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Thirty percent increase in risk of fracture after gastric bypass ... read more
August 13, 2018
A study shows that the risk of fractures increases by about 30 percent after a gastric bypass operation. It was also discovered that falls increase after these operations.

Grip strength of children gives clues about their future health ... read more
August 13, 2018
Adolescents with a strong hand grip -- an indicator of overall muscle strength -- have better odds of being healthy over time, according to a two-year study of 368 elementary school children. The findings give insights to identify youngsters at future risk for developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Potential target for developing obesity and diabetes treatment identified ... read more
August 9, 2018
A newly published study has identified a potential therapeutic target for treating obesity and diabetes. The scientists studied the biological function of an epigenetic modifier known as histone deacetylase 11 (HDAC11), and determined that deleting it in mice stimulates the formation of brown adipose tissue.

Dietary carbohydrates could lead to osteoarthritis, new study finds ... read more
August 9, 2018
Researchers have found that carbohydrate composition of diets increased the risk of osteoarthritis in laboratory mice -- even when the animals didn't differ in weight.

A diverse diet may not be the healthiest one ... read more
August 9, 2018
Scientific evidence to date does not support the notion that eating a diverse diet is healthy or promotes a healthy weight. Some studies suggest that a diverse diet may increase food consumption and the prevalence of obesity.

Fat-blocking effect of nanofibers discovered ... read more
August 8, 2018
Tiny balls of nano-sized cellulose fibers added to food reduced fat absorption by up to half in laboratory and animal experiments, scientists report.

Women and men experience different benefits from low-calorie diets ... read more
August 8, 2018
A low-calorie diet causes different metabolic effects in women than in men, a new study suggests.

Behavioral changes insufficient at preventing early childhood obesity ... read more
August 7, 2018
Young children and their families in poor communities were able to make some achievable and sustainable behavioral changes during the longest and largest obesity prevention intervention, but, in the end, the results were insufficient to prevent early childhood obesity.

Soy diets might increase women's bone strength ... read more
August 7, 2018
Researchers now have discovered through a new animal study that soy protein found in food might counter the negative effects of menopause on bone and metabolic health. Moreover, the researchers believe that soy protein might also have positive impacts on bone strength for women who have not yet reached menopause.

Got the 'drunchies'? New study shows how heavy drinking affects diet ... read more
August 7, 2018
After seeing an ad in a campus newspaper promoting unhealthy late-night foods, researchers decided to look at a sample of college students to better understand how drinking affects what they eat.

US teens: Higher prevalence of obesity than Grenada youth ... read more
August 7, 2018
Medical researchers have found a lower prevalence of overweight and obesity among youth in Grenada compared to US adolescents. The differences may reflect the impact of the westernized diet and lifestyle. The research may lead to a change in worldwide obesity prevention strategy.

Blocking digestive hormone may prevent diet-induced pancreatic cancer ... read more
August 2, 2018
A high-fat diet may promote the growth of pancreatic cancer independent of obesity because of the interaction between dietary fat and cholecystokinin (CCK), a digestive hormone. In addition, blocking CCK may help prevent the spread of pancreatic tumors to other areas of the body (metastases).

Obesity may also impact flu transmission, not just severity of illness ... read more
August 2, 2018
Obesity increases a person's risk for severe complications from influenza, including hospitalization and even death. It may also play a role in how flu spreads, according to a new study. The findings suggest that obese adults infected with flu shed the virus for a longer time than adults who are not obese, potentially increasing the opportunity for the infection to spread to others.

Makeup of an individual's gut bacteria may play role in weight loss ... read more
August 1, 2018
A preliminary study suggests that, for some people, specific activities of gut bacteria may be responsible for their inability to lose weight, despite adherence to strict diet and exercise regimens.

Innovative technique converts white fat to brown fat ... read more
August 1, 2018
Increasing healthy brown fat might help weight management and reduce symptoms of diabetes. Engineers have developed a simple, innovative method to directly convert white fat to brown fat outside the body and then reimplant it in a patient. The technique uses fat-grafting procedures commonly performed by plastic surgeons, in which fat is harvested from under the skin and then retransplanted into the same patient for cosmetic or reconstructive purposes.

