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  January 2011
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Other Nutrition News

Tuna Appears High in Mercury Content
Consumers Union is urging pregnant women to avoid eating tuna and advising small children to limit consumption after tests found mercury in every sample, according to The New York Times.

Fortified Milk, Eggs May Not Provide Best Omega-3s
The amount—and "right type”—of omega-3 appearing in these products varies, leaving their benefits up for debate, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Weight Watchers System Gets Overhaul
The point system has been entirely updated to account for not all calories being equal, according to The New York Times.

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Editor's E-Note

Controversy is certainly no stranger to the food and nutrition world. This past November, the Institute of Medicine released its report on vitamin D and calcium—and to say it's causing a stir in the industry may be an understatement. This month's E-News Exclusive highlights the report and offers bottom-line statements that may aid your counseling.

National Nutrition Month, celebrated annually in March, is fast approaching. Is it on your radar? Our upcoming February issue offers ideas for promoting yourselves as the food and nutrition experts and otherwise celebrating this most important time of year for dietitians. Be sure to check it out.

And a happy, healthy new year from all of us at Today's Dietitian.

— Heather W. Gurk, editor


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E-News Exclusive

IOM Report Confirms Vitamin D’s Role Only for Bone Health
By Densie Webb, PhD, RD

Calcium and vitamin D are known to be essential nutrients for bone health. It’s a role that researchers and health professionals have long accepted. However, during the last decade, studies have increasingly suggested that vitamin D may play a much larger role, including in cancer prevention, increasing immunity, preventing diabetes, reducing the risk of preeclampsia in pregnancy, and reducing the risk of heart disease.

With this growing interest in vitamin D came calls for increased dietary vitamin D, sometimes five or more times than the previous amount recommended (an Adequate Intake of 400 IU), and physicians are increasingly calling for routine testing for vitamin D (25-hydroxyvitamin D) in the blood.

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Field Notes

New Test Could Detect Heart Disease in People With No Symptoms

A more sensitive version of a blood test typically used to confirm that someone is having a heart attack could indicate whether a seemingly healthy, middle-aged person has unrecognized heart disease and an increased risk of dying, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found.

In a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that a new, highly sensitive test for a protein called cardiac troponin T (cTnT) could detect the protein in about 25% of blood samples supplied by more than 3,500 individuals. The study also found that people with detectable levels of troponin T were nearly seven times more likely to die within six years from heart disease.

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In the February issue

Healthful ways to enjoy cheese

Dietary recommendations for patients with heart disease

Anti-inflammatory kitchen

Overview of fiber’s functions

Enteral nutrition tolerance in critical care


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