May 7, 2021
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Healthy Start
A study in the journal Gut found that adult women who drank two or more sugar-sweetened beverages daily had two times higher odds of being diagnosed with bowel cancer, compared with those who drank less than one sugar-sweetened beverage per week. The researchers also found that replacing sugar-sweetened beverages with artificially sweetened ones, coffee, or semi-skimmed or whole milk was linked with 17% to 36% decreased odds of bowel cancer before age 50.
Full Story: Medical Dialogues (5/6) 
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Explore New Mediterranean Diet Research
During Mediterranean Diet Month, get up-to-speed on the latest research investigating beef's role in a healthy and balanced Mediterranean-style dietary pattern. Learn More!
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Dietary Health
Registered dietitian nutritionist Lee Cotton said folate, a water-soluble B vitamin, serves a lot of purpose in the body, such as repairing cell's DNA, maintaining optimal nervous system function, supporting the immune system, producing energy and protecting against cancer. Registered dietitian Lee Crosby believes that most people who follow a vegan diet could get a sufficient amount of folate from eating whole plant foods, and women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant should consider folic acid from a supplement.
Full Story: The Beet (5/5) 
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A common misconception is that fats in foods are unhealthful, but the body actually requires fat to achieve and maintain satiety and protect the heart, writes registered dietitian Carolyn Williams, who also mentions there are healthful fats such as unsaturated fats that could help boost heart and overall health. A way to add healthful fat to the diet is to use oil-based dressing in salads and eat more fish, nuts and dairy products that are higher in fat.
Full Story: Cooking Light online (5/3) 
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Science & Research
Researchers studied 306 youths ages 14 to 18 who were hospitalized and found that the most commonly reported substances used were alcohol, marijuana and electronic cigarettes. The findings in Pediatrics also showed that less than half of adolescent substance use was documented in the EHR.
Full Story: 2 Minute Medicine (5/6) 
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A systematic review and meta-analysis in Sleep Medicine Reviews found risk for type 2 diabetes and hypertension was higher among people who experience both insomnia and short sleep disorder -- or having less than six hours of sleep -- compared with those who experience insomnia but not short sleep disorder. The study also found no difference in body mass index among individuals who experienced short sleep disorder, regardless of whether they have insomnia or not.
Full Story: Endocrinology Advisor (5/6) 
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Here are this week's links to emerging research, briefs, systematic reviews and case studies from publications focusing on the science of food, nutrition and dietetics.
Prevention & Well-Being
Heterologous vaccination, or administering different types of COVID-19 vaccine for prime and booster shots, may confer stronger protection than two doses of the same vaccine and solve some logistical problems, says Helen Fletcher, a professor of immunology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Regulatory policy and business strategy are likely barriers to the practice, says Stanford University professor Bali Pulendran, but at least one company is developing a heterologous pair of vaccines.
Full Story: National Public Radio (5/5) 
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Caregiver endorsement of positive adjustment characteristics was significantly lower and their endorsement of child mental health concerns was significantly higher after the end of in-person instruction due to COVID-19, compared with before the closure, researchers reported in JAMA Network Open. The findings were based on a survey of 32,217 caregivers on behalf of 49,397 children from prekindergarten to 12th grade.
Full Story: Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (5/5) 
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Foodservice Management
Houston honors city's school nutrition heroes
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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner signed a proclamation declaring Friday as Houston Independent School District's National School Lunch Hero Day, which also is the nationwide appreciation day. The district's nutrition officer, Betti Wiggins, said the city relied on school nutrition professionals who worked to ensure students had access to food during the coronavirus pandemic and freezing conditions earlier this year.
Full Story: KHOU-TV (Houston) (5/5) 
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Recipe of the Day
Rhubarb bread pudding
Enjoy rhubarb in a variety of baked items, including this bread pudding recipe! Eatright.org
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Academy News
North Dakota licensure law reflects Academy's advocacy efforts
North Dakota's new licensure law, signed by Governor Doug Burgum, is consistent with the Academy's Model Practice Act and protects consumers by requiring providers of medical nutrition therapy to meet high objective standards and facilitates telehealth and interstate practice. The Academy thanks the North Dakota affiliate and the North Dakota Board of Dietetics Practice for their advocacy efforts.
Spices can be the window to a world of flavor, and they make grandma's favorite recipes come to life. Which spices are handy to have at all times, and how do you use up a special spice purchased for just one recipe? Read the full article in Food & Nutrition Magazine.
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Folate is important for reducing the risk of birth effects of the brain and spine.
RDN Lee Cotton, as quoted in The Beet
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