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ASU experts put gluten-free diets under the microscope

November 29, 2017

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review. To read more top stories from 2017, click here . Walk into the local grocery store and you’re likely to find an array of products with the words “gluten-free” splashed across the label. Everything from cereal to frozen pizza to pasta — even water — is getting...

De-Stress Fest at ASU's West campus to help students relax before finals

November 28, 2017

It’s that time of year when college students everywhere prepare to head home for the holidays, where they can catch up with friends and family and breathe a sigh of relief that they made it through another semester. Before they can do that, though, they must make it through one last academic obstacle: finals week. And no one knows better...

ASU’s Down syndrome class is working out

November 27, 2017

Top 40 hits blast from the speakers as Haley Santiago and Larry Merville pass a basketball back and forth across the wooden floor of a basement workout room at the Lincoln Family YMCA on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus. They finish the set and Santiago asks, “How’d that feel?” “Good!” Merville replies, giving her a high five. Off in a corner,...

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,”...

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