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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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EDOR researchers made full professors

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Thursday, 7 January 2016

EDOR Centre members Tony Merriman and Sally McCormick, both from the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Otago, have been made full professors.

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Healthier Lives National Science Challenge Launched

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Friday, 18 December 2015

The Healthier Lives National Science Challenge was launched at Otākou marae by the Hon Steven Joyce, 4 December, 2015.

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New Healthier Lives Challenge takes aim at NZ’s major killers

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Friday, 4 December 2015

Innovative research aimed at significantly reducing the death and disease burden of some of New Zealand’s leading health problems will be pursued through the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge launched by the Hon Steven Joyce at Ōtākou Marae on the Otago Peninsula today.

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EDOR supports Diabetes NZ roadshow

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Friday, 13 November 2015

Professor Jim Mann, and other EDOR members, supported the Diabetes NZ roadshow in Dunedin on 19 November, 2015.

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How can we reduce our salt intake?

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Friday, 16 October 2015

Dr Rachael McLean talks with Alison Ballance at Radio NZ about the amount of sodium present in our food, and how we can reduce our salt intake.

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Study reveals effect of obesity in pregnancy

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Thursday, 24 September 2015

EDOR researcher Associate Professor Christine Jasoni reveals new information about the effect of obesity during pregnancy on the developing brain.

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How do our genes influence obesity?

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Friday, 11 September 2015

EDOR member Associate Professor Tony Merriman is co-director of a nationwide study to identify the genetic influences on obesity.

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New Zealand solutions to complex Public Health problems

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Friday, 28 August 2015

A new book, Promoting Health in Aotearoa New Zealand, provides an in-depth scan of the health promotion landscape in New Zealand. It explores ways in which Māori, and other perspectives, have been melded with Western ideas to produce distinctly New Zealand approaches. In doing so it addresses the need for locally written material for use in teaching and practice, and provides direction for those wanting to solve complex public health problems.

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Otago academics back calls for more fibre in our diets

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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

University of Otago nutritionists say a major new British report that highlights the need for fibre in the human diet upholds their stance that the popular low-carbohydrate diets that are high in fat may not be ideal for our health.

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SWIFT study proves a HIIT

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Friday, 3 July 2015

EDOR PhD students Melyssa Roy and Michelle Jospe are interviewed by Alison Ballance, RadioNZ, about the SWIFT study.

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EDOR student wins Young Researcher Award

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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

PhD student Andrew Reynolds has been awarded the Young Researcher Award at the 2015 International Symposium of Diabetes and Nutrition in Toronto, Canada.

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EDOR member makes diabetes research accessible

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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Associate Professor Jeremy Krebs, EDOR member and Endocrinologist, regularly reviews the diabetes literature for the NZ Diabetes and Obesity Research Reviews.

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New Zealanders wising-up about sugar

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Thursday, 15 January 2015

A recent survey has found that New Zealanders are becoming more conscious of sugar intake and potential health impacts.

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Population health congress walks the talk

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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

The first NZ Population Health Congress ‘walked the talk’ by supplying nutritious food and drink, encouraging physical activity and mindfulness, and building sustainability into the event.

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Food labelling study seeks participants

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Monday, 5 January 2015

The Starlight study aims to compare different nutrition labels and see which of them make healthy food choices easier. Participants are currently being sought.

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Sitting for extended periods discouraged

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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Office workers who sit for extended periods at their desks may be risking their health. EDOR member, Professor Barry Taylor, is undertaking research to establish healthier workplace practices.

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'Leading Thinkers' continue contribution

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research's two 'Leading Thinkers' have been celebrated by the University of Otago, ten years on, with special events and a commemorative book.

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'Diabetes' celebrates EDOR's research

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

'Diabetes' the magazine of Diabetes New Zealand, celebrates ten years of Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research in its summer edition.

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World Diabetes Day 14 November 2014

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Thursday, 6 November 2014

Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research members joined a range of contributors to World Diabetes Day on 14 November 2014, in Dunedin.

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High fat low carb diets risk public health

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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Low carbohydrate high fat diets risk harming public health, warns Jim Mann and University of Otago colleagues in a commentary in The Lancet. 

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Artificial sweeteners under scrutiny

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Friday, 19 September 2014

Professor Jim Mann and Dr Lisa Te Morenga comment about recent research on the impact of artificial sweeteners on metabolic disorders.

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First population health congress for New Zealand

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Monday, 25 August 2014

The Congress will provide a variety of opportunities to learn, discuss and debate advances in areas of population health thinking and practice such as child poverty, housing, nutrition, indigenous health and climate change.

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EDOR researchers feature at Queenstown Research Week

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

EDOR researchers are presenting at the Diabetes, Obesity and Nutrition QMB satellite meeting on topics such as genetics, drug treatments, and the scale of New Zealand's diabetes problem. EDOR will also be represented at the Nutrition Society of New Zealand Meeting.

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What are our three-year-olds eating?

