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Why sugary drinks and protein-rich meals don't go well together ... read more
July 21, 2017
Having a sugar-sweetened drink with a high-protein meal may negatively affect energy balance, alter food preferences and cause the body to store more fat.

Using a pig model to study chronic diseases may help minimize drug failure rate ... read more
July 20, 2017
Scientists may be able to minimize the failure rate of drugs for diseases linked to high-calorie diets, such as colon cancer and type 2 diabetes, if they test treatments using a pig model, according to an international team of researchers.

Nutrition advice aimed at children also improves parents' diets ... read more
July 20, 2017
Nutrition advice aimed at children also improves parents' diets, according to new research.

Obese patients don't need to lose weight before total joint replacement, study finds ... read more
July 19, 2017
There's good news for overweight people with painfully arthritic hips and knees: A new study finds that obese patients who underwent knee or hip replacement surgery reported virtually the same pain relief and improved function as normal-weight joint replacement patients six months after surgery.

Pre-pregnancy obesity increases risk for neurocognitive problems in premature babies ... read more
July 18, 2017
Children born extremely premature to women who are overweight or obese before the pregnancy are at an increased risk for low scores on tests of intelligence and cognitive processes that influence self-regulation and control, according to researchers.

Young adult obesity: A neglected, yet essential focus to reverse the obesity epidemic ... read more
July 18, 2017
The overall burden of the US obesity epidemic continues to require new thinking, argues an expert in a new report.

Optimal methods for administering children's medications ... read more
July 18, 2017
New research aims to help solve the problem of dose optimization of children's medicines.

New combination of anti-obesity drugs may have beneficial effects ... read more
July 18, 2017
New research has revealed that a unique combination of hormone-based drugs can produce enhanced weight loss in laboratory tests with obese animals.

Does exercise facilitate body weight control? The answer may depend on sex ... read more
July 18, 2017
Healthcare practitioners regularly prescribe diet and exercise as a method for patients to lose weight. But exercise might not be equally effective in males and females, according to new research. In a study conducted in rats, researchers fed both male and female rats a high fat diet and then trained half of them to run on a treadmill.

Estrogen in the brain prevents obesity and glucose intolerance during menopause in lab animal study ... read more
July 18, 2017
Researchers have found that adding estrogen in the brain may improve health in obese females after menopause.

Benefits of gastric bypass surgery linked to changes in sweet taste preference ... read more
July 18, 2017
Worldwide, the number of patients struggling with obesity is rapidly increasing in both adults and children. Diet and exercise are the mainstays of treatment for obesity, but have limited effectiveness. While bariatric surgery can produce sustained and significant weight loss for most patients, not all patients experience similar benefits.

Not all plant-based diets are created equal ... read more
July 17, 2017
Plant-based diets are recommended to reduce the risk of heart disease; however, some plant-based diets are associated with a higher risk of heart disease, according to a new study.

Artificial sweeteners linked to risk of weight gain, heart disease and other health issues ... read more
July 17, 2017
Artificial sweeteners may be associated with long-term weight gain and increased risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, according to a new study.

Maternal obesity during pregnancy may be linked to behavioral problems in boys ... read more
July 13, 2017
Maternal obesity and child neurodevelopmental problems have both increased in the US and scientists have suggested a possible link. A new study has found that the heavier mothers were when they entered pregnancy, the higher the risk of behavior problems for their sons. However, it did not show the same effects in girls.

Babies born big more likely to become obese as children, study finds ... read more
July 12, 2017
Infants born with a high birthweight are more likely to become obese as children, a new study suggests. By identifying at-risk infants early, doctors could work with parents to prevent weight gain and the health problems obesity brings.

House dust spurs growth of fat cells in lab tests ... read more
July 12, 2017
Poor diet and a lack of physical activity are major contributors to the world's obesity epidemic, but researchers have also identified common environmental pollutants that could play a role. Now one team reports that small amounts of house dust containing many of these compounds can spur fat cells to accumulate more triglycerides, or fat, in a lab dish.

