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Illinois professor chairs committee that recommends immediate calories, protein for TBI
Date:5/3/2011

he said.

He noted that wartime victims of TBI often have other injuries that grab a medical professional's attention.

"The first person who arrives on the scene isn't thinking about feeding the wounded person. They're triaging the people who need immediate assistance, and they're stabilizing the soldiers who are severely injured and moving them to a forward base where they can be treated. At some point early on, IV fluids may be given, but they may not contain protein and calories," he said.

The committee was also asked to provide a list of other possible nutritional interventions for enhancing recovery from TBI, and they identified a list of food components that should be researched further. These include the B vitamin choline, the amino acid-like compound creatine, n-3 fatty acids commonly known as EPA and DHA, and zinc as the most promising areas of investigation, he said.

"The Department of Defense was pleased to have the committee's priority list because they need to make good decisions about which studies to fund. They have limited funds," he said.

Defense officials are tremendously interested in increasing the survival rate and speed of recovery of TBI victims and in facilitating their recovery with nutritional interventions, he said.


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Contact: Phyllis Picklesimer
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217-244-2827
University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
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