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Hefty bags hindering active transport to school

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Wednesday 9 February 2022

Heavy school bags are a “significant” issue for teenagers, with one-third of them thinking their bag is too heavy to walk or bike to school, BEATS Research from University of Otago shows.

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Which diet is best for treating type 2 diabetes?

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Thursday 18 November 2021

EDOR members Professor Mike Lean and Dr Andrew Reynolds, along with international colleagues, have published a study on the most effective diets for achieving remission of type 2 diabetes.

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EDOR members feature at ANZOS meeting

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Friday 23 July 2021

Professor Rachael Taylor and other EDOR members have contributed to the recent virtual Australia and New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS) meeting.

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NZ a key exporter of sugary drinks to the Pacific Islands

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Friday 28 May 2021

Associate Professor Lisa Te Morenga comments on research showing an increase in sugary drink exports from NZ to the Pacific Islands, despite chronic diet-related disease being the number one cause of death in this part of the world.

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EDOR welcomes health system reforms

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Thursday 22 April 2021

The Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre welcomes the NZ Health system reforms announced on the 21 April, 2021.

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Action needed on Type 2 Diabetes

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Thursday 25 March 2021

Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research advisory board member, Dr Ofa Dewes, is calling for communities to work together to implement the findings of the Economic and Social Cost of Type 2 Diabetes report, launched at Parliament on 15 March 2021.

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Cost of Type 2 Diabetes report launched at Parliament

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Monday 15 March 2021

The Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre (EDOR), Healthier Lives - He Oranga Hauora National Science Challenge, and Diabetes New Zealand have released a hard-hitting report into the cost of type 2 diabetes in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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EDOR researchers collaborate with the Riddet Institute

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Monday 15 March 2021

EDOR researchers collaborate with many other research organisations. Here we profile the work being done in collaboration with the Riddet Institute, as part of the Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) funding.

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Pioneering better tools for managing type 1 diabetes

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Thursday 26 November 2020

Associate Professor Ben Wheeler and Dr Sara Styles are involved in a number of initiatives aimed at improving the management of type 1 diabetes, a disease that primarily affect children.

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Find out why Sir Eion Edgar supports health research

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Thursday 1 October 2020

Sir Eion Edgar, benefactor and advisory board chair for the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre, is an avid supporter of health research. A recent interview offers insight into why supporting research is important to him.

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Digital health programmes for diabetes - are they effective?

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Wednesday 23 September 2020

Professor Jeremy Krebs, Endocrinologist and EDOR researcher at the University of Otago, Wellington, was part of the research team who carried out a randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a digital health programme for self-management of diabetes and prediabetes

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Is intermittant fasting for you?

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Wednesday 5 August 2020

EDOR director Professor Rachael Taylor has been interviewed by RNZ on the use of intermittant fasting.

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Move More @ Work study seeking participants

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Wednesday 8 July 2020

Ever reach the end of a working day and wish you had moved your body just a bit more than you managed to achieve? Well here’s the perfect opportunity to break those sedentary habits, get a little bit of activity during work time, and benefit both yourself and some Otago research in the process.

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EDOR contributes to global cholesterol study in Nature

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Wednesday 3 June 2020

Professor Jim Mann, Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre Co-Director, and EDOR member Associate Professor Rachael McLean, have contributed to the largest ever study of global cholesterol levels, published in the prestigious journal Nature.

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HRC Emerging Researcher grants for EDOR members

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Friday 29 May 2020

The HRC announced their 2020 Emerging Researcher grant recipients this week and EDOR members feature in two of the eight grants awarded to University of Otago applicants.

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Participate in the COVID-19 food survey

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Thursday 30 April 2020

Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research member Dr Lisa Te Morenga, Victoria University of Wellington, is involved in a worldwide survey on how COVID-19 has changed the way we cook and eat.

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High fibre benefits those with diabetes or prediabetes

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Thursday 12 March 2020

EDOR researchers have found that found high-fibre diets are a key aspect of diabetes management.

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New Professors for EDOR

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Thursday 12 December 2019

Three EDOR researchers have been made Professor or Associate Professor in the recent University of Otago promotion round.

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Marsden Fund success for EDOR members

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Friday 6 December 2019

Several EDOR members have been successful in the gaining funding from the Royal Society Te Apārangi's Marsden fund in 2019.

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Health and the environment - how can we turn the tide?

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Thursday 23 May 2019

EDOR co-director Kirsten Coppell is concerned about the effect of the environment on health, and has co-authored a report listing key policy recommendations to increase active transport in New Zealand.

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Global uptake of EDOR research on dietary fibre and wholegrains

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Monday 21 January 2019

A paper published in the Lancet by EDOR researchers Dr Andrew Reynolds, Professor Jim Mann and Dr Lisa Te Morenga has received widespread media coverage.

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Tackling diet-related disease in New Zealand

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Monday 3 September 2018

Unhealthy diet is the leading preventable risk for poor health in New Zealand. Diet-related diseases (and how we manage them) is becoming a pressing issue for the country.

