Big Data, Technology, and Personalized Nutrition

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.”
New study estimates preventable cancer burden linked to poor diet in the U.S.

New study estimates preventable cancer burden linked to poor diet in the U.S.

A new modeling study estimates the number, proportion, and type of specific cancers associated with the under or overconsumption of foods and sugar-sweetened beverages among American adults. The analysis is one of the few to focus on the modifiable risk factors for cancer connected to food intake in the United States. 
A Scientist and an Entrepreneur

A Scientist and an Entrepreneur

When Silvia Berciano Benitez had the opportunity to join the Nutrition & Genomics Lab at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) in 2016, she moved from her native country of Spain to Boston to pursue her research goals in the field of Personalized Nutrition.
Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath included spike in heart disease hospitalizations

Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath included spike in heart disease hospitalizations

Increase in hospitalization rates lasted more than a month; higher among older black population compared to older white population
Jumpstarting Entrepreneurship

Jumpstarting Entrepreneurship

The problems we face today will not be entirely solved by the solutions of yesterday or today. At the Friedman School, we recognize that entrepreneurial thinking and action will be crucial to generate novel solutions for the future.
Healthcare costs for infections linked to bacteria in water supply systems are rising

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
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. 
Innovation Against Infection

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.