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John Asgari


I am a Clinical Nutritionist, Dietitian and member of The Nutrition Society of Australia, Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine and former Australian Institute of Hospitality

Location Melbourne, Australia


  • Cancer therapies need two things: first, we need to identify relapse (the cancer coming back) way ahead of when we do now, so that drugs that can bypass resistance to the first therapy can be given before resistance to the second therapy arises. This is similar to what we already do for bacterial infections: we don’t use the same antibiotic again when a first...

  • One shared feature of all these hard-to-treat cancers is that there are some big practical difficulties in studying them. For instance, they’re generally very fast-growing, so patients are often diagnosed at an advanced stage, when they’re very unwell. At this point, the cancer is likely to have spread. Combined with the fact the tumours are often in tricky...

  • I’ve been thinking about this topic for some time, and it’s a concern really for all healthcare providers; that is, being so technology-based—so dependent on their computer—that they’re not reaching out and caring for people as much as they used to.

  • Try switching most remote consultations to regular video consultations, which are a much better vehicle for establishing rapport and creating empathy than by remote tele-consultation. And design virtual team-building rituals that give people the opportunity to interact regularly and experience their collaboration skills in consultation.

  • The art of empathic communication can help to handle conflicts and form deep connections with other people. Also, successful communication is a two-way process. People must present their ideas in a form others can understand, and they must, in turn, listen to others to understand how the message is received.

  • There are some people who are better at practicing cognitive empathy, yet who have a difficult time tapping into emotional empathy, as these two types of empathy are working from completely different systems of processing.   This is the difference between cognitive processing and perspective-taking compared to emotional processing.

  • Empathy is necessary for a healthcare provider to connect with patients and, at times, can be more effective in patient care than technical ability. In fact, one of the strongest arguments for empathy in the healthcare setting is the strong correlation between having a good patient-provider relationship and a positive treatment outcome.

  • Many types of anemia exist, such as iron-deficiency
    anemia, pernicious anemia, aplastic anemia, and hemolytic anemia. The different types of anemia are linked to various diseases and conditions. Many diseases, conditions, and other factors can
    cause anemia. For example, anemia may occur during pregnancy if the body can’t meet its increased need for RBCs....

  • “Food is Medicine” is a term which was originally coined by Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine; it was his belief that eating wholesome food is the basis for good health. Hippocrates said almost 2500 years ago “Leave your drugs in the chemist's pot if you can heal the patient with food."
    If food has the power to prevent much of the chronic illness...

  • Good nutrition is essential in keeping current and future generations healthy across the lifespan. Breastfeeding helps protect against childhood illnesses, including ear and respiratory infections, asthma, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Also, the best way to prevent type 2 diabetes is to eat a low-fat, well-balanced diet. Other diet tips include...

  • The case studies reveal a variety of ways in which researchers typically engage the public with research: Involve public in the design and framing of the research Engage public in the research process Maximise uptake of the research by the public.

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    Option B:
    The study was randomized controlled, crossover, intervention trial.
    Making a simple switch from consuming a sugar apple drink to consuming two apples a day had positive effect on TC and LDL cholesterol compared to the control beverage after the 8 weeks. Also, this was a relatively short and small study. The strengths of the study include the fact...

  • Processed meat is generally considered unhealthy. There is no doubt that processed meat contains many harmful chemicals that are not present in fresh meat. Processed meat is meat that has been preserved by curing, salting, smoking, drying or canning. Also, eating high amounts of processed meat is more common among people with unhealthy lifestyle habits.

  • The key driver for eating is of course hunger but what we choose to eat is not determined solely by physiological or nutritional needs. Some of the other factors that influence food choice include: 1. Biological determinants such as hunger, appetite, and taste 2. Economic determinants such as cost, income, availability 3. Physical determinants such as access,...

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    That was a systematic review and meta analysis studies. It's strengths included many facts and reliable studies and trustworthy because of its based on large number of studies.

  • Its preamble states: Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. Ethical journalism strives to ensure the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair and thorough. An ethical journalist acts with integrity.
    Journalists should be open and honest about...

  • If you’ve only got bait you’re just feeding the fish. To make fishing work you need a hook. That’s what the first paragraph/headline is for. And it needs to work fast.
    There are several simple ways to attract the attention of readers: breaking news, journalistic investigation, playing on emotions or adding fuel to the fire.
    Pain and fear is a great...

  • I believe that I want some simple, basic things from the news media – to keep me up to date, help me understand what is going on, and also keep an eye on those in a position of power.

  • Peer-reviewed journal articles are usually considered the most reliable sources. Therefore, such sources are sought after for project work.

  • A surgery that requires stopping the heart will have a higher risk than a surgery to remove tonsils, but both can still result in death. Trauma surgery, an emergency surgery to save the life of an injured patient who will die without an intervention, is an example of a very high-risk surgery.

