May 22, 2019
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Cancer and Nutritional Interventions

Good nutrition – eating a variety of foods that gives the body the nutrients it needs- is an important part of cancer treatment in helping to keep up strength and energy, maintain weight and the body’s store of nutrients, and lower the risk of infection, however cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation have side … [ Read More ]

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Osteoporosis

The word osteoporosis can be translated to ‘porous bones’1; this means bone density has decreased to the point where the bone is weak and can be easily fractured.  It is reported that 30-50% of women and 20-25% of men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. Building strong bones is most crucial … [ Read More ]

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Vegan Vs Vegetarian: What’s the difference?

Many people are aware of vegan and vegetarian diets, but some don’t understand if there is a difference between the two, and what it is. Vegan is actually a branch of a vegetarian lifestyle. The diets focus on the intake of plant based foods as sources of nutrition such as fruit, vegetables, dried beans, peas, … [ Read More ]

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Nutritional Assessments for the Long-Term Care Resident

Nutrition assessment is the first step in the nutrition care process.  During this step, the dietitian gathers a variety of information about a specific individual. The purpose of the nutrition assessment is to gain pertinent information in order to adequately manage and prevent nutrition related health conditions. It is important to note that while the … [ Read More ]

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Protein Needs for Renal Failure

The kidneys are a vital organ, doing many functions that we are unaware of daily.  The kidneys are involved in the following processes: filtering the blood, balancing fluid content in the body, activating vitamin D to maintain healthy bones, removing extra fluid and water from the body and many other functions.  When the kidneys are … [ Read More ]

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Nutrition Related Diagnostic Tests

Nutrition is an area that many believe can only be assessed via outside appearance. However, nutrition goes much deeper than the naked eye can see. In fact, nutrition affects our bodies to the very cellular level. A common way to assess nutritional status, aside from anthropometric measurements, is laboratory values. There are numerous laboratory values … [ Read More ]

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How to stay in compliance with F812 (Sanitation)

CMS  (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) provided us updated regulations for long-term care facilities, with new clarifications under F812 for sanitation that surveyors are to observe and investigate.   The primary objectives have not changed.   Food professionals are to still provide safe and tasty food to our residents.   We continue to use Food Code 2017 … [ Read More ]

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Holiday Food Safety

The holidays are a time when food is at the center of the celebrations.  There are many ingredients to all meals, however the most important ingredient is food safety.  There are many ways to keep food safety at the forefront of preparation.  First and foremost, make sure to wash hands often and prepare foods on … [ Read More ]

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Malnutrition in Long Term Care

Malnutrition in healthcare settings usually occurs as some form of protein-energy malnutrition (PEM). Primary PEM is the result of acute or chronic deficiency of both protein and calories. Secondary PEM is due to a disease or medical condition such as cancer or COPD that alters nutrient needs or impairs utilization of nutrients, such as a … [ Read More ]

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Total Parenteral Nutrition

Fresenius Kabi received approval from FDA in July 2016 for Smoflipid®, a four-oil IV fat emulsion (IVE), available in the USA for adult patients. This IV fat emulsion product has been used for many years in other global markets and contains soybean oil, medium chain triglycerides, olive oil, and fish oil.   This is an exciting … [ Read More ]

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