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Tufts Modified MyPyramid Addresses Older Adults' Dietary Needs

Tufts University's Modified MyPyramid for Older Adults emphasizes nutrient-dense food choices and the importance of fluid balance. It also provides guidance about forms of foods that could best meet the unique needs of older adults and about the importance of regular physical activity. "Adults over the age of 70 have unique dietary needs, " says first author Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts (USDA HNRCA). "Older adults tend to need fewer calories as they age because they are not as physically active as they once were and their metabolic rates slow down.

Season Is No Excuse To Skimp On Produce

The produce section may be a bit bare this time of year, but that doesn't give anyone a free pass to skimp on fruits and vegetables. Dr. Jo Ann Carson, professor of clinical nutrition at UT Southwestern Medical Center, said the solution lies in choosing as much fresh seasonal produce as possible, then augmenting it with a mixture of frozen and canned offerings. Frozen fruit and vegetables often contain nearly as many nutrients as fresh produce because it has been picked, frozen and packaged at the peak of its season, she said. Dr. Carson also said that some canned vegetables, including pumpkin, provide more vitamins per serving than their fresh counterparts.

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WFP Asks For 230M In Emergency Food Aid For Kenyans

"The U.N.'s World Food Programme (WFP) appealed on Tuesday for more than $230 million to provide emergency food aid over the next six months for 3.8 million Kenyans affected by deepening drought and high food prices, " Reuters reports (Wallis, 8/25). The WFP reports that the main maize harvest is projected to be 28 percent below average and that "pasture and water for livestock is dwindling rapidly, " according to VOA News. The agency also says that malnutrition rates are increasing significantly. In some areas, more than 20 percent of people are malnourished, "which is well above the emergency threshold of 15 percent, " VOA News writes (Schlein, 8/25).

Also In Global Health News: USAID Administrator; HIV Infection Rate In Zimbabwe; Plumpy'Nut In India

Prospective Candidates For USAID Administrator "Sources in the development community and on the Hill say they are hearing" that the people being considered for the USAID administrator position are likely to be "safe, " it could be "someone already in place in the administration and possibly confirmed for something else, " Foreign Policy's blog, " The Cable, " reports. The post lists a few names that "appear to be in the realm of speculation at this point, " the blog writes (Rozen, 8/24). Zimbabwean Health Experts Skeptical Of Study Finding Drop In HIV Infection Rate Zimbabwean health experts have raised doubts over a recent study that suggested "the country's deep economic crisis helped reduce the HIV prevalence rate or the percentage of adults infected with the deadly virus, " VOA News reports.

Vertical Farms Could Solve Food Production Problems, Opinion Piece Says

"If climate change and population growth progress at their current pace, in roughly 50 years farming as we know it will no longer exist, " which means that the "majority of people could soon be without enough food or water, " Dickson Despommier, a professor of public health at Columbia University, warns in a New York Times opinion piece. "But there is a solution that is surprisingly within reach: Move most farming into cities, and grow crops in tall, specially constructed buildings. It's called vertical farming, " he writes. "The developed world must find new agricultural approaches before the world's hungriest come knocking on its door for a glass of clean water and a plate of disease-free rice and beans, " Despommier writes.

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Alvine Initiates Enrollment In Phase 2a Clinical Trial Of ALV003 For Use In The Treatment Of Celiac Disease

Alvine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that patient enrollment has begun in a Phase 2a, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to assess the safety and efficacy of ALV003 for use in the treatment of celiac disease. "The commencement of this Phase 2a study is an exciting milestone in the clinical development of ALV003 as a potential therapeutic option for patients with celiac disease, " said Daniel C. Adelman, M.D., Alvine's Senior Vice President of Development and Chief Medical Officer. The objective of the study is to assess the potential for patient benefit and gather safety data regarding repeat dosing with ALV003, as well as to evaluate potential endpoints for use in subsequent Phase 2b and 3 studies.

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