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Why is nutrition so hard to study?

Is dairy good or bad for health? Is cholesterol evil? Does red meat kill or cure? Is the ketogenic diet a godsend or a health hazard? Can the vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, or raw food diet extend disease-free life?

Written by Tim Newman February 24, 2020

Nutrition is wrapped in multiple confusions. Why is it so hard to determine whether a food is good or bad for health?

In medical science, proving any theory is difficult. The science of nutrition is no different, but it also has some unique challenges. In this feature, we outline just some of these stumbling blocks.

Despite the many issues that nutrition scientists face, understanding which foods benefit or harm health is essential work.

Also the public is growing increasingly interested in finding ways to boost health through diet. Obesity and diabetes are now highly prevalent, and both have nutritional risk factors. This has sharpened general interest further.

All areas of scientific research fare the following issues to a greater or lesser degree, but because nutrition is so high on people’s agenda, the problems appear magnified.

Although the water is muddy and difficult to traverse, there have been substantial victories in the field of nutrition research. For instance, scientists have determined that vitamin C prevents scurvy, that beriberi develops due to a thiamine deficiency, and that vitamin D deficiency causes rickets.

In all of these cases, there is a link between a particular compound and a specific condition. However, the picture is rarely so clear-cut. This is especially true when investigating conditions wherein multiple factors are at play, such as obesity, osteoporosis, diabetes, or heart disease.

Also, nutrition-related conditions have changed over time: The most common threats to health used to be deficiencies, whereas in Western countries today, overeating tends to be the primary concern.

Understanding the role of food in health and disease is essential and deserves attention. In this feature, we discuss some of the reasons that nutrition research seems to be so indecisive, difficult, and downright confusing.

Are you a senior looking for healthcare experience after graduation?

Practice Operations Assistant, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

***This position is best for those students graduating in 2020 and any alumni that have a long-term career interest in the public health, healthcare management, and/or prospective clinical interests (i.e. MD, NP, PA, etc. who need additional experience in the healthcare field prior to submitting applications for such degrees). The Department of Neurosurgery prides itself on providing all interested staff throughout the Department with opportunities to observe and participate in educational events and research endeavors in the individual candidate’s area of focus or interest. These opportunities are not noted in the job description, but offered to all personnel***


  • Perform duties under moderate supervision with intermediate to advanced proficiency in administrative skills.
  • Provide routine and more complex administrative support such as: typing memos and letters, answering telephones, and taking and distributing messages.
  • Coordinate calendar and schedules including: coordinate calendars for several managers or coordinates events for department.
  • Proofread and edit manuscripts, perform library or literature searches, and help to create and edit presentation materials. Work with less direction with ability to create more advanced material.
  • Helps to prepare and edit grant applications and other related materials with less direction and more applicable knowledge of the process.
  • Perform transcription of dictated physician notes.
  • Assist with training and orienting staff as needed.
  • Provide cross coverage as needed.
  • Assist with special projects as directed.
  • Follow HIPAA guidelines for the management of patient privacy and confidentiality.

Make a difference this summer through the Healthcare Administration internship at Memorial Sloan Kettering

Apply now on Handshake–opportunity expires February 17!

Are you seeking a summer internship opportunity where you can make a difference each day and begin your career in healthcare administration? Are you ready to join a team where everyone plays a meaningful role in the fight against cancer?

At MSK, we offer an exciting opportunity to join us for 11 weeks in our Healthcare Administration Summer Support Program. Working as either an Office Coordinator or Care Coordinator, you will have the opportunity to make a direct impact on our patients every day. We have opportunities in Manhattan, New Jersey, Westchester, and Long Island. We are:Hospital Administration ensures that all departments across the organization are working towards and achieving goals in the most efficient, effective ways possible. Hospital Administrators analyze complex issues such as:

  • Facility services
  • Budgets
  • Physician and nursing staffing
  • Relationships with other organizations
  • Policy development
  • Quality assurance & process improvement measures

You are:

  • Working towards your Bachelor’s degree, preferably entering your Junior or Senior year of college/university
  • Passionate about a career in healthcare and/or hospital administration
  • Excited to work full time between 5/27/2020 and 8/7/2020. Hours will vary between 6:00am and 10:00pm (Monday-Friday, occasional Saturdays). Flexibility between shifts is expected.
  • An effective and considerate communicator, capable of resolving how best to reach different audiences and executing communications based on that understanding

You will:

  • As a Care Coordinator, interact with patients in person during their outpatient visits, focusing on checking patients in and providing a warm welcome. 
  • As an Office Coordinator, speak to patients over the phone, focusing on relaying information on upcoming visits and providing support to a physicians practice.
  • Act as resource to patients and a liaison between the patient and the clinical team
  • Participate in networking events and seminars specifically for MSK summer students
  • Finish the program with real-life work experience in a fast-paced healthcare environment

You have:

  • Attention to detail and strong computer skills
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills
  • A strong ability to work in a team
  • Ability to handle acutely ill patients in stressful situations with a positive demeanor
  • Knowledge of medical terminology (preferred)

Can’t miss talk by CEO of Mass General Physicians Organization on March 2! Pre-Med students–put this on your calendar

“The US Health Care System: Problems and Potential Solutions” by Dr. Tim Ferris ’85, MD & CEO of Mass General Physicians Organization

Monday, March 2, 2020 MBH (BiHall) 216 4:30 PM

Dr. Timothy G. Ferris is chief executive officer of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Trained in internal medicine and pediatrics, Tim is a practicing primary care physician at Mass General. Prior positions include the senior vice president for population health at Partners HealthCare, medical director of the Mass General Physicians Organization, and vice president for quality for the MGH Department of Pediatrics. His clinical interests include caring for medically complex patients, and home visits to the elderly. Tim led the design and implementation of system-wide care delivery changes at Partners in response to novel risk-sharing contracts for Medicare, Commercial, and Medicaid populations. These programs were administered through the Center for Population Health which Tim founded through an industry partnership, touching over 1 million patients annually. The programs spanned the continuum of care, including over 5000 clinicians in primary care, specialty care, post-acute and home based services, and included novel IT based patient services, analytics, and incentives. 

