A small, selective harvest from the information garden


For a while I've been struggling to come up with an original title for the resource collections I publish intermittently. Something concise and descriptive, like "Quicklinks" or "Handpicked Links". Then, last week I came across the term "information garden." Yes, I can see parallels between harvesting a bumper crop of fruits and vegetables, and retrieving high-quality nutrition resources.

For example, while searching the rampantly growing mixed beds of research, reviews & commentary, I rely on familiar guides (e.g., OVID, Google Scholar,) and carefully curated collections (PEN, Amedeo). Sometimes I get lost in dense overgrowth (verbiage and statistics) or distracted by a showy specimen (sensational headline or provocative title). Most of my time, thought & energy go to weeding, pruning, sorting and then placing in the "trug" (Connotea) only the best "produce": evidence to guide dietetic practice; expert opinion on current nutrition topics & controversies where research is limited or difficult to interpret; thoughtful, insightful articles by my colleagues and mentors.

A couple of weeks ago I stumbled* over PubMed Central Canada, an archive of life science journals with free full-text articles. My search last week on nutrition articles published in 2009 yielded 1000+ results, including these articles pertinent to clinical dietitians' diverse practice areas:

The Differential Diagnosis of Food Intolerance

The Public Health Impact of Herbs & Nutritional Supplements

Flavonoids & cognitive function: a review of human randomized controlled studies & recommendations for future studies

Nutritional status and nutritional therapy in inflammatory bowel diseases

Effect of B vitamin supplementation on plasma homocysteine levels in celiac disease

An update on iron physiology

Comparison of Weight-Loss Diets with Different Compositions of Fat, Protein, and Carbohydrates

The effect of a low glycemic diet verus a standard diet on blood glucose levels and macronutrient intake in children with type 1 diabetes

Effects of different cooking methods on health-promoting compounds of broccoli

That's all for today -- the articles are information-dense so I'm going to leave you with them for a while before I publish the next collection.

(*Yes, I do use the word "stumble" a lot in my posts, but it's very true: I often find the best resources when I'm looking for something else.)