Articles by KAREN H. MORIN

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Broadening our Understanding of Family Meals

Morin, Karen H.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 42(1):58, January/February 2017.

Although nurses are educated to perform a nutritional assessment, they may not gather additional information about the nature of family meals. These data may highlight underlying unhealthy nutritional behaviors that could be addressed by asking a few questions that are broader in scope.

Dietary Influence on Depression

Morin, Karen H.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 41(5):311, September/October 2016.

Food can influence mental wellbeing, making a nutritional assessment a critical aspect of nursing practice. Our nutrition expert, Dr. Morin, explains the potential link between diet and depression.

Food Allergies: New Evidence for Peanut Introduction

Morin, Karen H.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 41(3):188, May/June 2016.

Approximately 15 million Americans have food allergies, 8% of which are children. Food allergies are therefore a major public health issue. New guidelines suggest introducing peanuts early in the diet of children who are high risk for developing peanut allergies. Our nutrition expert, Dr. Morin, provides an update.

High Altitude Illness: Dietary Implications

Morin, Karen H.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 41(1):60, January/February 2016.

Have you ever wondered how to prevent high altitude illness when traveling? What is the best nutrition advice for patients planning travel to a high altitude destination? Our nutrition expert, Dr. Morin, explains how adequate hydration and eating more complex carbohydrates may be helpful as proactive preventative measures.

Gluten-Free Diets

Morin, Karen H.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 40(6):396, November/December 2015.

Gluten-free diets are becoming a common practice in the United States and other countries. Our nutrition expert, Dr. Morin, explains what you need to know to answer questions from patients about gluten-free diets and suggests resources where you can get more information.

The Social Nature of Eating

Morin, Karen H.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 40(4):264, July/August 2015.

Have you ever noticed that you tend to eat more when in the company of others? Have you ever wondered why this happens? Our nutrition expert Dr. Morin explains eating and social behavior.

Helping Families Understand Portion and Serving Sizes

Morin, Karen H.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 40(3):196, May/June 2015.

There are differences between portion size and serving size. Each has an influence on weight management and risk of obesity.

Thinking About a Diet?

Morin, Karen H.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 40(1):60, January/February 2015.

Which diet works best: low carbohydrate or low fat? Our nutrition expert, Dr. Morin, provides the latest information to help guide women who may be asking about weight loss dieting.

Differentiating Between Food Security and Insecurity

Morin, Karen H.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 39(6):381, November/December 2014.

Food insecurity is not the same as hunger. Learn what food security and insecurity mean in the context of ease of accessibility to food, anxiety, and eating patterns.

Potential Tools to Assess Diet Quality

Morin, Karen H.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 39(5):331, September/October 2014.

Our nutrition expert reviews three instruments that can be used to evaluate nutritional intake. These instruments can be used in clinical practice and research.

Understanding Eating Behavior

Morin, Karen H.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 39(4):269, July/August 2014.

Consideration of eating patterns, eating norms, and social context are important in understanding nutritional behavior and knowing how best to counsel patients to promote good nutrition.

Nutritional Considerations During Bereavement

Morin, Karen H.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 39(3):205, May/June 2014.

Bereavement is an all consuming emotion which effects every aspect of the bereaved life, including nutritional behavior. Dr. Morin has examined the literature on this, and gives us a short synopsis in this column.

Food-Borne Illnesses: A Continuing Concern

Morin, Karen H.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 38(2):120, March/April 2013.

Considerable progress has been made to address food borne illnesses in the United States however this remains a serious health issue.

Evolving Global Education Standards for Nurses and Midwives

Morin, Karen H.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 37(6):360-364, November/December 2012.

Globalization has resulted in a world that is interdependent and interconnected and that challenges us about how best to prepare a knowledgeable workforce for the 21st century.

Helping Families Decipher Food Labels

Morin, Karen H.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 37(6):401, November/December 2012.

Nurses can help families become more informed about nutrition by being aware of factors that influence their understanding of the components of food labels.

Starting College: A Critical Time for Weight Gain

Morin, Karen H.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 37(2):130, March/April 2012.

The transition to college life can result in changes in weight status, and nurses play a key role in offering health promotion strategies to these students.

Managing Nutrition: A Critical Element in Diabetes Care

Morin, Karen H.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 36(1):63, January/February 2011.

Whether Type 1, Type 2 or Gestational diabetes, nutritional management is a key component of treatment. Dr. Morin's expertise will help your nursing practice in this area.

Revised Pregnancy Weight Gain Recommendations

Morin, Karen H.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 35(1):58, January/February 2010.

This nutrition column starts 2010 with a new title and new focus. Dr. Morin will now write about all aspects of maternal/child nutrition, and in this first column she tells us about the Institute of Medicine's newly revised pregnancy weight gain guidelines.

Preparing Infant Formula: Increasing Caregiver Knowledge

Morin, Karen H.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 34(6):387, November/December 2009.

We all try to help women with breastfeeding, but do we exert enough energy to teach women who bottlefeed? Knowing how to safely work with formula is essential for safe care of the newborn.

Melamine: The World at Your Doorstep

Morin, Karen H.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 34(4):261, July/August 2009.

Last year we learned about melamine in powdered milk in China when thousands of children died. What should you know about this dangerous chemical?

Breastfeeding Immediately After Birth

Morin, Karen H.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 34(1):63, January/February 2009.

Intrapartum nurses possess the power to alter usual practices in institutions that discourage immediate breastfeeding, and help women to begin breastfeeding while still in L&D. The science tells us this increases breastfeeding duration overall.

Infant Nutrition and Global Poverty

Morin, Karen H.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 32(6):382, November/December 2007.

In keeping with the global theme, Dr. Morin describes the problem of poor nutrition and its correlation with global poverty.

Where Is the Evidence for Teaching Methods Used in Nursing Education?

McCartney, Patricia R.; Morin, Karen H.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 30(6):406-412, November/December 2005.

It is not only practice areas that need outcome evidence. What about teaching? Do nurse educators know the best methods for teaching their students? Drs. McCartney and Morin have searched through this literature and are ready to help you find the answers.

Current Thoughts on Healthy Term Infant Nutrition: The First Twelve Months

Morin, Karen H.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 29(5):312-317, September/October 2004.

We’re seeing new formulas all the time. What are the recommendations for using them? Which nutrients should we be concerned about?

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