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News & Features

Feb 26
2015

Do the benefits of drinking raw milk outweigh the risks?

Alicia Romano, N10, a registered dietitian at the Frances Stern Nutrition Center at Tufts Medical Center, says the answer is clear

Raw milk is milk that has not undergone pasteurization, the bacteria-killing heat treatment designed to reduce human pathogens and increase shelf life. Unpasteurized milk can contain potentially harmful and deadly pathogens, including listeria, salmonella, E. coli 0157:H7 and campylobacter.

Feb 25
2015

A Reason to Be Choosy About Fat

Study suggests that people with a genetic predisposition to obesity might decrease their odds of it by consuming less saturated fat

Limiting saturated fat could help people whose genetic makeup increases their chance of being obese. Researchers the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts identified 63 gene variants related to obesity and used them to calculate an obesity risk score for more than 2,800 white American men and women enrolled in two large studies on preventing heart disease.

Feb 17
2015

Mom, There’s Something Green on My Plate!

Friedman School alumna tells how to tackle the picky eaters in the house

Years ago, the parenting party line was that kids had to clean their plates before leaving the table, even if meatloaf made them gag. Then parents were advised to present healthy options to their kids, but let the kids decide whether and how much of each choice to eat.

The result, says Deborah Kennedy, N93, N03, is that we are raising a nation of picky eaters, and what they pick is usually not good for them.

Feb 11
2015

Bacteria, Economics and Our Aging Population

Just back from Davos, Simin Nikbin Meydani talks about research on the gut microbiome and how it could change the way we think about health

At the end of January, Simin Nikbin Meydani, director of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts (HNRCA) and a professor at the Friedman and Sackler schools, was an invited speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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