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The Nutrition and Health Series of books have had great success because each volume has the consistent overriding mission of providing health professionals with texts that are essential because each includes (1) a synthesis of the state of the science; (2) timely, in-depth reviews by the leading researchers in their respective fields; (3) extensive, - to-date fully annotated reference lists; (4) a detailed index; (5) relevant tables and figures; (6) identification of paradigm shifts and the consequences; (7) virtually no overlap of information between chapters, but targeted, interchapter referrals; (8) suggestions of areas for future research; and (9) balanced, data-driven answers to patient/health prof- sionals' questions that are based on the totality of evidence rather than the findings of any single study. The series volumes are not the outcome of a symposium. Rather, each editor has the potential to examine a chosen area with a broad perspective, both in subject matter as well as in the choice of chapter authors. The international perspective, especially with regard to public health initiatives, is emphasized where appropriate. The editors, whose trainings are both research- and practice-oriented, have the opportunity to develop a primary objective for their book; define the scope and focus, and then invite the leading authorities from around the world to be part of their initiative. The authors are encouraged to provide an overview of the field, discuss their own research, and relate the research findings to potential human health consequences.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 472 pages
  • 180.3 x 256.5 x 30.5mm | 1,202.03g
  • Humana Press Inc.
  • Totowa, NJ, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 2006 ed.
  • 89 Illustrations, black and white; 472 p. 89 illus.
  • 1588294528
  • 9781588294524

Review quote

From the reviews: "This volume, part of the Series Nutrition and Health, reviews in 28 chapters divided into 6 sections, the latest scientific information on the cellular and metabolic functions and need of calcium. ... Each chapter has references ... . A well organized, easy readable text of great actual interest." (Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews, Vol. 4 (2), 2006-2007)show more

Back cover copy

Calcium performs diverse biological functions in the human body and is a micronutrient essential to human health and well-being. It serves as a second messenger for nearly every biological process, stabilizes many proteins, and in deficient amounts is associated with a large number diseases and disorders. In Calcium in Human Health, a panel of highly respected researchers and clinical practitioners comprehensively reviews the state of our knowledge concerning this ubiquitous micronutrient, not only demonstrating its importance to human health, but also defining its many complex roles. The authors summarize the latest basic scientific information on the cellular and metabolic functions of calcium, explaining the leading techniques for accurately measuring its bioavailability, absorption, and kinetics, and showing that calcium deficiency is a major problem while calcium excess a rare one. They also examine the complex regulation of calcium absorption, distribution, and excretion, as well as the multiple interactions of diet, lifestyle, and physical activity in calcium homeostasis. Their discussion of the specific roles of calcium in a variety of clinical disorders-osteoporosis, oral health, obesity, reproductive disorders, and the metabolic syndrome-provides new insights and raises new questions. The complex changes in calcium and phosphate regulation that occur in renal disease and the potential role of calcium in hypertension and vascular disease are also addressed. Comprehensive and authoritative, Calcium in Human Health offers health professionals and researchers a vast amount of current information on the sources, biological function, interactions, and disease implications of calcium, a critical benchmark resource for improving the health outcomes of individuals, finding new drugs that alter the function of the extracellular calcium receptor, setting adequate dietary requirements, and developing new disease-prevention programs.show more

Table of contents

Introduction Connie M. Weaver and Robert P. Heaney I. Calcium Functions Bone as the Calcium Nutrient Reserve Robert P. Heaney Cellular Functions and Fluxes of Calcium Emmanuel M. Awumey and Richard D. Bukoski II. Techniques for Studying Calcium Metabolism and Its Relationship to Disease Nutritional Epidemiology: Dietary Assessment Methods Carol J. Boushey Clinical Approaches for Studying Calcium Metabolism and Its Relationship to Disease Connie M. Weaver Kinetic Studies Meryl E. Wastney, Yongdong Zhao, and Connie M. Weaver III. Calcium Consumption, Requirements, and Bioavailability Requirements for What Endpoint? Robert P. Heaney and Connie M. Weaver Dietary Calcium: Recommendations and Intakes Around the World Anne C. Looker Food Sources, Supplements, and Bioavailability Connie M. Weaver and Robert P. Heaney IV. Calcium Homeostasis The Calcium Economy Robert P. Heaney Molecular Regulation of Calcium Metabolism James C. Fleet Influence of Total Diet on Calcium Homeostasis Zamzam K. (Fariba) Roughead Influence of Lifestyle Choices on Calcium Homeostasis: Smoking, Alcohol, and Hormone Therapies D. Lee Alekel, and Oksana Matvienko Influence of Physical Activity on Calcium and Bone Matthew Vukovich and Bonny Specker The Case for a Calcium Appetite in Humans Michael G. Tordoff V. Calcium Through Development Infancy and Childhood Steven A. Abrams and Keli M. Hawthorne Pre-Puberty and Adolescence Connie M. Weaver Calcium in Pregnancy and Lactation Heidi J. Kalkwarf VI. Calcium and Disease Calcium in Systemic Human Health Robert P. Heaney Calcium and Oral Health Elizabeth A. Krall Dietary Calcium and Obesity Dorothy Teegarden Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Reproduction Susan Thys-Jacobs Premenstrual Syndrome Susan Thys-Jacobs Calcium Throughout the Life Cycle: The Later Years Bess Dawson-Hughes Calcium, Vitamin D, and Cancer Peter R. Holt Dietary Calcium and the Metabolic Syndrome Dorothy Teegarden Calcium and Phosphate Control in Patients With Renal Disease David A. McCarron and Robert P. Heaney Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease David A. McCarron Appendices Indexshow more

Review Text

From the reviews: "This volume, part of the Series Nutrition and Health, reviews in 28 chapters divided into 6 sections, the latest scientific information on the cellular and metabolic functions and need of calcium. ... Each chapter has references ... . A well organized, easy readable text of great actual interest." (Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews, Vol. 4 (2), 2006-2007)show more