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Inspired by His Father, a Nutrition Scholar Strives to Prevent Disease

Inspired by His Father, a Nutrition Scholar Strives to Prevent Disease

For Edwin Ortega, N20, family struggle and sacrifice inspire his research into chronic disease and vaccine efficacy
Reducing Sugar in Packaged Foods can Prevent Disease in Millions

Reducing Sugar in Packaged Foods can Prevent Disease in Millions

A team of researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOH) created a model to simulate and quantify the health, economic, and equity impacts of a pragmatic sugar-reduction policy proposed by the U.S. National Salt and Sugar Reduction Initiative (NSSRI).
Kurt Hager Receives Horowitz Foundation Grant Award

Kurt Hager Receives Horowitz Foundation Grant Award

The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy has selected 25 scholars to receive grants for research in the social sciences. Kurt Hager, a PhD student in our Food and Nutrition Policy and Programs program, will research the cost-effectiveness of expanding medically tailored meal coverage for individuals with Diet-Sensitive disease. 
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
Call to Action for Stronger, Better-Funded Federal Nutrition Research

Call to Action for Stronger, Better-Funded Federal Nutrition Research

Experts and coalition call for better coordination to prevent costly diet-related illnesses and better address food insecurity while accelerating discoveries, economic growth, and improving public health and population resilience
A National Moonshot on Nutrition Research

A National Moonshot on Nutrition Research

Learn more about the group making the case for a "moonshot" on national nutrition research. Leading nutrition and food policy experts outline a bold case for strengthening federal nutrition research in a live interactive session as part of NUTRITION 2020 LIVE ONLINE, a virtual conference hosted by the American Society for Nutrition (ASN).
Op-Ed: A Need For 'Soft Power' in Health Care

Op-Ed: A Need For 'Soft Power' in Health Care

The fight against COVID-19 — a need for 'soft power' in health care Friedman Dean Dariush Mozaffarian and and Fletcher Dean Emeritus James Stavridis co-author this opinion piece for The Hill, urging the U.S. government to strengthen its “soft power” within the healthcare system, as it has done in its military and national security sectors, by developing “a proactive, vigorous, coordinated and well-funded preventive and public health strategy and infrastructure to keep our nation healthy and safe into the future.”   
Op-Ed: Food, Nutrition, and Covid-19

Op-Ed: Food, Nutrition, and Covid-19

How can your diet help "flatten the curve"? 
Sugary Drinks and Maintaining Normal Cholesterol Levels

Sugary Drinks and Maintaining Normal Cholesterol Levels

BOSTON (February 26, 2020, 5:00 a.m., EST)—Middle-aged and older adults who drank sugary beverages daily were at greater risk of developing abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels compared to those who rarely drank those beverages, according to a new epidemiological study published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association.