Big Data, Technology, and Personalized Nutrition

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Dasha Agoulnik on the Risks and Rewards of Entrepreneurship

Dasha Agoulnik on the Risks and Rewards of Entrepreneurship

By Annie Young Dasha Agoulnik, MS, RD, is a dietitian and consultant on the move.
Filling In the Map For Better Nutrition

Filling In the Map For Better Nutrition

A completed puzzle tells a story more effectively than any individual piece could on its own, but every piece is necessary to complete the image. That’s an analogy for how the Global Nutrition and Health Atlas—a public resource with diet-related health information for more than 190 countries spanning across 30 years—works. The GNHA has thousands of contributors, and when more pieces are added, the picture becomes clearer.
Course Spotlight: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Data Points

Course Spotlight: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Data Points

In the course NUTR-393, Data Visualization and Effective Communication, students create, analyze, and learn about the graphical representation of data and how the process of presenting findings must be evidence-based, efficient, clarifying, and ethical. A poorly-made visual with hidden motivations can easily skew findings and lead viewers into suggested conclusions instead of inviting them to ask good questions.
New Global Nutrition and Health Atlas Provides Access to Diet-Related Health Data

New Global Nutrition and Health Atlas Provides Access to Diet-Related Health Data

New open platform provides access to diet-related health data for more than 190 countries
ASN 2021 - Nutrition Online

ASN 2021 - Nutrition Online

This year's ASN meeting is all-virtual, but there are plenty of opportunities to participate in live events throughout the week. The Friedman School and the Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (JMHNRCA) are representing Tufts University with panels, posters, and plenty of awards for their outstanding work. We've pulled out some highlights for the week, but remember to check out the full schedule for all sessions and events.
Study Estimates Two-Thirds of COVID-19 Hospitalizations Due to Four Conditions

Study Estimates Two-Thirds of COVID-19 Hospitalizations Due to Four Conditions

Model suggests higher risk based on race and age, offers insights to reduce disease impact
Mediterranean Diet and Epigenetic Changes

Mediterranean Diet and Epigenetic Changes

In exciting new research from the Friedman School's Jiantao Ma and Alice H. Lichtenstein, diet quality may affect our health by changing DNA methylation levels. This hypothesis has been tested using animal models, but has not been well-studied in humans.
Menu Labeling Law Will Add Years of Healthy Living

Menu Labeling Law Will Add Years of Healthy Living

BOSTON (June 9, 2020, 9:00 a.m. EDT)—The national law requiring chain restaurants to include calorie labels on menus is estimated to prevent tens of thousands of new heart disease and type 2 diabetes cases—and save thousands of lives—in just five years, according to a new study estimating the law’s impact. The model also estimated that the law would produce $10-14 billion in healthcare cost savings and another $3-5 billion in societal cost savings, such as from prevented lost productivity, over a lifetime.
Reflections on My Time at Friedman

Reflections on My Time at Friedman

My first year at the Friedman School was a whirlwind.
‘Report card’ on diet trends: low-quality carbs account for 42 percent of a day’s calories

‘Report card’ on diet trends: low-quality carbs account for 42 percent of a day’s calories

Older people, those with lower income, and those with less education face greater hurdles