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Trending Topic - Why Are Journal Article Retractions Important to Practitioners?
Probiotics in the News
There is a lot of attention in social media lately about recent studies related to probiotics. The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP), which is an international group of probiotic scientists, provides critique of these studies. Click here for details.
The Science and Politics of Nutrition Series - The History of Nutrition Science
The BMJ has launched a series of open access, peer-reviewed articles under the title, Food for Thought - The Science and Politics of Nutrition. The series covered a variety of controversial nutrition topics where there are uncertainties in the evidence and debate among experts. The articles aim to bring together a wide range of viewpoints and to discuss the areas of consensus and uncertainty as well as how to move forward with research, policy and guidelines for practitioners. The first article of the series describes the history of nutrition science and how this history has formed our current understanding of
diet and health as well as the current controversies that we deal with every day.
Note: This is the first article in the launch of a series of articles. We will post other appropriate articles in the coming weeks and months. These articles cover topics ranging from the role of carbohydrates in chronic disease to the quality of dietary guidelines. The complete collection of articles can be downloaded from Food for Thought.
Sugary Drink Research
Using 2004 data from the Canadian Community Health Survey to analyze sugary drink consumption and using data purchased from Euromonitor International, researchers at the University of Waterloo projected the health and economic impact of sugary drinks in Canada, which includes over 63,000 projected deaths that will cost the health care system more than $50 billion over the next 25 years. The research was commissioned by Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Diabetes Association (now Diabetes Canada), Childhood Obesity Foundation, Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada, and Heart & Stroke. Click here to view the media release and to gain access to the Health and Economic Impacts of Sugary Drinks in Canada research summary.
Article Analysis and Commentary on Low-salt Diets Research
Article Analysis: Potatoes Once Again Targeted as Bad for One's Health