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News & Features

Jun 29

Sugary Drinks Linked to High Death Tolls Worldwide

BOSTON (June 29, 2015, 4 pm ET) — Consumption of sugary drinks may lead to an estimated 184,000 adult deaths each year worldwide, according to research published today in  the journal Circulation and previously presented as an abstract at the American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology and Prevention in 2013.

Jun 29

Put Down That Soda

A study led by Tufts researchers finds that sugary drinks are responsible for 184,000 deaths worldwide each year

Soda is as American as baseball and apple pie, but it’s not just Americans anymore who think they are the real thing. Thanks to glamorous ad campaigns and sometimes the lack of clean municipal water, soda pop, sports drinks and other sugary beverages have become the refreshment of choice in much of the world.

The result? Ever higher rates of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease, enough to result in an extra 184,000 deaths per year globally, according to research by Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of the Friedman School, and his colleagues.

Jun 22

A New Model for Assistance

Linda Cole, N06, founded a development organization that helps women rebuild their lives in post-war zones in Africa

Soon after graduating from the Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance program at the Friedman School in 2006, Linda Cole set out to start her own relief agency in Uganda. She knew that she wanted it to be an organization to help women in Africa affected, or more typically, devastated, by war. She also knew what she didn’t want it to be.

“We had to make sure we wouldn’t make their situation worse,” she says.

Jun 5

One More Reason Why Vaccines Matter

Lack of immunity poses greater threats as children grow older, according to a Tufts study

Before vaccines, a kid didn’t have to wait very long before catching diseases like the measles. Now that most people are protected against those former childhood killers, an unvaccinated person could go years or even decades before being exposed to certain viral pathogens for the first time. Parents who refuse vaccines for their children for whatever reason are playing those odds. But there’s a danger in that, according to a new mathematical model by Tufts epidemiologist Elena Naumova and her colleague Nina Fefferman, G05, a computational biologist at Rutgers University.

Recent News Releases

Aug 13

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

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

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