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Cell Phones Monitor Water, Soil on African Farms [Q&A]

Cell Phones Monitor Water, Soil on African Farms [Q&A]

As a middle school student in Tallahassee, Florida, Kelly Caylor built a weather balloon for the science fair. Decades later, he's distributing high-tech environmental sensors, or "pods," throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

April 10, 2015 — Kerry Klein

The Quest for Better Broccoli Starts with More Science

Everyone knows that broccoli is good for you. What was not known—until researchers examined how broccoli was prepared for distribution—is that frozen broccoli lacked the cancer-fighting nutrients that the fresh vegetable provided.

March 30, 2015 — Tom Grumbly
The World On A Plate: A Look At Diets Around The Globe

The World On A Plate: A Look At Diets Around The Globe

From culture to religion, social status to political leanings, a lot can be learned from what's on a plate. In What I Eat: Around The World In 80 Diets, photographer Peter Menzel and his wife, writer Faith D'Aluisio, take a fascinating look at diets of people around the world.

February 17, 2015 — Layla Eplett

Is Our Focus on Obesity Holding Back Public Health?

What causes obesity? Advertising junk food to kids? Cheap soda? The demise of physical education in public schools? Too much screen time? Or maybe, it's one of the little boxes in this Obesity System Influence Diagram, developed in 2007 by British researchers for their government's Foresight Project: Holy cow, I believe are the words you're [...]

February 12, 2015 — Patrick Mustain

Artificial Sweeteners May Have Despicable Impacts on Gut Microbes

I find it ironic that Thanksgiving coincides with American Diabetes Month. In honor of that irony, two recently published studies have suggested a possible link between what you eat, how it impacts the behavior of the microbes living in your gut, and type II diabetes.

November 26, 2014 — Sheena Faherty
Dear Beverage Industry: Yes, 12-Year-Olds Are Children.

Dear Beverage Industry: Yes, 12-Year-Olds Are Children.

The Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity (full disclosure: I work for them) just released the Sugary Drink Facts Report, exhaustively detailing the nutrition of products offered by the beverage industry, and how the industry markets them.

November 21, 2014 — Patrick Mustain
Lifestyle Choices Could Affect Gene Sequences That Code for Cancer

Lifestyle Choices Could Affect Gene Sequences That Code for Cancer

It's no secret that diet and exercise can directly impact our health. But for many people, genetic predisposition to disease - be it hypertension or diabetes or cancer - is often perceived as a risk that is out of their hands.

October 15, 2014 — Lawrence D. Wagman & Sandra M. Brown
Judging Food By Its Cover: Nutrition Labels Are One Area Where Consumer Is Not King

Judging Food By Its Cover: Nutrition Labels Are One Area Where Consumer Is Not King

It's a tired refrain: "It's all about consumer choice, we can't limit choice, the consumer is king."  Every time some pesky public health advocate wants to try to reform the food environment, the industry starts to shriek about limiting choices and taking away people's freedom.  New York City's attempt to remove "bucket" as an acceptable [...]

August 28, 2014 — Patrick Mustain

Why Do Facts Fail?

Why Do Facts Fail?

Deconstructing Denial