NIHI director Associate Professor Chris Bullen appeared on Radio New Zealand's Nine To Noon programme recently to discuss whether e-cigarettes are a health innovation or a risk.
He was joined in the discussion by Pamela Ling, Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco, whose research is on tobacco prevention among young people, and the marketing and advertising of e-cigarettes.
The SaltSwitch study aims to help people with heart disease eat less salt. High salt intake is linked with high blood pressure and risk of heart attack and stroke. This study will look to see whether a smartphone application (app) called SaltSwitch can help people with heart disease make lower salt food choices.
Results from a study by the National Institute for Health Innovation, just published in the British Medical Journal, may soon make the fight against heart attacks and strokes, New Zealand’s number one killer, significantly easier to treat.
International guidelines recommend treating patients affected by cardiovascular disease with a combination of aspirin, blood pressure lowering drugs and statins (which lower cholesterol) to help reduce their risk of having a second heart attack or stroke by over 50%.
NIHI recently hosted renowned additions expert, Professor David Nutt of the Imperial College London, on a visit to New Zealand. During his visit we asked him to share his thoughts on how New Zealand can reach its goal to be smokefree by 2025 (defined as less than 5% of the population smoking). Watch the below for his suggestions: