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Malnutrition

Research in fruit flies suggests a new mechanism explaining how diet may affect cancer, obesity and adaptations to malnutrition

Posted January 17, 2014

New research from the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre suggests that nutrients in the diet may play a role in changing the architecture of blood vessels in the gut and other organs. The study, in fruit flies, found that small changes in their diet alter the nerve signalling that guides branching of new oxygen-delivering tubules – a process reminiscent of adaptive angiogenesis. In turn, this affects how the fly handles and stores different nutrients from its diet.

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Vitamin A-enhanced Cassava Fights Malnutrition

Posted September 25, 2013

Up to 250,000 children around the world die each year from the lack of a simple vitamin, according to the World Health Organization. Vitamin A is essential for the body to fight life-threatening infections. It’s also important for vision – and the lack of it leaves more children blind than any other preventable cause. Vitamin A deficiency is especially common among the poor – who cannot afford to eat many fruits, vegetables and other vitamin-rich foods. So, as VOA’s Steve Baragona reports, researchers are working to make the staple foods they can afford more nutritious.

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Effective supplements to benefit malnourished children worldwide

Posted September 15, 2013

Thirty-three million children worldwide suffer from moderate acute malnutrition. It affects human development and generally, increases susceptibility to illness. Unfortunately, the nutritional supplements and aid that these children may receive today is based upon dated standards developed for adults or otherwise intended for children with severe acute nutrition.

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Gut Microbes at Root of Severe Malnutrition in Kids

Posted January 31, 2013

A study of young twins in Malawi, in sub-Saharan Africa, finds that bacteria living in the intestine are an underlying cause of a form of severe acute childhood malnutrition.

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Orange Sweet Potatoes Help Fight Malnutrition in Africa

Posted August 17, 2012

Africa is famous for having an under-nourished and malnourished population. Most people are found to have a micronutrient deficiency of some sort, with Vitamin A deficiency being one of the most common. However, a new and improved sweet potato may be the answer to Vitamin A deficiency, which when severe, could lead to blindness and premature death. The deficiency is found to be most common in children.

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Researchers explore molecular mechanisms of malnutrition

Posted July 30, 2012

Researchers have uncovered new molecular mechanisms involved in malnutrition, which may one day mean those with poor nourishment do not suffer from ill health.

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Manuka Honey and Its Medicinal Uses

Posted April 30, 2012

Manuka honey sounds like something you should be spreading on your toast but the medical profession is beginning to find some interesting uses of it in healing the sick. There are many uses of manuka honey that are being discovered but here are the 5 most common uses for Manuka honey within the medical profession.

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