Chronic liver inflammation linked to Western diet ... read more
July 12, 2017
A new study reports that mice fed a Western diet, which is high in fat and sugar, resulted in hepatic inflammation, especially in males. Moreover, liver inflammation was most pronounced in Western diet-fed male mice that also lacked farnesoid x receptor (FXR), a bile acid receptor.

USPSTF recommendation regarding behavioral counseling for cardiovascular disease prevention ... read more
July 11, 2017
The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends that primary care professionals individualize the decision to offer or refer adults without obesity who do not have high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol or blood sugar levels or diabetes to behavioral counseling to promote a healthful diet and physical activity. Existing evidence indicates a positive but small benefit of behavioral counseling for the prevention of cardiovascular disease in this population.

Age, obesity conspire to damage the tiny blood vessels that feed the heart, causing heart failure ... read more
July 10, 2017
Age and obesity appear to create a perfect storm that can reduce blood flow through the tiny blood vessels that directly feed our heart muscle and put us at risk for heart failure, scientists report.

Childhood obesity a major link to hip diseases ... read more
July 7, 2017
A strong link between childhood obesity and hip diseases in childhood has been revealed by a new research study.

Fasting blood sugar, fasting insulin identified as new biomarkers for weight loss ... read more
July 7, 2017
A personalized diet approach could lead to greater weight loss and maintenance success, report researchers. Their study identifies fasting blood sugar and/or fasting insulin as new biomarkers for weight loss in people with prediabetes or diabetes.

Mindfulness-based therapy may reduce stress in overweight and obese individuals ... read more
July 7, 2017
In a randomized clinical trial of women who were overweight or obese, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) increased mindfulness and decreased stress compared with health education. In addition, fasting blood sugar levels decreased within the MBSR group, but not within the health education group.

How high-fat diet impacts colorectal cancer ... read more
July 6, 2017
A specific molecular pathway has been discovered that plays a key role in the link between a high-fat diet and tumor growth in the colon. The research team showed in pre-clinical models that cancer stem cell growth in the colon was enhanced by a high-fat, Western diet.

Moms, kids and TV: A complicated relationship that's not all bad ... read more
July 5, 2017
Watching television sometimes gets a bad rap -- especially where children and screen time are concerned -- but not all of it's deserved, suggest authors of a new report.

Muscles can 'ask' for the energy they need ... read more
July 5, 2017
Muscles require energy to perform all of the movements that we do in a day, and now, for the first time, researchers have shown how muscles 'request' more energy from fat storage tissues in fruit fly models. They also discovered that this circuit is dependent on circadian rhythms, which could have implications for obesity in humans.

Repurposed asthma drug shows blood sugar improvement among some diabetics ... read more
July 5, 2017
After 12 weeks of taking an anti-asthma drug, a subset of patients with type 2 diabetes showed a clinically significant reduction in blood glucose during a randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, report researchers.

Brain's immune cells may drive overeating and weight gain ... read more
July 5, 2017
Immune cells in the brain trigger overeating and weight gain in response to diets rich in fat, according to a new study in mice.

Gut bacteria can help to predict how the body will respond to fatty foods ... read more
July 5, 2017
Chemical signatures from gut bacteria that show up in urine can be used to predict how the body will respond to a 'junk' diet, report scientists.

Smelling your food makes you fat ... read more
July 5, 2017
Researchers developed ways to temporarily eliminate the sense of smell in adult mice, and discovered that those mice that lost smell could eat a high-fat diet and stay a normal weight, while littermates that retained the sense of smell ballooned to twice normal weight. Supersmellers gained more weight than did normal mice on the same high-fat diet. Smell-deficient mice burned excess fat instead of storing it, suggesting a link between smell and metabolism.

Genome sequence of a diabetes-prone rodent ... read more
July 5, 2017
Sequencing the genome of the sand rat, a desert rodent susceptible to nutritionally induced diabetes, revealed an unusual chromosome region skewed toward G and C nucleotides. This region includes the Pdx1 homeobox gene, a transcriptional activator of insulin, which has undergone massive sequence change, likely contributing to diabetes and adaptation to low caloric intake, implying that mutation rate varies within a genome and that hotspots of high mutation rate may influence ecological adaptation and constraint.