Tim has played multiple roles at the national and international level, including chairing the steering committee of the National Quality Forum and participating on multiple committees at the National Academy of Medicine. He is currently a member of the Secretary of Health and Human Services independent advisory council on physician payment policy.  Tim serves on the board of England’s National Health Service (NHS Improvement). In addition to his past National Institutes of Health and foundation grants, Tim designed a six-year Medicare demonstration project that used focused investments in patient services for complex patients that resulted in lower mortality and costs. The program received national attention and became a model for similar programs in the United States and abroad.

Tim trained at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health and has co-authored more than 130 publications in the areas of health care quality measurement, risk adjustment, health disparities and health information technology.

Wonderful summer opportunity with free housing!

Yellow House Community (YHC) is a family-style intentional living community located in Middlebury. YHC was founded in 2019 and designed to provide adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities with safe, residential family households, meaningful vocation, and the assistance to continue developing skills, interests, and relationships. Yellow House encourages, supports, and celebrates the unique abilities of every individual. We do so with the intention of providing a meaningful adult life for all of our participants and staff. Our culture is one of deep respect, kindness, love, and fun. YCH is inspired by the Camphill life-sharing community model.

YHC is currently pursuing licensure as a Therapeutic Community Residence (TCR), recognized by the State of Vermont. In preparation for our residential offering (Fall 2020 hopefully), we are running daytime Transition Programming for residential candidates. Programming addresses skills needed to live interdependently in the YHC intentional living community. Our participants (referred to fondly as “Friends”) have diagnoses including Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder. We are seeking compassionate, energetic interns for our Summer Transition Program.

Interns will be part of this entrepreneurial effort and work alongside YHC staff to support a group of 4-10 young adults with special needs for programming and community activities including life skills, grocery shopping, cooking, household chores, art, gardening, exercising, and social engagement. Interns with collaborate with staff to design programming, organize social events, plan fieldtrips, and facilitate opportunities for YHC friends to integrate into the Middlebury community. Daytime transition programming runs from 8:30-4:00pm, Monday-Friday, with occasional evening or weekend events.

All class years (FR, SO, JR) welcome to apply. $3000 stipend in addition to housing at no additional charge.

Conversation with Cardiologist Gavin Noble, MD, Porter Medical Center

Join Women in Health Sciences in a casual conversation with cardiologist, Dr. Gavin Noble. We’ll discuss his career path, specialty, and how he works with nurses, PAs, and other healthcare professionals in his day to day work. Come with questions! This event is open to students of all genders and backgrounds.

Monday, February 24 at 8:00 p.m. in Coltrane Lounge.

Alumni Highlight: Canary Ly ’17, RN working toward her DNP!

Career Update with Canary Ly ’17

Major: Neuroscience
Minor: Secondary Education Studies

Tell us about life after Middlebury. After Middlebury, I worked for a year as a Medical Assistant at a gynecology office in Vermont while taking prerequisite courses for graduate school. I was accepted to a few schools and chose UMass Medical School, Graduate School of Nursing to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), in which I am currently a second year student. The program includes an accelerated year of studies after which I was eligible to receive my Registered Nurse license. Upon passing my board exams, I started working part time at a community health center and per diem at a local hospital, both of which I balance with school. Only 2.5 more years for the doctorate!

Where are you working? I currently work as a Registered Nurse (RN) in 2 locations: Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center and UMass Memorial Medical Center Marlborough Hospital.

How did you find your job(s)? Networking! When I initially moved to Shrewsbury, MA, I put my name out as a babysitter on a Facebook community forum, and started sitting for a few doctors in town. Once I passed my boards, they were able to put in a good word for me at the hospital.

How did CCI help you find this opportunity? When I was at Middlebury I worked as a Front Office Assistant at CCI. After working with such a great group of people there, I saw the benefits of branching out and not being afraid to ask for help. It never hurts to ask!

What advice do you have for Middlebury students looking for an internship? Push yourself to do the most you can. Network, be yourself, and never forget that you have a great community of resources at your fingertips. You just have to use them!

What is the most rewarding aspect of your work? The most rewarding part of working two different jobs is that I get to see the best of both worlds: seeing families and getting to work with kids in the outpatient setting, and then being a part of the treatment team and caring for sick adults in the inpatient setting!

What do you wish you knew before interning that you would like to share with Middlebury students? Don’t doubt your ability to learn on the job–it’s not always about knowing everything in the books! Also, no question is a dumb question.

If you want to network, you can connect with Canary via Midd2Midd!

Are YOU interested in being in the Alumni Highlights? Tell us about your post-Middlebury experience here.