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Nancee Jaffe, MS, RDN, published in Frontiers in Nutrition
Nancee, lead GI dietitian for the division, was an author on “Gluten-free foods cooked in shared fryers with wheat: A pilot study assessing gluten cross contact.” This is the first study assessing gluten cross-contamination in shared fryers.. (2021)

Janelle Smith, MS, RD, CEDRD, publishes in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Janelle Smith co-authored an article, “From a Dietitian’s Perspective, Diets for Irritable Bowel Syndrome Are Not One Size Fits All,” on the importance of screening for disordered eating when considering a low FODMAP diet for patients. Dietitians Kate Scarlata, Patsy Catsos, and Janelle Smith discuss the need for individualized nutrition counseling in patients with IBS and other functional gut disorders to prevent unintended negative outcomes. They advise how to screen patients for maladaptive eating patterns and which patients are at higher risk of harm from a prescribed elimination diet intervention. (2020)

The Medical Nutrition Practice Group expands to include dietitians specializing in GI disorders
Nancee Jaffee, MS, RDN and Janelle Smith, MS, RDN will be active in leading a newly expanded subgroup of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that deals specifically with the dietary component of gastrointestinal disorders. The Dietitians in Gluten and Gastrointestinal Disorders (DIGID) group will work to establish and advance and standards of care in gastrointestinal disorders, work with federal and health agencies in establishing policies beneficial to gastrointestinal disorders patients and develop education materials for patients and professionals. Janelle is chair of the group that initiated expansion of the group and a member of the executive committee of its parent organization. Nancee is leader of the functional bowel disorders workgroup. (2019)

Has gluten-free failed you? Here's what to do next
If this is true for you it's worth asking, "What do I do now?" The great news is the there is plenty. Nancee Jaffe, MS, registered dietitian for the UCLA Digestive Health and Nutrition Clinic is quoted in this Medium article. (2017)

Reduce your risk of atherosclerosis
Nancee Jaffe, RD, RD, registered dietitian, discusses making at-home, heart healthy meals can be deliciously easy, fast and affordable. Read the Healthy Years May 2017 article

Leaky gut implicated in autoimmune disorders
Dr. Guy Weiss, program leader for the UCLA Celiac Disease Program, and Nancee Jaffe, registered dietitian, discuss reducing gut inflammation may relieve some disorders and improve overall health. Read Healthy Years February 2017 article

The truth about the gluten-free diet
Nancee Jaffe, RD, MS, UCLA Digestive Health and Nutrition Clinic, was quoted in the December 1, 2016 Men’s Health article on whether the gluten-free diet can benefit those without celiac disease. (2016)

Savor the holidays
Nancee Jaffe, RD, MS, discusses how to eat, drink and be merry without over-indulging. Read Healthy Years November 2016 article

Nancee Jaffe, registered dietitian at the Digestive Health and Nutrition Clinic, was quoted Aug. 23 in a Women's Health story about the low FODMAP diet and its use in preventing bloating. (2016)

What is FODMAP?
Dr. Eric Esrailian, co-chief of the UCLA Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted May 27 in a explaining that "FODMAP" is actually an acronym for "fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols." (2016)

Downward spiral of weight gain and chronic pain
Nancee Jaffe, RD, RD, registered dietitian, discussed how anti-inflammatory foods can fight the destructive cycle of weight gain and chronic pain. Healthy Years, a community newsletter by the UCLA Division of Geriatrics, magazine is a community publication distributed by UCLA Department of Geriatrics. Read Healthy Years May 2016 article

Healthy snacks for ulcerative colitis patients
Nancee Jaffe, registered dietitian, was credited in an EveryDayHealth article titled Find Your Match: Healthy Snacks for Ulcerative Colitis (2016)

Medications, diet and lifestyle changes can help control acid reflux
More than 15 million Americans experience heartburn every day. Kevin Ghassmi, MD, associate director of clinical programs for the UCLA Center for Esophageal Disorders, and Nancee Jaffe, MS, RD, registered dietitian, discuss options that may help control acid reflux. Read Vital Signs Winter 2016 article

Nancee Jaffe, registered dietitian, discusses journaling to create healthy choices
Healthy Years, a community newsletter by the UCLA Division of Geriatrics, recently ran a nutrition story that discussed "Journaling to Create Health Choices." Key points were 1) make sure you eat protein daily as most seniors don't get enough, 2) log foods to learn about your habits, 3) be patient as change takes time and 4) track progress with easy online apps. Read Healthy Years March 2016