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2016 KiwiNet Awards finalists showcase clever science driving business innovation

Twelve innovative researchers and cutting edge research commercialisation projects have been selected as finalists for the fourth annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards, designed to celebrate commercialisation success within New Zealand’s universities and Crown Research Institutes. The clever high-tech innovations pushing the frontiers of business include, silver nanoparticles to treat and prevent dental disease, wood fibre-reinforced plastic, a method for boosting ... more

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Otago researchers design heart-healthy loaf

New Zealand researchers have used linear programming on a range of bread recipes to produce a low-cost loaf that is healthier for the heart than many commercially-available options. Bread is such an important food in New Zealand that the Otago University researchers wanted to see if they could come up with healthier loaves to help lower rates of heart disease and related conditions. In a blog posted yesterday, they say dietary factors such as the risk of high salt (sodium) intake ... more

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Growing scientific evidence demonstrates the health benefits of kiwifruit

From the digestive system to immunity and metabolic health, an increasing body of research demonstrates how beneficial kiwifruit is for human health. The latest research was presented in Tauranga, New Zealand this week by leading scientists at the first-ever International Symposium on Kiwifruit and Health. The symposium brought together nearly 200 global health experts to consider the role of fruit, in particular kiwifruit, in a healthy diet. The event was initiated by the Riddet ... more

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More consumption of low alcohol beer will lead to reduced harm, survey shows

Many New Zealanders say harm caused by alcohol can be reduced if more people drink low-alcohol beer, a new survey shows. The Horizon survey of 1141 New Zealanders, published today by the New Zealand Food and Grocery Council (FGC), found that almost half of respondents thought increased consumption of low-alcohol beer would bring significant public health benefits. These included a reduction in overall alcohol consumption (41%), reduced public disorder (47%) and lower rates of ... more

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New research shows increase in Kiwi fast food breakfasts

Kiwis are either skipping breakfast or choosing poor options including reheated fish & chips, cold pizza and beer according to new research. The Sanitarium Better Brekkie study investigated the attitudes and habits of Kiwis and found that when it came to breakfast, despite 93% of us saying it’s an important meal many either skip it or choose something unhealthy. The study revealed that a tenth (10%) of us like to start our day with a fatty fix by buying our breakfast from ... more

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2016 marks 10 years of manuka honey science

To celebrate, Professor Henle will arrive from Germany next month to share insights into his ground-breaking manuka honey research 2016 marks 10 years since the compound methylglyoxal was discovered in manuka honey, a discovery that revolutionised the manuka honey industry. To honour the occasion, Manuka Health New Zealand will be hosting one of the world’s leading scientists and manuka honey experts, Professor Thomas Henle at a VIP event in Auckland at the end of February. It ... more

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Top nutrition scientist returns to NZ for new role at Massey

One of the world’s leading nutrition specialists, Barbara Burlingame, has been appointed to Massey University in Wellington to help advance public health nutrition and food systems knowledge. The role is a joint appointment between the School of Public Health and the School of Food and Nutrition to enhance Massey’s profile internationally in nutritional and health sciences. Dr Burlingame, who originally hails from Boston, holds a PhD from Massey and undergraduate degrees ... more

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