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Fight Heartburn and GERD: Diet and Lifestyle Can Make a Difference

Fight Heartburn and GERD: Diet and Lifestyle Can Make a Difference

Long-term GERD medication use can have nutritional downsides.

December 2016 - If you sometimes suffer a burning sensation behind your breastbone, you're far from alone. An estimated 44% of American adults suffer heartburn at least once a month, and about 20% have a serious form called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

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Cutting Calories Reduces Dangerous Inflammation

Cutting Calories Reduces Dangerous Inflammation

Non-obese people who ate 12% less showed benefits that might protect against chronic disease.

Eating less may help you lead a longer, healthier life, even if you’re not obese. New research reports that restricting calories by 12% in healthy non-obese individuals over two years significantly lowered markers of chronic inflammation.

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What’s Your Dietary

What’s Your Dietary "Food-Print"?

Vegetarian diet with dairy makes the most of available agricultural acreage.

Looking to adopt a dietary pattern that has the least "food-print" impact on agricultural land? New Tufts-led research might surprise you: Scientists found that a vegan diet was not the best choice for feeding the most people from the area of available land. Instead, a vegetarian diet that includes dairy products was the most efficient use of agricultural acreage.

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Why You Can’t Rely on the Glycemic Index for Healthy Eating

Why You Can’t Rely on the Glycemic Index for Healthy Eating

Study finds your body’s blood-sugar response to foods varies widely.

The glycemic index, a value that aims to quantify how fast blood sugar rises after eating a given food, can vary by an average of 20% within an individual and 25% among individuals. That's the surprising finding of a new study by scientists from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts.

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Tai Chi

Knee Pain from Arthritis? Try Tai Chi

New Tufts research finds benefits comparable to expensive physical therapy.

Could an ancient Chinese mind-body practice help with knee pain from osteoarthritis? A new Tufts study reports that tai chi produces benefits similar to physical therapy for osteoarthritis patients.

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Healthy Fats Reduce Diabetes Risk

Healthy Fats Reduce Diabetes Risk

Substituting unsaturated fats for carbs or saturated fats improves blood sugar control.

Swapping healthy unsaturated fats for carbohydrates or saturated fats may reduce your risk of diabetes, according to a new analysis of 102 randomized trials totaling 4,660 participants.

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