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Laura Slattery

Laura Slattery

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The British Medical Association (BMA) and Royal College of Physicians (RCP) today publish decision-making guidance for doctors on clinically-assisted nutrition and hydration (CANH)1 for patients who lack the capacity to consent.

  • A comprehensive review published in Annals of Medicine confirms low muscle mass is linked to an increased risk of serious health complications and decreased survival
  • Growing scientific evidence suggests muscle mass should be a key factor in evaluating a person's health status, especially if living with a chronic disease

NHS England has published guidance for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) on the prescribing of gluten-free foods in primary care in England. This follows the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) consultation outcome, to continue to allow access to gluten-free foods on prescription in England but to restrict items to gluten-free bread products and mixes only.

With the NHS under increasing pressure to make cost savings, AYMES is a welcome addition to the oral nutritional supplements (ONS) market, providing a fresh approach to prescribing by driving down prices. This has helped save the NHS more than £41 million since AYMES entry into the market. A figure equating to 104,000 hospital stays or 1,892 additional nurses.

Wednesday, 05 December 2018 09:41

Juvela Gluten Free Prescribing Update

Juvela is pleased to confirm that all the Juvela Gluten Free (Flour) Mixes (white, fibre and harvest) and Bread Products including fresh, long-life and part-baked loaves and rolls (white and fibre) have all been reviewed and approved by the Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances (ACBS) and will remain available on prescription in all areas of the UK for patients with clinically diagnosed coeliac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis. Availability may vary depending on local CCG policy. We can also confirm that we will continue to supply the entire range of Juvela products to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Public health strategies to cut sweetened drink consumption could be useful, say researchers.

Refractory coeliac disease, a deadly form of the autoimmune condition coeliac disease, receives its first dedicated support from NHS England with the setting up of a Rare Disease Collaborative Network (RDCN) to accelerate research and treatment into this life-threatening condition.

A new Cochrane Review has found that increasing the intake of omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) during pregnancy reduces the risk of premature births.

The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) has recognised the outstanding achievements of top food and nutrition students and teachers from UK schools, as well as early career and established nutrition scientists, through a series of awards presented during its Annual Day 2018.

The EFSA has launched an interactive tool that allows health professionals to make quick and easy calculations using the EFSA's dietary reference values.

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