Measure of belly fat in older adults is linked with cognitive impairment ... read more
August 1, 2018
Data from over 5,000 adults over the age of 60 indicates that as waist:hip ratio increases, so does cognitive impairment. The findings have significant implications as the global prevalence of dementia is predicted to increase from 24.3 million in 2001 to 81.1 million by 2040.

Diet matters less than evolutionary relationships in shaping gut microbiome ... read more
July 30, 2018
In the largest published comparative dataset of non-human primate gut microbiomes to date, a new study set out to find whether leaf-eating primates have similar gut microbes that help them break down their leafy diet, which is full of fiber and toxins.

Experimental drug reverses hair loss and skin damage linked to fatty diet, shows new study in mice ... read more
July 30, 2018
In a series of experiments with mice, investigators have used an experimental compound to successfully reverse hair loss, hair whitening and skin inflammation linked by previous studies to human diets heavy in fat and cholesterol.

Diabetes drugs act as powerful curb for immune cells in controlling inflammation ... read more
July 28, 2018
A common class of drugs used to treat diabetes has been found to exert a powerful check on macrophages by controlling the metabolic fuel they use to generate energy. Keeping macrophages from going overboard on the job may inhibit the onset of obesity and diabetes following tissue inflammation.

Fat production and burning are synchronized in livers of mice with obesity ... read more
July 26, 2018
Mice fed a fattening diet develop new liver circadian rhythms that impact the way fat is accumulated and simultaneously burned. The team found that as liver fat production increases, surprisingly, so does the body's ability to burn fat. These opposing physiological processes reach their peak activity each day around 5 p.m., illustrating an unexpected connection between overeating, circadian rhythms, and fat accumulation in the liver.

Researchers explore popular food trends in nutritional review ... read more
July 23, 2018
What's the bottom line on the potential heart health benefits of popular health foods? Researchers discuss nutritional ''hypes'' and controversies around dairy products, added sugar, legumes, coffee and tea, alcohol, energy drinks, mushrooms, fermented foods, Omega-3s and vitamin B12.

Discovery reveals how obesity causes disease -- and two ways to stop it ... read more
July 23, 2018
New research explains why obesity causes harmful inflammation that can lead to diabetes, clogged arteries and other health problems. Doctors may be able to use this knowledge to battle these chronic diseases and others driven by damaging inflammation.

Effect of genetic factors on nutrition: The genes are not to blame ... read more
July 20, 2018
Individualized dietary recommendations based on genetic information are currently a popular trend. A team has systematically analyzed scientific articles and reached the following conclusion: There is no clear evidence for the effect of genetic factors on the consumption of total calories, carbohydrates, and fat. According to the current state of knowledge, the expedience of gene-based dietary recommendations has yet to be proven.

New study shows certain video games can improve health in children with obesity ... read more
July 20, 2018
A new study showed for the first time that video games, in combination with fitness coaching and a step tracker, helped overweight children lose weight, lower their blood pressure and cholesterol and increase their physical activity.

Food for thought: How the brain reacts to food may be linked to overeating ... read more
July 19, 2018
The reason why some people find it so hard to resist finishing an entire bag of chips or bowl of candy may lie with how their brain responds to food rewards, according to researchers who found that when certain regions of the brain reacted more strongly to being rewarded with food than being rewarded with money, those people were more likely to overeat.

DNA methylation related to liver disease among obese patients, study shows ... read more
July 18, 2018
Researchers have identified how DNA methylation is associated with a condition known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which can lead to liver cirrhosis and death, and is one of the leading indicators for liver transplants.

While men lose more weight on low-carb diets, women show improved artery flexibility ... read more
July 17, 2018
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1 out of 3 American adults live with higher than normal blood sugar levels known as prediabetes. Researchers recently found that while men may lose more weight on low-carb diets, women actually see better improvements in artery flexibility. It's a finding that may help pre-diabetic women reduce their risk for heart disease through a low-carb diet.

Anti-obesity drug derived from chili peppers shows promise in animal trials ... read more
July 17, 2018
A novel drug based on capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their spicy burn, caused long term weight loss and improved metabolic health in mice eating a high fat diet. The drug, Metabocin, was designed to slowly release capsaicin throughout the day so it can exert its anti-obesity effect without producing inflammation or adverse side effects.

