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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...

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:...

HEALab to offer entrepreneurial services to downtown, health-centric community

September 6, 2017

Arizona State University has a reputation for innovation, so it’s no surprise that its schools are brimming with resources to support entrepreneurial and solutions-based endeavors. There’s the Center for Entrepreneurship at the W. P. Carey School of Business for enterprising businesspeople, E+I at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering for aspiring rocket scientists and the New Media Innovation and...

Health collaboration to harness expertise of scientists across Arizona

September 6, 2017

Arizona State University is a key player in a new health research initiative designed to harness the expertise of scientists across the state to treat diseases like cancer and address such problems as unequal access to health care. The Arizona Wellbeing Commons is a statewide collaboration of the three public universities, health providers, practitioners and community partners such as the...

ASU fitness expert says new study underscores tricky nature of weight loss

September 6, 2017

The more you exercise, the more those pounds should just melt off, right? Not always — this according to a recent exercise study out of the United Kingdom. Conducted by scientists from Loughborough University in Britain, the study concludes that exercise as a weight-loss strategy is tricky, complex and not as relational as one might think. To provide a deeper...

Healthy Devils: Eating well at ASU

August 31, 2017

Editor's note: This is the first installment in an occasional 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. The dreaded “freshman 15” weight gain is based on the notion that students adjusting to a sudden lifestyle change don’t always make the best food choices...

ASU professor wants medical students to see the big picture

August 30, 2017

Growing up the daughter of a medical doctor, Swapna Reddy is no stranger to the health-care system. Her mother managed the front office of her father’s practice in Houston, Texas, where Reddy picked up the family business. This exposure at a young age to the ins and outs of health care gave Reddy an intimate understanding of the challenges facing...

ASU health camp inspires high school students and camp counselors alike

August 7, 2017

The College of Health Solutions recently completed its fourth year of the Summer Health Institute at Arizona State University. A new cohort of 24 high school seniors representing three states, selected from 215 competing applicants, participated in the immersive experience while living on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus. The Summer Health Institute, led by senior director of academic services Nate Wade,...

ASU study reveals ways to keep you healthier on planes

August 4, 2017

Air travel may be the quickest way to get to your vacation destination, but it’s also one of the speediest ways for infectious diseases to spread between people, cities and countries. So when patient zero — or a sneezing toddler — makes it onto the plane, what will minimize your chances of getting sick? An Arizona State University team that...

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