New PEN tools and resources? Here are just a few…
- Health Matters: Combating High Blood Pressure (Public Health England)
- Drug Nutrient Interaction Table
- A video explaining food allergies
New content in PEN? Here is a snapshot…
Oral Health – Paediatrics:
- Are infants who receive breastmilk (either via breast or bottle), at risk for developing early childhood caries (ECC)?
- Are infants who receive formula at risk for developing early childhood caries (ECC)?
- Is water fluoridation an effective method for delivering fluoride to children?
- What are the nutrition and safety challenges and considerations for individuals following the low FODMAP diet?
- What are the effects of altering the intake of fermentable carbohydrates to improve irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms?
New useful UK Nutrition Labelling links in the Food and Nutrition Labelling Knowledge Pathway in PEN, including information from the European Commission, the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
Useful e-learning food labelling resources (13 modules), and documents titled Food Standards: Labelling, Durability and Composition and Food Labelling and Packaging. Why not have a look here?
Lots of updated Practice Questions in the Food Safety: Bisphenol A Knowledge Pathway including:
- Is it safe to heat food in cans with bisphenol A (BPA) linings?
- Is there a risk of harm or toxicity from the bisphenol A (BPA) found in dental sealant or composite restorations?
- Does exposure to environmentally relevant doses of bisphenol A (BPA) alter the development of fetal mammary glands?
- Does microwaving food in plastic (polycarbonate) containers that are not designated microwave safe release bisphenol A (BPA) into the food?
- Is it safe to reuse plastic (polycarbonate) water bottles?
- Is it safe to heat breastmilk or infant formula in plastic baby bottles?
.....and the updated 'Background' section.
Lots of updated Practice Questions in the GI System: Gallbladder Disease Knowledge Pathway including:
- What dietary factors reduce the risk of gallbladder disease?
- What level of fat restriction is required before surgery for people with gallbladder disease?
- Is a fat-restricted diet needed for individuals with gallbladder disease after surgery?
.....and the updated 'Background' section.
Why not have a read of the interesting article analysis about ‘Cardiovascular Effects of Exchanging Saturated Fat With an Oil High in Linoleic Acid - Not all Vegetable Oils are Created Equally’? Click here!
Alternatively, the EULAR Revised Recommendations for the Management of Fibromyalgia are now on PEN. Click here to read more.
Another interesting Practice Question: Which nutrition screening tools are effective for identifying malnutrition or risk of malnutrition in older adults independently living in the community? Click here to read the answer.
New tools and resources added this week...
- Eating and Drinking with an Ileostomy
- Eating and Drinking with a Colostomy
- Keeping Your Bowel Healthy (Easy Read)
- Factsheets on Ascites and Dumping Syndrome
New tools and resources on Food Labelling coming soon!
New content in PEN....
- How do pregnancy weight gain patterns among Aboriginal and Indigenous women affect pregnancy outcomes and long-term infant health?
- Should urine pH be measured to assess the risk of osteoporosis?
For the Nutritional Management of Cystic Fibrosis (September 2016), click here.
Why not have a look at the newly updated Practice Questions in the Urology - Interstitial Cystitis Knowledge Pathway?
- Do any dietary components or approaches exacerbate or alleviate symptoms in individuals with interstitial cystitis (IC)?
- Are dietary or herbal supplements (e.g. arginine or quercetin, alone or with glucosamine and chondroitin) effective for treating symptoms of interstitial cystitis (IC)?
- Is calcium glycerophosphate (an acid neutralizing dietary supplement marketed as Prelief®) effective in relieving symptoms (e.g. pain, discomfort, urinary urgency) in individuals with interstitial cystitis (IC)?
Have a read of the new Malnutrition Knowledge Pathway; new Practice Questions and lots of UK tools and resources! Click here.
Why not have a read of the new December 2016 issue of PEN eNews covering the latest nutrition-related news and topical dietetic discussions?
7 steps on how dietitians motivate over the phone (MOP). Have a read here! For the rest of latest PEN eNews edition, click here.
Why not have a look at the updated Gout Knowledge Pathway? Questions include:
- What are the co-morbidities of gout and how does the presence of these co-morbidities influence lifestyle recommendations for gout?
- Does a diet high in purines increase the risk of developing gout? Does a diet low in purines reduce the recurrence of gout attacks?
- Does alcohol intake increase the risk of developing gout? Does reducing alcohol intake decrease the recurrence of gout attacks?
- Does a diet high in milk products decrease the risk of developing gout or reduce the recurrence of gouty attacks?
- Does the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) increase the risk of developing gout or the recurrence of gout attacks?
Why not have a look at the updated Diabetes - Nephropathy Knowledge Pathway? Questions include:
- What effect does a low protein diet have on the progression of nephropathy in individuals with diabetes?
- In individuals with diabetes does the source of dietary protein effect the management of nephropathy?
- In individuals with diabetes, does the consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids affect the progression of nephropathy?
- In individuals with type 2 diabetes does treatment of hypertension result in the reduction of diabetic nephropathy?
- Is weight loss an effective strategy to improve kidney function in individuals with diabetic nephropathy?
'Trending Topics' pieces (Article Analyses, Evidence Clips and Other Topics) are published in timely response to recent media and journal articles. MOST RECENTLY: Kombucha Tea: Are there health benefits and are there any safety issues? Click here to read the answer.
PEN November eNews issue out now!
'Background' section on the Diabetes/Glucose Intolerance Knowledge Pathway has now been updated. Click here to have a read...
Is there a risk in supplementing iron and zinc together? Click here to read the answer.
What are the effects of calcium on heart health? Have a read of the Article Analysis here!
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Why not have a look at some of the newly updated questions below? You'll find these in the 'Diet Composition: Alkaline Diet' Knowledge Pathway. Here are just a couple....
- Does an alkaline diet have a role in the risk, prevention, or treatment of chronic diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes?
For a full list, visit the 'Diet Composition: Alkaline Diet' Knowledge Pathway.
Why not have a look at some of the newly updated questions below? You'll find these in the 'Food Safety: Agriculture and Fisheries' Knowledge Pathway. Here are just a couple...
For a full list, visit the 'Food Safety: Agriculture and Fisheries' Knowledge Pathway.
New Questions in PEN!
- Some preschoolers want the same foods over and over again. How long can a food jag be expected to last? What strategies for picky eating, including food jags, are recommended?
- What is the effectiveness of dietary counselling given by dietitians compared with other health care professionals in the primary care setting?
PEN has the answer to lots of new Practice Questions on Eye Health and Nutrition. These include:
- Is there a role for nutrition in preventing glaucoma?
- Do healthy adults who consume multivitamin/mineral supplements have a lower risk of developing cataracts?
- Is there evidence to support roles for specific nutrients (notably high dose antioxidants) in preventing the development or progression of cataracts?
- Do healthy adults who consume supplemental antioxidant nutrients have a lower risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD)?
- Is there a role for natural health products or nutrients, other than antioxidants, in the prevention or progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD)?
- Does the consumption of high dose antioxidants slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD)?
Visit PEN and the 'Eye Health Knowledge Pathway' to find out the answers!
PEN has the answer to lots of new Practice Questions on Iron Deficiency Anaemia. These include:
- What is the Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) for iron and why?
- Is there an interaction between iron and copper?
- Are men and women who donate blood on a regular basis at risk of developing iron deficiency or iron-deficiency anemia? What can help to prevent or treat this deficiency among donors?
- What is the impact of calcium or dairy product intake on non-heme iron absorption and is there an effect on iron status among healthy adults?
- What is the impact of tea and coffee consumption on non-heme iron absorption and is there an effect on iron status among healthy adults?
- What is the impact of ascorbic acid intake on non-heme iron absorption and is there an effect on iron status among healthy adults?
- What is the impact of meat, fish, poultry consumption on non-heme iron absorption and is there an effect on iron status among healthy adults?
- What is the impact of dietary phytate on non-heme iron absorption and is there an effect on iron status among healthy adults?
- Can iron deficiency among non-pregnant adults be treated by diet?
- What is recommended for managing or treating iron deficiency or iron-deficiency anemia among non-pregnant adults?
Visit PEN and the 'Iron Deficiency Anaemia Knowledge Pathway' to find out the answers!
Also, why not have a look at the newest 'Knowledge Pathways' on PEN? These include Malnutrition and Microbiota.
What are the co-morbidities of gout and how does the presence of these co-morbidities influence lifestyle recommendations for gout? Systematic reviews of observational studies found certain diseases/health conditions to be positively correlated with serum uric acid and to be associated with a greater risk of developing hyperuricemia and gout as well as more frequent gout attacks.
To see the answer to this updated Practice Question in PEN, click here!
October 2016: Code of Conduct
The BDA has reviewed the existing Code of Professional Conduct and revised them to meet current practice, and HCPC Standards. We would like to have members views on the Draft Code, and welcome feedback on any aspect of the publication.
More information about the revised Code and link to the consultation survey can be found here.
October 2016: Sugar Tax
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends taxing sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB), such as pop/soft drinks/soda, fruit drinks, sport drinks, energy and vitamin water drinks, sweetened iced tea and lemonade, to lower consumption and reduce the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay worldwide. Read the PEN article here!
For additional content, have a read of the answer to the following PEN Practice Question: What interventions can help reduce consumption of energy from SSB in children?
October 2016: Hot Topics!
Wearable Technology and Weight Loss: Do They Work? Check out the response here in PEN! ''An NHS Choices article, Fitness Trackers 'Don't Help You Lose Weight' provides a critique of a recent JAMA study...''
