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Could Bacteria-attacking Viruses Hold A Clue To Obesity?

Monday, 16 March 2020, 11:27 am | Liggins Institute

Could a barely understood part of the gut microbiome – viruses that attack bacteria, known as phages – shed more light on the microbiome’s role in obesity? New Zealand researcher Dr Tommi Vatanen, a senior research fellow at the University of Auckland-based ... More >>

Options for hemp-derived food products

Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 11:51 am | Liggins Institute

MIHI (Movers in Hemp Innovation) is a collaboration of Māori and non-Māori entities seeking to grow the hemp industry in New Zealand. The MIHI business cluster has received a $100,000 Māori Food & Beverage Development Grant from the High-Value Nutrition ... More >>

Bee-threatening soil residue up to 14x ‘safe’ levels

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 10:18 am | Liggins Institute

Traces of a class of insecticides known to pose a risk to honeybees and other ‘friendly’ insects have been found in the soil across nine North Island sites a year or more after the insecticide was applied. More >>

Steroids help preterm babies and mums

Friday, 13 September 2019, 10:37 am | Liggins Institute

Two common forms of a life-saving steroid treatment for preterm babies have been shown to be equally effective and safe in a large New Zealand-Australian clinical trial – though the cheaper one may have a slight advantage. The treatment, discovered ... More >>

$22.4M investment for health research

Monday, 24 June 2019, 10:35 am | Liggins Institute

The High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge has today announced a $22.4 million research investment funding for four successful Priority Research Programmes; which are all science and business collaborations, and will each receive research investment ... More >>

Smoking in pregnancy affects height and wieght of daughters

Friday, 15 March 2019, 8:53 am | Liggins Institute

Fri 15 March NZT: A new international Liggins Institute-led study highlights another reason for women to avoid tobacco during pregnancy: it heightens the chances of their daughters growing up short, as well as their chances of developing obesity in adulthood. More >>

3D gene insights shed light on type 1 diabetes

Sunday, 17 February 2019, 11:00 am | Liggins Institute

3D gene insights shed light on type 1 diabetes, overlapping diseases Ground-breaking findings by Liggins Institute researchers based on mapping DNA in three dimensions have shed fresh light on the genetic drivers for type 1 diabetes, and on why seemingly ... More >>

Could Wagyu beef protect against heart disease?

Monday, 14 January 2019, 9:42 am | Liggins Institute

As barbeque season gets into full swing, New Zealand researchers are investigating whether certain kinds of red meat could actually protect against heart disease. More >>

Different gut bugs in kids with type 1 diabetes

Sunday, 28 October 2018, 3:48 pm | Liggins Institute

Researchers are a step closer to understanding the role gut bugs may play in the development of type 1 diabetes. More >>

Major US funding boost for trial of sugar gel for newborns

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 10:06 am | Liggins Institute

New Zealand-led research that could improve the care of up to a third of all babies born and potentially prevent brain damage in infancy has received a $2.8 million boost from the United States. More >>

Type 2 diabetes slowly rising in Auckland kids

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 4:43 pm | Liggins Institute

Type 2 diabetes slowly rising in Auckland kids – Pacific and Māori have highest rates New research shows increasing numbers of children and teens under 15 in Auckland are developing type 2 diabetes, and that rates among Pacific and Māori children ... More >>

Could drinking a2 Milk™ help lactose intolerant people

Monday, 30 April 2018, 1:51 pm | Liggins Institute

Could drinking a2 Milk™ help lactose intolerant people digest dairy long-term? Lactose intolerant Aucklanders are wanted for a study that researchers hope will make them better able to tolerate dairy. The study participants will consume conventional ... More >>

Could fish oil in pregnancy prevent weight health isssues

Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 4:52 pm | Liggins Institute

Could fish oil in pregnancy prevent weight-related health issues in children? Research underway in Auckland could give expectant mothers a new, simple way to improve the lifelong health of their child. Researchers from the University of Auckland-based ... More >>

Potential new treatment and blood test for small babies

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 2:24 pm | Liggins Institute

Potential new treatment and blood test for babies born too small New Zealand research could pave the way for a new, safe treatment for babies whose growth in the womb is stunted by problems with the placenta. The research team have also discovered ... More >>

Older men need more protein to maintain muscles

Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 9:46 am | Liggins Institute

The amount of protein recommended by international guidelines is not sufficient to maintain muscle size and strength in older men, according to a new study. More >>

Clinical trials could save the health system millions

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 3:52 pm | Liggins Institute

Not only do findings from clinical trials save lives and improve people’s health, they potentially lead to health savings of millions of dollars – so investing in them is a “no-brainer”, a researcher and neonatologist says. More >>

Genetic link between obesity and diabetes

Tuesday, 31 October 2017, 3:55 pm | Liggins Institute

Auckland researchers have made a major leap in our understanding of the genetic basis for obesity and type 2 diabetes, and why these two conditions so often go hand in hand. More >>

a2 Milk™ digested differently to conventional milk

Sunday, 22 October 2017, 7:27 pm | Liggins Institute

a2 Milk™ digested differently to conventional milk by lactose intolerant people – study New research from New Zealand has found that a2 Milk™ prevents some symptoms of dairy intolerance and eases others, even though it contains the same amount of ... More >>

Vibration therapy trialled in young children

Friday, 13 October 2017, 8:49 am | Liggins Institute

The Torrens Kelly family were “somewhat sceptical” when son Luke, then 12, joined a clinical trial of a new vibration therapy for cerebral palsy at the Liggins Institute. “Luke has had many therapies in the past and it is often hard to judge whether ... More >>

How nutrition in early life affects adult bone health

Wednesday, 30 August 2017, 3:11 pm | Liggins Institute

We have all heard that a high-fat diet raises your risk for heart disease and metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes in adulthood. Now new research shows it also compromises your bone health, especially if you were born small or early, or if your mother had ... More >>