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
Feb. 18, 2020 | harvard

~6 mins

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

‘Game Changers’ puts muscle behind its message at Law School

“The Game Changers” brought a panel of athletes and experts to tout the benefits of a plant-based diet to Harvard.

Nate Herpich
Feb. 13, 2020 | harvard

~8 mins

Tags: health-medicine the-game-changers animal-law-policy-program derrick-morgan dotsie-bausch james-wilks morgan-mitchell nimai-delgado office-for-sustainability patrik-baboumian plant-based-diet scott-jurek vegan vegetarian

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
Sept. 18, 2019 | harvard

~6 mins

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

Plant-based diet may lower risk of Type 2 diabetes

A new meta-analysis shows that people who follow predominantly plant-based diets with greater adherence have a 23 percent lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes than those who follow these diets with lower adherence.

Amy Roeder
July 22, 2019 | harvard

~3 mins

Tags: health-medicine harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health jama-internal-medicine plant-based-diet type-2-diabetes

Men who eat a healthy diet cut risk of physical impairment by 25 percent

A new study shows that older men who maintain healthier diets are 25 percent less likely to develop physical impairment with aging.

Haley Bridger
April 9, 2019 | harvard

~4 mins

Tags: health-medicine alternate-healthy-eating-index-2010 health-and-aging health-professionals-follow-up-study heathy-diet older-men physical-impairment the-journal-of-nutrition

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
March 22, 2019 | harvard

~9 mins

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

Harvard researchers isolate new age-related biomarker

Harvard researchers have discovered that a novel biomarker of aging in rDNA can accurately determine an individual’s chronological and biological age. The biomarker opens new opportunities for monitoring responses to interventions and lifestyle choices.

Chris Sweeney
Feb. 14, 2019 | harvard

~5 mins

Tags: health-medicine bernardo-lemos biological-age calorie-restricted-diet calorie-restricted-regimen chronological-age genome-research harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health rdna ribosomal-dna

Evidence of atherosclerosis found in 16th-century mummies from Greenland

CT scans reveal evidence of atherosclerosis in 16th-century mummies from Greenland. The mummies were of particular interest due to their diet, which relied on fish — commonly touted as a heart-healthy diet.

Jessica Zimmerman
Jan. 23, 2019 | harvard

~5 mins

Tags: science-technology explorer-series arteries atherosclerosis brigham-and-womens-hospital fish-consumption heart-disease heart-healthy-diet mummy national-geographic plaque ron-blankstein

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