Major Shift In New Federal Dietary Guidelines Proposed

Huffington Post, 19 February 2015
Author: Mary Clare Jalonick
“Recommendations Thursday from a government advisory committee call for an environmentally friendly diet lower in red and processed meats. But the panel would reverse previous guidance on limiting dietary cholesterol. And it says the caffeine in a few cups of coffee could actually be good for you. The committee is recommending the first real limits on added sugar, saying that’s especially a problem for young people.”
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Guantanamo force feeding trial: the US is wrong to medicalize hunger striking

BMJ 2015;350:h669
Author: W John Kalk
“Legal wrangles continue after a US judge demanded videos showing forced nasogastric feeding in Guantanamo be made public. Force feeding should play no part in the care of mentally competent patients, says W John Kalk, who treated hunger striking prisoners in South Africa during the apartheid era.”
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Class action lawsuit looming over imported frozen berry Hepatitis A scare

SMH, 18 February 2015
Author: Darren Gray, Deborah Gough
“A class action lawsuit is looming over the Hepatitis A food scare linked to imported frozen berries, with law firm Slater and Gordon encouraging anyone who ate the berries and developed the virus to come forward.”
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Starvation in the land of plenty: why Australians are malnourished

The Conversation, 4 February 2015
Authors: Karen Charlton and Karen Walton
“Malnutrition is a significant issue around the world, especially in developing countries. But it’s not just a problem for poor nations. A third of hospitalised Australians aged 65 years and older are overtly malnourished. A further 50% of this group are at high risk of malnutrition.”
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Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation – Final Communique

Australian Government Department of Health, online 30 January 2015
“The Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (the Forum) met in Auckland today and considered a range of matters including an update on the Health Star Rating (HSR) system, the review of low THC hemp as a food and production and processing requirements for approved raw milk products. The Forum comprises all Australian and New Zealand Ministers responsible for food regulation, and is chaired by the Australian Government Assistant Minister for Health, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash.”
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Planning and evaluating population interventions to reduce noncommunicable disease risk – reconciling complexity and scientific rigour?

Public Health Res Practice. 2014;25(1):e2511402
Authors: Adrian Bauman, Don Nutbeam
“The prevention of chronic disease in populations is a complex challenge. It requires efforts to reduce the biobehavioural risk factors for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as physical inactivity, poor nutrition and smoking, and to consider the social and economic contexts in which health-compromising behaviours occur. NCD prevention programs are ‘complex public health programs’ because of their multiple intervention components, delivery in different settings and prolonged time frames. Evaluation of NCD programs is correspondingly complex.”
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Countries vow to combat malnutrition through firm policies and actions

Joint WHO/FAO news release, 19 November 2014
“In a major step towards eradicating malnutrition worldwide, over 170 countries today made a number of concrete commitments and adopted a series of recommendations on policies and investments aimed at ensuring that all people have access to healthier and more sustainable diets.”
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Rickets returns as poor families find healthy diets unaffordable

The Guardian, 31 August 2014
Author: Tracy McVeigh
Poverty is forcing people to have dangerously poor diets and is leading to the return of rickets and gout – diseases of the Victorian age that affect bones and joints – according the UK Faculty of Public Health.The public health professionals’ body will call for a national food policy, including a sugar tax, as concerns rise over malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies in British children. It will also appeal for all political parties to back a living wage to help combat the illnesses.
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