Big Data, Technology, and Personalized Nutrition

Big Data, Technology, and Personalized Nutrition


Global Dietary Database

Research Project/Initiative/Internship | Topics: Global Nutrition, Big Data, Technology, and Personalized Nutrition | Programs: Nutritional Epidemiology

Currently, for most countries, the only available dietary data are food balance sheets from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which provide rough national estimates of food availability or disappearance. Previous work has shown that, even nationally, such data have shortcomings, for example, total daily energy intakes are often overestimated by about 1000 kilocalories per day; and intake levels of most foods are overestimated by 50-200%.  Furthermore FAO data provide no information on diet subnationally, for example, by age, sex, pregnancy/nursing status, or socioeconomic status. Thus, the true levels of consumption of  most food and nutrients across the world, and particularly among specific population subgroups, are unknown.

Tufts Student GIS Project Browser Launched

A beta-launch of a new project at Tufts has arrived and many of our own Friedman School students have their work featured. Visit the Tufts Student GIS site and learn more about the interesting and impactful work being done by Tufts students.

Sleep and Weight Gain

When it comes to studying the causes of weight gain and obesity, nutrition researchers rightly focus on the interaction between diet and exercise. They’re just starting to understand the influence of an activity that humans engage in for a third of their lives—sleep.

Innovation Against Infection

Tufts combines scientific expertise with an understanding of social conditions to combat a waterborne scourge in Ghana. 
 
Learn more at Tufts Institute of Innovation (TII): tii.tufts.edu/
Schistosomiasis case study: bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-016-2976-2
Water infrastructure case study: sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969716305733 

Innovation Against Infection

As anyone who has tried to modify their eating habits or sleeping patterns knows, public health campaigns, medical advances, and scientific findings, do not always translate into immediate behavioral change.  Long-lasting improvements in health and well-being require researchers who consider political, cultural, and economic factors alongside vital human health concerns.

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. 

Healthcare costs for infections linked to bacteria in water supply systems are rising

Antibiotic resistance may be contributing to a trend in rising healthcare costs for infections associated with disease-causing bacteria that can live inside drinking water distribution systems, including household and hospital plumbing

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