Monthly Archives: April, 2013

1 Whole Grains: The 10-to-1 Rule

Almost everyone recommends eating more whole grains. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines, for instance, advise that at least half your daily grain intake be whole grains. That’s easier said than done, in part because it can be hard to identify truly “whole grain” foods. A recent Harvard study offers a simple way to increase the odds of choosing wisely: look for less than a 10-to-1 ratio of “total carbohydrates” to “fiber” on the nutrition label of whole-grain products. That’s the ratio found naturally in whole-wheat flour.

Clinical Professor Linda Neuhauser; Dr. Xie Zhenming, Secretary General of the China Population Association; and Dr. Sun Xiaoming, research partner on the China (Photo: Eve Lee)
0 Berkeley Brings CBPR Model to China

In an initiative to improve the health and well-being of young migrant workers in China, researchers at UC Berkeley have brought a community-based participatory research pioneered at Berkeley to the factories of the Changzhou Xinbei Development Zone.

0 Is Being Overweight OK After All?

The researchers, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and elsewhere, pooled data from 97 studies done in more than a dozen countries, totaling nearly 3 million people. The surprising results: Overweight people were found to have a 6 percent lower overall death rate than those of “normal” weight.

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3 Robin Mejia MPH ’12

On April 30, 2013, Robin Mejia and 34 of her close friends will celebrate the release of their new book,…

2 Be Kind to Your Kidneys

The kidneys are the Rodney Dangerfield of major organs—they usually get no respect. Most people don’t appreciate their importance until something goes wrong. And increasingly things are going wrong with the kidneys of Americans, thanks largely to the rise in hypertension and diabetes resulting from the ongoing obesity epidemic.