High-fat diet in pregnancy increases breast cancer risk over generations in animal study ... read more
July 3, 2017
Feeding pregnant female mice a diet high in fat derived from common corn oil resulted in genetic changes that substantially increased breast cancer susceptibility in three generations of female offspring, report scientists.

Altering gut bacteria pathways may stimulate fat tissue to prevent obesity ... read more
June 30, 2017
A biological link has been discovered between gut bacteria metabolism and obesity. A research team showed that blocking a specific intestinal microbial pathway can prevent obesity and insulin resistance, as well as cause fat tissue to become more metabolically active.

Zoning in on specifics of Mediterranean diet for colorectal health ... read more
June 30, 2017
The benefits of a "Mediterranean diet" (MD) are well-known when it comes to colorectal protection, but it's hard to know specifically what elements of the diet are the healthiest.

New anesthesia dosing models may increase safety of remifentanil for obese patients and children ... read more
June 29, 2017
New dosing models have been developed that may provide the scientific basis for more accurate administration of remifentanil, a synthetic opioid commonly used during surgery, in children and obese patients.

Does carrying extra weight offer better survival following a stroke? ... read more
June 29, 2017
Despite the fact that obesity increases both the risk for stroke and death, a new study has found that people who are overweight or even mildly obese survive strokes at a higher rate as compared to those with a normal body weight.

Teenage weight gain linked to increased stroke risk as an adult ... read more
June 28, 2017
Kids who become overweight during their teenage years may be more likely to develop a stroke decades later than kids who did not become overweight during those years, according to a study.

Mildly obese fare better after major heart attack ... read more
June 28, 2017
People who survive a major heart attack often do better in the years afterward if they're mildly obese, a study by cardiologists shows.

Adolescent obesity linked to early mortality from cardiovascular diseases ... read more
June 28, 2017
While there is solid evidence that adolescent overweight and obesity are associated with coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke, less is known about the association between body mass index (BMI) and rarer cardiovascular diseases.

Tweaking muscle metabolism prevents obesity and diabetes in mice ... read more
June 28, 2017
Mildly stressing muscle metabolism boosts levels of a beneficial hormone that prevents obesity and diabetes in mice, according to a new study. The findings show that triggering ER stress in mouse muscle cells causes them to produce and secrete significant amounts of the anti-diabetic hormone fibroblast growth factor-21 (FGF21), which then has widespread beneficial effects on whole-body metabolism.

Older obese adults can benefit from moderate exercise ... read more
June 27, 2017
Moderate-intensity exercise can help even extremely obese older adults improve their ability to perform common daily activities and remain independent, according to researchers.

Obesity risk factors dropped in preschoolers in prevention program ... read more
June 27, 2017
A community-wide intervention for families who receive WIC benefits reduced obesity risk factors in preschoolers.

Scientific statement on obesity's causes ... read more
June 26, 2017
A new Scientific Statement calls for more research aimed specifically at understanding the underlying mechanisms that make it difficult to maintain long-term weight loss.

Decades after the discovery of anti-obesity hormone, scant evidence that leptin keeps lean people lean, scientists say ... read more
June 23, 2017
Decades after the discovery of anti-obesity hormone, scant evidence that leptin keeps lean people lean, scientists caution.

How insulin in the brain may suppress the subjective feeling of hunger ... read more
June 23, 2017
Insulin in the brain may help regulate the hunger sensation and improve functional connectivity in certain cognitive brain regions (default-mode network, DMN *) as well as in the hippocampus and hypothalamus.

