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J Nutrition Dec, 2013 -- Links to the abstracts of articles are at the start of the synopses below.


Midlife iron status is inversely associated with subsequent cognitive function - Given the urgent need for prevention research on age-related disorders, future investigations of iron status and cognition are warranted. 

Nutrition Facts Panels on food labels in the US are based on outdated RDAs

Breast-fed infants and young children need complementary foods with a very high nutrient density (particularly for iron and zinc), especially at ages 6–12 mo.  -Complementary feeding diets typically fall short in iron and zinc and sometimes in other nutrients. These gaps in nutritional adequacy of infant diets have likely been a characteristic of human diets since the agricultural revolution ∼10,000 y ago. 

Maternal knowledge of nutrition depends of knowledge-sharing efficacy -  They show that community health worker (CHW)–delivered behavior change communication (BCC) outcomes are conditional on both frontline workers’ knowledge and knowledge-sharing efficacy. Whereas most programs focus on content training to improve CHWs’ knowledge, it is also important to strengthen process training and support to foster knowledge-sharing efficacy.

Infant feeding is associated with adult cardiovascular disease - Age at introduction of solid foods was negatively associated with systolic and diastolic blood pressure at the age of 6 y. Compared with children who had ever been breast-fed, never-breast-fed children had a higher carotid-femoral PWV.

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