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News & Features

May 17
2015

The Leaders of Tomorrow

Madeleine Albright tells graduates that in these unsettled, complicated times, the world needs their generation to be voices for peace and light

America’s strength is its diversity, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told the Tufts Class of 2015 as she addressed more than 3,400 graduates during commencement exercises on May 17. At the same time, she added, the country’s challenge for the future is to maintain a sense of community and common purpose at home, while also serving as a leader on the world stage.

May 12
2015

Science to the People

Tufts Institute for Innovation symposium for students links research to community engagement

When Doug Brugge learned a few years ago that the city of Boston had plans to build a new high school adjacent to a highway exit ramp in Chinatown, he had concerns.

Brugge, a professor in the Department of Public Health and Family Medicine at Tufts School of Medicine, and his colleagues had been among the first to show an association between ultrafine particles found in highway pollution and blood markers of inflammation in the systems of people who live nearby, and he knew the high school students might be at risk.

May 11
2015

Lessons from Nepal

In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake, what’s really needed is targeted long-term development assistance, says Tufts expert

For the past four years, several dozen Nepali research staffers have worked for Tufts as part of a project looking at the connections between agriculture and health in their homeland. As employees of the Nutrition Innovation Lab at the Friedman School, they have been conducting annual surveys of farm families at 21 sites across the country, including in some of the most remote villages.

May 1
2015

Why Some of Us Are Fat, and Others Aren’t

Researchers at Tufts are taking on obesity from many different angles

The obesity epidemic is not an American phenomenon. About 37 percent of the world’s adults are overweight or obese, and no nation has been able to claim even a tiny reversal in the trend in the last 33 years.

Recent News Releases

Aug 13
2013

Mediterranean Diet Counteracts a Genetic Risk of Stroke, Study Reports

BOSTON (August 13, 2013, 10 am EDT) -- A gene variant strongly associated with development of type 2 diabetes appears to interact with a Mediterranean diet pattern to prevent stroke, report researchers from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University and from the CIBER Fisiopatología de la Obesidad y Nutriciόn in Spain.

Jun 26
2013

New Data Support Community-Wide Approach to Addressing Child Obesity

BOSTON (June 26, 2013)— Community wide interventions hold promise as an effective approach to reducing childhood obesity rates according to new research from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and Tufts University School of Medicine.  An analysis of data from the first two school years (20 calendar months) of the Shape Up Somerville: Eat Smart Play Hard™ intervention showed that schoolchildren in Somerville, Massachusetts gained less weight and were less likely to be obese or overweight than schoolchildren in two similar control communit

May 13
2013

Independent and Small-Chain Restaurant Meals Exceed Recommended Daily Calorie Needs

 BOSTON, MA (May 13, 2013, 4pm EDT) – As the restaurant industry prepares to implement new rules requiring chains with 20 or more locations to post calorie content information, the results of a new study suggest that it would be beneficial to public health for all restaurants to provide consumers with the nutritional content of their products.  Researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts University analyzed meals from independent and small- chain restaurants, which account for approximately 50% of the nation’s res