Thursday, October 28, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I thought this was an interesting article...something that we probably don't think about often enough. The original article can be found here.
Low-Fructose Diet May Ease Kids’ Abdominal Pain
WebMD Health News
Oct. 18, 2010 -- New research suggests that a low-fructose diet reduces recurrent abdominal pain in children with fructose malabsorption. The condition causes gas, bloating, and cramping because of an inability to properly digest fructose.
Fructose is a sugar found naturally in fruits, honey, and some syrup. It is also used to sweeten many processed foods and drinks. Researchers led by Daniel Lustig, MD, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Center in Tacoma, Wash., studied 245 patients aged 2 to 18 who had unexplained chronic abdominal pain,constipation, gas, bloating, and/or diarrhea. Nearly two-thirds of the group was female and the median age was 11.
The children underwent breath hydrogen tests to determine if they had fructose intolerance. Nearly 54% of the group tested positive for fructose intolerance.
Children who tested positive were put on a low-fructose diet and counseled by a registered dietitian. They were later re-evaluated for pain. Sixty-seven percent of the children who tested positive for fructose intolerance reported resolution of abdominal pain and other symptoms after being on the low-fructose diet. Of note, about 48% of children who tested negative for fructose intolerance also reported resolution of their abdominal pain without a low-fructose diet.
The findings were presented today at American College of Gastroenterology's (ACG) 75th Annual Scientific meeting in San Antonio.
Lustig says fructose intolerance appears to be more common in teenage girls. Fructose intolerance can be mistaken for other gastrointestinal disorders that cause abdominal cramping and pain, such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or irritable bowel syndrome.
“With fructose in everything from fruit to pre-packaged products, soft drinks, and honey, it is difficult to avoid so the challenge is finding those foods without fructose and still maintain a healthy nutritional balance," Lustig says. "While there is definitely a subset of patients who respond well to a low-fructose diet, it's challenging for patients who are fructose intolerant to maintain, especially teenagers. But the good news is that over half of patients who are fructose intolerant are able to maintain a low-fructose diet and are able to notice an immediate improvement in their symptoms.”
Friday, October 15, 2010
Our patients receive vaccinations against Hepatitis A at the 12 month and 18 month visits, so most of your children should be protected. Some teenagers may not have received the vaccine when they were little, although we try to catch them up when they start 7th grade. If you have any questions about your child's immunization status, feel free to call us at 801 565-1162 to check on it.
Symptoms of Hepatitis A to watch for would include: vomiting, diarrhea, jaundice (yellow coloring of the skin and eyes) and tiredness. If you or your child has these symptoms, please get checked.
Friday, October 8, 2010
As one who occasionally dons the skinny jean, I was curious to read about Skinny Jean Syndrome.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic" Sponsored by Salt Lake Regional Medical Center and Community Nursing Services
Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic
When: October 2, 2010 from 9am - 1pm.
Where: Rio Tinto Stadium – south parking lot.
Available to anyone 6 months and older.
Insurances accepted: Aetna, Altius, Blue Cross, DMBA, PEHP, SelectHealth, Summit Care, United Health Care, Medicare part B and some Medicare Advantage Plans. Cash price for the shot is $20. Roll in… Roll up… Roll out.
Sponsored by Salt Lake Regional Medical Center and Community Nursing Services.
For more information call: (801) 207-8777