Patient-carer relationships disrupted by hospital reorganisation

Research from King’s College London, published in The British Journal of Psychiatry suggests that reorganisation of mental health services can have a negative effect on the health of people with severe mental illness, due to the disruption of relationships between patients and carers.

Caenorhabditis elegans can survive on a diet of human red blood cells

The latest Paper of the Month from Parasitology is ‘Haematophagic Caenorhabditis elegans‘ by Veeren M Chauhan and David I Pritchard Necator americanus, also known as the “American Murderer,” is a parasitic hookworm that thrives in tropical and subtropical soil and is thought to infect more than 10% of the global population (> 700 million people worldwide).…

Looking beyond the food system: A policy framework for Healthy and Equitable Eating (HE2)

Public Health Nutrition Editorial Highlight: ‘Extending the paradigm: a policy framework for healthy and equitable eating (HE2)’ Authors: Sharon Friel and Melanie Pescud, School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), ANU discuss their research below.

Insects as sources of iron and zinc in human nutrition

The Nutrition Society Paper of the Month for November is from Nutrition Research Reviews and is entitled ‘Insects as sources of iron and zinc in human nutrition’ by Authors: Martin Mwangi, Dennis Oonincx, Tim Stouten, Margot Veenenbos, Alida Melse-Boonstra, Marcel Dicke, and Joop J.A. van Loon.

Ulcers from diabetes? New shoe insole could provide healing on-the-go

Diabetes can lead to ulcers that patients don’t even feel or notice until the sight of blood. And because ulcers can’t heal on their own, 14 to 24 percent of diabetics in the U.S. who experience them end up losing their toes, foot or leg. Purdue University researchers have developed a shoe insole that could help make the healing process more portable for the 15 percent of Americans who develop ulcers as a result of diabetes.

New population cut-offs for classifying child malnutrition levels

Public Health Nutrition Editorial Highlight: 'Prevalence thresholds for wasting, overweight and stunting in children under 5 years'.

Adults on the autism spectrum prescribed mental health drugs without diagnoses

Adults on the autism spectrum are being prescribed mental health drugs in instances where there is limited supporting evidence to do so according to a new study published in BJPsych Open

Benchmarking Malaysian Government Food Environment Policies Against International Best Practice

The Nutrition Society Paper of the Month for October is from the journal Public Health Nutrition and is entitled ‘Extent of Implementation of Food Environment Policies by The Malaysian Government: Gaps and Priority Recommendations’