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Malnutrition is a condition which occurs when there is a deficiency of certain vital nutrients in a person’s diet. The deficiency fails to meet the demands of the body leading to effects on the growth, physical health, mood, behaviour and other functions of the body. Malnutrition commonly affects children and the elderly.
Levodopa dose linked to malnutrition risk in Parkinson’s disease

Levodopa dose linked to malnutrition risk in Parkinson’s disease

The malnutrition often seen in patients with Parkinson’s disease could be partly an effect of levodopa medication, research suggests. [More]
Nursing home chain agrees to pay $38M to settle government poor care claims

Nursing home chain agrees to pay $38M to settle government poor care claims

Extendicare, which owns 150 nursing homes in 11 states and denied any wrongdoing, was accused of inappropriate billing and providing inadequate care. [More]
Sanitation programme in India increases latrine coverage, not health

Sanitation programme in India increases latrine coverage, not health

A sanitation programme currently being widely implemented in low-income communities in India significantly increases latrine coverage but does not actually improve health, a study involving 100 rural villages, published in The Lancet Global Health has found. [More]
European experts publish common vision of priorities for marine research

European experts publish common vision of priorities for marine research

Some 340 European scientists, policy-makers and other experts representing 143 organizations from 31 countries spoke with one voice today, publishing a common vision of today's most pressing marine-related health and economic threats and opportunities. [More]
New partners join Grand Challenges Canada to help protect early brain development

New partners join Grand Challenges Canada to help protect early brain development

Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, today welcomed three new partners to the Saving Brains Grand Challenge: Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Norlien Foundation and World Vision Canada. These organizations strengthen the existing partnership with the Bernard van Leer Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal Foundation. [More]
Researchers encourage efforts that benefit public health and environment

Researchers encourage efforts that benefit public health and environment

The number of extremely hot days in Eastern and Midwestern U.S. cities is projected to triple by mid-century, according to a new study led by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers and published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. [More]
State highlights: Medicaid bankruptcy ruling could save some nursing homes; high HIV rates in Southern states

State highlights: Medicaid bankruptcy ruling could save some nursing homes; high HIV rates in Southern states

A federal judge's recent ruling blocking Medicaid officials from cutting off a struggling nursing home could help troubled health care facilities survive using bankruptcy, according to restructuring professionals. [More]
High impact health interventions reduce maternal and child mortality in poor countries

High impact health interventions reduce maternal and child mortality in poor countries

New studies have uncovered the specific interventions and advances that have led to the success with these at-risk populations in the poorest countries. [More]
Researchers hope to find new ways to combat age-related diseases

Researchers hope to find new ways to combat age-related diseases

Through the study of the roundworm, Caenorhabditis elegans, the team led by Hugo Aguilaniu has discovered a hormone that enhances longevity and reduces fertility, thus reproducing the effects of an extreme diet. [More]
New blood test provides fast, accurate diagnosis of tuberculosis in children

New blood test provides fast, accurate diagnosis of tuberculosis in children

A new blood test provides a fast and accurate tool to diagnose tuberculosis in children, a new proof-of-concept study shows. The newly developed test (TAM-TB assay) is the first reliable immunodiagnostic assay to detect active tuberculosis in children. [More]
TWi Pharmaceuticals obtains final approval from FDA for megestrol acetate 125mg/ml oral suspension

TWi Pharmaceuticals obtains final approval from FDA for megestrol acetate 125mg/ml oral suspension

TWi Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that it has received final approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration on its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for megestrol acetate 125mg/ml oral suspension, the generic equivalent to Par Pharmaceutical's Megace ES. [More]
Experts call for action to prevent health risks associated with climate change

Experts call for action to prevent health risks associated with climate change

Previously unrecognized health benefits could be realized from fast action to reduce climate change and its consequences. For example, changes in energy and transport policies could save millions of lives annually from diseases caused by high levels of air pollution. The right energy and transport policies could also reduce the burden of disease associated with physical inactivity and traffic injury. [More]
Reduce inflammatory reaction by losing weight, says researcher

Reduce inflammatory reaction by losing weight, says researcher

Researchers have found a possible molecular explanation for why overweight is harmful. This new knowledge may provide new drugs for heart attack, stroke, cancer and chronic intestinal inflammation. [More]
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics creates new online program to improve quality care for patients

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics creates new online program to improve quality care for patients

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has created a unique web application platform with tools to help registered dietitian nutritionists provide the highest-quality care for patients and clients, track outcomes of their interventions, conduct research in important areas of nutrition science and contribute to a national quality registry. [More]
More than ½ of emergency department patients age 65 and older are malnourished

More than ½ of emergency department patients age 65 and older are malnourished

More than half of emergency department patients age 65 and older who were seen at UNC Hospitals during an 8-week period were either malnourished or at risk for malnutrition. [More]
Researchers examine why older adults are at risk for malnutrition

Researchers examine why older adults are at risk for malnutrition

More than half of older adults who visit emergency departments are either malnourished or at risk for malnutrition, but not because of lack of access to health care, critical illness or dementia. [More]

New tool helps to detect nutritional issues in pediatric inpatients

Pediatric inpatients with poor nutrition are at greater risk for problems with their immune systems, physical and cognitive development, and clinical outcomes. [More]
Nutrition support protocol effective in increasing nutrients provided to critically ill patients

Nutrition support protocol effective in increasing nutrients provided to critically ill patients

Varying practices and frequent lapses in nutrition delivery can put critically ill patients at greater risk for malnutrition and associated complications, according to an article in the August issue of Critical Care Nurse (CCN). [More]
ESPGHAN statement provides essential technique for kids with feeding and nutrition problems

ESPGHAN statement provides essential technique for kids with feeding and nutrition problems

Placement of a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube has become an "essential" technique for children and young people with a wide range of problems with feeding and nutrition, according to a position statement in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, official journal of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) and the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. [More]
‘No convincing evidence’ for zinc supplements to prevent otitis media

‘No convincing evidence’ for zinc supplements to prevent otitis media

There is no convincing evidence that zinc supplements reduce the risk of otitis media in children or adults, say the authors of an updated Cochrane review. [More]