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Experts agree - benefits of folic acid fortification outweigh risks

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Wednesday 8 August 2018

EDOR Co-director Professor Jim Mann has commented on a report that found that mandatory folic acid fortification is linked to lower rates of birth defects, and that taking folic acid supplements at the recommended doses in pregnancy has no adverse effects on pregnancy outcome or the child’s health.

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Kids'Cam team wins award for innovative research paper

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Tuesday 5 June 2018

The Kids'Cam team has been featured in the latest issue of the Otago Magazine, and their seminal paper published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity last year has just been awarded best publication for 2017.

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Promising technology for teenagers with type 1 diabetes

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Thursday 12 April 2018

Associate Professor Ben Wheeler, Paediatric Endocrinologist and member of the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre (EDOR), has commenced a trial to assess the real-world effectiveness of novel flash continuous glucose monitors in teenagers with poorly controlled type 1 diabetes.

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Otago University breakthrough in the war on sugar

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Thursday 7 December 2017

Distinguishing naturally occurring sugars in a person’s diet from those added as sweetener has been challenging – until now, thanks to a new method developed by the University of Otago.

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Could probiotics be used to prevent diabetes?

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Thursday 2 November 2017

EDOR researcher Jeremy Krebs is investigating if adults with prediabetes who take a probiotic supplement can improve the glucose and fat levels in their blood.

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New Zealand retains third place in obesity rankings

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Thursday 26 October 2017

New Zealand is still third in the OECD for rates of obesity.  EDOR Professors Barry Taylor and Jim Mann explain what needs to happen to make a positive change in obesity statistics in New Zealand.

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China and New Zealand collaborate to cure disease

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Thursday 19 October 2017

Senior health researchers from China met with University of Otago researchers last week to develop shared interests as part of the New Zealand-China Non-communicable Diseases Research Collaboration Centre.

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Co-design of a smartphone app empowers communities

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Tuesday 19 September 2017

EDOR researcher Dr Lisa Te Morenga is part of team designing a mobile health (mHealth) tool in partnership with Māori and Pasifika Communities, to help Kiwis become healthier and reduce their risk of heart disease, obesity.

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One study does not a dietary recommendation make

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Wednesday 30 August 2017

Professor Jim Mann comments on the PURE study, published in The Lancet, in which the authors' call for global dietary guidelines to be reconsidered in the light of its findings.

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Economic cost of diabetes among Pacific peoples in NZ

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Thursday 3 August 2017

Darlene Pupi, a University of Otago medical student, used her HRC-funded Pacific Health Career Development Award to explore the economic cost of diabetes among Pacific peoples living in New Zealand.

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New diabetes technology could be unaffordable for some

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Tuesday 11 July 2017

New glucose sensor technology has just become available in New Zealand but as it is not funded by Pharmac, University of Otago researchers fear it could be out of reach for some people with diabetes in this country.

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Internationally renowned nutrition textbook now into 5th edition

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Wednesday 24 May 2017

The 5th edition of the popular textbook, Essentials of Human Nutrition, edited by EDOR Co-director Professor Jim Mann and colleague Professor Stewart Truswell, has just been published and was celebrated at a book launch on 23 May, 2017.

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EDOR researchers visit China

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Friday 19 May 2017

EDOR researchers have visited China this week, as members of the New Zealand-China Non-Communicable Diseases Research Collaboration Centre. 

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Rachel Batterham explains how bariatric surgery really works

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Sunday 19 March 2017

Kim Hill talks with Professor Rachel Batterham about bariatric surgery on her Radio New Zealand Saturday morning show, following Professor Batterham's presentation at the Diabesity Crisis symposium on 17, March, 2017.

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Don't miss The 'cost' of sugar forum, 16 March, 2017

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Wednesday 15 March 2017

Register for The 'cost' of sugar forum, chaired by Kim Hill, and hosted by Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research, and the National Science Challenges A Better Start and Healthier Lives, 16 March, 7-9pm, Auckland City Hospital.

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PIPI study wins Innovation Award

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Monday 5 December 2016

A novel Otago-led prediabetes pilot project has won an Excellence in Innovation award at the recent Hawke’s Bay District Health Board Health Awards.

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E-cigarettes to treat obesity?

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Thursday 27 October 2016

Professor Jim Mann has commented on the suggestion that e-cigarettes could be used to combat obesity.

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The highs and lows of carbohydrate

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Friday 30 September 2016

Professor Jim Mann talks about the conflicting messages circulating about the carbohydrate (and fats) in your diet.

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Professor Jim Mann talks about dairy and the paleo diet

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Wednesday 14 September 2016

Radio Live's John MacDonald asks Jim Mann about paleo diets and the value of consuming dairy products, following controversial advice given by Australian chef Pete Evans to cut out dairy products.

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Nutrition experts defend dietary guidelines

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Friday 26 August 2016

New Zealand nutrition experts are calling for an end to the pitting of carbohydrates against fats and say we should instead focus on what is most important – the quality of food in our diets.

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Ten things you can do to get a better sleep

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Thursday 17 March 2016


The World Sleep Society has developed ten specific recommendations on how to obtain a healthy restorative sleep.

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