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Returning to work, wanting you body back, cultural practices...NZ researchers have identified some common reasons why exclusively breastfeeding your baby for six months is a big challenge for most mums. They're taking action by calling for baby friendy workplaces so that women feel supported and able to continue breastfeeding for longer.

What are the four key reasons new mums stop exclusively breastfeeding and what can we do about them?

This NZ research calls for policy changes to make local wor...kplaces "baby friendly" in order to reverse our low rates of exclusive breastfeeding.

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New Zealand researchers looking at the reasons new mothers stop exclusive breastfeeding before six-months are calling for a nationwide Baby Friendly Workplace Initiative.

We're only just starting to understand the myriad causes of #obesity. It's so complex that future treatments could be tailored to the individual - and it won't just be based on #nutrition, but #genetic predisposition. Jamie Morton's in-depth article for the Herald showcases some of the ground-breaking research by Professor Wayne Cutfield and Associate Professor Justin O'Sullivan that is starting to unlock the obesity puzzle.

Eat sugar and fat, get fat? There's much more to obesity than that, writes Jamie Morton.

Grafton Campus Family Open Day is heating up. Come along and hear some of our amazing speakers - Prof Frank Bloomfield, Dist Prof Jane Harding and Dr Ben Albert - or take a tour of the Liggins Institute Clinical Research Unit. It’s all happening!

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Fish oil taken in pregnancy could help to protect children against obesity and diabetes. Dr Ben Albert explains the exciting new study to Pacific radio station, Radio 531pi

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Dr Ben Albert from the Auckland University’s Liggins Institute is Lead Investigator of the Fish Oil in Pregnancy Trial which aims to investigate whether fish oi...l can prevent children developing weight problems.

If you want to be a part of the study or get in contact with Dr Ben Albert, please send your queries to

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Can fish oil taken in #pregnancy prevent #diabetes & #obesity in children? A new Liggins Institute study aims to find out.…

New trial investigates whether fish oil in pregnancy can combat weight problems in kids.

Thinking of Masters study? We've got TWO Sir Mont Liggins Memorial Scholarships worth $7,500 each available now for Masters projects investigating how the early life environment affects long-term health and the health of the next generation. Here's how to apply:…/the-sir-mont-liggins-memorial-…

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Put Saturday 17 March in you diaries! It's Open Day at the Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences and Liggins Institute and everyone's invited. Don't miss your chance to take a tour of our clinical research unit where we assess mums and babies, plus grab some tasty kai from the food trucks outside. See you and the whānau there!

Sat 9:30 AM UTC+13Faculty of Medical and Health SciencesAuckland, New Zealand
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Consuming just one fizzy drink a day could increase your risk of cancer. That's the latest finding from a study team at Cancer Council Victoria and The University of Melbourne. Interestingly, the researchers found that the "risk existed for all participants, no matter their size.” That's got to be a compelling reason to ditch the sugary drinks?!…/just-one-soft-drink-a-day-cou…?

Researchers hail ‘surprising’ findings about sugar after analysing more than 3,000 cases

"The problem with artificial sweeteners, specifically, is there's very little evidence about them - and people assume that it's maybe a healthier approach".

A new study by Dr Clare Reynolds suggests artifical sweeteners are just as bad as sugar in drinks. Alongside PhD student Pania Bridge-Comer, she's investigating the effect that artificial sweeteners consumed during #pregnancy have on a child's metabolic and reproductive health in later life.…

Clare Reynolds switched from regular to diet fizz during pregnancy. But was it any better?

In the 17 years since it opened, the Liggins Institute has changed the face of healthcare for mothers and babies in New Zealand and around the world.

Today our scientists are still investigating how to give ALL babies a healthy start to life, with new discoveries being made every year. From identifying the best time to diagnose gestational diabetes to exploring how best to feed preterm babies, researchers at the Liggins Institute are constantly testing the factors that set us... up for a healthy life.

You’ll hear from founding director Professor Sir Peter Gluckman about the breakthroughs the institute has made, and from current director Professor Frank Bloomfield about how we translate our research into clinical practice. Our newest Associate Professor, Katie Groom, will demonstrate how a clinical trial works in practice as she presents the latest findings for a possible treatment for growth restricted babies.

You'll be hosted by outstanding PhD candidate, Elsie Jacobson, who is investigating what happens to your DNA when immune cells respond to infection.

The presentations will be followed by a drinks reception where we encourage you to stay and network with alumni, friends and supporters of the Institute.

6 pm - doors open
6.15 pm - lecture begins
7.30 pm - drinks reception
8.30 pm - event closes

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Wed 6:00 PM UTC+13Fale Pasifika, Pacific StudiesAuckland, New Zealand
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To maintain muscle size and strength, older men need to eat twice the amount of high-quality protein that guidelines recommend. And they need to eat it at every meal, says lead researcher Dr Cameron Mitchell. Full story in New Zealand Listener…/how-older-men-can-maintain-and-in…/

Eating twice as much high-quality protein than recommended by international guidelines can help older men maintain muscle size and strength.

Distinguished Professor Jane Harding is a finalist for Sanitarium NZ Innovator of the Year in Kiwibank's New Zealander of the Year! Winners announced Feb 22…/list-finalists-2018-new-zealander-… via 1 NEWS

Chief judge of the awards Cameron Bennett said all three nominees have put ideas into action.

Giving birth is an amazing achievement however you do it, but this study explains why it's important to consider the pros and cons of caesarean sections carefully.

Want to get to grips with the risks and benefits of caesarean sections?

Check out this latest study which details the long-term impacts of caesarean deliveries.…/the-risks…

A new study has found that children born by caesarean section have an increased risk of asthma and obesity compared with those born vaginally.

Dr Clare Reynolds is investigating how a mother's health while she is pregnant affects the long-term health of her unborn child. She's trying to find out whether supplementing healthy fats, in particular conjugated linoleic acid (or CLA), can increase metabolic function and decrease weight gain in offspring. As the worldwide obesity crisis worsens, Clare explains to 95bFM how her research could one day help human mothers.…/ready-steady-learn-w-clare-reynolds-janu…

Listen live to Dr Clare Reynolds on 95bFM's Ready Steady Learn talking about the importance of diet during #pregnancy & the impact of maternal #obesity on the longterm health of offspring.

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Congratulations Jacinda Ardern & Clarke Gayford on the wonderful news! How inspiring for working #mums around the world. Wishing your baby a healthy start for a healthy life from all of us at the Liggins Institute.…

PM Jacinda Ardern's first child is due in June.