A Dutch study of elderly, vitamin D-insufficient patients has found weekly doses of 8400 IU of vitamin D3 helped increase serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations. The researchers say the treatment was particularly helpful for patients suffering from elevated swaying, which can lead to falls and broken bones in older people.
Demetrios Recachinas has gone from restaurant chef to food program manager at Martha's Table, a Washington, D.C., organization that provides meals for the homeless and others in need. He has increased the quantities of organic and fresh produce served, shifted the focus toward meals made from scratch, and started a small garden.
A Consumers Union investigation found bagged salad labeled as "prewashed" still may contain high levels of bacteria indicative of poor sanitation or fecal contamination, such as enterococcus and coliforms. However, one food safety expert said the study is "almost useless to consumers" because indicator organisms are widespread and don't generally cause illness.
A study found tagatose can provide both sweetness and prebiotic benefits to acidic drinks. Tagatose, which is chemically similar to fructose, is low-calorie, tooth-friendly and only minimally absorbed in the upper gastrointestinal tract. There are stability issues that need to be considered before adding tagatose to products, the researchers said.
Preterm infants fed when they are hungry rather than on a set schedule may have an earlier hospital discharge, a review of studies suggested. The reviewers said feeding preterm infants in response to hunger cues also may help establish independent oral feeding and increase nutrient intake and growth rates.