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Text messages provide support for people with diabetes

An innovative University of Auckland trial using text messages has proven a success in getting people to manage their diabetes better.

Academics at the University’s National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI), part of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, developed a text message based self-management programme. The Self-Management Support for Blood Glucose (SMS4BG) was designed to address the behaviours required for successful diabetes self-management.
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Māori and Pacific health app trialled

A healthy lifestyle app, which is being facilitated by NIHI, which has been developed for Māori and Pasifika people is being trialled and could be rolled out nationally next year.

The app takes a holistic view of health and is aimed not only at individuals but also encourages whānau and communities to work together to improve health and reduce non-communicable disease. Read more

NIHI awarded 2 x Explorer Grants

Congratulations to Gayl Humphrey and Dr Samantha Marsh who have been successful in the latest round of Explorer Grants funded by the Health Research Council. Read more

DIET programme research shows NZ children see an average of 27 junk food ads a day

New Zealand children are exposed to around 27 unhealthy food advertisements per day, innovative camera research from Otago and Auckland Universities has revealed.

The research found children were frequently exposed, across multiple settings, to marketing of unhealthy foods not recommended to be marketed to children. Read more

World’s largest e-cigarette trial has just finished recruiting

The HRC-funded ASCEND-II trial has just finished 19 months of recruitment, with 1124 people randomised to receive either 1) nicotine patches, 2) nicotine patches plus a nicotine-containing e-cigarette, or 3) nicotine patches plus a nicotine-free e-cigarette. The last follow-up visit is scheduled for May 2018, with results available July/August 2018. Read more

Nutrition labels not influencing healthy food choices; more govt and industry action needed

Nutrition labels showcasing healthy foods have no significant impact on New Zealanders' food choices, according to latest research.

"Their effect is pretty small and limited to shoppers already interested in healthy eating," says leading nutrition expert, Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu of the University of Auckland. Read more

New publication in British Medical Journal

A paper in British Medical Journal has recently been published on NIHI's Aspirin4VLU trial led by Associate Professor Andrew Jull. Read more

Smokefree2025 Research Symposium in Auckland, 30 November 2017

The National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI), University of Auckland, together with ASPIRE2025, University of Otago, is hosting a one-day symposium in Auckland on November 30th to highlight research undertaken under the banner of these two groups to inform progress towards the national goal of becoming a Smokefree nation by 2025. Read more

New publication for IMPACT trial

A new publication arising from NIHI’s work with a cardiovascular polypill (the IMPACT trial) a few years ago, which was part of a wider international group of studies (the SPACE collaboration) has been published in the International Journal of Cardiology. The main outcome study was published in the British Medical Journal in 2014 Read more

SPARX now in Japan

Ayako Shimizu, a 30-year-old entrepreneur and head of online counseling firm Hikari Lab, has introduced a Japanese version of SPARX as a smartphone app. The NZ version has been adapted for Japanese users under an agreement with UniServices. Read more