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New Research: Americans Overwhelmingly Want Foreign Policy Supporting Gender Equality

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Most Americans strongly support a U.S. foreign policy that promotes global gender equality, according to a new survey by researchers at Tufts University. The survey also found that Americans’ support for the advancement of women and girls remains high even when those goals conflict with priorities, such as international trade or relations with friends and allies.

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Brain Guides Body Much Sooner Than Previously Believed

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The brain plays an active and essential role much earlier than previously thought, according to new research from Tufts University scientists which shows that long before movement or other behaviors occur, the brain of an embryonic frog influences muscle and nerve development and protects the embryo from agents that cause developmental defects. Remarkably, the brain performs these functions while it is itself still developing, marking the earliest known events of the brain-body interface. In addition to identifying these essential instructive functions for the first time, the Tufts researchers successfully rescued defects caused by lack of a brain by using widely available, human-approved drugs.

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Exclusive Analysis: College Student Voting Increased in 2016

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College and university students voted at a higher rate in 2016 than in 2012, according to a study from Tufts University’s Tisch College, which today released an analysis of the voting patterns of millions of students.

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Leading Researchers Explore Boundaries of Biological Science at Inaugural Symposium of Allen Discovery Center at Tufts University

Eight researchers in the vanguard of biological science gathered at the inaugural symposium of the new Allen Discovery Center at Tufts University today to explore new frontiers within the dark matter of biology. The day-long symposium, which attracted guest speakers from leading research institutions such as Tufts, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Jackson Labs, was expected to draw about 300 attendees.

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Daniel Jay named new dean of the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences

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Daniel Jay, Ph.D., has been named dean of the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts. In addition to his research work in cancer biology, Jay is an established artist, working at the interface of art and science.

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New Tool Helps Physicians Assess Usefulness of Clinical Guidelines for Patient Outcomes

A new tool has been developed to help clinicians identify trustworthy, relevant, and useful practice guidelines. The related study and a corresponding editorial is published today in Annals of Family Medicine.

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Small Increases in Physical Activity Reduce Immobility, Disability Risks in Older Adults

Adding 48 minutes of exercise per week is associated with improvements in overall mobility and decreases in risks of disability in older adults who are sedentary, finds a new study led by researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts.

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Federal Preemption of Taxes on State and Local Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Is Not Warranted

Federal and state government can alter or hinder state and local activity through a legal mechanism called preemption – when a higher level of government blocks the action of a lower level of government. A new study evaluates whether it could it be used to block taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages.

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Civic Math: Mathematicians Wield Geometry, Train Experts in Effort to Fight Gerrymandering and Promote Voting Rights

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National experts in mathematics, law, politics, and voting rights are gathering at Tufts University this week to discuss nonpartisan solutions to gerrymandering and promote fair electoral districting practices across the country. The conference is the inaugural workshop of the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group (MGGG), a nonpartisan organization of Boston-based researchers led by Moon Duchin, a mathematician and Tisch Senior Fellow at Tufts University.

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Kids, Cash, and Snacks: What Motivates a Healthier Food Choice?

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What determines how kids decide to spend their cash on snacks? In a study with Boston-area children, researchers show that their experience with money and their liking of brands influenced decisions – and that for some children, higher prices for unhealthy snacks might motivate healthier choices.







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