Study finds link between gut microbes and Type 2 diabetes

A large-scale international study uses metagenomics and blood analysis to uncover gut microbes associated with the risks for common illnesses such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.

Malorye Branca • harvard
Jan. 11, 2021 ~5 min

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New class of enzymes could lead to bespoke diets, therapeutics

Professor Emily Balskus and her team have identified an entirely new class of enzymes that degrade chemicals essential for neurological health, but also help digest foods like nuts, berries, and tea, releasing nutrients that may impact human health.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
Feb. 18, 2020 ~6 min

 science-technology  chemistry  diet  cancer  bacteria  parkinsons-disease  basic-research  emily-balskus  chemistry-and-chemical-biology  science  caitlin-mcdermott-murphy  microbiome  vayu-maini-rekdal  microbes  berries  bespoke-diets  chocolate  coffee  dopamine  enzymes  gut  l-dopa  microbiology  nutrition  nuts

Clearing up the confusion over red meat recommendations

Red meat recommendations and meat from plants: Chan School Nutrition Department head Frank Hu talks about recent developments in diet.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Nov. 8, 2019 ~13 min

 health  diet  sustainability  health-medicine  alvin-powell  frank-hu  red-meat  beyond-meat  impossible-burger  caloric-restriction  meat-substitute  nutrition-guidelines

Harvard researchers show how several diets can improve heart health

Researchers applied new techniques to old samples from a 2005 dietary study to show that a focus on eating healthy rather than obsessing over a single nutrient can improve heart health.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Sept. 18, 2019 ~6 min

 heart-disease  health  diet  harvard-medical-school  health-medicine  alvin-powell  beth-israel-deaconess-medical-center  c-reactive-protein  high-blood-pressure  omniheart  stephen-juraschek  troponin

Experts gather at Harvard to discuss future food solutions

A panel of experts at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health discussed how the globe might feed an estimated human population of 10 billion by midcentury and suggested a diet high in plant foods, low in red meat, as well as a host of reforms to how food is produced and distributed today.

Alvin Powell • harvard
March 22, 2019 ~9 min

 diet  sustainability  food  health-medicine  alvin-powell  harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health  walter-willett  the-forum-at-harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health  gina-mccarthy  population

VITAL researcher JoAnn Manson outlines findings on vitamin D, omega-3

Medical School professor and VITAL lead researcher JoAnn Manson details results from a large probe of vitamin D and omega-3 as possible disease fighters.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Nov. 27, 2018 ~9 min

 diet  health-medicine  alvin-powell  clinical-trial  dietary-guidelines  joann-manson  omega-3  vital  vitamin-d

Dietary fat is good? Dietary fat is bad? Coming to consensus

Nutrition researchers with widely varying views on dietary guidelines for fats and carbohydrates offered a model for transcending the diet wars, with both sides agreeing on overall diet quality.

Amy Roeder • harvard
Nov. 15, 2018 ~3 min

 health  diet  fat  health-medicine  harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health  walter-willett  dietary-guidelines  carbohydrate-consumption  diet-quality  fat-consumption