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Research Highlights

New Pediatric Blood Pressure Guidelines Identify More Kids at Higher Risk of Premature Heart Disease

Based on a heart research study completed within the department of epidemiology, at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, there are now new guidelines that classify more children as having elevated blood pressure. These new guidelines are better at predicting which kids are likely to develop heart disease when they reach adulthood, according to the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension. The guidelines were issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in 2017 and endorsed by the American Heart Association. Keep reading >>

Study Finds Improved WIC Food Packages Reduced Obesity Risk for Children

Sweeping changes designed to make a major federal food assistance program more nutritious for low-income families were effective in reducing obesity risk for 4-year-olds who had been on the program since birth, according to a new study by researchers from Tulane University, the University of California, Los Angeles, and PHFE WIC. “Our study shows that improving nutrition quality made a measurable impact in lowering obesity risk for children receiving the new food package compared to those receiving the old,” said lead author Pia Chaparro, assistant professor of nutrition at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.  Keep reading >>

Tulane researcher selected to serve on federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services selected Tulane University clinical researcher and epidemiologist Dr. Lydia Bazzano as one of 20 nationally recognized nutrition experts to serve on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Keep reading >>