Massey University Enrolls IBD Patients For Nutrition Study

Massey University Enrolls IBD Patients For Nutrition Study
Massey University in New Zealand is enrolling patients for a nationwide human nutrition research project, which aims to study what causes the development of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). Conducted by Hannah Morton, a doctoral candidate in the College of Health, the study will examine the influence of environmental factors, including diet, and a specific bacteria found in New Zealand. Morton is looking to include more patients diagnosed with IBD, which covers a series of conditions characterized by the inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, in order to understand the incidence of the disease in the country, as well as the influence of the bacteria. “New Zealand has one of the highest prevalences of Inflammatory Bowel Disease worldwide, making it an ideal location to research the condition,” explained Morton, and according to the numbers of the Ministry of Health, there are about 15,000 people in the country suffering from one of the diseases. In addition, the two major types of the disease are chronic and there are currently no cure for them. More than 300 participants have already registered to enter the study, as she is analyzing data on both healthy and IBD patients. During an initial phase of her research, Morton dedicated her studies to the possible association between the Vitamin D levels among participants. Being particularly low in New Zealand, vitamin D is associated with immune function, and the researcher believes that it might be a factor of disease incidence. “It’s a very interesting topic because so little is known about it,” Morton explained. Other researchers have been dedicated to studying the causes for the development of IBD, and several projects have been focused on th
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