Study uncovers link between male hormones and metabolic disease in polycystic ovary syndrome ... read more
June 22, 2017
Scientists have discovered the link between increased male hormones and metabolic complications such as diabetes and fatty liver disease in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

High fat diet reduces gut bacteria, Crohn's disease symptoms ... read more
June 22, 2017
A high fat diet may lead to specific changes in gut bacteria that could fight harmful inflammation -- a major discovery for patients suffering from Crohn's disease, research indicates. Crohn's disease, a type of inflammatory bowel syndrome, causes debilitating intestinal swelling, cramping, and diarrhea. The disease affects half a million people in the United States, but its cause is yet unclear.

Clinics cut pregnancy risks for obese women ... read more
June 22, 2017
Specialist antenatal clinics for severely obese mums-to-be can help cut rates of pregnancy complications, research has found. Women who received the specialist care were eight times less likely to have a stillbirth and health experts say the clinic helps them to spot signs of complications sooner.

Changes to diet, physical activity, behaviour may reduce obesity in children, adolescents ... read more
June 22, 2017
Making changes to diet, physical activity and behavior may reduce obesity in children and adolescents, suggests a new report.

Marriage makes men fatter, shows new research ... read more
June 21, 2017
Being married makes men gain weight, and the early days of fatherhood add to the problem, finds new research.

Fathers' involvement may help prevent childhood obesity ... read more
June 21, 2017
Fathers are becoming more involved with raising children, but limited research has examined their association with childhood obesity.

Internet-based weight-loss program for low-income women after child birth ... read more
June 20, 2017
An internet-based weight loss program was effective in promoting significant weight loss in low-income postpartum women over 12 months, according to a study.

Screening for obesity in children and adolescents recommended ... read more
June 20, 2017
The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends that clinicians screen for obesity in children and adolescents 6 years and older and offer or refer them to comprehensive, intensive behavioral interventions to promote improvements in weight.

Diagnosing obesity by mathematically estimating abdominal fat ... read more
June 20, 2017
Abdominal obesity, or fat that accumulates around one's stomach and abdomen, has long been considered to pose a high health risk in individuals. Hence, measurement of abdominal fat helps predict propensity to disorders caused by excess weight in the abdominal area. In a new paper, researchers propose a new technique to evaluate abdominal obesity by estimating the thickness of subcutaneous fat.

Poor adolescent diet may influence brain and behavior in adulthood ... read more
June 19, 2017
Adolescent male mice fed a diet lacking omega-3 fatty acids show increased anxiety-like behavior and worse performance on a memory task in adulthood, according to new research.

Genes and the environment? Factors, patterns that lead to childhood obesity risk ... read more
June 16, 2017
A factor that has been linked to childhood obesity is restrictive feeding practices by primary caregivers, the implication being that it may interfere with a child's ability to learn to self-regulate food intake. When a child is overweight, parents tend to use more controlling, restrictive feeding practices. A new study is showing that a child's genetics, related to emotion and cognition, may also play a role in this pattern.

Molecular pilot light prepares body's heating system for the cold ... read more
June 14, 2017
Researchers detail a molecule that acts as a molecular pilot light required to turn on the brown fat furnace. Brown fat burns sugar and fat to produce radiant heat in the body. These cells are of interest because some of the sugar and fat they burn is stored in the body and might otherwise lead to increases in white fat, the form that increases in obesity.

Major new appetite regulator successfully manipulated in mice ... read more
June 13, 2017
A new link between certain brain receptors and obesity has been identified by researchers, giving a possible new drug target for appetite regulation.

Body contouring is only for the rich and insured ... read more
June 13, 2017
Only a small percentage of obese patients who have undergone bariatric surgery to help them control their weight follow up this procedure with further plastic surgery to reshape their bodies and remove excess rolls of skin. Such body contouring surgery is generally only affordable to patients with adequate insurance and income.

Poor diet, plus Alzheimer's gene, may fuel disease ... read more
June 13, 2017
Mice carrying a genetic risk factor for the disease quickly developed brain plaques after 12 weeks on a poor diet, research indicates.

Western diet increases Alzheimer's pathology in genetically predisposed mice ... read more
June 12, 2017
Obese mice with a particular version of a gene strongly associated with Alzheimer's disease in humans show increased Alzheimer's pathology, according to new research.


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