Jun 15, 2013 Issue
Behavioral Counseling Interventions to Promote a Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]

May 1, 2013 Issue
Dietary Fat Modification and the Risk of Future Cardiovascular Events and Mortality [Cochrane for Clinicians]

According to the authors of this Cochrane review, reducing or modifying a patient's dietary fat intake did not lower the rates of either total or cardiovascular-related mortality when compared with usual or control diets. Reducing the intake of total or saturated fats decreased the risk of cardiovas...

Apr 15, 2013 Issue
Should Family Physicians Screen for Vitamin D Deficiency? No: Screening Is Unnecessary, and Routine Supplementation Makes More Sense [Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine]

The evidence remains incomplete, but there are numerous problems with regularly measuring serum vitamin D levels to assess for deficiency.

Apr 15, 2013 Issue
Should Family Physicians Screen for Vitamin D Deficiency? Yes: Targeted Screening in At-Risk Populations Is Prudent [Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine]

Although it is not time for general population-based screening for vitamin D deficiency, we should focus on screening populations at risk of or who have osteoporosis.

Mar 1, 2013 Issue
The Potential Adverse Health Effects of Energy Drinks [Editorials]

Energy drinks are becoming more popular in the United States, and family physicians should be familiar with them and their potentially harmful effects.

Feb 1, 2013 Issue
Does Widespread Calcium Supplementation Pose Cardiovascular Risk? No: Concerns Are Unwarranted [Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine]

When patients are randomized and cardiovascular events are carefully adjudicated, there is no compelling evidence that calcium supplementation increases the rate of major cardiovascular events.

Feb 1, 2013 Issue
Does Widespread Calcium Supplementation Pose Cardiovascular Risk? Yes: The Potential Risk Is a Concern [Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine]

The bolus administration of this micronutrient should be abandoned in most circumstances, and patients should be encouraged to obtain their calcium intake from an appropriately balanced diet.

Jun 1, 2011 Issue
IOM Releases Report on Dietary Refernce Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D [Practice Guidelines]

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) assessed current information on potential health outcomes associated with calcium and vitamin D.

Apr 1, 2011 Issue
AAP Reports on Use of Probiotics and Prebiotics in Children [Practice Guidelines]

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently reviewed the medical uses of probiotics and prebiotics to help guide physicians in counseling parents about the use of these products as dietary supplements added to foods for children, including infant formula.

Jan 15, 2011 Issue
Specialized Nutrition Support [Article]

Specialized nutrition support should be offered to patients who are malnourished or at risk of becoming malnour- ished when it would benefit patient outcomes or quality of life. Improving the nutritional value of ingested food and tailoring intake to the patient’s preferences, abilities, and schedul...

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