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Jef L Leroy, Deanna Olney, Marie Ruel
Background: Food-assisted maternal and child health and nutrition (FA-MCHN) programs are widely used to address undernutrition, but little is known about their effectiveness in improving child linear growth. Objective: We assessed the impact of Burundi's Tubaramure FA-MCHN program on linear growth. The program targeted women and their children during the first 1000 d and included 1) food rations, 2) strengthening of health services and promotion of their use, and 3) behavior change communication (BCC)...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Nutrition
Ileana-Andreea Ratiu, Hossam Al-Suod, Magdalena Ligor, Tomasz Ligor, Viorica Railean-Plugaru, Bogusław Buszewski
Cyclitols are phytochemicals naturally occurring in plant material which attracted an increasing interest due to multiple medicinal attributes, amongst the most important are the anti-diabetic, antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Due to their valuable properties, sugars are used in food industry as sweeteners, preservatives, texture modifiers, fermentation substrates, flavoring and coloring agents. In this study we report for the first time the quantitative analysis of sugars and cyclitols isolated from Solidago virgaurea L...
March 15, 2018: Electrophoresis
Maria L Alva
This paper selectively reviews the economic research on individual (i.e., diabetes prevention programs and financial rewards for weight loss) and population-wide based diabetes prevention interventions (such as food taxes, nutritional labeling, and worksite wellness programs) that demonstrate a direct reduction in diabetes incidence or improvements in diabetes risk factors such as weight, glucose or glycated hemoglobin. The paper suggests a framework to guide decision makers on how to use the available evidence to determine the optimal allocation of resources across population-wide and individual-based interventions...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Hung-Hao Chang, Kannika Saeliw
OBJECTIVES: This study investigates the association between eating out and depressive symptoms among elderly people. Potential mediators that may link to elderly eating out and depressive symptoms are also discussed. METHODS: A unique dataset of 1,184 individuals aged 65 and older was drawn from the National Health and Nutrition Survey in 2008 in Taiwan. A bivariate probit model and an instrumental variable probit model were estimated to account for correlated, unmeasured factors that may be associated with both the decision and frequency of eating out and depressive symptoms in the elderly...
June 2017: Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics
D Marshall Brinkley, David DeNofrio, Robin Ruthazer, Amanda R Vest, Navin K Kapur, Gregory S Couper, Michael S Kiernan
BACKGROUND: Since Food and Drug Administration's approval of the HeartMate II left ventricular assist device (LVAD) as destination therapy, the number of hospitals offering LVAD therapy has grown rapidly. A rising number are performed at centers without internal transplant programs. We sought to determine whether outcomes after destination therapy LVAD implantation are similar at transplant and nontransplant centers. METHODS AND RESULTS: Adult recipients of a primary, continuous-flow LVAD as destination therapy between January 2012 and March 2014 from the Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support were included...
March 2018: Circulation. Heart Failure
Wendi Gosliner, Daniel M Brown, Betty C Sun, Gail Woodward-Lopez, Patricia B Crawford
OBJECTIVE: To assess produce availability, quality and price in a large sample of food stores in low-income neighbourhoods in California. DESIGN: Cross-sectional statewide survey. SETTING: Between 2011 and 2015, local health departments assessed store type, WIC (Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children)/SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) participation, produce availability, quality and price of selected items in stores in low-income neighbourhoods...
March 15, 2018: Public Health Nutrition
Garrett T Prince, Michael C Cameron, Ramin Fathi, Theodore Alkousakis
INTRODUCTION: 5-fluorouracil has proven to be an effective therapy in the treatment of a variety of dermatologic conditions. Approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for the topical treatment of actinic keratoses and superficial basal cell carcinoma, 5-fluorouracil has also demonstrated efficacy in the treatment of a variety of other dermatologic diseases. While best known for its use as a topical medication, 5-fluorouracil can also be delivered intralesionally for the treatment of dermatologic disease...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
Carl Joakim Brandt, Jane Clemensen, Jesper Bo Nielsen, Jens Søndergaard
OBJECTIVES: Assisting patients in lifestyle change using collaborative e-health tools can be an efficient treatment for non-communicable diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic obstructive lung disease that are caused or aggravated by unhealthy living in the form of unhealthy diet, physical inactivity or tobacco smoking. In a prospective pilot study, we tested an online collaborative e-health tool in general practice. The aim of this study was to identify drivers of importance for long-term personal lifestyle changes from a patient perspective when using a collaborative e-health tool, including the support of peers and healthcare professionals...
