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Discover the latest trends and advancements in nutrition and dietetics with insights into their impact on patient outcomes and dietetics practice. Stay up-to-date on hot topics in the field, gain valuable knowledge on consumer trends and explore the potential effects of emerging research in nutrition. Enhance your understanding of the evolving landscape of nutrition and dietetics for better-informed decision-making.

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Baby with eczema is higher risk for developing a food allergy.

Minimizing Risk of Food Allergy in Infants

According to data collected in 2021 by the CDC, almost 6% of children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with a food allergy, and the percentage increases with age. Although concerns still exist regarding the incidence of food allergies being on the rise, more promising research has been published in recent years focusing on their prevention.

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Different foods have a different glycemic index, indicating how fast the food affects your blood sugar.

A Primer on Glycemic Index

Interest in the glycemic index has increased over the years, as has the number of claims regarding its effectiveness, yet research evaluating its potential role in the prevention or treatment of certain health conditions is still evolving. Learn more, including how RDNs can translate the science when speaking to patients or clients.

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Female dietitian reviews x-rays and notes on nutrition for woman with lung cancer diagnosis.

Nutrition for People with Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the country and has been the leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide. This article details the different types of lung cancer, risk factors, dietary strategies and the role of registered dietitian nutritionists in treatment as part of the health care team.

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Is a Purine-Restricted Diet Still Recommended for Gout?

Many factors have been associated with increased risk of developing gout, including age, sex, genetics, medical conditions, overweight and obesity, severe illness or surgery, certain medications, and alcohol consumption. Although particular foods and dietary patterns have been shown to elevate serum levels of uric acid, recent research suggests genetics may play a more influential role in explaining variances in serum urate levels.

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Medical health care professional holding a diagram of the stomach to represent endoscopic bariatric therapies that can be performed for people with obesity.

Exploring Endoscopic Bariatric Therapies

As a less invasive treatment for weight loss, compared to other bariatric procedures, endoscopic bariatric therapies have continued to gain acceptance, especially for patients with obesity who are unable to lose weight or maintain it solely through lifestyle interventions or other methods. Learn how RDNs can support patients undergoing EBT.

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An assortment of grains, nuts and legumes, which research has indicated are high-nickel food sources, a consideration for people with a nickel allergy.

Diet in the Management of Nickel Allergy

Nickel is regarded as one of the most common causes of allergic contact dermatitis, an intensely itchy rash in response to prolonged and repeated contact with nickel in individuals who have a sensitivity to it. While recommendations for adults with nickel allergy may include managing symptoms by foregoing high-nickel food sources, a low-nickel diet is not currently recommended for children.

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Adjusted or Ideal Body Weight for Nutrition Assessment

Many of the resting metabolic rate, also known as RMR, equations that are used today by registered dietitian nutritionists are based on actual body weight. Learn about research evaluating the use of adjusted body weight and what to do if RMR can't be measured by indirect calorimetry.

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Measuring Growth for Children and Adolescents

In the pediatric population, both age and sex are important considerations since body composition changes as children grow and can differ depending on their sex and maturity. In the year 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published revised growth charts for "assessing the size and growth patterns of infants, children and adolescents" in the United States.

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Sesame, named the 9th major food allergen in the United States, comes in forms including oil, seeds and more.

Sesame: Ninth Major Food Allergen in U.S.

It is estimated that around 1 million Americans have a sesame allergy. Yet, until recently, sesame was not considered to be one of the major food allergens in the United States; labeling of sesame as an allergen on packaged food products was not required until 2023.

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 Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

After its use decreased in recent decades due to its high saturated fatty acid content, coconut oil has been making a comeback.

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 MNT for Pressure Ulcers

MNT for Pressure Ulcers

The recommendations relating to the Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers/Injuries: Clinical Practice Guideline have recently undergone their third revision by the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP), the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP), and the Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance (PPPIA).

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The Job You Didn't Know You Lost

Whether you are a student, newly minted RDN or NDTR or a seasoned pro, social media and online comments can have unintended consequences on your career. Check your digital footprint to avoid losing a future job or other opportunity (without even knowing it).

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Recovering from a Social Media Faux Pas

There is little benefit in deliberately provoking or dividing your community. Engaging in offensive or polarizing social media behavior can lead to significant losses, such as professional reputation and potential opportunities down the line. Nevertheless, we all make mistakes, and breaching the boundaries of online etiquette doesn't have to be an irreversible act.

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Managing Trolls on Online Forums

In folklore, trolls live under bridges and taunt passersby. Today, trolls are no less vile. Like everything else, however, they’ve gone digital, lurking online. Their goal isn’t engaging online communities; it’s enraging them. Here are some tips to manage trolls on online forums.

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Dietary Fiber

Dietary fiber is undoubtedly an essential part of a healthy eating plan, yet its effect as a nutrient has been somewhat elusive.

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Food Allergies and Best Practices for RDNs

RDNs can assist patients with food allergies by creating strategies to avoid allergens while focusing on the nutritional adequacy overall with label reading, safe and nutritious food substitution, dining out in restaurants, managing allergens in schools and preventing cross-contamination at home. 

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Understanding Histamine Intolerance

Each person's level of tolerance to histamine is unique and ever changing, so the approach to reduce dietary sources of histamine needs to be individualized for patients or clients with a suspected intolerance.

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Nutrients that Support Eye Health

Macular degeneration, also known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is one of the main reasons for vision loss in older adults and is the most common cause of legal blindness in the U.S. and other developed countries.

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Metrics for Assessing Abdominal Obesity

The ratio of weight to height is measured in body mass index (BMI) and is used to estimate adiposity, however it does not provide information on the distribution of body fat or a full picture on individual health risks.

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The Mediterranean Diet

The term "Mediterranean diet" can be used to describe the eating pattern of at least 16 countries that border the Mediterranean Sea, which presents some difficulty in characterizing a Mediterranean diet.

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PKU occurs when the body is deficient in the enzyme, phenylalanine hydroxylase, which converts the essential amino acid phenylalanine (Phe) to tyrosine.

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