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2012-09-19 11:46:03

Providing energy dense food supplements within a general household food distribution has little effect on the weight of children at risk of malnutrition Giving energy dense food supplements– Ready-to-Use Supplementary Food (RUSF), a lipid-based nutrient supplement–to young children in addition to a general food distribution in a country with food shortages (Chad) did not reduce levels of wasting (low weight for height, a sign of acute undernutrition) but slightly increased...

2011-11-15 09:41:46

Scientist identify signaling system in the brain responsible for involuntary loss of muscle mass; drugs that regulate this system are already in development Patients with cancer, heart disease and other chronic illness struggle not only with complications inherent to their disease, they also experience an involuntary loss of weight and muscle mass triggered by the body's natural response to infection and inflammation. Increasing nutrition intake does not mitigate the process and there is...

2011-03-09 13:12:02

Economic growth in India has no automatic connection to reducing undernutrition in Indian children and so further reductions in the prevalence of childhood undernutrition are likely to depend on direct investments in health and health-related programs. These are the conclusions of a large study by researchers at the Schools of Public Health at University of Michigan and Harvard University, that is published in this week's PLoS Medicine. Malavika Subramanyam, S V Subramanian and colleagues...

2010-11-01 21:20:26

Generations of Moms and Grandmas have preached the virtues of not wasting food. Now scientists are reporting a compelling new reason to follow this advice: It could save enormous amounts of energy, according to the latest episode in the American Chemical Society's (ACS) award-winning podcast series, "Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions." They say that the United States could immediately save the energy equivalent of about 350 million barrels of oil a year "” without spending a penny...

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2009-01-21 16:28:28

Saint Louis University doctor helps draft new guidelines for wasting disease Doctors are not doing enough to pick up on problems with excessive weight loss, says a Saint Louis University physician who helped draft recent guidelines to diagnose the condition called "cachexia" (kuh-kex-ee-uh). "In sick people, weight loss is an important indicator of disease and potentially impending death," said John Morley, M.D., an endocrinologist and director of the division of geriatric medicine at Saint...

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2009-01-21 13:10:27

Children in Niger who received daily nutritional supplements for three months lost less weight and displayed a decreased risk of muscle deterioration, researchers reported on Wednesday. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, followed 3,533 children aged 6 to 60 months from 12 villages in Maradi, Niger. Muscle wasting affects about 10 percent of children under 5 years old and contributes to the onset of disease, said researchers at the Harvard School of...

2009-01-21 09:00:05

Children in Niger who received a daily nutritional supplement for three months had a lower rate of weight loss and a reduced risk of wasting compared to children who did not receive the supplementation, according to a study in the January 21 issue of JAMA.Wasting (defined as a certain deviation that a child's weight is from the median [midpoint] weight of a child of the same height in a reference group) is characterized by the loss of weight and muscle mass. It affects approximately 10...

2005-11-14 12:31:52

A new study provides important insight into the mechanisms of a muscle wasting disorder that interferes with treatment for cancer and has a negative impact on patient survival. The research, published in the November issue of Cancer Cell, describes an unexpected link between muscular dystrophy and muscle wasting associated with cancer, and suggests a potential strategy for development of therapies to combat cancer-associated muscle wasting. Muscle wasting, or cachexia, is a severe and...

2005-08-03 14:17:06

Even though severe malnutrition is a major cause of death among many hospitalized children in sub-Saharan Africa, the current recommended assessment method using weight for height to determine if a child is malnourished is not always feasible in these clinical settings. In this study, researchers evaluated an assessment using mid upper arm circumference (MUAC) and the clinical sign "visible severe wasting" to predict the probability of death among malnourished children at a district hospital...