Acquired Zinc Deficiency in an Adult Female.

Acquired zinc deficiency in an adult female.

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Indian J Dermatol. 2012 Nov; 57(6): 492-4
Saritha M, Gupta D, Chandrashekar L, Thappa DM, Rajesh NG

Acrodermatitis enteropathica is an autosomal recessive inherited disorder of zinc absorption. Acquired cases are reported occasionally in patients with eating disorders or Crohn’s disease. We report a 24-year-old housewife with acquired isolated severe zinc deficiency with no other comorbidities to highlight the rare occurrence of isolated nutritional zinc deficiency in an otherwise normal patient.
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Association of Nutrient-Dense Snack Combinations With Calories and Vegetable Intake.

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Pediatrics. 2012 Dec 17;
Wansink B, Shimizu M, Brumberg A

BACKGROUND:With other factors such as general diet and insufficient exercise, eating non-nutrient dense snack foods such as potato chips contributes to childhood obesity. We examined whether children consumed fewer calories when offered high-nutrient dense snacks consisting of cheese and vegetables than children who were offered non-nutrient dense snacks (ie, potato chips).METHODS:Two hundred one children (115 girls) entering the third to sixth grades were randomly assigned to 1 of 4 snacking conditions: (1) potato chips only, (2) cheese-only, (3) vegetables only, and (4) cheese and vegetables. Children were allowed to eat snacks freely provided while watching 45-minute TV programs. Satiety was measured before they started eating snacks, in the middle of the study, and 20 minutes after they finished eating the snacks. Parents completed a questionnaire regarding their family environment.RESULTS:Children consumed 72% fewer calories when eating a combined snack compared with when they were served potato chips, P < .001. Children who ate the combination snack needed significantly fewer calories to achieve satiety than those who ate potato chips, P < .001. The effects of the snack conditions on caloric intake were more pronounced among overweight or obese children (P = .02) and those from low-involvement families (P = .049)CONCLUSIONS:The combination snack of vegetables and cheese can be an effective means for children to reduce caloric intake while snacking. The effect was more pronounced among children who were overweight or obese and children from low-involvement families. HubMed – eating


Eating-induced epileptic spasms in a boy with MECP2 duplication syndrome: insights into pathogenesis of genetic epilepsies.

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Epileptic Disord. 2012 Dec 17;
de Palma L, Boniver C, Cassina M, Toldo I, Nosadini M, Clementi M, Sartori S

Duplication of MECP2 causes a recently described X-linked mental retardation syndrome, of which the typical features are infantile hypotonia, poor speech development, recurrent infections, epilepsy, and progressive spasticity. Recently, the associated seizure semiology and interictal EEG features have been increasingly described, whereas ictal electroclinical features remain poorly defined. We report the case of a boy carrying a maternally-inherited MECP2 duplication and describe the video-EEG sequence of a cluster of eating-induced spasms, the only epileptic manifestation of the patient. This report expands our knowledge of the epileptic phenotype of MECP2 duplication syndrome and may contribute to a better definition and comprehension of the electroclinical spectrum of patients affected by this disease. It also supports the hypothesis that in some genetic epilepsies, the electro-clinical profile can correlate with the dysfunction of limited cortical regions despite the presence of a genetic mutation over the entire brain. [Published with video sequences].
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