Researchers identify brain area linked to motivational disruptions in binge eating ... read more
July 17, 2018
Scientists have discovered that a small group of brain cells in the hypothalamus called 'orexin' neurons could be a promising target for medications for controlling binge eating episodes in individuals with obesity. These neurons, named for the chemical messenger they use to communicate with other brain cells, have previously been shown to be important for addiction to several drugs, including cocaine.

Mindset during meal planning changes food choices and brain responses to food ... read more
July 17, 2018
A simple instruction to change your thinking as mealtime approaches can help cut calories, according to new research. By encouraging study participants to concentrate on different types of information when planning their meal, the experimenters saw portion sizes shift. Adopting a health-focused mindset produced better outcomes than focusing on pleasure or the desire to fill up.

Self-control and obesity: Gender matters in children ... read more
July 16, 2018
A toddler's self-regulation -- the ability to change behavior in different social situations -- may predict whether he or she will be obese come kindergarten, but the connection appears to be much different for girls than for boys.

Obesity alone does not increase risk of death ... read more
July 12, 2018
Researchers have found that patients who have metabolic healthy obesity, but no other metabolic risk factors, do not have an increased rate of mortality. The results of this study could impact how we think about obesity and health.

New research could banish guilty feeling for consuming whole dairy products ... read more
July 11, 2018
Enjoying full-fat milk, yogurt, cheese and butter is unlikely to send people to an early grave, according to new research.

Most black adults have high blood pressure before age 55 ... read more
July 11, 2018
Approximately 75 percent of black men and women develop high blood pressure by age 55 compared to 55 percent of white men and 40 percent of white women of the same age. Both black and white study participants who ate a DASH-style diet had a reduced risk of developing high blood pressure.

Teenagers can thank their parents' positive attitude for avoiding obesity ... read more
July 9, 2018
Teenagers are less likely to be overweight if their mum or dad had a positive attitude during pregnancy, a new study finds.

Gene therapy shown to cure type 2 diabetes and obesity in mice, researchers report ... read more
July 9, 2018
A single administration of a therapeutic vector in mouse models cures type 2 diabetes and obesity in the absence of long-term side effects, researchers report. In healthy mice, the therapy prevents age-associated weight gain and insulin resistance and promotes healthy aging.

National school food policies have potential to improve health now and later ... read more
July 9, 2018
Providing free fruits and vegetables and limiting sugary drinks in schools could have positive health effects in both the short- and long-term, finds a new Food-PRICE study.

Savory foods may promote healthy eating through effects on the brain ... read more
July 6, 2018
Researchers have found that consuming a broth rich in umami -- or savory taste -- can cause subtle changes in the brain that promote healthy eating behaviors and food choices, especially in women at risk of obesity.

Obesity and overweight linked to long-term health problems after traumatic brain injury ... read more
July 6, 2018
Especially at longer follow-up times, overweight and obesity are associated with chronic disease risks for survivors of moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to a new study.

Healthy diet may lower eye disease risk ... read more
July 5, 2018
An analysis of recent high-quality research reveals that diet may affect individuals' risks related to the development and progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Obesity affects prostate cancer test results ... read more
July 5, 2018
New research shows that the results of the most widely used test for prostate cancer may be affected by obesity.

'Skinny fat' in older adults may predict dementia, Alzheimer's risk ... read more
July 5, 2018
A first-of-its-kind study has found that 'skinny fat' -- the combination of low muscle mass and strength in the context of high fat mass -- may be an important predictor of cognitive performance in older adults. Using data from a series of community-based aging and memory studies, researchers assessed the relationship of sarcopenic obesity or 'skinny fat' with performance on various cognition tests. Results show that sarcopenic obesity was associated with the lowest performance on global cognition.

Mothers who follow five healthy habits may reduce risk of obesity in children ... read more
July 4, 2018
Children and adolescents whose mothers follow five healthy habits -- eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, keeping a healthy body weight, drinking alcohol in moderation, and not smoking -- are 75 percent less likely to become obese when compared with children of mothers who did not follow any such habits, according to a new study.

Obesity + aging linked to Alzheimer's markers in the brain ... read more
June 28, 2018
A new study suggests that when a high-fat, high-sugar diet that leads to obesity is paired with normal aging, it may contribute to the development of Alzheimer's disease. In addition, researchers discovered that certain areas of the brain respond differently to risk factors associated with Alzheimer's.

