Oceania

Sun-drenched Australians still in need of vitamin D supplementation

Sun-drenched Australians still in need of vitamin D supplementation

By RJ Whitehead

Guidance by an independent British committee of experts that advises everyone to take the so-called “sunshine vitamin” whatever the weather has been well received in Australia, where up to 58% of people suffer from vitamin D deficiency in spite of its...

Rat study finds rancid fish oil deadly, but humans shouldn't worry

Rat study finds rancid fish oil deadly, but humans shouldn't worry

By RJ Whitehead

A third of the offspring of rats fed with high doses of oxidised fish oil during pregnancy did not survive beyond two days, a New Zealand-authored study has found, prompting safety officials to stress that there is no evidence of a food-safety risk from...

Senior official: Australia needs preventative-curative health approach

Senior official: Australia needs preventative-curative health approach

By RJ Whitehead

Australian governments must wean patients off expensive hospital treatment by investing more heavily in preventative medicine and risk management, according to a senior health official, at a time when lifestyle diseases are putting a serious strain on...

Biosearch Life probiotic approved in China for infant formula use

China direct

Biosearch Life probiotic approved in China for infant formula use

By RJ Whitehead

Spanish probiotics, omega-3 and extracts supplier Biosearch Life has been given approval for the sale of its Lactobacillus fermentum CECT5716 LC40 probiotic strain by China’s Family Planning and National Health Commission for use in infant formula manufactured...

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