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Women, if you are looking for more motivation to have a healthy weight, a new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute may be just what you need. Excess body weight is an established risk factor for postmenopausal breast cancer. The researchers pooled data from 10 different prospective cohort studies to see […]
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Lose Excess Weight to Fight Breast Cancer

Women, if you are looking for more motivation to have a healthy weight, a new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute may be just what you need. Excess body weight is an established risk factor for postmenopausal breast cancer. The researchers pooled data from 10 different prospective cohort studies to see […]
heart attack

Protect your Heart by Eating to Decrease Inflammation

The articles on page one and four of this issue encourage you to follow a healthy dietary pattern to protect your cardiovascular health. A study published recently in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests diet’s impact on heart health is partly related to inflammation. In short: higher levels of inflammatory markers are […]

It’s Never Too Late to Lose Weight

It may seem as if it’s harder to lose weight as we get older, but the results of a new study suggest it’s possible. The retrospective study, published in the journal Clinical Endocrinology, examined weight loss in morbidly obese adults enrolled in hospital-based weight loss programs in the United Kingdom. Meaningful weight loss (seven percent […]

High-Dose Omega-3 Supplements and Cardiovascular Health

A recent large, randomized controlled trial (coauthored by Friedman School Dean and Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter editor-in-chief Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, DrPH) evaluated the impact of a new omega-3 fatty acid supplement on cardiovascular health. The researchers tested the high-dose (4 grams/day) prescription-only formulation of omega-3 fatty acids in patients who were on statins, had […]
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Identifying (and Avoiding) a Heart Attack

Someone has a heart attack in the United States every 40 seconds. Blood flow to a section of the heart becomes blocked and, starved of oxygen, that section of heart muscle is injured or even dies. Here are some simple dos and don’ts that can lower the risk of heart attack—and save your life or […]

Turmeric: The “Golden” Supplement

Turmeric, the golden-orange spice commonly known for imparting a yellow hue to curries and mustards, is now trending in golden milk lattes, juice bar boosts, and dietary supplements. This plant rhizome, which resembles ginger root, has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. Today, curcumin, a polyphenol compound partly responsible for turmeric’s color, is getting […]
Corn

Q. Some dietary advice treats corn as a starch, but some says it’s a...

A. Helen Rasmussen, PhD, RD, FADA, LDN, a research dietitian at the HNRCA, answers: “There is a lot of confusion about where corn should fit in your dietary pattern, and for good reason. In the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, corn is classified as both a vegetable and a grain. Botanically, it’s actually a fruit! All […]

Lose Weight…and Keep it Off

Weight is about more than appearance. Being overweight and obese is associated with a lower quality of life (especially as we age) and higher risk for a wide range of diseases (from diabetes and cardiovascular disease to cancer and viral infections). The good news is, losing even five to ten percent of excess weight can […]

Simple Ways to Step Up Physical Activity

Just one in five women and one in four men in the U.S. meets the recommended Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (see Physical Activity Guidelines box below). That means most of us are missing out on the many health benefits of being physically active. Every Bit Counts: According to Roger Fielding, PhD, senior scientist of […]

Intermittent Fasting Does Not Lead to More Weight Loss

Participants in a new randomized clinical trial lost about the same amount of weight and had similar cardiometabolic benefits whether they practiced intermittent fasting (time-restricted eating) or ate three meals per day. One group of the overweight and obese participants were told to eat three meals a day (plus snacks if desired). Another group could […]