Happy Spring, Readers!
This issue we lead off with two excellent clinical nutrition articles that deal with surgical nutrition. First is an article titled “Bariatric Surgery: A Double-Edged Sword,” by Drs. Ranjit, Lapik, Gapparova and Galchenko that is an excellent summary of the risks and benefits of bariatric surgery. There is a lot to take in here, and it deserves a careful read. The second article deals with practical guidelines for applying the steps of the “Nutrition Care Process in Surgical Patients in the Context of Enhanced Recovery after Survey” in an article led by Dr. Khalooefari and his team. This article is a gem for providing guidance on useful ways to integrate nutrition care in various surgical procedures.
Next, we turn to an article on the history of nutrition, on one of the pioneers in human nutrition research in the 20th century, Dr. Doris Howes Calloway, who served for many years on the faculty and later as provost of the University of California at Berkeley. The article is authored by several of her former doctoral students. Next, we go on to an article on protein, a topic Dr Calloway did many studies on. This piece is timely, since so many people are taking various dietary supplements and amino acids in hopes that they will improve athletic performance. This article, led by Dr. Jibril, is titled the “Effects of Protein and Amino Acid Supplementation on Muscle Mass and strength in a Healthy Population.” We wind up with a fascinating issue that comes up now and then; can diet have an impact on sex ratio at birth? Dr. Antoine Aoun leads this team in asking “Does Maternal Nutrition have any Impact on Sex Ratio at Birth in Animal and Human Studies?” Well, there’s not much there in humans, but seems to be in some animals.
With many good wishes for a fine spring and summer.
Johanna Dwyer DSc,RD
Editor, Nutrition Today