Starlight is a study assessing the effects of front-of-pack nutrition labels on food choices and is led by the National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI; The University of Auckland) in collaboration with researchers from The George Institute for Global Health and the University of Oxford.
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Breakfast cereals substantially contribute to daily energy and nutrient intakes among children. In New Zealand, new regulations are currently being phased to restrict nutrition and health claims to products that meet certain 'healthy' criteria. This study investigated the difference in nutritional quality, labelling and promotion between 'healthy' and 'less healthy' breakfast cereals, and between breakfast cereals intended for children compared with other breakfast cereals on the New Zealand market.
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) can deliver nicotine and mitigate tobacco withdrawal and are used by many smokers to assist quit attempts. We investigated whether e-cigarettes are more effective than nicotine patches at helping smokers to quit.
Improving adherence using combination therapy (IMPACT): Design and protocol of a randomised controlled trial in primary care.
To assess whether a medication strategy using a fixed dose combination pill ('polypill') could improve prescribing and adherence to recommended medications, lower blood pressure and improve lipids compared with current care over 12months.