Author Archives: Michael McBurney

About Michael McBurney

Personal Blog | Nutrition scientist with broad interests, including social media and the impact of open access journals on science publishing | Self-employed freelancer

Journalists, before disseminating this f

Journalists, before disseminating this finding to the general public, please be transparent and disclose this is a mouse study in the headline. Results may not apply to humans. http://ow.ly/HC8r30mhBCc Advertisements

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Iron supplementation can be toxic. Monit

Iron supplementation can be toxic. Monitoring is important. RCT finds 11wk of Fe supplementation (325mg FeSO4 daily) does not maintain iron status in elite female athletes. Low Fe status impairs muscular performance (vs control group) http://ow.ly/GTYl30mhAwR #StatusMatters

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Vitamin D Status is the Important Variable (Biomarker) NOT Treatment Assignment in a RCT

A paper entitled “Effects of vitamin D supplementation on musculoskeletal health: a systematic review, meta-analysis, and trial sequential analysis” was recently published in Lancet. The authors identified 51 randomized control trials (RCT) with high- and low-dose vitamin D supplementation. They … Continue reading

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After decades of proven benefits from fo

After decades of proven benefits from food fortification, the question to be asked isn’t whether additional intake of a vitamin is beneficial. Instead, the answer needed is: ‘what is the optimal blood 25(OH)D level to maintain strong bones and muscles? … Continue reading

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More evidence of the importance of measu

More evidence of the importance of measuring status, i.e. vitamin A content of breast milk (also applies to DHA, lutein, etc), and then assessing maternal dietary interventions to see if nutrient intake is adequate to support infant development http://ow.ly/kCMJ30meU7C

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And did I mention my frustration with pa

And did I mention my frustration with paywalls? Why is a study funded by the German Academic Exchange service (DAAD) not open access nature ? http://ow.ly/NFU430meUIe #SciencePrivilege http://ow.ly/i/IVEMG

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Insights into Weight Gain and Weight Management

Just read an intriguing article entitled Cell-Specific Competition for Calories” Drives Asymmetric Nutrient-Energy Partitioning, Obesity, and Metabolic Diseases in Human and Non-human Animals. It is insightful. Years ago I did lots of animal surgery. I noted, especially in rats which accumulate … Continue reading

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