A study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology suggests that consuming a Mediterranean diet may aid kidney health in kidney transplant recipients. The researchers examined the dietary intake of 632 adult kidney transplant recipients using a 177-item validated food frequency questionnaire. Adherence to the Mediterranean diet was assessed using a nine-point Mediterranean Diet Score. Primary end point of the study was graft failure and secondary end points included kidney function decline and graft loss.
During a median follow-up of 5.4 years, 76 participants developed graft failure, 119 developed kidney function decline, and 181 developed graft loss. The researchers found that the Mediterranean Diet Score was inversely associated with all study end points—graft failure, kidney function decline, and graft loss. In fact, for every two-point increase in the Mediterranean Diet Score, there was a 29% lower risk of kidney function decline and a 32% lower risk of kidney failure.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking public input on opportunities and challenges that affect the successful implementation of international school feeding programs, in particular, the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program.
An animal study published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences suggests that saffron extract may prevent the onset of glaucoma, which is a neurodegenerative disease characterized by the loss of retinal ganglion cells.
A review published in the Science of Food provides an overview of the metabolism of linoleic acid (LA) by the brain and the effects of excess dietary LA intake on brain function.
On January 17, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue proposed two rules that would further roll back the Obama administration’s school lunch reforms.