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New guidelines for pediatric celiac disease

June 09, 2016
New guidelines have been published for celiac disease and introducing gluten to an infant’s diet. They include key points on breastfeeding and a go-slow approach.

New Nutrition Label

May 23, 2016

The FDA just finalized its new Nutrition Facts Label, which will now include the amount of added sugar found in packaged foods.  While this is great news, parents still need to be vigilant when it comes to sources of hidden sugar in foods. This blog highlights key points to remember.

What is celiac disease?

April 18, 2016

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that damages the small intestine and prevents the absorption of nutrients. This disease occurs in genetically predisposed people and can be diagnosed at any age. Worldwide, an estimated 1 in 100 people have celiac disease.

Good nutrition crucial before head and neck cancer therapy

February 26, 2016

Good nutrition is crucial for any patient undergoing cancer therapy, but many head and neck cancer patients struggle to get the nutrients they need as they prepare for treatment. A large proportion of patients with head and neck cancers present to their doctors with significant weight loss. Sometimes, the weight loss is unexplained. But more often, there is a clear reason for it.

Eliminating Fructose: A Nurse’s Perspective

February 19, 2016

You may have heard recently that Swedish Pediatrics is no longer offering juice to patients. I wholeheartedly support this decision, and here’s why.

5 fast facts about ulcerative colitis

February 10, 2016

In January, the world mourned the loss of Glenn Frey, founding member of the Eagles. He reportedly battled two autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis, for years before his death. Questions since have swirled in the media about these diseases. Here are five fast facts about ulcerative colitis from specialist Karlee Ausk, M.D.

Maternal and infant diets: Do food choices affect food allergies?

February 05, 2016

In recent years, there has been a lot of discussion about which foods are appropriate for infants and moms. Families often get confused and ask questions such as: Can you eat peanuts while you’re pregnant? What solid foods should I give my infant, and when? Read on for answers.

Upcoming cancer education classes

January 13, 2016

How do you cope with a cancer diagnosis? What can you do to lower your risk of getting cancer? When it comes to cancer, there is a lot to learn. The Education Department at the Swedish Cancer Institute offers regular cancer education classes. 

Update on the proposed changes to food labels by the FDA

August 24, 2015
In a previous blog post, I mentioned that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is making changes to nutrition facts labels (originally introduced 20 years ago to help consumers make informed and healthy food choices).

On July 27, 2015, the FDA added a supplement to the initially proposed changes (originally published March 2015). It proposes that food manufacturers not only list the grams of added sugar, but also declare the percent daily value (%DV) for added sugars, which is a major step forward in aligning with international standards for sugar intake, and a totally novel concept in terms of food labelling in the U.S.

Eating organic may help prevent UTIs

August 18, 2015
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are very common and becoming harder to treat due to antibiotic resistant bacteria. Where are these resistant bacteria coming from? Overuse of oral antibiotics for any suspected infection has historically been thought to be a culprit, but now there's increasing evidence that resistant bacteria are coming from the global food chain, and in particular the poultry industry. Antibiotics are commonly used in poultry feed on chicken farms to reduce the risk of E.coli infections. Drug-resistant E.coli UTIs are increasing in women who are otherwise healthy and living in the community and have no other risk factors for developing drug-resistant infections. There is increasing evidence that drug-resistant E.coli from antibiotic-treated chicken meat, then ingested by women, may contribute to the emergence of drug-resistant community-acquired UTIs.