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Research Suggests Dementia Affects Perception of Flavor Sensation

Posted on 10. Jun, 2010 by .

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Patients lose understanding of certain tastes and food combinations.

Ever cared for long-term care patients with dementia who develop abnormal food preferences and a taste for eccentric food combinations? That behavior is most likely due to their loss of meaning for flavors, according to a study.

Dr. Katherine Piwnica-Worms from Washington University in St Louis, Mo., together with Dr. Jason Warren and colleagues from University College London, tested how four patients with dementia processed flavor information. They used jelly beans to stimulate the understanding of different flavors. They then compared those patients’ performance to the abilities of six healthy subjects — of the same age and cultural background — to process the same types of flavors.

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International Panel Sets New Malnutrition Standards

Posted on 04. Jun, 2010 by .

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The initiative is expected to end confusion and misdiagnosis.

Experts have agreed on three uniform definitions of malnutrition that will help scientists, health care professionals, and clinicians deal with its treatment better.

Members of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN), American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), and other international partners sat down in April to set the new guidelines which essentially aimed to resolve the lack of standard terms for varying forms and causes of malnutrition. Consequently, the panel has classified adult malnutrition into three forms: starvation-related, chronic disease-related or acute disease/injury-related.

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