March 12, 2018: BMJ Open
Zuzana Tulpová, Ming-Cheng Luo, Helena Toegelová, Paul Visendi, Satomi Hayashi, Petr Vojta, Etienne Paux, Andrzej Kilian, Michaël Abrouk, Jan Bartoš, Marián Hajdúch, Jacqueline Batley, David Edwards, Jaroslav Doležel, Hana Šimková
Bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) is a staple food for a significant part of the world's population. The growing demand on its production can be satisfied by improving yield and resistance to biotic and abiotic stress. Knowledge of the genome sequence would aid in discovering genes and QTLs underlying these traits and provide a basis for genomics-assisted breeding. Physical maps and BAC clones associated with them have been valuable resources from which to generate a reference genome of bread wheat and to assist map-based gene cloning...
March 8, 2018: New Biotechnology
Maria Aponte, Francesca Ungaro, Ivana d'Angelo, Carmen De Caro, Roberto Russo, Giuseppe Blaiotta, Fabrizio Dal Piaz, Antonio Calignano, Agnese Miro
This study reports novel food-grade granules for co-delivery of L. plantarum 299v and a standardized extract of Olea europaea leaves (Phenolea®) as oral carrier of probiotics and hydroxytyrosol. Different granule formulations containing either L. plantarum 299v (Lac), or the olive leave extract (Phe) or their combination (Lac-Phe) have been successfully produced through wet granulation employing excipients generally regarded as safe as granulating/binding agents. L. plantarum cells withstood the manufacturing process and were stable upon storage at 4°C for more than 6 months...
March 8, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Abrar Essarras, Marco Pazzi, Ian R Dadour, Paola A Magni
Entomotoxicology involves the analysis of the presence and the effects of toxicological substances in necrophagous insects. Results obtained by entomotoxicological studies may assist in the investigation of both the causes and the time of death of humans and animals. Ethylene glycol (EG) is easy to purchase, sweet and extremely toxic. It may be consumed accidentally or purposefully, in an attempt to cause death for suicidal or homicidal intent. Several cases report fatalities of humans and animals. The present study is the first to examine the effects of EG on the survival, developmental rate and morphology of two blowfly species, (Diptera: Calliphoridae) typically found on corpses and carcasses: Lucilia sericata (Meigen) and L...
March 2018: Science & Justice: Journal of the Forensic Science Society
Jasmin S Hanke, Günes Dogan, Amelie Zoch, Marcel Ricklefs, Leonhard Wert, Christina Feldmann, Christoph Bara, Malakh Shrestha, Jochen Tillmanns, Tibor Kempf, Johann Bauersachs, Axel Haverich, Jan D Schmitto
BACKGROUND: The HeartMate 3 (HM3; Abbott Laboratories, Lake Forest, Ill) left ventricular assist device (LVAD) received its Conformité Européenne mark for Europe in October 2015 and is currently under investigation of the Food and Drug Administration to gain approval in the United States. Within this study, we present the first real-world experiences, 1-year outcomes, and adverse events of a single-center cohort treated with the HM3. METHODS: We prospectively studied midterm results of 27 consecutive patients receiving the HM3 at a single institution...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Eugene Wickett, André Peralta-Santos, Jason Beste, Mary Micikas, Foriest Toe, Julia Rogers, Lassana Jabateh, Bradley H Wagenaar
OBJECTIVES: In June 2015, Partners in Health (PIH) and the Liberian Ministry of Health began a community health worker (CHW) program containing food support, reimbursement of transport and social assistance to address gaps in tuberculosis (TB) treatment exacerbated by the 2014-2015 Ebola-virus disease (EVD) epidemic. The purpose of this article is to analyze the performance of routine clinical TB care and the effects of this CHW program. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study utilizing data from TB patient registers at a census of all health facilities treating TB in southeastern Liberia from January 2015 - April 2017...
