Chronic Diseases and Healthy Aging

Food policies have potential to lower US cardiovascular disease rates

Food policies have potential to lower US cardiovascular disease rates

Food policies, such as fruit and vegetable subsidies, taxes on sugar sweetened drinks, and mass media campaigns to change dietary habits, could avert hundreds of thousands of deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the United States, researchers project in a study published in PLOS Medicine by Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard from the University of Liverpool, UK and Imperial College London, UK, and colleagues at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, US.

Dietary Factors and Deaths From Disease

Dietary Factors and Deaths From Disease

Dietary factors associated with substantial proportion of deaths from heart disease, stroke, and disease.

The Latest Research on Soy and Cancer

The Latest Research on Soy and Cancer

Consuming foods rich in isoflavones, found in soy, is associated with reduced mortality in women with hormone-receptor-negative breast cancer and women not treated with endocrine therapy

Eating whole grains led to modest improvements in gut microbiota and immune response

Eating whole grains led to modest improvements in gut microbiota and immune response

BOSTON (Feb. 8, 2017)—In a clinical trial, adults who consumed a diet rich in whole grains rather than refined grains had modest improvements in healthy gut microbiota and certain immune responses. The research was conducted in tandem with a study that looked at the effects of a whole-grain diet on energy metabolism. Both studies are published online today in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Americans in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have higher mortality

Americans in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have higher mortality

Higher risk of all-cause and cardiometabolic mortality, particularly related to diabetes, found among federal food-purchasing assistance program participants compared to nonparticipants

Study finds link between childhood cancer and poor dietary quality in adulthood

Study finds link between childhood cancer and poor dietary quality in adulthood

Survivors of childhood cancer have poor adherence to federal dietary guidelines in adulthood, a new study finds.

High folate intake linked with nerve-damage risk in older adults with common gene variant

High folate intake linked with nerve-damage risk in older adults with common gene variant

Consuming too much folate (vitamin B9) is associated with increased risk for a nerve-damage disorder in older adults who have a common genetic variant. 

Ready, Set, Go!

Ready, Set, Go!

Baby boomers will face many barriers to good nutrition as they age. It’s time to get prepared.

Catalyzing Innovation and Collaboration

Catalyzing Innovation and Collaboration

Each year, Tufts Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President sponsors two seed grant programs, Tufts Collaborates and Tufts Innovates; sparking research collaboration among disparate faculty members, and catalyzing innovative ideas for learning and teaching across campus. 

Little to no association between butter consumption and chronic disease or total mortality

Little to no association between butter consumption and chronic disease or total mortality

Butter consumption was only weakly associated with total mortality, not associated with cardiovascular disease, and slightly inversely associated (protective) with diabetes, according to a new epidemiological study which analyzed the association of butter consumption with chronic disease and all-cause mortality.

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