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Global collaborations, holistic solutions

Washington University hosts forums for India, Greater China Washington University in St. Louis’ commitment to finding collaborative, creative solutions for far-reaching global problems is deep and wide-reaching. Of particular concern is the environment, and making the necessary choices to ensure the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat is safe, […]

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Child beverage choices in Guatemala deemed unhealthy

A new study focusing on beverages targeted to children in Guatemala found that most were of poor nutritional quality. Published in Public Health Nutrition, this study analyzed package marketing strategies along with health claims and compared them with the actual nutritional content. These beverages, marketed for children, consisted of fruit drinks, milk, carbonated beverages, water, […]

Malnutrition and the modern diet

Malnutrition can be traced to poor-quality diets lacking in diversity, a recent phenomenon in evolutionary history, according to a new paper from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. The paper posits that a misalignment of modern diets and the genome has developed over time. They write that ultra-processed foods, particularly oils, flours, […]

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Washington University in St. Louis Forums

The Washington University in St. Louis Forums are designed to showcase top Washington University faculty members and to address global issues in ways that are accessible to a broad audience. Keynote addresses will be given by Dr. Pratim Biswas on energy choices, Dr. William Powderly on the public health consequences of the choices, and Dr. […]

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Designing for climate resilience in Asia

Derek Hoeferlin, associate professor of architecture in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, along with research assistants Jess Vanecek and Rob Birch, both master’s degree candidates in the Sam Fox School, has won first prize in the inaugural Designing Resilience in Asia International Open Competition. Sponsored by the School of Design and […]

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Across the globe, engineering a healthier environment

In summer 2017, a group of aerosol scientists, engineers and administrators from Washington University in St. Louis traveled to Asia to address some of the important problems related to energy, environment and health that we face today. The scientists, members of the Center for Aerosol Science and Engineering — or CASE — took part in […]

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School environment increases sugar-sweetened beverage consumption in Guatemalan adolescents

New research from Joaquin Barnoya, MD, MPH, associate professor of surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, and colleagues has found that school attending adolescents in Guatemala report high sugar sweetened beverage consumption. Few studies have evaluated sugar-sweetened beverages consumption, such as soda or sweetened coffee drinks, in Guatemalan youth and its association with the […]

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A nutritional superfood for children in developing countries

A study conducted in Ecuador found that eating eggs significantly increased growth in young children and reduced stunting by 47 percent — a much greater effect than had been shown in previous studies. The study was co-authored by Lori Iannotti, a leading child-nutrition expert at the Brown School. It was published June 6, 2017 in […]

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Making an impact in the world

Washington University MBA student Markie Culver is driven by a desire to make a positive impact in the world. Culver is founder of The Women’s Bakery, a social enterprise that trains East African women to build, operate, manage and sustain their own bakeries, empowering them to invest in their health, their families and their communities. […]

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Fast Food Marketing Contributing to Rising Obesity Rates in Guatemala Children

Obesity rates continue to climb globally and Guatemalans, especially children, are included in this trend. As in the United States, in this low/middle income country, fast food chain restaurants market directly to children with price incentives and toy giveaways as part of combination meals, enticing children to choose unhealthy food options instead of a possibly […]

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