The latest startling piece of evidence is that elderly patients who are given supplements "rich in protein and vitamins" while in hospital are far less likely to be re-admitted within the next six months.
Researchers tested the theory on 445 patients with an acute condition. Half were given a nutritional drink, while the rest had a 'placebo' drink, which was presumably poor in protein and vitamins.
Those who drank the real thing were far less likely to be re-admitted to hospital, the researchers discovered.
Some of the elderly died during the six-month follow-up period, but researchers said it was nothing to do with the nutritional drink. No, probably not.
(Source: American Journal of Medicine, 2006; 119: 693-9).
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