Summer 2016

Tufts Nutrition Top 10

How we're using big data to improve health.

From fighting famine to improving food safety to providing a richer trove of material >>

Hold the Phone

How cell phones and fitness trackers can help fight hunger in developing countries.

Measuring whether people in developing countries have enough nutritious food is vital work. It >>

Change Food Prices, Save Lives

Adjusting the price of seven foods could prevent 63,268 deaths every year.

Friedman School researchers estimate that changing the price of some foods by 30 percent >>

#MeToo in Aid Agencies

A new report suggests that sexual assault is pervasive within the ranks of humanitarian groups.

Even as they are providing humanitarian assistance to others, many aid workers are experiencing >>

Our Future Depends on Young Scientists

A message from the director of the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging.

As I take on the role of center director and continue my research in >>

There From the Start

Combined, these three Friedman School professors have given more than a century of service to Tufts and to science.

The USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) building was still under construction >>

11 Years Younger

Eating leafy greens keeps your brain spry.

That’s roughly the reduction in cognitive brain-age for people who ate about one-and-a-half servings >>

Is It Time We All Ate Bugs?

Insects are nutritious, delicious, and good for the environment. They might also prove key to helping feed an increasingly hungry planet.

“I always said I would never eat a bug,” Carnie Wilson said, scrunching up >>

Hard Work If You Can Get It

Livelihoods programs promise refugees a path to self-reliance, but how much they can truly help remains an open question.

Setting up tents and dispensing food, water, and medical care isn’t a sustainable way >>

There’s Something About Dairy

Whole-fat choices may have a health benefit

Creamy, rich, decadent … and protective? A recent study by Friedman School researchers found >>

Trouble Brewing

Climate change affects not only how much food we grow, but how it tastes. For crops like tea, small differences could have big economic consequences

Whether it’s a farmer’s crops or our own skin, bug bites are something few >>

Graceful Exits

How do humanitarian projects succeed after the organizers go home? 

It’s a useful cliché: Give a man a fish and he eats for a >>

Restaurant Pitfall

Today’s Special: A whopping number of calories

It’s not just greasy fast-food meals from the big chains that are caloric culprits. >>

Low-Acid Redux

Fewer grains and more fruits and vegetables may keep your bones strong

Stroll through your local grocery store, and you’ll immediately notice America’s love affair with >>

Zinc and Infections

Supplements help seniors boost their immunity

As the body ages, it becomes more susceptible to infections, thanks to the natural >>

Kids Are Sitting It Out

Few children meet daily exercise goals

Guidelines recommend that children get an hour of exercise every day, including a half >>

Folic Acid Caveat

Megadoses may affect your immune system

Here’s another case of too much of a good thing: Researchers have found that >>

Stay Active for a Healthy Heart

Even for people in their 70s, exercise can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease

People in their 70s can likely lower their risk of stroke and heart attack >>

Dangling an Actual Carrot

Financial incentive to promote healthy eating appears to benefit those on public assistance program 

Very few of us eat enough fruits and vegetables, and for the more than >>

Fast Muscles, Happy Knees

It’s power, not strength that fights arthritis pain 

Scientists at Tufts have determined that a lack of leg muscle power—the capability of >>

Ready, Set, Go!

Baby boomers will face many barriers to good nutrition as they age. It’s time to get prepared

Good food has always been a priority for Vyrl Robinson. As a child, she >>

Top Stories

Ready, Set, Go!

Baby boomers will face many barriers to good nutrition as they age. It’s time to get prepared

Trouble Brewing

Climate change affects not only how much food we grow, but how it tastes. For crops like tea, small differences could have big economic consequences

Low-Acid Redux

Fewer grains and more fruits and vegetables may keep your bones strong

Unnatural Disaster

A quarter-million people died in the Somalia famine of 2011. It didn’t have to happen 

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How to stay hydrated when it’s hot

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Restaurant Pitfall

Today’s Special: A whopping number of calories

Sipping Toward Disaster

Soda and other sugary drinks are even worse for us than we thought. Can we kick the habit?

Shifting America’s Diet

Factions continue to duke it out over what the nation’s dietary guidelines should be, but the scientists have had their say: less meat, less sugar, and please, eat your veggies

Pass It On

What mothers (and fathers) eat can affect the lifetime health of their children

Feed Your Stem Cells

Is nutrition the future of brain health? Neuroscientist Dennis Steindler says yes