Weight loss surgery 'not a quick fix' for good health
ConclusionThis study provides some tentative evidence that adding a six-month exercise programme shortly after people have weight loss surgery might lead to more improvements in insulin sensitivity compared with a six-month-long educational programme.However, the picture is muddied by the fact quite a few people dropped out or did not adhere to the exercise programme fully. It seemed that if people were able to stick to the exercise programme, it was more beneficial than no exercise. This might seem obvious, but if this programme was introduced more widely, you might expect a similar proportion of people not to complete it...
Source: NHS News Feed - December 2, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Food/diet Lifestyle/exercise Obesity Source Type: news

Early Enteral Feeding Safe in Critically Ill PatientsEarly Enteral Feeding Safe in Critically Ill Patients
Dr Albert Lowenfels reports on a large study indicating that early enteral feeding does not affect mortality in critically ill patients and may be preferable to parenteral feeding. Medscape General Surgery (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 10, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: General Surgery Viewpoint Source Type: news

Death And Dying Debate: 5 Things Brittany Maynard's Example Teaches Us
WASHINGTON (RNS) Brittany Maynard’s decision to die soon by a legal, lethal prescription, rather than let a brain tumor kill her, has provoked a national conversation and debate about end-of-life decisions. In a new video, released Wednesday, she says she feels herself getting sicker by the day. But since she still feels joy in living, she’ll postpone her day of death past the date originally announced — Saturday (Nov. 1). Maynard, 29, has inspired raging arguments about the values, even about the vocabulary, underlying the choices we make about our last days. Her goal, she still says, is to “influence this polic...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 2, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Overcoming Cancer Consent
Part I: Non-Consensual Cancer Growing up, one of my heroes was Sir Ernest Shackleton. He was a polar explorer at the turn of the century who led an expedition straight south to explore Antarctica in his ship, aptly named The Endurance, with a motley crew of burly Englishmen wrapped in layers of wool, icicles hanging from their thick beards. After their ship was stuck in ice and capsized, Shackleton had to abandon his exploration mission and lead his crew through the harsh Antarctic conditions to safety. To his men, Shackleton was a true leader, heroic, humble and selfless. I have not thought much about Shackleton since t...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 31, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Slow enteral feeding protocol can reduce instances of death in extreme preterm infants
(American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.)) A standardized slow enteral feeding protocol significantly reduces the incidence of necrotizing enterocoltis, or death of intestinal tissue, and death in infants with extremely low birth weight, according to a new study. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 14, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

What to expect at Clinical Nutrition Week 2015
(American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.)) On Saturday, February 14, 2015, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition kicks-off Clinical Nutrition Week 2015 in Long Beach, CA, at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 14, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Gastrostomy tube not advised for advanced dementia or other near end-of-life patients
(American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.)) Based on current scientific literature, gastrostomy tube placement or other long-term enteral access devices should be withheld or withdrawn in patients with advanced dementia or other near end-of-life conditions, according to a special report published today in the OnlineFirst version of Nutrition in Clinical Practice, the official journal of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 7, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

ISPE Set To Address Drug Shortages At Annual Meeting
Drug shortages continue to plague the pharmaceutical industry. According to a GAO report on shortages, dated February 2014, the number of shortages continues to increase in the U.S., as well as around the world. In 2007 there were 154 shortages, 114 new shortages and 40 ongoing from a prior year. In 2012, there were 456 shortages, 195 news ones and 261 ongoing. As of June 30, 2013, there were already 73 new shortages and 288 ongoing. The public health importance of these shortages cannot be overemphasized. Shortage situations have included zinc for parenteral nutrition in neonates and premature infants, doxorubicin for ov...
Source: Pharmaceutical Online News - October 6, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Intestinal failure, associated liver disease: New position paper
Children who require long-term parenteral nutrition are at risk of a potentially devastating complication called intestinal failure-associated liver disease (IAFLD). The diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of IAFLD are discussed in a new position paper. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - October 3, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Intestinal failure-associated liver disease -- new position paper in Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
(Wolters Kluwer Health) Children who require long-term parenteral nutrition are at risk of a potentially devastating complication called intestinal failure-associated liver disease (IAFLD). The diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of IAFLD are discussed in a new position paper in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, official journal of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. (Source: E...
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 3, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Change in tube feeding practice improves nutrition for ICU patients, audit finds
(American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.)) While the importance of enteral nutrition, or feeding patients through a tube, in an intensive care unit is well understood, underfeeding is still common. A practice of a certain amount of feeding per hour can be interrupted by tests, procedures, or emergencies. Changing to a volume-based system, which calls for a certain nutrition volume per day, could reduce underfeeding. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 26, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

New hospital screening tool helps find children at nutritional risk easier, study finds
(American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.)) While hospitals do not commonly screen children for nutrition, a new tool developed in Australia could change that. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 5, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Nutrition screenings should be regular part of geriatric health assessment
(American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.)) As older adults typically have one or more chronic health conditions that can affect dietary intake, malnutrition has been identified as a serious problem in older adults. This has given rise to the recommendation that nutrition screenings be a mandatory part of the comprehensive geriatric analysis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 3, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Prolonged use of stomach feeding tubes in children may increase risk of stomach fistulas
(American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.)) Pediatric patients with intestinal failure often need gastrostomy tubes, or feeding tubes inserted into an opening created in the stomach, for long-term nutrition. The use of such tubes can lead to persistent gastrocutaneous fistulae, or the failure of the opening to close on its own, resulting in a need for surgical closure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 3, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Malnutrition screening of hospital patients common but hospitals failing on nutrition care
(American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.)) A new study gives hospitals overall good marks for conducting nutrition screenings within 24 hours of a patient's admission, but finds that many need to improve other practices to be more effective. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 3, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news