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Nutrition Notes, Sept, 2017 from Roc Nutrition Investigator

Happy September! Welcome to my many new readers. Reading accurate nutrition news regularly has been proven good for your health.  Congratulate yourself for taking time to improve your healthspan. This month is the Linus Pauling Meeting, best nutrition meeting in the world. Notes coming later this month.

Vaccine wars: debunking myths, owning real risks, and courting doubters. Vaccines save lives, but what is the most effective way to convince worried parents? Vaccines do not cause autism, do not contain mercury (thimerosal). A 2015 measles outbreak at Disneyland occurred in those not vaccinated. Science 356:364-373

Benefits of a healthy microbiome-avoid antibiotics and consume yogurt, high fiber and veggies. A higher abundance of butyrate-producing bacteria in the gut is associated with a lower risk of intestinal inflammation and gut barrier dysfunction, but also a lower risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Science 357: 548-9

Yogurt can protect the healthy elderly from respiratory infections A randomized controlled open label trial showed getting your daily swig of yogurt is really important to health.

As populations age, policies that lead to wider adoption of screening, assessment, and treatment of malnutrition will be important to improve health economic outcomes.

 Loss of muscle strength exerts a considerable impact on the quality of life and mortality of older adults. The present household survey study measured body composition and muscle strength with the aim of analyzing the roles of low lean mass, low muscle strength and obesity in stair negotiation ability and the effect of comorbidities on the relationship between body composition and functional capacity.  The roles of low lean mass, low muscle strength and obesity in stair negotiation ability were primary.

A supplement that combines antioxidants with zinc and copper, AREDS, is a relatively inexpensive and effective means of halting the progression of a certain type of degenerative eye disease, concludes research published online in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.

Identification of modifiable risk factors would improve the possibilities of preventing the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), Several risk factors have been linked to AMD, such as age (>60 years), lifestyle (smoking and diet), and family history. Treatment for atrophic AMD is mainly close observation, coupled with nutritional supplements such as zinc and antioxidants (AREDS)!

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