Gut bacteria markers could be a 'smoking gun' for liver disease ... read more
June 25, 2018
Chemical compounds produced by the bacteria in our gut could be used to spot the early stages of liver disease, according to new research.

Normalization of 'plus-size' risks hidden danger of obesity ... read more
June 22, 2018
New research warns that the normalization of 'plus-size' body shapes may be leading to an increasing number of people underestimating their weight - undermining efforts to tackle England's ever-growing obesity problem. Analysis of data from almost 23,460 people who are overweight or obese revealed that weight misperception has increased in England. Men and individuals with lower levels of education and income are more likely to underestimate their weight status and consequently less likely to try to lose weight.

Our intestinal microbiome influences metabolism -- through the immune system ... read more
June 21, 2018
The innate immune system, our first line of defense against bacterial infection, has a side job that's equally important: fine-tuning our metabolism.

Higher body fat linked to lower breast cancer risk in younger women ... read more
June 21, 2018
An analysis has linked higher body mass index, or BMI, to lower breast cancer risk for younger women, even for women within a normal weight range.

The cells that control the formation of fat ... read more
June 20, 2018
A study has revealed a new cell type that resides in the body's fat depots where it can actively suppress fat cell formation. This discovery was made using single-cell transcriptomics and opens entirely new avenues to combat obesity and related diseases such as diabetes.

Atrial fibrillation: Weight loss reverses heart condition in obesity sufferers ... read more
June 20, 2018
Australian research shows for the first time that obese people who are suffering from atrial fibrillation can reduce or reverse the effects of the condition by losing weight.

Lonely and prolonged struggle for people with severe obesity ... read more
June 20, 2018
The majority of people with severe obesity have a lonely and prolonged struggle with their weight. In one study spanning more than 10 years, 83 percent report that they constantly strive to lose weight or prevent weight gain.

Exercise makes the blood of obese people healthier ... read more
June 19, 2018
Exercise can reduce inflammation in obese people by changing the characteristics of their blood, according to new research.

Are you sticking to your diet? Scientists may be able to tell from a blood sample ... read more
June 19, 2018
An analysis of small molecules called 'metabolites' in a blood sample may be used to determine whether a person is following a prescribed diet, scientists show in a new study.

Daily fasting works for weight loss, finds report on 16:8 diet ... read more
June 18, 2018
Daily fasting is an effective tool to reduce weight and lower blood pressure, according to a new study that examines the effect of time-restricted eating on weight loss in obese individuals.

When it comes to weight loss in overweight and obese adults with knee osteoarthritis, more is better ... read more
June 18, 2018
Overweight and obese individuals with knee osteoarthritis can reduce pain and significantly improve function and mobility with weight loss. New research reveals that a 20% or more weight loss has the added benefit of continued improvement in physical health-related quality of life along with an additional 25% reduction in pain and improvement in function.

Valuing gluten-free foods relates to health behaviors in young adults ... read more
June 18, 2018
Researchers found that among young adults valuing gluten-free foods could be indicative of an overall interest in health or nutrition. These young adults were more likely to engage in healthier behaviors including better dietary intake and also valued food production practices (e.g., organic, non-GMO, locally sourced). Of concern, they were also more likely to engage in unhealthy weight control behaviors and over-concern about weight.

Gut microbes may contribute to depression and anxiety in obesity ... read more
June 17, 2018
Like everyone, people with type 2 diabetes and obesity suffer from depression and anxiety, but even more so. Researchers now have demonstrated a surprising potential contributor to these negative feelings -- and that is the bacteria in the gut or gut microbiome, as it is known.

Obesity in childhood and adulthood shown to increase risk of knee and hip osteoarthritis ... read more
June 15, 2018
A new study suggests that childhood and adult obesity increase the risk of developing hip osteoarthritis (OA) and knee OA but not hand OA.

Foods combining fats and carbohydrates more rewarding than foods with just fats or carbs ... read more
June 14, 2018
Researchers show that the reward center of the brain values foods high in both fat and carbohydrates -- i.e., many processed foods -- more than foods containing only fat or only carbs. A study of 206 adults supports the idea that these kinds of foods hijack our body's inborn signals governing food consumption.

Adolescents who consume diet high in saturated fats may develop poor stress skills ... read more
June 13, 2018
Adolescents who consume a diet high in saturated fats may develop poor stress coping skills, signs of post-traumatic stress disorder as adults.


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