Impact of Nutritional Status and Dietary Quality on Stroke: Do We Need Specific Recommendations?

Impact of nutritional status and dietary quality on stroke: do we need specific recommendations?

Eur J Clin Nutr. 2013 Feb 27;
Lim H, Choue R

Stroke, one of the most prevalent geriatric diseases, is a leading cause of death worldwide that often results in permanent physical disability and decreased quality of life, and can have a negative impact on families both financially and emotionally. Although many previous studies have shown relationships between the risk of stroke and nutritional factors, clear dietary recommendations for the prevention and reduction of stroke recurrence have not been established. Several factors should be considered to control and manage stroke. For example, a considerable number of patients with stroke are poorly nourished, have several comorbidities and undesirable health-related behaviors may be present. Stroke patients are less likely to consume beneficial foods, have poorer eating habits and have impoverished dietary quality. In addition, psychological factors such as depression must also be considered in stroke management. Given these factors, dietary recommendations for stroke patients should be established. In this article, we summarized the nutritional status and dietary quality of stroke patients. We also suggested some nutritional guidelines for stroke patients and for those who are at risk for stroke.European Journal of Clinical Nutrition advance online publication, 27 February 2013; doi:10.1038/ejcn.2013.30. HubMed – eating


Dietary patterns of Australian children aged 14 and 24 months, and associations with socio-demographic factors and adiposity.

Eur J Clin Nutr. 2013 Feb 27;
Bell LK, Golley RK, Daniels L, Magarey AM

Background/Objectives:Previous research has shown, in predominantly European populations, that dietary patterns are evident early in life. However, little is known about early-life dietary patterns in Australian children. We aimed to describe dietary patterns of Australian toddlers and their associations with socio-demographic characteristics and adiposity.Subjects/Methods:Principal component analysis was applied to 3 days (1 × 24-h recall and 2 × 24-h record) data of 14 (n=552)- and 24 (n=493)-month-old children from two Australian studies, NOURISH and South Australian Infant Dietary Intake (SAIDI). Associations with dietary patterns were investigated using regression analyses.Results:Two patterns were identified at both ages. At 14 months, the first pattern was characterised by fruit, grains, vegetables, cheese and nuts/seeds (’14-month core foods’) and the second pattern was characterised by white bread, milk, spreads, juice and ice-cream (‘basic combination’). Similarly, at 24 months the ’24-month core foods’ pattern included fruit, vegetables, dairy, nuts/seeds, meat and water, whereas the ‘non-core foods’ included white bread, spreads, sweetened beverages, snacks, chocolate and processed meat. Lower maternal age and earlier breastfeeding cessation were associated with higher ‘basic combination’ and ‘non-core foods’ pattern scores, whereas earlier and later solid introduction were associated with higher ‘basic combination’ and ’24-month core foods’ pattern scores, respectively. Patterns were not associated with body mass index (BMI) z-score.Conclusions:Dietary patterns reflecting core and non-core food intake are identifiable in Australian toddlers. These findings support the need to intervene early with parents to promote healthy eating in children and can inform future investigations on the effects of early diet on long-term health.European Journal of Clinical Nutrition advance online publication, 27 February 2013; doi:10.1038/ejcn.2013.23. HubMed – eating


Postembryonic development of the bone-eating worm Osedax japonicus.

Naturwissenschaften. 2013 Feb 27;
Miyamoto N, Yamamoto T, Yusa Y, Fujiwara Y

Bone-eating worms of the genus Osedax exclusively inhabit sunken vertebrate bones on the seafloor. The unique lifestyle and morphology of Osedax spp. have received much scientific attention, but the whole process of their development has not been observed. We herein report the postembryonic development and settlement of Osedax japonicus Fujikura et al. (Zool Sci 23:733-740, 2006). Fertilised eggs were spawned into the mucus of a female, and the larvae swam out from the mucus at the trochophore stage. Larvae survived for 10 days under laboratory conditions. The larvae settled on bones, elongated their bodies and crawled around on the bones. Then they secreted mucus to create a tube and the palps started to develop. The palps of O. japonicus arose from the prostomium, whereas the anterior appendages of other siboglinids arose from the peristomium. The recruitment of dwarf males was induced by rearing larvae with adult females. Females started to spawn eggs 6 weeks after settlement. HubMed – eating


A faecal index of diet quality that predicts reproductive success in a marsupial folivore.

Oecologia. 2013 Feb 27;
Windley HR, Wallis IR, Degabriel JL, Moore BD, Johnson CN, Foley WJ

Estimating the nutritional value of a herbivore’s diet is difficult because it requires knowing what the animal eats, the relative quality of each component and how these components interact in relation to animal physiology. Current methods are cumbersome and rely on many assumptions that are hard to evaluate. We describe a new method for estimating relative diet quality directly from faeces that avoids the problems inherent in other methods. We combine this method with near infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS) to analyse many samples and thus provide a technique with immense value in ecological studies. The method stems from the correlation between the concentrations of dietary and faecal nitrogen in herbivores eating a tannin-free diet, but a weaker relationship in browsers that ingest substantial amounts of tannins, which form complexes with proteins. These complexes reduce the availability of nitrogen and may increase faecal nitrogen concentrations. Using the tannin-binding compound, polyethylene glycol, we showed that tannin-bound nitrogen is a significant and variable part of faecal nitrogen in wild common brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula). We developed a technique to measure faecal available nitrogen and found that it predicted the reproductive success of female brushtail possums in northern Australia. Faecal available nitrogen combined with NIRS provides a powerful tool for estimating the relative nutritional value of the diets of browsing herbivores in many ecological systems. It is a better indicator of diet quality than other commonly used single-nutrient measures such as faecal nitrogen and foliage analysis paired with observed feeding behaviour. HubMed – eating