Big Data, Technology, and Personalized Nutrition

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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
Our Food Is Killing Too Many of Us: NYT Op Ed

Our Food Is Killing Too Many of Us: NYT Op Ed

Friedman School Dean Dariush Mozaffarian, and Former US Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman co-wrote an op-ed recently published in the New York Times. Addressing rising healthcare costs and an increase in cardiovascular disease in the US, they propose taking a long overdue look at America's dietary habits. The op-ed also includes numerous nutrition policy proposals, and examples of recent successes. 
Benefits of a US salt reduction strategy to US food industry

Benefits of a US salt reduction strategy to US food industry

July 24, 2019— New research, published in The Milbank Quarterly, highlights the potential health and economic impact of the United States (US) Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) proposed voluntary salt policy on workers in the US food industry. Excess salt consumption is associated with higher risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Globally, more than 1.5 million CVD related deaths every year can be attributed to excess dietary salt intake.
Not Enough Fish, Too Much Processed Meat

Not Enough Fish, Too Much Processed Meat

A new analysis published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics indicates that US adults eat as much processed meat and as little fish as they did 18 years ago, despite public health guidelines to the contrary
Beyond Self-Check Out: How Grocery Stores Are Incorporating Tech

Beyond Self-Check Out: How Grocery Stores Are Incorporating Tech

“I'm sure the folks at Amazon are thinking of creative ways of using Amazon Prime to identify customers and to pull all the data that they know about them to make sure that they offer the products that I want when I want," says Norbert Wilson, a professor at Tufts School of Nutrition. “I wonder if that automation will reach all people equally and successfully.”