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ASU prof shows effectiveness of federal school-meal plan

November 22, 2017

In 2010 Congress passed the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, allowing the USDA to make critical nutrition reforms to school-lunch and -breakfast programs for the first time in more than 30 years. The legislation was spearheaded by then-first lady Michelle Obama as part of her “Let’s Move!” campaign, geared toward improving nutrition in schools and reducing child obesity. Almost immediately, the...

Mayo Clinic, ASU collaborate to seed and accelerate research

November 17, 2017

In Silicon Valley, investors flock to back potentially disruptive new technology and apps — even if they are still in development. But the funding landscape is a little different for health research. Although novel ideas have great potential to radically improve health care and medicine, funding agencies usually choose to fund well-established research. This can be a barrier for researchers...

ASU prof discusses craniofacial conditions ahead of 'Wonder' release

November 16, 2017

The new film “Wonder” tells the story of a young boy who overcomes the challenges of living with the facial structural abnormality known as Treacher Collins Syndrome. Craniofacial abnormalities are actually pretty common but not always well understood, said Nancy Scherer, Arizona State University professor and chair of the Speech and Hearing Science Department. Scherer has an appointment on the...

ASU women's basketball hosts third annual Heart Health Awareness game

November 15, 2017

Up until the moment Becca Tobin’s heart stopped for seven minutes in an airport food court two years ago, there had been no signs that there was anything wrong with her. Fortunately, the former ASU women’s basketball star survived her ordeal, surpassing doctors’ predictions and going on to play professionally overseas. Tobin’s total lack of warning is typical of most...

Healthy Devils: Electrolyte drink recipes for staying hydrated

November 13, 2017

Editor's Note: This is the second installment in an ASU Now series featuring nutritious recipes demonstrated by faculty from the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, an academic unit of ASU’s College of Health Solutions. Find the first installment, about overnight oats, here . It’s already November, and students at ASU have celebrated the homecoming game, indulged their pumpkin spice...

Allowing children’s health insurance program to expire is disturbing, says ASU health professor

November 9, 2017

About 9 million disadvantaged children nationwide are in peril of losing their low-cost health insurance coverage if Congress fails to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) soon. The program was originally passed as a bipartisan effort in 1997, providing coverage for children in families with low and moderate incomes as well as for pregnant women. The program must be...

Planting seeds of change

November 2, 2017

How does one eat part of a mesquite tree or a cactus? That’s the question that one panelist will be addressing at the Nov. 7 “Defend Our Food” panel at Arizona State University, focusing on how to ensure diversity in our food and access to it in the future. “The Sonoran Desert really is a massive grocery store of stuff,”...

Veterans aim at highest target in academia

November 1, 2017

A quarter-century ago, Sean McCafferty was at loose ends and didn’t know what to do with his life. When inspiration didn’t strike, he turned to the Army. He quickly became a rising star, was sent to West Point and eventually rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. “My goal was to stay in the service until it wasn’t fun anymore...

$7 million NIH grant funds ASU center on minority health

October 23, 2017

A $7 million grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), of the National Institutes of Health, will fund a specialized research “Center for Excellence” at Arizona State University to improve the health of minority populations. The five-year grant will advance the work of the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center, part of the School of Social Work...

ASU students discover passion for holistic health care in Mayo Clinic Global Medical Brigade

October 17, 2017

When Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, readied a group of volunteers for its summer Medical Brigades Volunteer Program to Nicaragua, three Arizona State University students seized the chance to join them for a life-changing medical outreach. Selected by ASU’s Pre-Health Internship Program in the Office of Clinical Partnerships through a rigorous application and interview process, the students...

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