May/June 2017 - Volume 52 - Issue 3

  • Johanna Dwyer, DSc, RD
  • 0029-666X
  • 1538-9839
  • 6 issues / year
Welcome to some good spring reading. In this issue, there is something for everyone. 

Starting with the cover is a fine piece that focuses on something we can learn a lot from the Canadians on: targeted nutrition screening of older adults in primary care settings for frailty and other health problems that are often diet related. Drs.Celia Laur and Heather Keller draw on their experiences working in Ontario to make this a reality. All readers who work with older adults will find this a worthwhile piece to read. 

For those who need continuing education credits, our regular columnist and member of our Editorial Board provides a splendid review of the basics of genetic testing . For those of us whose genetics courses were decades ago, this is a quick way to become literate again. Dietary patterns are all the rage, but some of us wonder what they really mean and how to interpret what they tell us. Dr. Carol Boushey, another member of our Editorial Board, weighs in on that with some very good advice.  Next we delve into tax policy—a topic most of us would love to forget until next April 15 rolls around again with another bill. In this case, it is trying to understand the thicket of sugar taxes, price supports and the like, and exactly how they behave. Dr. Dennis Saviano and Abby Dilk of Purdue University explain what we can expect in terms of damping or increasing sugar consumption and prices. Who knew it was so complicated? This timely piece is well worth a read.

Speaking of current events, there are also the mysteries of those new fangled communications systems, including the web. Our columnists Sylvia Rowe and Nick Alexander take us behind the communications curtain to show us how the sytem works. Reading this column will make you an ever more informed and discriminating reader yourself. After this rich literary repast it only make sense to wind up with something  sensible cuisine wise. Drs. Roman Pawlak and Kathy Kolase (our columnist and also recently elected fellow the the American Society of Nutrition) take on a trouble medical student who is thinking of switching to a vegetarisn diet. Their piece on plant based diets really makes sense and provides useful advice for counselors.

Since this issue reaches you after Memorial Day and the next will not be until after the 4th of July, we wish you all happy holidays for both!


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