Navigation Links
New Standards Could Cut Number of Malnourished Children on Feeding Programs

The introduction of new standards to assess nutrition in children could lead to confusion and a cut in the numbers of malnourished children eligible// for emergency feeding programs, warn researchers in this week’s BMJ.

According to the UN World Food Program, the number of nutritional emergencies has risen over the last twenty years, from an average of 15 per year during the 1980s to more than 30 per year since 2000. In 2005, around 73 million people were supplied with food aid.

The new World Health Organization standards were released in April 2006 and are being advocated as a replacement for the currently used growth reference curves, produced by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and WHO in 1978.

But research from Andrew Seal and Marko Kerac at University College London and the College of Medicine, Malawi, found that, whilst the new standards would increase the number of children identified as malnourished, it could also result in fewer children being admitted to feeding programs.

The reason for this is the way nutritional status is calculated. It can be expressed by using either z scores or the percentage of the median. Most aid agencies use the median method to determine a child’s eligibility for admission on to a therapeutic feeding program although the z score method is also used infrequently for this purpose.

The research team used both methods and found marked differences between the cut-offs used for defining severe acute malnutrition from the WHO standards and NCHS reference data.

Under the z score calculation, children were more likely to be diagnosed as severely malnourished, but under the median method calculation, children were less likely to be diagnosed as malnourished. This means that fewer children would be eligible for therapeutic feeding programs and those already on programs would be discharged sooner than at present.

A similar pattern emerged i n the diagnosis of severe and moderate malnutrition.

The authors say the potential impact on mortality rates of the inappropriate use of the WHO Growth standards is, as yet, unknown. They suggest that a full assessment of the appropriate use of the new WHO standards is urgently required and should be completed before they are implemented by aid agencies running emergency nutrition programs.


Related medicine news :

1. Researchers Feel The Need For Standards Of Practice In Immunoglobulin Therapy
2. DMAA to Develop Disease Management Standards by December
3. Setting Standards: Benchmark Medical Tests to Gauge Accuracy of Medical Tests
4. Medical Colleges, Confident of Meeting Standards Before 90-days deadline
5. Cleanliness Standards Dropped In NHS Hospitals – Patient Report
6. International Food Standards Meet Set For Chiang Mai Bangkok
7. Government Warned Against Dilution of Medical Standards
8. Pepsi Offers to Work with CSE for Maintaining Stricter Standards
9. Three Scottish Hospitals Fail To Meet Cleanliness Standards: NHS
10. Consistent National Standards For Assessment Of Overseas Trained Doctors A Priority
11. Standards of Home Care for Elderly Needs Change
Post Your Comments:

(Date:10/13/2017)... PITTSBURGH, Pa. (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... the dark poses a problem. Fortunately, an inventor from Austin, Texas, has identified a ... access to medication in darkness or restricted lighting. As such, it eliminates the need ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... Pekin, IL (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 ... ... Foundation, which established the certification process to promote standards of excellence for the ... iaedp™ Symposium, scheduled for March 22 – 25, 2018 in Orlando, Florida at ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... Hannah Randall, PharmD ‘17, and Jennifer Huggins, PharmD ’17, along with clinical ... the primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases during the 15th Annual Women’s Health ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... , ... Apple Rehab Shelton Lakes , which specializes in the delivery ... as part of a disaster drill on October 3rd. , Apple Rehab participated with ... Manager, as well as the Connecticut Long Term Care Mutual Aid Plan (LTC-MAP). ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... RIDGE, N.J. (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... annual Holly Day Market. Featuring a collection of specialty vendors and unique items from ... of personalized and quality-focused health and wellness services offered by the VNA. The ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/4/2017)... OBP Medical , a leading ... today announced regulatory approval from Brazil,s ... Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária (ANVISA)) to market ... with integrated LED light source and smoke evacuation ... of a tissue pocket or cavity during surgical ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... 2, 2017 Halo Labs announces the European launch of ... the HORIZON at MIBio 2017 in Cambridge, U.K ... particulate matter in biopharmaceutical samples with unprecedented speed and sensitivity while ... technique Backgrounded Membrane Imaging. ... HORIZON subvisible particle analysis system ...
(Date:9/27/2017)... for their devotion to personalized service, SMP Pharmacy Solutions announces ... the South Florida Business Journal,s 50 Fastest-Growing Companies, and listed ... national specialty pharmacy has found its niche.  To that end, ... honored by SFBJ as the 2017 Power Leader in Health ... his award in October, Bardisa said of the three achievements, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: