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Nutrition Society – Dietary Assessment Methods Workshop coming to Edge Hill – can’t wait!

When Sue Crompton, Nutrition & Health student at Edge Hill University sent a message to ‘The Nutrition Society’, on Facebook, asking them to bring one of its prestigious events ‘Up North’ she didn’t think they actually would.  Well they have! 

Sue & Val already looking forward to the Nutrition Society event

The event coming to Edge Hill is the ‘Dietary Assessment Workshop’ which will be taking place on 26th March 2015. (Book by 5th Feb to take advantage of the early bird booking fee of £200).

  • Sue has had a lifelong interest in nutrition and exercise and says she’s really looking forward to the day and is delighted to be helping organise the event along with Kathleen Mooney our Senior Lecturer. 

The workshop will bring together current knowledge and practice on dietary assessment methods, with a particular focus on choosing correct assessment techniques for optimising dietary intake data measurement.

The practical, guided sessions will enable delegates to trial computational analysis of dietary data and include one-to-one drop-in discussions with experts in the field.

The workshop is open for all with a Bsc level of knowledge in dietary assessment methods.

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As for me, I’m really looking forward finding out about the new approaches to dietary assessment. This is a great skill to have and it’s brilliant that it’s on our doorstep.

Well done Sue, you did great!

Val

Sue -Nutrition Society - local organiser

Sue – Nut Soc Local Organiser

Registration fees:

All prices to attend are inclusive of training materials, lunch, refreshments, wi-fi and use of computer.

  • The cost for early bird booking is £200 (inc. VAT) valid until 5 February 2015.

From 6th Feb the cost will be:

  • Members of the Nutrition Society: £260 (inc. VAT)
  • Non-members: £330 (inc. VAT) Valid from 6 February 2015
    You can book this workshop online

Aims and objectives:

  • Select appropriate dietary assessment methods to address research aims
  • Understand how to minimise data collection error whilst estimating portion sizes
  • Understand limitations about food composition databases
  • Learn about new approaches in dietary assessment methods
  • Familiarise themselves with energy adjustment in nutrition surveys
  • Appreciate the application of dietary pattern methodology in nutrition surveys

Continue Professional Development (CPD) credits

This event has received Association for Nutrition (AfN) CPD Endorsement.
– See more at: http://www.nutritionsociety.org/training-and-education/dietary-assessment-methods#sthash.WuD4HR2G.dpuf- See more at: http://www.nutritionsociety.org/training-and-education/dietary-assessment-methods#sthash.WuD4HR2G.dpuf

Edge Hill - University of the year 2015

Edge Hill – University of the year 2015

Meet Hayley a mother who followed her instinct…

As a nutrition student I love chatting to people about nutrition related health issues. This week I met Hayley Anderson who delivers ‘Walking Away From Diabetes’ sessions at the Skelmersdale Community Food Initiative. Hayley a former Community Nurse, who studied at Edge Hill University, shared with me the story of her son Evan and the concerns she had about his digestive health, from an early age.

Hayley & Evan

Hayley & Evan

Hayley told me that as a baby Evan had suffered from recurring bouts of reflux, projectile vomiting and problems swallowing and how initially this was put down to possetting or common digestive problems.

Having trained as a nurse Hayley was able to question what she was being told by health professionals, and press for an endoscopy to investigate further. The endoscopy revealed that Evan was suffering from a severe case of Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) an allergic / immune condition which causes inflammation or swelling of the oesophagus which is the tube that sends food from the mouth to the stomach.

A 2013 study by Redd & Schey reported that the prevalence of EoE is said to have increased significantly over the past few years, however, it is unclear whether the prevalence is actually increasing or if health professionals are just recognising it more often.

The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) outline that in EoE patients, large numbers of white blood cells called eosinophils are found in the tissue of the oesophagus, where there are normally none. EoE is said to occur at any age and most commonly occurs in Caucasian males.

Evan in hospital

Evan in hospital

The symptoms of EoE are said to vary with age:

  • Babies and toddlers may refuse food or not grow properly.
  • School-age children may suffer from recurring abdominal pain, vomiting or have trouble swallowing.
  • Teenagers and adults most often have difficulty swallowing. The oesophagus can narrow to the point that food gets stuck and is called food impaction which is a medical emergency.The 2013 study referred to earlier, provides details of treatments such as the six food elimination diet which is the treatment being tried by Hayley and Evan. The diet is based on removing those foods groups with the most allergenic potential, namely, milk, eggs, soy, wheat, nuts, and seafood. This diet is less restrictive than elemental / formula diets and does not require the in-depth allergy testing necessary in specific food elimination diets. Studies in adults have shown varied results, which are possibly associated with the degree of compliance to the diet itself. There is evidence from one study of 35 patients with EoE, which found that 74 % of the patients showed improvements both clinically and histologically.
Evan lost weight when he was first born

Evan lost weight when he was first born

I was in a similar position to Hayley before my son was diagnosed coeliac disease, and like Hayley I just knew that there was something wrong and wouldn’t give up. Evan is very lucky to have Hayley as his mum, our concern is that other children may not be so lucky and be suffering unnecessarily.

For me as a Nutrition and Health student this case highlights the importance of ongoing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and keeping up to date with new research findings.

Evan after his diagnosis

Evan now after his diagnosis of Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)

Both Hayley and I say to parents everywhere you know your babies better than anyone else, so follow your instincts.

