Older people who experience significant weight gain or weight loss could be raising their risk of developing dementia, suggests a study from South Korea.
Care of children with chronic constipation should include consideration of sensory issues and possible referral to occupational therapy, according to US researchers, who claim their findings are “revolutionary”.
Standard tests used to identify dehydration do not work for older people in care homes, according to a new study which says health professionals should stop relying on them.
A diet rich in vegetables and fish is associated with a lower risk of a woman developing high blood pressure and the related condition of pre-eclampsia, during pregnancy, suggest researchers.
Efforts to boost health professionals’ knowledge of nutrition and ensure they feel confident talking to patients about sensitive topics like weight are among steps designed to tackle the UK’s obesity crisis set out in the long-term plan for the NHS in England.
Encouraging pregnant women to take omega-3 supplements could be an “effective strategy” for preventing preterm birth, according to the authors of a review of research on the issue.
Former foreign secretary David Miliband has called for a more joined up way of tackling child malnutrition around the world, with a greater use of community health workers as well.
A vegan diet may be best for keeping type 2 diabetes in check, according to a review of research evidence that found munching fruit, veg and nuts was good for both mental and physical health.
For centuries the painful condition of gout has been associated with a rich diet but a new study that suggests genetics may be more to blame could help shatter long-held misconceptions, say researchers.
Taking fish oil supplement during pregnancy is linked to an increase in infant lean and bone mass by the age of six years, according to Danish and UK researchers.
The object in question resembles a toddler’s drinking cup. It’s plastic and there’s a lid from which protrudes a wide, circular spout. But you won’t find a Thomas the Tank Engine logo on it, as this receptacle – the plastic spouted beaker – is what many older patients in care homes and some NHS wards are given to drink from.
Hydration and nutrition has improved among care home residents following a programme of tailored support provided by a clinical commissioning group, according to an evaluation.
A healthy diet combined with staying active can reduce cognitive decline, according to researchers from Sweden and China.
The Royal College of Nursing has called on trusts to allow nurses to take water bottles onto the wards during the current heatwave, in order to avoid dehydration.
Increased consumption of omega 3 fats via supplements offers little or no protection on cardiovascular diseases, according to a new review of clinical evidence, led by UK researchers.
Sticking to a Mediterranean type diet could reduce hip bone loss among patients with osteoporosis within just 12 months, according to a new study involving UK researchers.
Babies introduced to solid foods early have been found to sleep longer, wake less frequently at night and suffer fewer serious sleep problems than those exclusively breastfed for the first six months.
The Royal College of Nursing has backed a call to tackle the marketing of unhealthy food and drinks to children via catch‐up TV after an analysis revealed that viewers of Britain’s Got Talent on demand were bombarded with adverts for unhealthy food and drinks
Star-shaped bread is popular with children and could encourage them to eat more fibre, new research suggests.
Eating tree nuts and peanuts improves blood lipid levels and blood glucose levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes, according to Canadian researchers.
A simple score based on the food people eat could help clinicians predict patients’ risk of becoming overweight and ensure they get the right support and advice, say Spanish researchers who undertook a major long-term study.
One gram of fish oil a day and other simple dietary changes could help reduce the pain of patients with osteoarthritis, according to a review of studies by UK researchers.
Eating a diet rich in vegetables, especially those like broccoli and sprouts, may reduce cardiovascular risk in women by helping prevent hardening of the neck arteries, according to researchers.
The Royal College of Nursing has launched a new campaign designed to encourage nursing staff to “rest, rehydrate, refuel” during shifts.
A “normal” intake of vitamin D can reduce the risk of death substantially in people with cardiovascular disease, a Norwegian study has suggested.
There is still more work to do to encourage women in Scotland to improve their health before they become pregnant, a major report on maternal and infant nutrition has indicated.
Taking vitamin D supplements could help to ease the painful symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), according to a new study by UK researchers.
Probiotics taken during pregnancy might help lower the risks of pre-eclampsia and premature birth, but timing may be crucial, a study has suggested.
Nursing staff in care homes and other community settings should be trained to screen for malnutrition among older people, according to a cross-party group of MPs.
The so-called Mediterranean diet may help reduce the risk of frailty in older individuals, according to a review of evidence by UK researchers.
Patients with dementia are being given few opportunities to have drinks of water on wards and in accident and emergency, which is leaving them “extremely vulnerable”, a review of London hospitals has found.
NHS organisations have been warned that the sale of sugary drinks will be banned in future if they continue to ignore current efforts to reduce sales on a voluntary basis.
General practices should help more with follow-up and advice for patients that have undergone surgery for obesity due to the huge increase in such operations, claim those behind new guidelines.
Letting babies feed themselves solid foods from as young as six months does not increase the risk of them choking compared to spoon-feeding them, according to UK researchers.
Vitamin D supplements are now being recommended earlier for babies and pregnant women in Scotland, due to the lack of it being naturally produced because of weak sunlight during winter.
Drinking coffee is “more likely to benefit health than to harm it” for a range of health outcomes, according to UK researchers.
Hospital trusts will face losing funding if they fail to remove super-size chocolate bars and “grab bags” of sugary snacks from shelves in latest moves by NHS leaders to fight obesity and diabetes.
Skipping breakfast does not appear to lead to overeating later in the day, contrary to popular opinion, according to UK researchers.
Nursing staff in Nottingham have teamed up with local designers to tackle a problem posed on hospital wards throughout the country, namely poorly designed water jugs.
Staff at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge can now get a range of nutritious snacks and lunch options thanks to a new cafe designed to promote healthy and drinking.
Nutrition nurse specialists say they have seen a surge in emergency call-outs because of problems related to the “disjointed” roll-out of new enteral feeding devices.
Trusts and other employers are being urged to ensure nurses can keep hydrated, as a matter of patient safety, on what is the hottest day of the year so far in many parts of the country.
An award-winning hydration nurse specialist is urging health and care providers to trial a simple risk assessment tool that has been shown to significantly reduce hospital admissions from care homes.
Eating foods packed with fibre such fruit, veg and cereal may help ward off painful osteoarthritis in the knees, suggests a new study.
Providing vitamin D to older people does not help prevent osteoporosis in general but may help strengthen bones in those with a serious vitamin D deficiency, suggest a new study.
A new nutrition and dietary advice guide for haemato-oncology nurses to give to patients with neutropenia has been launched by a blood cancer research charity.
A diet rich in fruit and vegetables, nuts and whole grains but low in salt, sugary drinks, and red and processed meats, is associated with a lower risk of gout, researchers have concluded.
A small group of nurses who swapped to a vegan diet that was tailored to their personal situation showed health benefits after just three weeks, claimed the US researchers behind the study.
Training in nutrition advice for teenagers is to be provided to school nurses at NHS trusts across the country from March, after it was found staff were too time-stretched and ill-equipped to deliver healthy eating information.