Topic: nutrition

Obesity linked to aggressive prostate cancer

A new report that analyzed the health histories of 9.8 million men finds strong evidence that excess body fat may increase advanced prostate cancer risk. The report, Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Prostate Cancer, was released by the American Institute for Cancer…

Swapping veggies for meat a healthier choice

Numerous studies since the 1960s have linked consumption of red meat to an increased risk of breast and colon cancer, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other conditions, Walter Willett, Fredrick John Stare professor of epidemiology and nutrition and chair of the…

Mediterranean diet linked to longer life

The Mediterranean diet, already considered one of the healthiest diets because of its link to reduced risk of heart disease, cancer, and other chronic diseases, has a new feather in its cap. A study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and…

Yogurt may reduce type 2 diabetes risk

A new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers found that higher consumption of yogurt was associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Other forms of dairy were not found to offer similar protection. Drawing on health…

Trans fats linked to memory damage

A new study shows that eating trans fats may be associated with memory loss, according to a study presented last week at the American Heart Association scientific sessions. Trans fats, also known as partially hydrogenated vegetable oil and vegetable shortening, were included…

New online calculator estimates cardiovascular disease risk

For immediate release: Friday, November 14, 2014 Boston, MA — The new Healthy Heart Score developed by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) gives individuals an easy method to estimate their 20-year risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) based on simple…

Calcium and Milk

Calcium is important. But milk isn’t the only, or even best, source. It’s not a news flash that calcium is key for healthy bones. Getting enough calcium from childhood through adulthood helps build bones up and then helps slow the loss of…

Rolling back school lunch nutrition standards a bad idea

Congressional efforts to undermine school lunch nutrition standards implemented in 2012 could threaten progress in the fight against childhood obesity, according to an opinion piece in the October 29, 2014 New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Critics of the standards, including some…

Red meat consumption and breast cancer risk

October 9, 2014 — Maryam S Farvid, a visiting scientist and Takemi fellow at Harvard School of Public Health, was first author on two recent studies that found that young women who ate higher amounts of red meat had a higher risk…