  • UCLH's ERAS App is great however, but many people may not be able to use them for different reasons, so some other option should be available for those people as well.

  • Undiagnosed anaemia is common in the surgical setting and is associated with increased perioperative morbidity and mortality. If it is uncorrected, it increases the likelihood of blood transfusion, which is independently associated with increased morbidity, mortality and hospital length of stay. (Blood Matters website)
    The National Blood Authority (NBA)...

  • 1- 0.09% As ASA2 using SORT.
    2- 0.37% using ACS NSQIP.
    3- 3.9%
    4- 37.9%

  • Shared decision making is a key component of patient- centered health care. It is a process in which clinicians and patients work together to make decisions and select tests, treatments and care plans based on clinical evidence that balances risks and expected outcomes with patient preferences and values. It ensures that the patient and his/her doctor are...

  • In my opinion perioperative pathway of care starts from the moment of contemplation of surgery and continues until the individual has made a full recovery.

  • Today, people are living longer lives from successful cancer treatments that are the results of past clinical trials. Through clinical trials, doctors determine whether new treatments are safe and effective and work better than current treatments. Clinical trials also help us find new ways to prevent and detect cancer. And they help us improve the quality of...

  • Learning that you have cancer is a difficult experience. After your cancer diagnosis, you may feel anxious, afraid or overwhelmed and wonder how you can cope during the days ahead. So, my advise would be included:
    1- Get the facts about your Prostate cancer diagnosis
    2- Maintain honest, two-way communication with your loved ones, doctors
    3- Anticipate...

  • Realizing that patients with chronic pain may be experiencing a variety of psychosocial issues that are maintaining and exacerbating the experience of pain, PCPs are making greater use of mental health services in order to address these issues and improve patient outcomes.

  • The Cancer Services guide is an essential resource for people affected by cancer, including their family, friends and carers. It helps people find the right services throughout their care - from diagnosis, treatment and life after cancer. There are many organisations and foundations that work to support
    those affected by a particular type of cancer. They...

  • Emotional and social support
    It has been widely discussed that social support is of superior importance among various psychological factors and social conditions that influence the process of dealing with disease.
    Social support is regarded as a complex construct which has long been suggested to have direct and buffering effects on patients' wellbeing and...

  • When healthcare professionals and services give the patient, patient-centred care, it puts them at the ‘centre’ of their healthcare by: treating him/her with dignity, respect and compassion communicating and coordinating their care between appointments and different services over time, such as when making a referral from to a specialist or other health services.

  • I am a Clinical Dietitian, Nutritionist currently serving as a consumer representative at Cabrini Health and Austin Health Board Community Advisory Committee, and Peter Mac Cancer Centre Communicating for Safety Committee. I am a member of Australian Nutrition Society and European Society for Medical Oncology.
    I am interested to update my understanding and...

  • Cancer survivorship has at least 2 common meanings: 1. Having no signs of cancer after finishing treatment. 2. Living with, through, and beyond cancer. This means that cancer survivorship starts at diagnosis. It includes people who receive treatment over a longer time. Their treatment can lower the chance of the cancer coming back or help to keep the cancer...

  • In fact all steps were very informative and impressive.

  • As a clinical nutritionist I would like to update my knowledge.

  • The creation of savior siblings is a prominent issue as our technology becomes more advanced, allowing us to do more in this domain. The idea of deliberately creating a savior sibling often provokes comments like these: It is totally unethical. You are not creating a child for itself. We would have very serious concerns that he is a commodity rather than a...

  • The public clearly understands who (i.e. which decision-makers and which institutions) are in charge of what actions during a pandemic is one of the key strategy plan for overcoming the pandemic.

  • Each Australian state and territory has generic emergency and disaster response legislation which authorizes officials to declare emergencies in a variety of circumstances and make orders to deal with an emergency. The Commonwealth does not have specific legislative power to deal with emergencies and has not enacted equivalent generic...

  • People with disabilities, particularly those in institutional facilities, and people who are unstably housed; all are experiencing enormous challenges for which the current COVID-19 response efforts are inadequate.
    Inequities that people with disabilities face that increase their risk of experiencing adverse socioeconomic outcomes due to the COVID-19...

  • Three possible differences in the health system which could shape a country’s response to COVID-19:
    1- Offering free healthcare to most of its population.
    2- State-controlled economy which its government can mobilize resources quickly.
    3- Using a locally developed computerized system to allow for faster detection of antibodies of the virus and supporting...

  • We must have a national testing infrastructure that means anyone who needs a test can access one. In turn this enables the local authorities to deploy contact tracing to control the transmission of the disease as lockdown measures are eased. Test, Trace, Protect is fundamental to helping us find a way to live with the disease until a vaccine or treatment is...

  • Three key aspects a government needs to consider when planning a comprehensive response to an emerging epidemic can be included: effective monitoring, review and evaluation. There needs to be a clear purpose and demand for undertaking monitoring,
    review and evaluation activities.