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J Nutrition Aug, 2013 -- Links to the abstracts of articles are at the start of the synopses below. Unusual items this month!

SYNOPSES OF ARTICLES THIS MONTH

Nutrition research priorities to increase healthy life span - Proper nutrition offers one of the most effective and least costly ways to decrease the burden of many diseases and their associated risk factors, including obesity. ASN’s Nutrition Research Needs focus on the following high priority areas: 1) variability in individual responses to diet and foods; 2) healthy growth, development, and reproduction; 3) health maintenance; 4) medical management; 5) nutrition-related behaviors; and 6) food supply/environment. 5 tools that are critical to the advancement of the Nutrition Research Needs: 1) omics, 2) bioinformatics, 3) databases, 4) biomarkers, and 5) cost-effectiveness analysis.

Coffee and tea consumption lowers mortality during 11 years after age 68 - Drinking 4 cups of coffee daily was 43% protective, 2 cups of tea were 37% protective.

Fish oil increases muscle mass - Proinflammatory cytokines play a key role in the pathophysiology of muscle atrophy. These results indicate fish oil may suppress muscle proinflammatory cytokine production via regulation of TLR and NOD signaling pathways and therefore improve muscle protein mass.

Protein diet during pregnancy makes baby's colon healthier

Fruit and vegetable intake lowers bladder cancer risk

Other reading: National public radio - "Touch someone 7 times and they will believe you." I hope these nutrition headlines touch you. As stated below, "Proper nutrition offers one of the most effective and least costly ways to decrease the burden of many diseases and their associated risk factors, including obesity."

Mentally fit? A New Yorker article (29 July pg 24) evaluating mental fitness programs to delay dementia - "Your skull contains about a hundred billion neurons..each neuron can hook up with up to ten thousand others.." More connections in your brain "than there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy."

An emerging technology in the battle against knee osteoarthritis? -Lower body positive pressure: The goal of this investigation was to examine the feasibility of using an emerging technology called lower body positive pressure (LBPP) to simulate weight loss and reduce acute knee pain. Twenty-two overweight individuals with knee OA completed two 20-minute treadmill walking sessions . Results: A mean LBPP of 12.4% of body weight provided participants with significant pain relief during walking, and prevented exacerbation of acute knee pain over the duration of the 20-minute exercise session. Patients felt safe and confident walking with LBPP support on the treadmill.

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“The key message to teach surgeons was not how to stop germs but how to think like a laboratory scientist” New Yorker, 7/29 pg 36   

 

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