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.