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Human Health and Nutrition

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Ingredients of Good Nutrition

16 October 2012 | See how scientists use nuclear techniques to understand food consumption and nutrition in this photo essay. More →

See how scientists use nuclear techniques to understand food consumption and nutrition in this photo essay, 16 October 2012.

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Childhood Malnutrition in Morocco

Dr. Abdelwahab Zerrari, Vice President, Aviesaine, discusses travails and triumphs his association encountered in their campaign to reduce childhood malnutrition in Morocco (in French), 11 October 2013:

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Nuclear Science and Childhood Malnutrition

Alan Jackson, Convenor, International Malnutrition Task Force:

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Nuclear Science and Body Composition

Chittaranjan Yajnik, Director, Diabetes Unit, King Edward Memorial Hospital, Pune, India:

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Photo Essays


Non-invasive (non-radioactive) nuclear isotopic techniques are being used by nutrition scientists around the world to tackle obesity by measuring how much people move and how often.



Breastfed children are more resistant to disease and infection as opposed to formula-fed children. They are also less likely to develop diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer later in life. With guidance from the IAEA, countries like the African nation of Morocco are using nuclear techniques to guide national efforts to promote exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of a baby's life.



Iron deficiency is serious business, causing a host of health problems in the tiniest of us (foetuses) up to the oldest of us. Nuclear techniques, particularly the use of stable isotopes, are helping scientists and governments gauge the effectiveness of programmes designed to eliminate iron deficiency in vulnerable populations.



Using nuclear techniques to address the double burden of malnutrition in children in Latin America and the Caribbean.









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FAO/IAEA Joint Collaboration Enhances Quinoa - The All-in-One Super Food

6 December 2013 | IAEA/FAO joint collaboration use highly advanced nuclear techniques to increase quinoa production in developing countries. More →

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