Nutrition and Aging

December 31, 2006

Good nutritional care can improve the short-and longtermcourses of many illnesses that are common in olderadults. The experts who have contributed to this handbookdiscuss the disorders that can seriously affect andbe affected by nutrition, and they present specific recommendationsfor secondary prevention and management.

Bales CW, Ritchie CS (eds)
HANDBOOK OF CLINICAL NUTRITIONAND AGING

Totowa, NJ, Humana Press, 2004, 698 pages,$130 hardcover
Good nutritional care can improve the short- and longtermcourses of many illnesses that are common in olderadults. The experts who have contributed to this handbookdiscuss the disorders that can seriously affect andbe affected by nutrition, and they present specific recommendationsfor secondary prevention and management.Among the topics addressed are common nutrient deficiencies;dietary supplements for health maintenanceand risk factor reduction; the loss of taste, smell, andother senses with aging; and the effects of nutrition onage-related eye diseases, sarcopenia and frailty, pressureulcers, dementia, vascular function, hypertension, cardiacrehabilitation, chronic heart failure, cancer, chronicobstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes mellitus, obesity,digestive disorders, renal disease, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis,and immunity. All chapters on clinical topicsconclude with a summary of practical applications andtreatment guidelines.Lo Re V III (ed)
INFECTIOUS DISEASES:HOT TOPICS

Philadelphia, Hanley & Belfus, Inc, 2004, 395 pages,$29.95 softcover
Almost yearly, new infectious agents are identified, whileother known entities increase in incidence and expandtheir geographic range. The emergence and spread of WestNile virus in the United States in 1999, the anthrax bioterroristattacks of 2001, and the recognition of the global systemicacute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in2003 are just a few recent examples. This concise referencesummarizes key information on the clinical presentation,diagnosis, management, and prevention of important andemerging infectious diseases, including acute bacterial andaseptic meningitis, viral encephalitis, community-acquiredpneumonia, infective endocarditis, tuberculosis, hepatitisC, osteomyelitis, infectious arthritis, HIV infection, Lymedisease, and syphilis. Also covered are skin and soft tissueinfections; dog, cat, and human bites; fever of unknown origin;pre-travel immunizations; malaria prevention in travelers;and agents of bioterrorism. Charts and tables accompanythe text.Manetta A (ed)
CANCER PREVENTION AND EARLY DIAGNOSIS IN WOMEN

Philadelphia, Mosby, 2004, 356 pages,$74.95 hardcover
Women's health care is being redefined; it now transcends and merges the boundariesof traditional clinical disciplines. Although gynecologic cancers receivespecial emphasis in this book, other cancers that frequently occur in women--such as colorectal, lung, and skin--are also addressed. The first chapter providesan overview of the principles of cancer screening. Subsequent chapters onspecific cancers--including breast, cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar--cover incidence, mortality, risk factors, prevention, screening, and diagnosis.The penultimate chapter explores ethical and legal issues involved in genetictesting for cancer susceptibility. The final chapter presents an evidence-basedanalysis of complementary therapies for cancer prevention. Photographs, drawings,flow charts, graphs, and tables appear throughout the text.