Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition (ASIA PAC J CLIN NUTR)

Publisher: Asia Pacific Clinical Nutrition Society; Australasian Clinical Nutrition Society; Asia Pacific Public Health Nutrition Association; International Union of Nutritional Sciences, Wiley

Journal description

Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition is a peer reviewed journal published for the Asia Pacific Clinical Nutrition Society.The aims of the Asia Pacific Clinical Nutrition Society (APCNS) are to promote the education and training of clinical nutritionists in the region and to enhance the practice of human nutrition and related disciplines in their application to health and the prevention of disease.Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition publishes original research reports, short communications reviews, and letters to the editors. Letters to the editors may take several forms: they may be very short articles (500 words) containing new material, case reports, or comments on previous papers or on other topics of current interest. News, book reviews and other items may also be included.

Current impact factor: 1.70

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 1.699
2013 Impact Factor 1.36
2012 Impact Factor 1.055
2011 Impact Factor 1.133
2010 Impact Factor 1.438
2009 Impact Factor 1.214
2008 Impact Factor 0.817
2007 Impact Factor 1.18
2006 Impact Factor 1.483
2005 Impact Factor 1.015
2004 Impact Factor 0.483
2003 Impact Factor 0.401
2002 Impact Factor 0.282

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.74
Cited half-life 7.10
Immediacy index 0.27
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.49
Website Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition website
Other titles Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition (Online)
ISSN 0964-7058
OCLC 45596956
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

  • Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 10/2015; DOI:10.6133/apjcn.092015.29
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    ABSTRACT: Breast milk provides adequate nutrients during the first 6 months of life. However, there are some reports of zinc deficiency in breastfed infants. This study was conducted to determine the prevalence of zinc deficiency in infants aged 4-6 months and the associated factors. Healthy infants aged 4-6 months and their mothers were enrolled. They were classified by feeding types as breastfed (BF), formula-fed (FF), and mixed groups (MF). Data collection included demographic data, perinatal data, given diets, and anthropometric measurement. Blood from infants and lactating mothers, and breast milk samples were collected to assess plasma and breast milk zinc concentrations. From 158 infants, the prevalence of zinc deficiency (plasma level below 10.7 mol/L) was 7.6%, and according to feeding groups 14.9%, 5.3%, and 2.9% in the BF, the FF, and the MF groups, respectively. Breastfed infants with zinc deficiency had significantly lower maternal zinc concentrations compared with those without zinc deficiency. There was a higher proportion of maternal zinc deficiency in zinc-deficient infants than those without zinc deficiency (66.7% vs 16.2%, p=0.02). There was a positive correlation between zinc concentrations in breast milk and plasma zinc concentrations of infants (r=0.62, p=0.01) and plasma zinc concentrations of lactating mothers (r=0.56, p=0.016). Using the regression analysis, infant zinc status was associated with maternal plasma zinc concentrations among breastfed infants. The results of this study suggest that breastfed infants aged 4-6 months may have a risk of zinc deficiency and that risk is associated with maternal zinc status and breast milk zinc concentrations.
    Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 06/2015; 24(2):273-80. DOI:10.6133/apjcn.2015.24.2.06
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    ABSTRACT: Maternal docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) intakes is important for brain development in fetuses. Accurate assessment of EPA and DHA intakes is required in clinical settings to identify women with deficiency of these nutrients and provide an appropriate intervention for them. We examined the validity and reproducibility of a brief-type self-administered diet history questionnaire (BDHQ) for evaluating EPA and DHA intakes of pregnant Japanese women, to establish an easily administered dietary assessment tool. A total of 105 women in the second trimester and 102 women in the third trimester were studied at a university hospital in Tokyo, between November 2010 and February 2012. The reference values for the validation study were plasma concentrations of EPA and DHA. For the reproducibility study, 54 women completed the BDHQ twice, within a 4-week period in the second trimester. Energy-adjusted intakes of EPA, DHA, and EPA+DHA were significantly associated with the corresponding plasma concentrations (rs=0.354, rs=0.305, and rs=0.327 in the second trimester; rs=0.391, rs=0.316, and rs=0.358 in the third trimester, respectively). Intraclass correlation coefficients for the two-time BDHQ were 0.543 (EPA), 0.611 (DHA), and 0.581 (EPA+DHA). In the Bland-Altman plots, the intakes of EPA, DHA, and EPA+DHA in the two-time BDHQ showed that the values for most participants were in the accepted range of agreement. BDHQ has an acceptable validity level for assessing EPA and DHA intakes among Japanese women in the second and third trimesters.
    Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 06/2015; 24(2):316-22. DOI:10.6133/apjcn.2015.24.2.10
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    ABSTRACT: Patients with stroke suffer from nutrition impairments and often rely on enteral nutrition (EN), which is associated with respiratory complications such as regurgitation and aspiration. To evaluate the incidence of regurgitation and aspiration in patients with severe stroke infused with different volumes of EN. A randomized controlled trial was conducted on 210 patients with severe stroke undergoing EN therapy. Patients were randomly assigned into two groups. Subjects in the treatment group received EN with an initial rate defined according to the total volume and the infusion rate was adjusted based on gastric residual volume (GRV) assessed every 4 hours. Subjects of the control group received EN without monitoring the GRV and reached the target infusion volume within 72 hours. The incidence of reflux and aspiration was recorded. The incidences of regurgitation and aspiration were significantly lower in treatment group (6.3% and 7.9%, respectively) than control group (18.8% and 17.5%, respectively). In the treatment group, 1 patient developed regurgitation while 2 developed aspiration when EN was 500 mL. When EN increased to 1000 mL, 2 patients developed regurgitation and 2 developed aspiration, and 5 patients developed regurgitation and 6 had aspiration when EN was 1500 mL. There was no significant difference in the risk of reflux and aspiration when total volume of EN increased from 500 to 1500 mL. During EN therapy for patients with stroke, using feeding pump with a continuous infusion for 20 hours and adjusting infusion rate based on GRV could reduce the incidence of respiratory complications.
    Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 06/2015; 24(2):212-8. DOI:10.6133/apjcn.2015.24.2.12
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    ABSTRACT: Mantou, a traditional Chinese food, is widely consumed in the North China due to its nutritional value and good mouth-feel. However, its current family-style production is impeded due to short shelf-life caused by mold and starch retrogradation. The current packaging and storage methods are not efficient enough for mantou preservation. Recently, a novel, hot online package technology has attracted attention due to its high processing efficiency and low cost. Most importantly, by using this methodology, secondary contamination by microbes can be avoided and starch retrogradation can be markedly delayed, with mantou shelf-life under room temperature extended from a few to at least 90 days without any additives. In this review, the mechanisms of mantou quality deterioration are explained and the advantages of hot package technology addressed and compared with other packaging methods, such as frozen chain storage. In this way, not only wheat, but also other grains (including whole-grains) and ingredients may be mantou constituents, to enhance nutrition of traditional mantou. There is now a technological opportunity for mantou to become a more nutritious, sustainable and affordable foodstuff in local communities.
    Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 06/2015; 24(2):199-205. DOI:10.6133/apjcn.2015.24.2.21
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    ABSTRACT: Although several large-scale clinical trials shave examined the relationship between early parenteral nutrition (ePN) and critically ill patients, a consensus has not been reached. In addition, no meta-analysis in this area has yet been published. The objective of this meta-analysis was to examine the effect of ePN, alone or accompanying enteral nutrition, in critically ill patients. A meta-analysis was performed to evaluate risk ratios (RR) and mean differences with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) between the ePN and control groups. Subgroup analyses were conducted to evaluate combinations of early enteral nutrition (eEN). Five randomized control trials (RCTs) were included. Compared with controls, ePN had no effect on mortality (RR: 1.05, 95% CI: 0.96, 1.16). Secondary outcomes were variable: compared with the control group, the ePN group required fewer days of ventilation (p=0.007, RR: -0.95, 95% CI: -1.64, -0.27), but a longer hospital stay (p<0.001, RR: 3.76, 95% CI: 2.25, 5.28). Overall, this meta-analysis from RCTs indicates that provision of ePN within 24-48 hours has no benefit on the survival rate in critically ill patients. Thus, provision of ePN in patients is not needed in those who have contraindications to enteral nutrition or can tolerate a low volume of enteral nutrition.
    Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 06/2015; 24(2):227-33. DOI:10.6133/apjcn.2015.24.2.07
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    ABSTRACT: The feasibility of a dietary survey tool is crucial for successful nutritional assessment via a community survey and for nutritional epidemiology. In 2012, we identified a newly developed computerized dietary survey system, the Diet Evaluation System (DES), which could be successfully applied to a community survey delivered during home visits using notebook computers when the internet environment was adequate, using either a WiBro modem or a smartphone as a tethered modem. In 2013, we retested DES feasibility using various mobile devices and in a larger number of subjects. We conducted a total of 430 interviews, representing two for each of 215 subjects of various ages, using tablet personal computers (PCs) and laptops. In addition, a group discussion with the interviewers was conducted. The interview success rate was improved to 84% (compared to 67% in 2012). Completing each interview took 14 min 1 s, and data processing was conducted automatically. The subjects' age, gender, and the type of mobile device used influenced the DES interview time. This study implies that the DES is an effective one-stop dietary survey system for use in a local setting. The interviewers' group discussion revealed that a one-stop system using the DES is convenient and that DES optimization for tablet PCs and continued database updating is needed.
    Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 06/2015; 24(2):308-15. DOI:10.6133/apjcn.2015.24.2.20
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    ABSTRACT: Iron deficiency and associated anemia are severe public health problems, which are prevalent in the developing world. We conducted a cross-sectional survey, comprised of written interview questions and laboratory analysis of blood biomarkers, in Kandal Province, Cambodia. The objective of this study is to examine possible factors that are associated with anemia in rural Cambodia. Data on socioeconomic status, water source/treatment practices, and meat consumption was also collected. Of the 297 women surveyed, 51.2% were anemic. Of those women found to be anemic, iron deficiency was implicated in 9.7% of cases (SF <15 ng/L), with an additional 18.5% reported to be borderline iron deficient (serum ferritin=15-30 ng/L). Meat consumption was very low, with nearly one-half of the women consuming meat one time per month or less. This study highlights the multi-faceted etiology of anemia in Cambodia and emphasizes the need for comprehensive nutrition surveying in order to better inform prevention and treatment programming and policy development.
    Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 06/2015; 24(2):253-9. DOI:10.6133/apjcn.2015.24.2.09
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    ABSTRACT: The mortality and morbidity of geriatric patients is much higher than for younger patients, especially when critically ill. This may be attributed to a lower reserve capacity in most organs and systems, reduced ability to deal with physical stress and the presence of acute or chronic co-mobidities. Parenteral and enteral nutrition support can improve the clinical condition of the elderly patient and result in better outcomes, such as lower mortality, reduced hospital stay and reduced medical costs. There is a need to standardize nutrition screening and assessment, and the implementation of appropriate evidence based nutritional support of geriatric patients in China. The Chinese Medical Association's Group of Geriatric Nutrition Support has developed guidelines by researching the present situation in Chinese hospitals and by referring to the guidelines from both American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) and the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN).
    Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 06/2015; 24(2):336-46. DOI:10.6133/apjcn.2015.24.2.11
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    ABSTRACT: To study the dietary intake and level of physical activity (PA) of patients with diabetes mellitus and the association with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Consecutive adult patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus seen in our hospital diabetes clinic were enrolled. The Global Physical Activity Questionnaire and a semi-quantitative food-frequency questionnaire were used to assess PA and dietary intake, respectively. Diagnosis of NAFLD was ultrasound-based and following exclusion of significant alcohol intake and other causes of chronic liver disease. Data for 299 patients were analyzed (mean age 63.3±10.5 years old, 41.1% male). Prevalence of NAFLD was 49.2%. Patients with low PA were more likely to have NAFLD (OR=1.75, 95% CI=1.03-2.99, p=0.029). There was no significant difference in energy intake, intake of macronutrients and percentage energy intake from each macronutrient, high sugar food, high cholesterol food and high SFA food between patients with and without NAFLD. Among centrally obese patients, patients with low PA and in the highest quartile of percentage energy intake from fat (OR=4.03, 95% CI=1.12-15.0, p=0.015), high cholesterol food (OR=3.61, 95% CI=1.37-9.72, p=0.004) and high SFA food (OR=2.67, 95% CI=1.08-6.67, p=0.019) were most likely to have NAFLD. Among those who were not centrally obese, PA and percentage energy intake from fat, high cholesterol food and high SFA food was not associated with NAFLD. Low PA and high percentage energy intake from fat, high cholesterol food and high SFA food is associated with NAFLD in centrally obese but not in non-centrally obese patients with diabetes mellitus.
    Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 06/2015; 24(2):289-98. DOI:10.6133/apjcn.2015.24.2.15
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    ABSTRACT: Weighing scales are often lacking at home birth in developing countries. Therefore, simple, reliable, and inexpensive methods for detecting low birth weight especially before birth would be useful. This study was performed to evaluate the diagnostic value of maternal anthropometric measurements for predicting low birth weight. Bivariate diagnostic meta-analysis was conducted to construct hierarchical summary receiver operating characteristic curves. All English language studies included in the meta-analysis enrolled apparently healthy pregnant women and provided the data necessary to construct two-by-two tables (i.e., true positive, false positive, false negative, and true negative values). Ten data bases, including PubMed, were searched to identify these studies. A sufficient number of studies involving 309,419 women paired with their newborns in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Oceania, included data on maternal height, weight, arm circumference, body mass index, and weight gain during pregnancy (n=85, 80, 23, 51, and 16, respectively) to provide generalizable findings. However, sensitivity of 0.46 (95% confidence interval (CI)=0.35-0.56) to 0.63 (95% CI=0.54-0.71), specificity of 0.55 (95% CI=0.42-0.67) to 0.71 (95% CI=0.61-0.80), and diagnostic odds ratios of 2 (95% CI=2-2) to 4 (95% CI=3-5) were not sufficiently high for primary screening. The generalizability of abdominal circumference data could not be guaranteed due to the limited sample (one article). Maternal anthropometric measurements are unsuitable for predicting low birth weight.
    Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 06/2015; 24(2):260-72. DOI:10.6133/apjcn.2015.24.2.05
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    ABSTRACT: Nutrition therapy is essential for the management of critically ill patients. Some guidelines have been published to standardize and optimize the nutrition therapy. However, there are still many controversies in nutrition practice and there is a gap between guidelines and clinical nutrition therapy for patients in intensive care units (ICUs). This study aimed to assess attitudes and beliefs toward nutrition therapy of Chinese intensive care physicians by using the American guidelines as a surrogate. A questionnaire was sent to 45 adult ICUs in China, in which surveyed physicians were asked to rate their attitudes toward the American guidelines. A total of 162 physicians from 45 ICUs returned the questionnaires. Physicians were categorized into groups according to their professional seniority, hospital levels and whether they were members of Chinese Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (CSPEN). Overall, 94% of the respondents thought that nutrition therapy for critically ill patients was very important, and 80% mentioned that they used the American guidelines. There was diversity of opinion on the recommendations pertaining to nutrition assessment, supplemental parenteral nutrition and cutoff values for gastric residual volume, negative or neutral attitudes about these recommendations were 43%, 59% and 41%, respectively. Members of CSPEN were more likely to select a greater strength of recommendation than non-members. In conclusion, the overall attitudes of Chinese intensive care physicians toward the American guidelines were positive. Nevertheless, given the great guideline-practice gap, nutrition-focused education is warranted for many intensive care physicians in China.
    Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 06/2015; 24(2):347-58. DOI:10.6133/apjcn.2015.24.2.02
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    ABSTRACT: Several genes have been implicated as genetic determinants of osteoporosis. Vitamin D receptor (VDR) is an intracellular hormone receptor that specifically binds to the biologically active form of vitamin D, 1-alpha, 25- dihydroxyvitamin D3 [1, 25(OH)2D], and mediates its effects. One of the most frequently studied single nucleotide polymorphisms is the restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) Fok-I (rs2228570). The presence of a Fok-I site, designated f, allows protein translation to initiate from the first ATG. An allele lacking the site (ATG>ACG: designated F), initiates from a second ATG site. In the present study, we explored the effect of the VDR Fok-I genotype on associations among serum bone-specific alkaline phosphatase (ALP), 25- hydroxyvitamin D3 [25(OH)D], 1, 25(OH)2D, and the dietary nutrient intake in healthy young Japanese subjects (n=193). Dietary nutrient intakes were calculated based on 3-day food records before the day of blood examinations. Quantitative ultrasound (QUS) parameters at the right calcaneus (heel bone) were measured. The allele frequencies were 0.622 for the F allele and 0.378 for the f allele in all subjects. Grouped by the VDR genotype, a significant positive correlation between the levels of serum bone-specific ALP and 25(OH)D was observed in the FF-type (p=0.005), but not in the ff-type. In addition, there was a significant positive correlation between the level of serum 25(OH)D and osteo-sono assessment index (OSI) in the FF-type (p=0.008), but not in the ff-type. These results suggest that the level of circulating 25(OH)D is an important factor when assessing the VDR Fok-I polymorphism to prevent osteoporosis.
    Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 06/2015; 24(2):329-35. DOI:10.6133/apjcn.2015.24.2.01
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    ABSTRACT: To determine the prevalence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and explore the relationship of NAFLD with anthropometric parameters among school children from the Yangtze River delta region. A cross sectional study on childhood NAFLD was conducted using the stratified cluster sampling method in four regions of the Yangtze River delta in September 2009 to October 2011. In all, 7,229 students, aged 7-18 years, from 12 primary, middle and high schools participated in the study. Height, weight, and waist circumference were measured; body mass index (BMI) and waist to height ratio (WHtR) were calculated and liver ultrasonography was performed. The overall NAFLD prevalence was 5.0%; 7.5% in boys, 2.5% in girls, 5.6% in subjects with peripheral obesity, 12.9% in those with abdominal obesity and 44.8% in those with mixed obesity. The prevalence was also increased with regional difference. Binary logistic regression analysis showed that WHtR was the major independent risk factor for childhood NAFLD, causing a 14.4-fold increase in NAFLD risk. Receiver operating characteristic curve analysis also showed that WHtR was the best obesity index to evaluate the presence of NAFLD in Chinese schoolchildren with the optimal cutoff of 0.47. Mixed obesity had the strongest association with NAFLD. Male gender and regional urbanization also influenced NAFLD prevalence among schoolchildren. WHtR may be an effective indicator to predict NAFLD.
    Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 06/2015; 24(2):281-8. DOI:10.6133/apjcn.2015.24.2.13
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the clinical application of the fast track surgery (FTS) model based on preoperative nutritional risk screening (NRS) in patients with esophageal cancer. 180 patients with esophageal cancer who underwent surgery between January 2008 and April 2014 were randomly divided into study and control groups based on matched-pairs. The study group underwent assessment using the NRS 2002 and received treatment before surgery and the control group was treated by the conventional method. Postoperative indicators including time to first exsufflation, time to defecation, time to chest tube removal, hospitalization duration, and postoperative complications were examined after surgery. Compared with the control group, the postoperative indicators including time to first exsufflation (88.4±2.76 vs 57.83±2.68 hours), time to first defecation (4.68±1.71 vs 3.28±1.34 days), time to chest tube removal (4.30±0.25 vs 2.70±0.33 days), postoperative hospitalization durations (11.71±1.39 vs 9.00±0.78 days), and total complication rate (18.9% [17/90] vs 6.67% [6/90]) were all significantly reduced in the study group (p<0.05). The FTS model based on NRS can effectively promote postoperative rehabilitation of patients, reduce the incidence of postoperative complications, and shorten hospital stay.
    Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 06/2015; 24(2):206-11. DOI:10.6133/apjcn.2015.24.2.18
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    ABSTRACT: This study investigated the distribution density of fast food outlets around schools, and the relationship between dietary health of children and adolescents and the density of fast food outlets in Korea. A distribution map of fast food outlets was drawn by collecting information on 401 locations of 16 brands within a 15-minute walk (800 meter) of 342 elementary and secondary schools in Suwon, Hwaseong and Osan. A questionnaire was used to gather data on the dietary life of 243 sixth and eighth grade students at eight schools. Schools in the upper 20% and lower 20% of the fast food outlet distribution were classified as high-density and low-density groups, respectively. The practice rate of dietary guidelines published by the Health and Welfare Ministry and the fast food consumption pattern of children and adolescents from low and high density groups were determined. The number of schools with a fast food outlet within 200 meters or in the Green Food Zone around its location was 48 of 189 (25.4%) in Suwon and 14 of 153 (9.2%) in Hwaseong and Osan. Students in the low-density group visited fast food outlets less often than those in the high-density group (p<0.01). Dietary guideline practice scores for children did not show a significant difference between the two groups. The distribution map of fast food outlets within 200 meters of schools was useful for identifying the effectiveness of the Green Food Zone Act and nutrition education programs.
    Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 06/2015; 24(2):299-307. DOI:10.6133/apjcn.2015.24.2.03