Follow-up study of the dietary intake, anthropometric measurements, and blood pressure in children born to women in the Manawatu pregnancy study : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Nutritional Science at Massey University

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When the proposal of the pilot study presented in this thesis was finally formulated, one of the first and important requirements was to obtain approval from accredited ethics committees. This proved to be a long and demanding process, but at the same time an interesting and useful experience. It was also somehow different from what was previously experienced in Kuwait, the researcher's home country. That was how the idea of presenting this thesis in two parts came into being. In the first part, the development of ethics codes and ethics committees was reviewed, a comparison of the process to obtain an ethical approval in New Zealand and in Kuwait was made, and the proposals presented to Massey University Human Ethics Committee (MUHEC) and to Manawatu-Whanganui Committee (MWEC) were outlined. Bioethics is a young discipline; the term "medical ethics" was first used at the beginning of the 19th century. However, codes of ethics of human research were only introduced towards the end of the first half of the 20th century. Hectic debates over these codes took place during the second half of the 20th century. On one side, there were growing concerns for the rights and safety of research participants, physically, psychologically and culturally, and on the other there were fears that scientific merits and benefits might be eroded by the limitations that research bioethics may enforce. These debates have resulted in amendments and changes in ethics codes, changes that probably will continue to develop during the 21st century. [From Introduction]
Nutritional aspects, Blood pressure, Allergy in children