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Newborn rats died after mothers fed rancid fish oil – Expert reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 22nd, 2016.

UPDATED: A new study from Auckland-based researchers found feeding pregnant rats high doses of rancid fish oil caused a high mortality rate among the rat pups. The study follows on from research published by the same group last year, where many brands of store-bought fish oil capsules were found to have oxidised, i.e. become rancid, […]

‘Fishy’ labels for fish oil supplements

Laura Goodall posted in on January 22nd, 2015.

Most fish oil supplements sold in New Zealand contain less omega-3 fatty acids than their labels claim, according to new research led by scientists at the University of Auckland’s Liggins Institute. Analysing 32 brands of fish oil capsules marketed in New Zealand, the researchers found that only three contained the same concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids […]

UPDATED: Fish oil capsules fall short on quality, freshness – experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on January 22nd, 2015.

Most fish oil supplements sold in New Zealand contain less omega-3 fatty acids than their labels claim, according to new research led by scientists at the University of Auckland’s Liggins Institute. Analysing 32 brands of fish oil capsules marketed in New Zealand, the researchers found that only three contained the same concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids […]

Auckland SAVVY workshop boosts scientists’ confidence

Dacia Herbulock posted in on March 19th, 2013.

Science Media SAVVY in Auckland Twelve keen scientists were put through their paces in Auckland in mid-March in the second of the Science Media Centre’s national series of media skills workshops. More than basic media training, the course is designed to move scientists out of their comfort zone, increasing awareness of how their choice of […]

Experts on New Zealand Herald coverage of Liggins Institute research

Peter Griffin posted in on February 18th, 2011.

Research co-author Dr Deborah M Sloboda, PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Liggins Institute and Deputy Director, National Research Centre for Growth and Development comments on the research: “In our study, Dr Mark Vickers and I examined pregnant rats that were allocated to receive either water or a fructose solution designed to provide 20 percent of caloric […]

NZ Herald: Top researcher dies

Peter Griffin posted in on August 25th, 2010.

Sir Graham Liggins has died, age 84.  The researcher was known for his landmark work in foetal development, and the Liggins Institute was named in his honour. An excerpt: (read in full here) “With a paediatrician, Professor Ross Howie, Sir Graham conducted a controlled trial of pre-natal corticosteroids and showed a big reduction in respiratory […]

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Mother’s diet has life-long implications for children

Dacia Herbulock posted in on August 25th, 2009.

A mother’s diet before and during pregnancy can help determine when a daughter reaches puberty and her own reproductive capacity later in life, according a paper authored by Liggins Institute researchers and appearing in the online journal PLoS One today. Globally, a dramatic decrease in age at the start of puberty is occurring. Over the […]

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