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Do you know the difference between a Dietitian and a Nutritionist?   Dietitians In the UK, the word “dietitian” (sometimes spelled “dietician”) is a protected title.  This means you cannot call yourself a dietitian unless you have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition (along with the required practical placements).  Dietitians must also be registered […]
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Link Found Between Food Choices & Depression   A new meta-analysis of randomised control trials entitled, “The effects of dietary improvement on symptoms of depression and anxiety“(1) was released in February 2019 (ahead of print).  After reviewing 16 randomised control trials and compiling data from over 45 000 people, the conclusion is that dietary interventions […]
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Recipe delivery boxes Can they help get clients out of a “rut” with their food choices?    Coco Pops cereal for breakfast, a sandwich and crisps for lunch and fish & chips from the local chippy at tea time.  You don’t need a degree in nutrition to know this likely isn’t the healthiest way to […]
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Adequate nutrition and hydration are absolutely fundamental when preventing and treating damage to the skin.1, 2  Why?  The easiest way to explain this is with an analogy.  I like to think of the human body like a house with it’s own live-in renovation team.  And just like the outside walls of the house protect all of your […]
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  It’s Autumn which means everyone in the UK aged 4 years and above, should be taking a supplement containing vitamin D until at least the end of March. This includes people after a catastrophic injury, as well as case managers, solicitors, allied health professionals and the general public. People who usually need to extend this recommendation […]
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Malnutrition rates in children with cerebral palsy are estimated at 46-90%.1 As a consequence of this malnutrition, these children often end up weighing less (and having a smaller stature) than their peers.  Even though children with cerebral palsy are typically smaller on average, the debate is whether this is actually what is best for them […]
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EnsureTM, FortisipTM and Procal ShotTM are just a few of the many nutrition supplements available for GP’s to prescribe.  Clients who have been hospitalised after a catastrophic injury are often given oral nutrition supplements when their oral food intake is limited — possibly due to a poor appetite, difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) or being weaned off […]
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A landmark study published earlier this year in The Journal of Head Injury Rehabilitation, found that 20-25 years following a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, that 67% of people had a Body Mass Index (BMI) which put them in the overweight or obese category. The researchers didn’t track people over time, they just took a […]
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Beat the heat with banana “ice cream” ….suitable for dysphagia Sunshine and warm temperatures are two of the best parts of the British Summer and what better food to enjoy on a hot day than ice cream.  Sadly, people with dysphagia (swallowing problems) who require thickened fluids in order to help them swallow more safely, […]
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Do you currently screen your clients for malnutrition as part of your initial assessment?  When I’ve asked case managers this question at recent presentations and conferences, most admit this isn’t something they had ever considered. Here’s why this is important. Over 3 million people in the UK are malnourished, and most of them live in […]
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