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Commentary. Ready-to-use therapeutic food. Can the children be saved with fortified peanut paste?

In the February 2011 issue of the Journal of World Public Health Nutrition Association, Michael Latham (of blessed memory), Urban Jonsson, Elizabeth Sterken and George Kent discussed issues related to Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food for the management of Severe Malnutrition. Specific headings discussed included What is RUTF, The issue, Use for Severe Acute Malnutrition, RUTF used […]

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Prevalence of wasting among under 6-month-old infants in developing countries and implications of new case definitions using WHO standards

Kerac M, Blencowe H, Grijalva-Eternod C, McGrath M, Shoham J, Cole TJ, Seal A A study has found that wasting among infants under 6 months is prevalent in many developing countries whether NCHS or WHO definitions are used. However using WHO standards to define wasting results in a greater disease burden, particularly for severe wasting. […]

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Indian Government Asks UNICEF To Stop Distribution Of Nutrition Aid

“India has asked UNICEF to stop distributing millions of dollars worth of nutrition aid to children, saying it had been done without permission and at the expense of local food to fight hunger,” Reuters reports. Since August 2008, UNICEF has invested about $2.4 million importing “a high energy relief treatment known as ‘Ready to Use […]

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Prognostic Accuracy of WHO Growth Standards to Predict Mortality in a Large-Scale Nutritional Program

This study by Lapidus and colleagues showed that among children being treated for malnutrition in Niger, Weight-for-Height indicators calculated using WHO standards were more accurate for predicting mortality risk than those calculated using the NCHS reference. The findings are of great significance because it means that more children at risk of dying can be identified […]

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