March 9, 2018: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
Maria Dian Pratiwi Masli, Barbara A Rasco, Girish M Ganjyal
A wide range of fiber-rich food processing byproducts from various sources have been proposed as value-added ingredients for producing healthier food products. Characterizing their composition and physicochemical properties is crucial to understand their potential uses. Eight fiber-rich byproducts from different sources were fractionated into 2 different particle-size ranges. Different (P ≤ 0.05) proximate composition and physicochemical properties (pasting properties, water-binding capacity, and oil-binding capacity) were exhibited by them...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Food Science
Anita H Clayton, Sheryl A Kingsberg, Irwin Goldstein
INTRODUCTION: Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) often has a negative impact on the health and quality of life of women; however, many women do not mention-let alone discuss-this issue with their physicians. Providers of gynecologic services have the opportunity to address this subject with their patients. AIM: To review the diagnosis and evidence-based treatment of low sexual desire in women with a focus on strategies that can be used efficiently and effectively in the clinic...
March 6, 2018: Sexual Medicine
Shinyoung Jun, Sowmyanarayanan V Thuppal, Melissa K Maulding, Heather A Eicher-Miller, Dennis A Savaiano, Regan L Bailey
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) program aims to improve nutritional intakes of low-income individuals (<185% poverty threshold). The objective of this study was to describe the compliance with Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) recommendations for fruits, vegetables, and whole grains among SNAP-Ed eligible ( n = 3142) and ineligible ( n = 3168) adult women (19-70 years) nationwide and SNAP-Ed participating women in Indiana ( n = 2623), using the NHANES 2007-2012 and Indiana SNAP-Ed survey data, respectively...
March 8, 2018: Nutrients
Andrés J Cortés, Matthew W Blair
Drought will reduce global crop production by >10% in 2050 substantially worsening global malnutrition. Breeding for resistance to drought will require accessing crop genetic diversity found in the wild accessions from the driest high stress ecosystems. Genome-environment associations (GEA) in crop wild relatives reveal natural adaptation, and therefore can be used to identify adaptive variation. We explored this approach in the food crop Phaseolus vulgaris L., characterizing 86 geo-referenced wild accessions using genotyping by sequencing (GBS) to discover single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Ana Beatriz Pinto de Almeida Vasconcellos, Leides Barroso Azevedo de Moura
The aim of this study was to analyze the situation with the decentralization of the Brazilian National System of Food and Nutritional Security (SISAN), created in 2006 under the Brazilian National Food and Nutritional Security Act (LOSAN). Based on the criteria for joining SISAN, as set out in Decree 7,272 of August 25, 2010, the authors analyzed data from the basic information surveys of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, 2014 (Estadic e Munic/2014). The results show that decentralization of SISAN is still incipient at the municipal level, although all the states of Brazil have already joined the system...
March 1, 2018: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Yuliana Rosas Hernández, Luz Arcelia García Serrano, Daniel Tapia Maruri, Antonio Ruperto Jiménez Aparicio, Brenda Hildeliza Camacho Díaz, Martha Lucia Arenas-Ocampo
About 150 species of Agave genus exist in Mexico, including Agave angustifolia Haw, which is used mainly in the agroindustry for producing alcoholic beverages such as mescal, and for obtaining fructan macromolecules (agavin), during the manufacturing process, a by-product, known as bagasse, is formed. Oaxaca's mescal industry produces about 122,696 tons per year of bagasse (Martinez et al, 2013), likewise, this by-product is also formed in a process where macromolecules are obtained in the Center for Development of Biotic Products-IPN (Centro de Desarrollo de Productos Bioticos-IPN (CeProBi-IPN)) (Patent No...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Ming Gao, Jun Wang, Xiukai Song, Xin He, Randy A Dahlgren, Zhenzhong Zhang, Shaoguo Ru, Xuedong Wang
This study developed a new effervescence-assisted switchable fatty acid-based microextraction combined with solidification of a floating organic-droplet (EA-SFAM-SFO) for simple and rapid determination of fluoroquinolones and tetracyclines in seawater, sediment, and seafood. Five medium-chain fatty acids (pentanoic acid, hexanoic acid, heptanoic acid, octanoic acid, and nonanoic acid) were tested as an extraction solvent, given their ability to change between hydrophobic and hydrophilic forms by pH adjustment...
March 6, 2018: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
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