Nutrition

Food market in Detroit

Emergency Food Security Funding Must Continue

Alek Ostrander and Carly Truett

The economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the risk of the nearly 26 million adults in the US struggling to access and afford food. Federal nutrition assistance programs like SNAP help, but additional assistance is needed for those already receiving maximum benefits. And many of these emergency measures should become permanent.

Antibiotic pills displayed in a pill bottle

Antibiotic Use during Pregnancy: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Lixin Zhang, PhD ’99

The discovery and use of antibiotics is one of public health’s great achievements, but antibiotic use is not without its problems. At therapeutic doses, antibiotics exert a strong selection pressure on the microbial community. When antibiotics interact with an infant’s developing microbiome, they can affect gut health and with it the child’s health for years to come.

Platform bed and nightstand with lamp.

Sleep 101: Why Sleep Is So Important to Your Health

Erica Jansen

What is sleep and how is it related to our overall health? How much sleep do we need? When should the school day begin? As we approach daylight saving time 2020, nutritional sciences expert Erica Jansen talks about sleep, nutrition, mental health, and how to catch more ZZZs.