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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...

ASU professor elected as American College of Medical Informatics Fellow

October 10, 2017

Following their recent election, 17 new fellows , including David Kaufman , associate professor of biomedical informatics at Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions , will be inducted into the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) on Nov. 5 at ceremonies during the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 2017 Annual Symposium. Kaufman’s recent research has examined electronic health record...

Five outstanding ASU students chosen to attend Mayo medical conference

October 9, 2017

With government leaders still undecided on the subject of national health care and the fate of millions of Americans hanging in the balance, Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation held its annual Transform 2017 conference in late September at its headquarters in Rochester, Minnesota. Five Arizona State University students were selected to attend and be privy to a series of talks,...

Finding fulfillment with how you fill your plate

September 28, 2017

Sacrifice is a fact of life. We make sacrifices for our families, our work and even our diets. This Sunday, Oct. 1, as herbivores everywhere celebrate World Vegetarian Day, they’ll be happy to know that their dietary sacrifices may have the added benefit of contributing to long-term happiness. “When people choose plant-based diets, oftentimes there are multiple motivators going on,”...

State's growers should tout 'Arizona' angle when marketing their dates, study finds

September 27, 2017

People have been eating dates for more than 6,000 years, but only recently have consumers worried about whether they’re “pesticide free.” As date growers in Arizona are in the midst of harvesting the sweet fruit, they now have a better idea of how to market their crop thanks to new research by two professors in the Morrison School of Agribusiness...

Debunking the hype of gluten-free foods

September 22, 2017

Sales of gluten-free foods continue to soar, reflecting a widespread belief that eliminating gluten from a person’s diet can produce health benefits, even for those without gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. Carol Johnston, professor and associate director of the Nutrition Program in Arizona State University's College of Heath Solutions, has studied the effects of gluten-free foods and their impact on...

ASU profs receive $2M to study impact of salad bars on kids' fruit, veggies consumption

September 22, 2017

Adam Sandler’s satirical 1993 ode to that most crucial fixture of school cafeterias, the lunch lady — played to hilarious perfection by a hair-netted Chris Farley in his prime — did a splendid job of reminding us all of the less-than-savory offerings of our youthful noontime repast. “Hoagies and grinders, hoagies and grinders / Navy beans, navy beans, navy beans,”...

Disrupting diabetes and challenging convention

September 22, 2017

The problem was simple but serious. Dana Lewis has type 1 diabetes and is a heavy sleeper, and the alarm on her continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) device that let her know her glucose levels were dangerously low wasn’t loud enough to wake her up at night. On nights when this happened, she awoke the next day feeling exhausted. It also...

Taking away the keys, other tough talks

September 19, 2017

It’s a conversation no one wants to have: telling a patient that it’s time to turn in his car keys. Driving means freedom, and for many people it’s part of their identity. But however uncomfortable, it’s a crucial talk to have when certain health conditions have reached a point where driving is unsafe, both for the patient and others sharing...

Is the US moving toward single-payer health care?

September 19, 2017

Last week, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced a “Medicare for All” proposal that would create a single-payer health-care system in the United States. Swapna Reddy, clinical assistant professor in Arizona State University's College of Health Solutions, explains the benefits and drawbacks of single payer, and how likely it is that the country would adopt such a system. Swapna Reddy Question:...

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