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

The aim of the EAT3 Study is to find out what New Zealand three-year-olds are eating, and to develop a new, and much quicker, way of measuring what they eat.

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Go north? The Nordic Diet

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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Professor Jim Mann, interviewed in the NZ Listener, talks about the New Nordic Diet from both his personal experience in Finland, and his professional viewpoint.

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Otago international research collaborations gain funding

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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Two University of Otago scientists’ international research collaborations involving gout and ‘food for health’ are to receive significant support following separate funding announcements this week.

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The fuss about sugar

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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Dr Lisa Te Morenga discusses the fuss about sugar in a recent University of Otago magazine opinion piece.

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Crisis point reached in obesity epidemic

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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Professor Jim Mann supports a report released by The New Zealand Medical Association, calling for urgent action to be taken to address the soaring obesity rate in New Zealand.

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New light on effective exercise

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Friday, 9 May 2014

A small but important study sheds light on effective ways for insulin-resistant individuals to exercise to keep their blood sugar levels down.

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Food costs down, health costs up

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Monday, 14 April 2014

Professor Jim Mann discusses food pricing and health concerns about cheap junk food on recent radio news.

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Gout and malaria protection link

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Associate Professor Tony Merriman discusses the evidence that high rates of gout in Māori and Pacific people may be linked to protection from malaria.

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Eminent scientists challenge saturated fats study

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Thursday, 27 March 2014

A paper published on 17 March seemed to debunk a cornerstone of many dietary guidelines about saturated fats. Many scientists are criticizing the paper and even calling on the authors to retract it.

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Saturated fat not off the hook for heart disease

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Thursday, 20 March 2014

Recent overseas research claiming that there is no evidence that saturated fat increases heart attacks and other cardiac events needs to be treated with a great deal of caution, according to University of Otago human nutrition and public health experts and a University of Auckland colleague.

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How should we label our food?

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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

A report on the public lecture by Dr Mike Rayner, University of Oxford, 26th February 2014, which explored the elements of food labelling most relevant to health.

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Cop it sweet

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Thursday, 6 March 2014

In a NZ Listener article, researchers, and representatives from the food industry, discuss the amount of sugar in processed foods, health implications, and possible strategies.

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Sugary-drink-free Pacific by 2030?

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Friday, 28 February 2014

Conference presentations are now available, and further discussion continues following the Sugary-drink-free Pacific meeting held February 2014 in Auckland.

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Distinguished researcher of the year awarded

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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Associate Professor Tony Merriman won distinguished researcher of the year in the Otago School of Medical Sciences awards. His field is chronic metabolic diseases including diabetes, gout and arthritis.

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Benefits of free play in schools

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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Associate Professor Rachael Taylor and Swanson Primary School Principal Bruce McLachlan discuss the benefits of free play in the primary school environment.

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Prevalence of obesity in New Zealand grows

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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

New Ministry of Health obesity figures make depressing reading for Professor Jim Mann.  Professor Mann, Director of the Edgar National Centre for Diabetes and Obesity Research is interviewed on Radio Australia ABC about obesity in New Zealand.

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Researchers walk the talk for diabetes control

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Monday, 18 November 2013

Researchers at the Edgar National Centre for Diabetes and Obesity Research adopted a novel way last week to raise the profile of, and pressing need for, better diabetes control.

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Researchers call for dietary changes to prevent diabetes epidemic

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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

University of Otago researchers say that helping people with pre-diabetes and diabetes to follow a healthier diet will significantly improve their blood sugar levels, and they are calling on smaller portion sizes to be offered at cafés and eateries to support this cause.

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Experts caution on dietary advice purporting to show fat is good

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Thursday, 31 October 2013

The international media response to a BMJ opinion piece claiming to debunk the “myth” of saturated fat as a cause of coronary heart disease could undermine public confidence in lifestyle changes that have resulted in appreciable health benefits, say a group of experts in public health and nutrition representing a number of New Zealand health-related organisations.

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'So-called health foods' called into question

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Sunday, 24 March 2013

University of Otago professor Jim Mann, an internationally respected researcher in human nutrition, has criticised ''so-called health foods'' that were actually ''not healthy'' and urged big reforms in supermarket food labelling.

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New Zealand faces wave of diabetes, Otago research suggests

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Friday, 1 March 2013

Nearly one fifth of New Zealand's adult population face the very real spectre of living with diabetes, according to new University of Otago research published in the New Zealand Medical Journal today. The results are based on an analysis of blood test results of the adult population that was undertaken by Dr Kirsten Coppell, Professor Jim Mann and colleagues from the University's Edgar National Centre for Diabetes and Obesity Research.

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Otago research reveals most Kiwis eating too much salt

Friday, 2 December 2011

Nearly two-thirds (65%) of adult New Zealanders are consuming more sodium than current nutrition guidelines recommend, according to analysis of urine samples taken from 3000 people who took part in the latest New Zealand Adult Nutrition Survey.

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