WHAT IS ALL THE FUSS ABOUT THE GUT MICROBIOME AND 2′ ‐FL?

This article from Dr Akshay Batra, MBBS, MD, MRCPCH, highlights the impact of human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) on the microbiome and their synergistic relationship; explains the diversity of probiotics in the infant microbiome; and discusses the current research regarding reduction in infant mortality and morbidities.

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ELIMINATING PEDIATRIC MALNUTRITION: A CALL FOR UNIVERSAL SCREENING

Childhood malnutrition remains far too common around the world – nearly 150 million children under 5 are stunted and 50 million are wasted. Currently there’s no universal malnutrition screening tool used, and occasional growth screenings may not catch nutrient deficiencies until a child is already malnourished. 

In this article, clinicians and experts at Abbott have proposed a stepwise strategy to help end childhood malnutrition. 

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NUTRITION PROGRAMS FUEL THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF OLDER AMERICANS

The blog Nutrition Programs Fuel the Health and Well-being of Older Americans, for the American Society on Aging, describes the importance of food access and how the COVID-19 pandemic increased the burden of food insecurity among older adults, as well as further-exacerbated inequities that existed before COVID-19. 

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FAST COMPANY RECOGNIZES THE MID-UPPER ARM CIRCUMFERENCE (MUAC) Z-SCORE TAPE AS A WORLD-CHANGING IDEA

Fast Company has recognized the MUAC z-score tape—a simple, inexpensive, paper-based device that helps identify the risk of malnutrition in children—as one of the World Changing Ideas in Wellness and Developing Nation Technologies for 2021. This recognition indicates that the world’s best ideas produce solutions that address global challenges and provide access to the people who need them.  

ANHI has a host of educational resources to help healthcare professionals learn more about the tool, why it's important, and how to use it. 

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MALNUTRITION QUALITY IMPROVEMENT INITIATIVE (MQII) UPDATED RESOURCES

The MQii has redesigned its toolkit and website for easy use and stronger alignment with the nutrition care process. The new toolkit and website provide implementation-ready resources to help establish quality improvement projects, design data collection tools, and document malnutrition-related evidence.  

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NEW MALNUTRITION QUALITY MEASURE HELPS BETTER QUANTIFY NUTRITION CARE

Inclusion of a new Global Malnutrition Composite Score measure into a CMS hospital quality reporting program would provide valuable information to providers, patients/families, and federal stakeholders about nationwide performance on nutrition care practice standards. This American Society on Aging blog from Angel F Valladares of Avalere Health, provides an overview of the Composite Score measure.

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PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND GOOD NUTRITION IMPORTANT FOR VACCINE RESPONSE

This International Council on Active Aging blog describes how lifestyle factors such as exercise and improved diet positively affect the aging of the immune system and can be important to support vaccine effectiveness.

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IDEAS FOR FORTIFYING THE FEDERAL AGENDA FOR OLDER ADULT NUTRITION

A comprehensive federal agenda for older adult nutrition is needed to impact nutrition security and malnutrition risk for older adults. In this American Society on Aging blog, Meredith Ponder Whitmire from Defeat Malnutrition Today outlines the details.

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POSTOPERATIVE UTILIZATION OF ORAL NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS IN SURGICAL PATIENTS IN US HOSPITALS

In this ASPEN podcast, Kelly Tappenden, PhD, RD, interviews Paul Wischmeyer, MD, EDIC, FASPEN, FCCM, on an article titled, “Postoperative Utilization of Oral Nutritional Supplements in Surgical Patients in US Hospitals,” published in the March 2021 issue of JPEN.

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PERSPECTIVES OF REGISTERED DIETITIAN NUTRITIONISTS ON ADOPTION OF TELEHEALTH FOR NUTRITION CARE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Telehealth technology use has grown exponentially as the COVID-19 pandemic has strained medical resources and challenged hospitals to prevent further infection spread. This article in Healthcare reports the survey results of registered dietitian nutritionists’ (RDNs) views on trends in telehealth nutrition care before and during the pandemic. The RDNs were from hospitals participating in the Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative (MQii).

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HOW NUTRITION SUPPORTS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

Good nutrition is critical to support a healthy immune system. Watch this Abbott video to learn more about the seven essential nutrients known to support immune health.

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US HEALTHY PEOPLE 2030 INCLUDES GOALS FOR OLDER ADULTS

The recently released US Healthy People 2030 report sets data-driven national objectives to improve health/well-being over the next decade and has an increased focus on the social determinants of health. This International Council on Active Aging blog identifies the specific Healthy People 2030 objectives for older adults that target preventive care linked to physical inactivity as well as to malnutrition.

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GOOD NUTRITION MAY HELP SUPPORT COVID-19 VACCINE RESPONSE IN OLDER ADULTS

Nutrition is an important factor for vaccine effectiveness. This article, written by Mary Beth Arensberg, PhD, RDN, LDN, FAND, for the American Society on Aging blog, outlines how nutrition can impact immunosenescence and key reasons to continue to focus on older adult nutrition.

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