Eating fish twice a week may reduce the risk of diabetic retinopathy, researchers reported in JAMA Ophthalmology. The study found 500 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acid daily, equal to two servings of fatty fish per week, reduced the risk of diabetic retinopathy by 48%, compared with lower amounts.
Becoming a forager is not difficult, but it is a good idea to get some advice from a local expert about which wild plants are safe and edible, said registered dietitian nutritionist Kristen Rasmussen Vasquez. Foragers should know local regulations on where foraging can be done and be environmentally responsible when hunting down edible plants, Vasquez said.
Dietitians find workarounds in the kitchen when they do not have the proper tools they need for cooking, substituting a tea kettle or a brick for a panini press, using a handful of parsley when a pastry brush is not available, and enlisting a wine bottle as a rolling pin. Registered dietitian Jackie Newgent has used dental floss to cut soft cheese and cake, and says sometimes that even works better.
Oral immunotherapy to counter peanut allergies in children may be more effective if done at a young age, even as early as 9 months, according to a study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Almost 80% of children who had the therapy were able to eat foods containing peanuts without having an allergic reaction, researchers said.
Twenty-four percent of student-athletes were obese, 20% were overweight and 14.8% had high blood pressure, rates similar to the general adolescent population, according to a study in The Journal of Pediatrics. The findings, based on more than 2,700 student-athletes in Philadelphia, also showed an association between body mass index and high blood pressure.
Swedish researchers reviewed data on 700 women ages 70 to 92 and found that those who took calcium supplements had twice the risk of developing dementia compared with those who did not. However, the findings, published in Neurology, showed the elevated risk was limited to those with a history of stroke or white matter lesions.
Former Olympic hopeful and professional runner Nnenna Lynch said she has scaled back her workout goals, finding an exercise routine that she can stick with that still keeps her fit. She says she now shares her message that it is OK to "set the bar low" and do less exercise but do it regularly.
"Team Up" workshops using peer mentoring and developed by University of Southern Mississippi researchers teach school nutrition directors about complying with federal regulations governing student meals. Registered dietitian Keith Rushing said school nutrition directors were surprised to discover their peers also faced challenges and were happy to have people who helped them move forward.