News

  • Dairy intolerance real - “not in people’s heads”
    14 August 2017
    For the first time, scientists have shown that dairy intolerance is a physiological condition distinct from lactose intolerance, and not “all in people’s heads”.
  • Kids with weight issues at high risk of emotional and behavioural problems: study
    10 August 2017
    A new, in-depth study of New Zealand children and teenagers seeking help with weight issues has found their emotional health and wellbeing is, on average, markedly worse than that of children without weight issues.
  • Low blood sugars in newborns linked to later difficulties
    08 August 2017
    A newborn condition affecting one in six babies has been linked to impairment in some high-level brain functions that shows up by age 4.5 years.
  • Fresh fish oil lowers diabetes risk in rat offspring
    18 July 2017
    Fresh fish oil given to overweight pregnant rats prevented their offspring from developing a major diabetes risk factor, Auckland researchers have found.
  • Exercise in early life has long-lasting benefits
    07 July 2017
    Exercise in early life counteracts some of the damaging programming effects of a high-fat diet, a new Auckland study shows.
  • Leading NZ-Australian child health research institutes join forces
    03 July 2017
    New Zealand and Australia’s leading child health research institutes are joining forces to advance our knowledge of how nutrition interacts with a person’s genetic make-up to shape health and wellbeing.
  • Auckland medical researcher first outside US to win prestigious prize
    12 June 2017
    Distinguished Professor Jane Harding from the Liggins Institute, based at the University of Auckland, has received the Norman J. Siegel New Member Outstanding Science Award from the American Pediatric Society (APS), which boasts 1800-plus members at the very top of their fields.
  • Study reveals relationship between how kids spend their time and their quality of life
    02 June 2017
    We all know that balance is vital for a healthy diet, but a new study suggests balance in how you spend your time is also key to a healthy life and sense of wellbeing – for children as well as adults.
  • Young Pacific researchers seek obesity circuit-breaker with Pacific youth
    01 June 2017
    Four young Pacific health researchers are working with Pacific teens and their communities to help break the intergenerational cycle of obesity and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The research builds on an ambitious international project that empowers teenagers to use scientific evidence, community and cultural knowledge to lift their own and their family’s health.
  • Early puberty linked to growing up in poorer homes
    24 May 2017
    Children from disadvantaged households are more likely to hit puberty early and could face poorer health later in life as a result, an Australian study has shown. Researchers from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) in Melbourne found boys who grew up in very disadvantaged homes had more than four times the risk of starting puberty early, at 10 or 11 years of age, while girls had double the risk. Professor Melissa Wake, a researcher in the team who is now based at the University of Auckland, says it is likely the same link would be found in New Zealand children.
  • Record-breaking number graduate from the Liggins Institute
    18 May 2017
    A record number of students graduated from the Liggins Institute in May. Twelve graduands – double the usual Autumn total – received qualifications.
  • Dames come together for mother and baby health research
    02 May 2017
    What may be the biggest gathering yet of Kiwi Dames is taking place this Saturday night – just in time for Mother’s Day. More than 20 Dames are coming together for a unique event to celebrate the achievements of the Liggins Institute, which aims to give all babies a healthy start and set them up for lifelong health.
  • Could mothers’ bacteria protect c-section babies from obesity risk?
    11 April 2017
    A team of New Zealand researchers will investigate whether bacteria from mothers’ vaginas could protect babies born by caesarean section from a greater risk of obesity.
  • Studies confirm long-term safety of life-saving treatment for premature babies
    07 April 2017
    More New Zealand families could benefit from a life-saving treatment for premature babies as new evidence from a major 10-year New Zealand and Australian trial confirms its long-term safety.
  • Gut Bugs Trial launches in Auckland
    21 March 2017
    A team of New Zealand researchers are embarking on a study that could lead to a breakthrough treatment for serious weight problems. The team, led by Professor Wayne Cutfield and Dr Justin O’Sullivan at the Liggins Institute within the University of Auckland, will take the gut bacteria from healthy lean young people and give them in capsules to teenagers who are clinically obese.
  • Auckland scientists seek to shed light upon endometriosis
    15 March 2017
    Auckland research underway into the cause of endometriosis offers fresh hope for future treatments that target the disease at its roots.
  • Finding Mont Liggins's babies
    14 March 2017
    On the Newsroom, Eloise Gibson tells the remarkable story of Liggins Institute scientists tracing a thousand 30-year-olds from the original medical trial of antenatal corticosteroids to the life-saving treatment for premature babies was safe.
  • Glitzy Chinese New Year ball to benefit research into promising new blood-test for preterm birth risk
    14 February 2017
    A glamorous Chinese New Year ball at SkyCity will raise funds for New Zealand researchers working to develop a mid-pregnancy blood test to predict premature birth that could help millions of mothers and babies worldwide.
  • Ice baths no good for muscle recovery
    13 February 2017
    New evidence from research suggests ice baths do nothing to help muscle recovery after exercise.
  • An insider's view of a medical trial
    09 February 2017
    On Summer Newsroom, pregnant writer Eloise Gibson shares her experience of joining the international NiPPeR study that is seeking to crack lifelong obesity programming with nutrition. The study's New Zealand arm is being conducted by researchers at the Liggins Institute, and Institute researchers reflect on how vital human clinical trials are for advancing healthcare for pregnant mothers and babies.