NICE produces new draft guidelines on caring for the dying
"England's health watchdog has put forward new draft guidance to improve the care of adults in their last few days of life," BBC News reports. The guidelines, produced by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), have been proposed as an alternative to the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway, which was phased out in 2014.   What was the Liverpool Care Pathway? The Liverpool Care Pathway was developed during the late 1990s at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, in conjunction with the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute. It was intended to provide the best quality of care possible fo...
Source: NHS News Feed - July 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: QA articles Source Type: news

Omega-3 fatty acids may help improve treatment and quality of life in cancer patients
(American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.)) Adding omega-3 fatty acids to anti-tumor medications may improve treatment response and quality of life for cancer patients according to a new study by researchers at the University Hospitals of Leicester in the United Kingdom. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - July 28, 2015 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Documentation of hospital patients' malnutrition helps maximize care and reimbursement
(American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.)) Nutrition support professionals who are well-versed in proper documentation of malnutrition diagnoses in hospital patients can help ensure that hospitals receive maximum funding for patient care according to a new review. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 12, 2015 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Nature’s Most Powerful Age Fighter?
When I lecture at anti-aging conferences around the world, I get a good sense of what the leading anti-aging physicians are thinking about. And I’m surprised by how many are still holding out hope for an anti-aging “drug.” But I’m not holding my breath. And even if the FDA approved a drug for aging, it would likely include a laundry list of side effects, and only affect a small range of age-related decline. I’ve always had more faith in nature. Many of the most powerful age fighters are naturally occurring, and they do a better job of supporting and lengthening your telomeres than any drug. Te...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - July 6, 2015 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Dr. Al Sears Tags: Anti-Aging Nutrition omega 3 telomere vitamin C Source Type: news

From Shame to Love: Self-Love in the Making
Today I had the most wonderful experience. I got to speak to the staff of Hopewell (hopewellrecovery.com), a program that offers extended care and transitional communities for individuals afflicted with substance abuse issues to help them build a foundation of recovery. Why was it so wonderful, you might ask? Many of the staff that work at Hopewell are individuals who have been through and are continuing through the recovery process themselves. Each person in the room not only wanted to learn more in order to help their clients, but they also wanted to enrich themselves, their own lives, to continue healing their own sto...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Intravenous nutrition source could reduce side effects of chemotherapy
(Carnegie Mellon University) A single dose of an FDA-approved intravenous nutrition source may be able to significantly reduce the toxicity and increase the bioavailability of platinum-based cancer drugs, according to a study by Carnegie Mellon University biologists published in Scientific Reports. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 3, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

What is the Epidemiology of SMA Syndrome?
Discussion Superior mesenteric artery syndrome (SMAS) is caused by the compression of the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) against the 3rd part of the duodenum creating a proximal intestinal obstruction. It is relatively rare and can be hard to distinguish from other causes of intestinal obstruction. Normally the SMA arises from the anterior aorta around the L1 vertebra. It extends anteriorly and caudally into the mesentery of the small bowel. The angle between the SMA and aorta is called the aortomesenteric angle and is usually 38-65°. The distance between the SMA and aorta is usually 10-20 mm. Within the aortomesent...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - June 1, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Sisters team up to fight rare genetic disorder: Boston Children’s leads LAL-D clinical trial
(L-R) Maureen and Lauren Walsh                                 Sisters Lauren and Maureen Walsh have smiles that light up a room and personalities to match. Though they have very different interests—Maureen, 14, is an avid dancer and member of a high school dance team, and Lauren, 11, is a defensive player on a co-ed hockey team, the duo share one important mission: to conquer the genetic liver disorder lysosomal acid lipase deficiency (or LAL-deficiency). In June 2012, the Walsh sisters were diagnosed with late-onset LAL-deficiency—a meta...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - May 12, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Maureen McCarthy Tags: All posts Diseases & conditions Our patients’ stories Source Type: news

Unexpected perforated bowel complication – Lauraine’s story
Years of bowel disease and endometriosis had left me with a very sticky, complex pelvis. I reached the age of 50 and an MRI indicated I had ovarian cancer. This proved to be incorrect but my consultant was becoming increasingly concerned at the state of my insides and how the suspect masses presented on ultrasound and MRI’s. So much so he recommended a complete hysterectomy as otherwise I would live with this uncertainty for ever. This was four years ago – I was warned the surgery would be complex owing to numerous operations for bowel disease and endometriosis but on the basis the scans was no longer reliable,...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 22, 2015 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Tags: Your Stories endometriosis perforated bowel Source Type: news

Unexpected perforated bowel complication – Lauraine ’ s story
Years of bowel disease and endometriosis had left me with a very sticky, complex pelvis. I reached the age of 50 and an MRI indicated I had ovarian cancer. This proved to be incorrect but my consultant was becoming increasingly concerned at the state of my insides and how the suspect masses presented on ultrasound and MRI’s. So much so he recommended a complete hysterectomy as otherwise I would live with this uncertainty for ever. This was four years ago – I was warned the surgery would be complex owing to numerous operations for bowel disease and endometriosis but on the basis the scans was no longer reliable,...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 22, 2015 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Health endometriosis perforated bowel Source Type: news

Unexpected perforated bowel complication – Lauraine ’ s story
Years of bowel disease and endometriosis had left me with a very sticky, complex pelvis. I reached the age of 50 and an MRI indicated I had ovarian cancer. This proved to be incorrect but my consultant was becoming increasingly concerned at the state of my insides and how the suspect masses presented on ultrasound and MRI’s. So much so he recommended a complete hysterectomy as otherwise I would live with this uncertainty for ever. This was four years ago – I was warned the surgery would be complex owing to numerous operations for bowel disease and endometriosis but on the basis the scans was no longer reliable,...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 22, 2015 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Health endometriosis perforated bowel Source Type: news

Catheter-related bloodstream infections examined in home parenteral nutrition patients
Catheter-related bloodstream infection is the most prevalent and severe complication for patients who receive parenteral nutrition therapy at home. A new study examined whether environmental factors have any influence on the amount of time before a first infection. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 7, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Standardization and simplification is key to helping NICU babies feed and grow
(Nationwide Children's Hospital) A new standardized approach for feeding infants in the neonatal intensive care unit helps babies attain full oral feeds sooner, improves their growth and sends them home sooner. The guidelines, developed by clinician-scientists and published in the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, also reduces the cost of care for these babies by shortening their stays in the NICU by as much as two weeks. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 2, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Inositol During Perinatal Transition
myo-Inositol (inositol) is a common micronutrient. Its content is high in breast milk, especially in colostrum. However, it is not included in parenteral nutrition of extremely preterm infants. On the basis of a meta-analysis of 2 trials, addition of inositol to parenteral nutrition or to enteral feeding decreased the risk of retinopathy of prematurity. During the presurfactant era, inositol additionally increased survival without serious pulmonary morbidity. Placenta is active in inositol synthesis, and the fetus reuses inositol secreted to amniotic fluid. As a result of loss of inositol to urine and inositol metabolism, ...
Source: NeoReviews recent issues - February 2, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Hallman, M. Tags: Pediatric Drug Labeling Update Articles Source Type: news

Poor vitamin D status linked to longer respiratory support in ICU patients, study finds
(American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.)) Vitamin D status may influence the duration of respiratory support needed for surgical intensive care patients, according to a new cohort study conducted by researchers at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 6, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news