For your final research assignment, you will be asked to provide a thorough, yet concise research essay pertaining to the topic listed after the following instructions.


Diet and Hypertension
Diet and Atherosclerosis
Diet and Nephrolithiasis
Diet and Anemia
Diet and Cancer
Diet and Osteoporosis
Once you have selected a topic and narrowed it down to a suitable research focus, you should proceed by completing the following in essay format: (CHOOSE ONE)

I.    Present the specific disease or disease process and establish the correlation it has to diet by using available epidemiology information found during your research.

II.    Describe the pathophysiology involved with your disease or disease process. Be sure to include the nutritional aspects or influence of the disease that further collaborates the relationship it has to diet.

III.    Provide and summarize three (3) referenced research studies. One study should support the diet/disease collaboration youve presented; one study should raise question about the diet/disease collaboration youve presented (if available); and one study should be a meta-analysis of the diet/disease collaboration youve presented.

Consider the following in your abstract summary:

A)    What type of study was conducted?
B)    What methods or study design was utilized?
C)    What were the results of the study?
D)    What was the interpretation or conclusion of the study?
E)    Were there any obvious limitations or design flaws present (bias, validity, etc.)?

IV.    Summarize appropriate nutritional intervention for the disease presented that may be appropriate according to your research.

(Please see the separate document attached to this assignment regarding the use of PubMed research database for further instructions on completing clinical queries).!!!!!!


PubMed, a database resource of the National Library of Medicine, comprises more than 25 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.

You will find a link to the National Library of Medicines home page on the Web Links page of this course. Once you have navigated to the home page, select PubMed/Medline from the upper left margin of the page under the heading Databases.

On the PubMed home page you will find several tools to help you better understand the use of the research database. In particular, a PubMed Quick Start Guide, FAQ and Tutorials can be accessed and reviewed.

Once you have familiarized yourself with the basic capabilities and features of PubMed, navigate to the Clinical Queries page by selecting the appropriate link under the PubMed Tools heading. Here you will type a description of your research focus into the clinical queries search bar (for example: acne and vitamin A). Manipulating the wording, order and phrasing of your search criteria description may yield varied search results be creative in your approach. Results of your search will be displayed under one of three criteria headings: Clinical Study, Systematic Reviews and Medical Genetics. The Clinical Study category can be further narrowed by applying filters in the drop down box if desired. Meta-analysis search results will be displayed under the heading of Systematic Reviews.





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