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Adherence to diet can be
measured from blood

New results from the Nordic SYSDIET study show that it’s possible to assess dietary compliance from a blood sample. This is especially useful in controlled dietary intervention studies investigating the health benefits of specific diets. So far, such studies have mainly relied on the participants’ self-reported dietary intake, which is often biased, making it more difficult to assess the real health benefits.

In the recently published study authored by Dr. Matti Marklund and coworkers, the researchers were able to identify the study participants with the greatest apparent compliance to a healthy Nordic diet by testing for a set of diet-related biomarkers in the blood. The beneficial effects of the diet on cardiometabolic risk factors, such as elevated blood pressure and blood lipids, were also greatest in this group. In all, there were 154 participants in the study.

Dietary biomarkers are compounds related to a certain food or nutrient that are measurable in bodily tissues and fluids, such as blood. In the SYSDIET study, the intervention group was advised to follow a healthy Nordic diet rich in berries, vegetables, fatty fish, canola oil, and whole grains. Several blood biomarkers were assessed to reflect the consumption of different key components of the diet, such as serum alpha linoleic acid as a biomarker of canola oil consumption, EPA and DHA reflecting fatty fish consumption, plasma beta carotene as a biomarker for vegetable intake and plasma alkylresorcinols reflecting whole grain consumption. High-fat dairy intake, which should be low in the healthy Nordic diet, was reflected by serum pentadecanoic acid.

The researchers conclude that when investigating the health effects of whole diets, it’s useful to measure multiple biomarkers reflecting the intake of different components of the diet. This way of assessing compliance also helps to better detect changes in risk factors.

In future studies, the combined use of biomarkers and participants’ dietary self-reports can improve dietary intake estimation and help to better evaluate the impact of the diet. In addition, informing participants that compliance will be assessed by dietary biomarkers might further motivate them to adhere to study diets.
The present study was conducted by Scandinavian researchers from the universities of Uppsala, Aarhus, Copenhagen, Eastern Finland, Iceland, Lund, Oulu, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, as well as Kuopio and Oulu University Hospitals. (PR)

College of Family Medicine
office bearers

KARACHI: Biennial Election of College of Family Medicine Pakistan were held recently for the year 2014–16 and following were declared as elected:-

Chairman Dr. Muzafar Ali Uqali.
1. Vice Chairman Dr. Muhammad Amin Kharadi.
2. Secretary General Dr. Shehla Naseem.
3. Joint Secretary. Dr. Abdul Ghafoor Shoro
4. Treasurer. Dr. Altaf Hussain Khatri.

Filling the Nursing Care Gap in
Pakistani Healthcare System

LAHORE, PAKISTAN: The first ever Skilled Nursing Facility with an Exclusive Dialysis Lounge has opened in Lahore. Fresh Nursing Facility offers 24/7 nursing care, a low patient to doctor ratio with an emphasis on care with dignity and respect. This facility has been launched in order to fill a gap in the Pakistani healthcare system by serving as a bridge between the home and the hospital for patients of any age who need nursing, palliative or comfort care. Both long term care as well as short term respite stay patients are welcome and ensured compassionate and highly professional nursing care that is in accordance with international standards in a home-like environment. The 24/7 Dialysis facility offers a hygienic and comfortable experience in a lounge environment to enhance patient experience. For further details contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Many MI patients discharged from
US hospitals on high-dose Aspirin 

According to a study published online Aug. 12 in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, “many patients with myocardial infarction (MI) were discharged from US hospitals on high-dose aspirin, even if they were at high risk for bleeding.” Researchers reported “in an analysis of aspirin dosing practice patterns in the more than 200,000 patients in the US from 2007 to 20011, 60.9% of patients with acute MI were discharged on high-dose aspirin (325 mg), 35.6% were on low-dose aspirin (81 mg), and 3.5% on other doses.” The study also revealed that “the majority of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) patients received low-dose aspirin, even though guidelines call for the use of high-dose aspirin in this population.” The American College of Cardiology Foundation’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry supported the study.


M/s PharmEvo organized a function to celebrate 200 Million celebration of
Lowplat Plus at Lahore Country Club On 20th August, 2014. Photograph
taken at the occasion shows cake cutting ceremony being performed by
Senior Management of the company along with the members
of Marketing and Sales team.

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