The Paleo Diet Still Lacks Evidence: Read Dr Tanis Fenton's (PEN Evidence Analyst) letter to the editor of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition challenging the interpretation of the review's results and conclusions. The letter and link can be found here. Why not have a read of the Diet Composition - Paleolithic Diet Knowledge Pathway?
October 2016: PEN eNews!
Remember to check out PEN eNews, the bi-monthly newsletter which includes lots of interesting articles and answers to topical questions in nutrition and dietetics!
In the most recent issue of PEN eNews, the articles that caught our eye included:
- Five Reasons to Disregard Food Sensitivity Tests
- Is Organic Food Healthier?
- Understanding Quantitative Research Part 1 and Part 2
- Book Review of 'Diet Cults'
Click here to sign up to PEN eNews today!
October 2016: Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) Autumn Showcase is back!
On Friday 4th November 2016, the SENr Autumn Showcase is back focusing on 'Endurance'. For more information, click here.
Don't forget to check out our 'Supplement Use in Sport: Position Statement' (2016).
Why not have a read of our latest SENr newsletter? keeping you up to date with all things SENr!
October 2016: What's New in PEN?
NEWLY UPDATED! 'Vitamin and Mineral' handouts (2016) including Magnesium, Iron, Selenium, Vitamin B12, Sodium, Vitamin A & C, Zinc, Niacin, Folate and Calcium.
Dietary Reference Intakes Knowledge Pathway: Expert Group on Vitamins and Mineral: Safe Upper Levels for Vitamins and Minerals
Food and Nutrition Labelling Knowledge Pathway: Food and Drink Labelling: A Tool to Encourage Healthier Eating (Food and Drink Federation)
COMING SOON! New UK Malnutrition Tools and Resources!
September 2016: What's New in PEN?
Healthy Lifestyle Knowledge Pathway: Adult and Child Data Set Powerpoint presentations (Public Health England)
Dietary Reference Intakes Knowledge Pathway: Government Dietary Recommendations (Public Health England, August 2016)
New Knowledge Pathway: 'Malnutrition'
August 2016: What's New in PEN?
Critical Illness Knowledge Pathway: BDA Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Specialist Group: Dietetic Outcomes Toolkit, BDA Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Specialist Group: Having an Enteral Feeding Tube: Further Questions to Ask, BDA Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Specialist Group: Enteral Tube Feeding: Your Questions Answered, NICE Guidelines: Nutrition Support for Adults: Oral Nutrition Support, Enteral Tube Feeding and Parenteral Nutrition.
Counselling Strategies Knowledge Pathway: Using Behaviour Change in Practice
New Knowledge Pathway: 'Gastrointestinal System - Microbiota'
July 2016: Launch of the new Education and Professional Development Twitter Page
Follow us @BDAProf for the latest news and developments!
July 2016: Prescribing Latest News: The first non-medical prescribing course in the UK has been approved by the HCPC to enrol dietitians
The last piece of the puzzle falls into place! Confirmation has just been received from HCPC that one supplementary prescribing programme at the University of the West of England (Bristol) has had major changes approved at panel to allow for dietitians to be included. This is great news as the HCPC had informed us that there would probably not be any approvals before the end of summer at the earliest.Let’s hope more HEIs can be persuaded to press on with approval.We are in a unique position at the moment to be able to gather data pre and post prescribing so we can measure the impact of dietetic supplementary prescribing.
If you are keen to be involved and collect data, already manage medicines (not nutritional borderline substances) and are planning to enrol on a non-medical prescribing course when they become available, please email Judy Lawrence email@example.com
July 2016: What's new in PEN?
Here is a snapshot of Knowledge Pathways with recently added tools and resources to help support your dietetic practice:
Food Allergy Knowledge Pathway: Shopping and Cooking on a Restricted Diet, Sulphites and Airway Symptoms, and Sesame and Other Seeds.
IBD Knowledge Pathway: Food and IBD, Diarrhea and Constipation, Managing Bloating and Wind and Dehydration.
Nervous System – Parkinson’s Disease Knowledge Pathway: Living with Parkinson’s and Eating, Swallowing and Saliva Control in Parkinson’s
Cystic Fibrosis Knowledge Pathway: Cystic Fibrosis-related Diabetes and Cystic Fibrosis and Bone Health
Prostate Cancer Knowledge Pathway: Male Cancer: Awareness, Diagnosis and Treatment, Living with Prostate Cancer: A Guide to Physical, Emotional and Practical Issues and Diet, Activity and Your Risk of Prostate Cancer
Healthy Weight/Obesity Knowledge Pathway: Bariatric Surgery: Post-op Primary Care Management, Ten Top Tips for the Management of Patients Post-Bariatric Surgery in Primary Care