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Category: Healthy Lives


Iowa State’s Geetu Tuteja selected for Pew Scholars Biomedical Research Program

By Annette Hacker, Iowa State University News Service

Geetu Tuteja, assistant professor in Iowa State University’s department of genetics, development and cell biology, has been selected to join the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences. She is the first Iowa State researcher to receive this honor. Tuteja is one of 22 promising scientists nationwide selected by the Philadelphia-based Pew Charitable Trusts to…


New economic study shows combination of SNAP and WIC improves food security

By Angie Hunt, Iowa State University News Service

Forty million Americans, including 6.5 million children, are food insecure. Given the extent of food insecurity, a team of Iowa State University economists developed a methodology to analyze potential redundancies between two food assistance programs — SNAP and WIC. Their research shows that participating in both programs compared to SNAP alone increases food security by at…


Iowa State University Part of Innovative Consortium to Reduce Post-Harvest Loss and Food Waste

By Ed Adcock, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Food loss and waste is a global problem that negatively impacts the bottom line of businesses and farmers, wastes limited resources and damages the environment. The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), The Rockefeller Foundation and Iowa State University today launched the Consortium for Innovation in Post-Harvest Loss and Food Waste Reduction at the 2019 Iowa International Outreach…


New research from an Iowa State University scientist identifies microbes that may reduce allergy-like reactions to some ripened cheeses

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

A small percentage of humans suffers allergy-like reactions to certain varieties of ripened cheese due to histamine, a byproduct of the prolonged fermentation process. Stephan Schmitz-Esser, associate professor of animal science at Iowa State University, is studying bacterial strains that could reduce histamine, allowing susceptible diners to enjoy the cheese without unpleasant side effects.


Achieving health goals may depend on how you see yourself

By Angie Hunt, Iowa State University News Service

People often visualize themselves pursuing health goals, but how they see themselves could make a difference. Beatriz Pereira, assistant professor of marketing in Iowa State University’s Ivy College of Business, says third-person visualization works well for short-term goals with defined steps, such as voting or a class assignment. However, for long-term goals without a specific…