Val

More information on EoE can be found on the following websites: http://www.apfed.org/drupal/drupal/index.php
http://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/related-conditions/eosinophilic-esophagitis.aspx
http://curedfoundation.org/site/

http://www.allergyuk.org/childhood-food-allergy/eosinophilic-oesophagitis

Reference:

Redd, M. & Schey, R. (2013) Eosinophilic Esophagitis: Current Treatment, Digestive Diseases and Sciences<spacer.gif>58.3<spacer.gif>

A festival in a day!

I’ve always loved the idea of going to a festival but for one reason or another never managed to get to one. On Sunday however that all changed when I got a little taste of festival life and joined 50,000 other Radio 2 listeners at the ‘Festival in a Day’ The sun shone, the atmosphere was amazing and for 10 hours we owned a patch of grass 4msq in London’s Hyde Park!

20140917-215343.jpgThe line up included Paloma Faith, Bellowhead, Kacey Musgrave, Blondie, Chrissie Hyde, Billy Ocean and ELO’s Jeff Lynne who was on stage for his first gig in 28 years. It was great seeing inhibitions disappear and everyone going back to their youth and dancing ‘like nobody was watching’ including me!

20140917-220023.jpgAs a student nutritionist I was interested to see what the quality of the food would be like and it’s fair to say I was expecting a small selection of food outlets with poor quality food. But that wasn’t the case. There were noodle and deli bars, freshly made fish and chips, delicious smelling Churros, but what I didn’t expect was to find a great little gem of a stall called ‘The Honest Carrot‘ selling lovely vegetarian, vegan and gluten free food.

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I went for the halloumi, falafel wrap with chilli sauce which was absolutely delicious! Fiona the owner of ‘The Honest Carrot‘ said they had been trading at all the major festival with their biggest success being the Reading festival.

20140917-125959.jpgIt was great to see tasty, nutritious food on sale, and I’m glad I don’t need to wait for my next festival to enjoy what The Honest Carrot had to offer because I can order online for delivery to my door. That said, I don’t think you can beat picnicking on a sunny day, glass of wine in hand, accompanied by great company and great music.
Happy memories.😀
Val

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I’m an artist!……….

I’ve been on holiday this week in the Balearic Island of Mallorca. It was sunny, there was a lovely relaxed atmosphere, the sea was crystal clear and the food superb.

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Now I don’t know whether it’s this combination that makes your skin glow or if it’s purely the Mediterranean diet, but either way I loved it. Here’s a selection of what we ate, with special thanks to my sister Pam, who when she isn’t taking pictures of cats, takes a mean foodie pic.20140913-120154.jpg
Photographing food is the norm in my house, as I don’t think you can beat an original image to sit along side your nutritional musings. Generally my family and close friends accept that they are not allowed to eat or drink until I’ve got the right shot, which usually takes a few attempts. I thought I may attract attention in the beautiful surroundings of the Hotel I’ll a Dor and restaurants in and around Puerto Pollensa, but nobody batted an eyelid, I guess that’s the Tw-insta-book’ phenomenon!

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Come to think of it, the only place anyone has ever commented on this unusual hobby / obsession, is the
Manchester Art Gallery, when I whipped out my iPad to take a couple of pictures of a sugar bowl with a lovely array of sugar cubes, (no it wasn’t a display it was an actual sugar bowl on the refreshments table) and a member of the catering team said with a look of pure disdain “you’re taking a picture of sugar”. I replied “I’m an artist” and flounced off. One of my colleagues had commented earlier, that I was looking very bohemian that day, so I think I might just have got away with it!
To see a real food artist click on the following link to look at some amazing foodscapes by Carl Warner :
http://www.carlwarner.com/foodscapes/

I’m no Carl Warner, but I hope you enjoy the images, we certainly enjoyed what’s in them.

Val
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Life’s a peach!

Peaches are a great source of vitamin C and one medium peach (with skin) contains 1.36 grams of protein, 58 calories and 2.2 grams dietary fibre. Early research now suggests adding peaches to you diet can have protective benefits.

20140906-212523.jpgA Washington State University (WSU) food scientist published findings in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry outlining results from an animal study that found compounds in peaches can inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells and their ability to spread.

Researchers say the compounds could be a novel addition to therapies that reduce the risk of metastasis, the primary killer in breast and many other cancers. In the western hemisphere, breast cancer is the most common malignant disease for women. In the USA last year, the American Cancer Society estimated about 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer among women. The article says that the compounds could be given as peach polyphenol extract powder or be sourced from two to three fresh peaches a day.

Giuliana Noratto, WSU assistant professor of food science says that having enough fruits and vegetables in our diet can provide these compounds, and might have a similar preventive effects. She is now looking at other compounds such as wheat, barley, quinoa, apples and dairy products that could also have a role in preventing obesity-related diseases.

The WSU assistant professor is said to have been drawn to the research after doing work on the antioxidant activity of root plants in her native Peru where they have a huge tradition of medicinal plants. Noratto said. “We are great believers that you can cure yourself by having a good diet and a good supply of medicinal Plants”

How great would this be if the benefits could be replicated in human trials. To achieve this however, further in vitro and in vivo studies are needed to understand the molecular mechanisms involved.

Val

Reference:
Giuliana Noratto, Weston Porter, David Byrne, Luis Cisneros-Zevallos. Polyphenolics from peach (Prunus persica var. Rich Lady) inhibit tumor growth and metastasis of MDA-MB-435 breast cancer cells in vivo. The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, 2014; DOI: 10.1016/j.jnutbio.2014.03.001