling the diet-related disease in New Zealand. Listen in here.
It’s been a stand out year for NIHI’s emerging researchers according to NIHI Director Professor Chris Bullen.
4 December 2018
NIHI’s work was showcased at the recent Health Informatics New Zealand (HINZ) conference in Wellington. NIHI’s booth in the exhibition hall displayed a range of our mHealth and health informatics projects being carried out. There was a lot of interest by conference delegates with existing collaborations strengthened and new contacts and relationships formed.
28 November 2018
New Zealand is in the grip of a meningitis outbreak. This week the government announced an urgent vaccination campaign for the hardest hit communities in Northland.
Vaccines are in short supply internationally, as many other countries struggle to deal with their own outbreaks.
16 November 2018
“The 2017 Global Burden of Disease study released this week indicates that our focus at NIHI on discovering innovative interventions to tackle the non-communicable disease and their risk factors is right on the mark,” says NIHI Director, Professor Chris Bullen.
12 October 2018
Researchers at the National Institute for Health Innovation are developing a chatbot to answer patients questions after surgery.
The two-year Engagebot project is funded by a Health Research Council Explorer Grant, which support transformative research ideas.
NIHI ehealth and mhealth co-lead Gayl Humphrey says the aim is to determine if creating a chatbot in this area is possible, useful and acceptable to patients.
10 September 2018
Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu and the HRC-funded DIET programme team held a symposium in Wellington on the 4th September 2018, ‘Tackling Diet-related Disease in NZ’, to share results of the 5-year research programme with key stakeholders. The symposium was opened by Hon Dr David Clarke, Minister of Health, and finished with a panel discussion chaired by Kim Hill.
Kiwi women are continuing to drink when pregnant, according to fresh figures from the Growing Up in NZ Study
NIHI's Professor Chris Bullen speaks to Jack Tame on Breakfast about the results of fresh figures from the Growing Up in NZ Study, showing Kiwi women are continuing to drink when pregnant, with 23 per cent drinking in their first trimester.
NIHI researchers have been successful in the latest Health Research Council funding rounds being awarded funding for a programme and two project grants.
Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu has been awarded a programme grant to test the health impact of supermarket strategies and Health Star Rating labels. The research team will look at strategies to support healthier diets across four different domains; at an individual level, government level, food industry level and public health level.
Professor Ni Mhurchu's team has been collecting information on composition, labelling and ingredients of packaged foods in New Zealand for the past five years.
Watch NIHI's Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu on TVNZ's Breakfast as she discusses whether artifical sweetners are better for you than sugar.