Abdominal pain is one of the most common gastrointestinal symptoms, with 22-25% of the general population suffering with it at any given point in time.1 Diagnosis can be tricky (especially if the abdominal pain is intermittent or symptoms are vague), because there are so many different conditions which can cause abdominal pain. The top […]
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    Imagine a life without being able to smell your favourite food or “taste” the delicious flavours in your favourite dish.  How would that affect the quality of your life? Sadly, smell loss (and to a lesser extent, taste loss) is quite common after any type of brain injury.  The more serious the brain […]
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Most traumatic injuries result in unwanted long-term weight gain.  However, an amputated limb presents its own unique challenges when it comes to managing weight.  For those with a lower limb trans-tibial or trans-femoral amputation, 40% will go on to gain at least 10% of their body weight over the next ~2 years and will double […]
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If your clients have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, are their blood glucose levels well managed?  How do you know? Just because someone is under the care of a GP or diabetes team, does not guarantee that the person’s blood glucose levels are well managed.  Sometimes advice isn’t adhered to and/or appointments get missed.  […]
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  If you have a client with a Grade 3 or Grade 4 pressure injury and/or other wound which is slow to heal, have they ever been reviewed by a dietitian? This may sound like an unusual or surprising suggestion, but there is a massive link between someone’s nutritional status and their body’s ability to […]
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There are three ways to listen to our podcast “The role of a dietitian in injury and rehabilitation — an underused resource” (part of their Wider Issues in Catastrophic Injury series) Click on the links below: Timestamp/Outline 00:02 Introduction  05:09 Role of nutrition & dietitian in rehabilitation  12:27 Muscle mass & muscle loss; protein requirements  […]
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Antiseizure medication (sometimes also called antiepileptic or anticonvulsant medication) is commonly prescribed to people after a traumatic injury.  This medication is sometimes used to manage seizures/ epilepsy, but can also be prescribed for other conditions, such as neuropathic pain and/or mood disorders. Commonly prescribed varieties include carbamazepine, lamotrigine, levetiracetam, sodium valproate, pregabalin and gabapentin. Antiseizure […]
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When people are recovering from a major trauma or injury, they have the highest nutritional needs of virtually any other time in their adult life.  However, this is often the time when these clients find themselves struggling to prepare healthy food.  Food preparation becomes challenging when someone is fatigued, they have multiple physical difficulties (such […]
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  When trying to lose weight, most people are looking for a quick and easy way to achieve this goal.  While the foundation of every weight loss program includes eating fewer calories and doing more physical activity (to burn more calories), sometimes people struggle to lose weight even when they are already doing both of […]
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  Our article was recently published in the NR Times and is reprinted here with their permission.   After a major trauma or injury, the importance of nutrition is not usually the first thing most health professionals think about.   However, in the absence of adequate nutrition, rehab and recovery will be significantly impaired.  The protein, […]
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