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Safety Spotlight: Dairy, dietary supplement use, and breast cancer
In this first-ever installment of Safety Spotlight, we examine two observational studies that explored the association of breast cancer with dairy intake and breast cancer outcomes with supplement use.
Investigating inulin-type fructans for glycemic control
These prebiotics seem to make a decent dent in glycemic control problems, especially for people with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.
Deep Dive: Can synbiotics help prevent respiratory tract infections?
This meta-analysis found a modest, but reliable, effect in adults, but no apparent effect in children. However, what doses and strains work best is far from clear. There’s also no strong reason to suspect that these results carry over to more serious RTIs, like COVID-19.
Can supplementation help silence tinnitus symptoms?
This study found that a blend of lots vitamins and antioxidants had a significant impact on tinnitus, but it’s far from clear which ingredients played a role and which sat on the sidelines.
Probiotics for stool solidity during cancer treatment
Probiotics seem to help with diarrhea caused by radiation treatment, but better quality evidence is needed to confirm how well it works, and what doses and strains work best.
Deep Dive: Thick fiber for slimming down
Consuming viscous, soluble fiber may help reduce bodyweight in the absence of calorie restriction… but not to a meaningful extent.
Investigating vitamin D for reducing arterial stiffness
Vitamin D deficiency is correlated with stiffness of the arteries, which is a predictor of cardiovascular disease. This meta-analysis looked at clinical trials to see if vitamin D supplementation can affect arterial stiffness.
NERD News: Pharmaceutical peanut powder power!
In this first installment of NERD News, we cover a new drug that lowers the chance of severe allergic reaction to peanuts in children who already have peanut allergy.
NERD Nulls: November–December 2019
Welcome to the first installment of NERD Nulls — a rapid-fire roundup of some nutritional studies that didn’t find a clear effect!
A higher protein diet for 48 hours can create a negative energy balance
Swapping carbs for protein may help people with obesity and prediabetes keep the weight off.
Deep Dive: Investigating the effects of folate and zinc on male fertility
While folate and zinc are essential for processes necessary for male fertility, it may be possible to have too much of a good thing.
Omega-3s may make mild cognitive impairment a little bit milder
This meta-analysis found a small impact of omega-3 supplementation on a measure of cognition in people with mild cognitive impairment.
Deep Dive: Elevated protein intake can benefit lean mass
People who resistance train got the biggest bang for the buck, but the benefit is less clear in other populations.
Interview: Matt Stranberg, MS, RDN, LDN, CSSD, CSCS
Dietitian and exercise scientist Matt Stranberg covers the ins and outs of disordered eating and problematic physical activity in this detailed interview.
Deep Dive: Does early exposure reduce food allergies in infants?
Most early exposure studies to date looked at the effects of early exposure to a single potential allergen. Here, we cover a secondary analysis of a study that used six potentially allergenic foods.
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