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March 2010 Issue

Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), can be found in high levels in fatty fish, including salmon, trout and tuna—like these at the Wild Oats store in Rookwood Commons.
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March News Extras

By Jill Hafner
Published March 2010

Researchers Study Link Between Fish Oil and Mood
UC psychiatry researchers are studying the potential of omega-3 fatty acids, which occur naturally in fish oil, to prevent bipolar disorder from developing in children.

"There’s some evidence that children of parents with bipolar disorder may have lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their brains,” says Melissa DelBello, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and pediatrics and vice chair for clinical research in psychiatry at UC.

Omega-3 oils are fatty acids found in cold-water fish such as salmon, herring, trout, tuna, mackerel, anchovies and sardines. Other sources include flax and pumpkin seeds and walnuts. 

The omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is crucial to the brain, with low DHA levels linked to depression, schizophrenia, memory loss and a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. 

Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) has been linked to behavior and mood, with studies showing lower levels of EPA in depressed patients.

"More and more, people believe that they should take omega-3 to protect their brains, just like they have been to protect their hearts,” DelBello says.
For more information on this study, call (513) 558-3191.

University Hospital Adds Room Service to Menu
Patients at UC Health University Hospital can now enjoy more dining options with a new room service-style menu.

The new program, which is no additional cost to patients, began in January and is part of University Hospital’s commitment to im-proved service excellence and patient satisfaction.
"It’s all about our patients,” says John Pramuk, food and nutrition director at University Hospital. "We’re serving about 1,000 meals a day. If we can make the dining experience a good one that’s unique and memorable, we know we will have very satisfied patients.”

Pramuk says that before implementation, patients would get their meals at set times—when some were hungry and others were not. That plan resulted in a lot of food waste. With the new "on demand” option, patients can place their order when they are ready to eat.

"Trays are coming back empty,” says Pramuk, who also attributes the clean plates to the improved food selections. "We’ve got a great menu with really great options.” 

The room service menu boasts more than 100 selections, with many, like omelets and sandwiches, that can be made to order. Healthful choices are also plentiful—with 60 percent of the selection listed as heart healthy. A full-service liquid-diet menu is also offered room service style. 

Match Day Set for March 18
The 2010 College of Medicine Match Day will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 18, in Medical Sciences Building Room E-351.

Graduating medical students will gather to learn where they will be completing their residency training. Students have applied for residency training in their programs of choice, hoping to "match” with their preferred hospital and specialty when the results are announced.

The National Residency Match-ing Program coordinates all the results. Learn more at

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