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Western diet rich in fat and sugar linked to skin inflammation ... read more
February 18, 2020
Dietary components, rather than obesity itself, may lead to skin inflammation and the development of psoriasis, a study has found.

Insufficient evidence backing herbal medicines for weight loss ... read more
February 18, 2020
Researchers have conducted the first global review of herbal medicines for weight loss in 19 years, finding insufficient evidence to recommend any current treatments.

The skinny on why poor sleep may increase heart risk in women ... read more
February 17, 2020
A new study suggests that for women, poor sleep could contribute to unhealthy food choices, increasing the risk of obesity and heart disease.

Fast food intake leads to weight gain in preschoolers ... read more
February 14, 2020
There is a strong link between the amount of fast food that pre-school age children consume and their likelihood of becoming overweight or obese, according to a new study.

Green tea extract combined with exercise reduces fatty liver disease in mice ... read more
February 14, 2020
The combination of green tea extract and exercise reduced the severity of obesity-related fatty liver disease by 75% in mice fed a high-fat diet, according to researchers, whose recent study may point to a potential health strategy for people.

Clostridioides difficile infection flourishes with a high-protein, high-fat diet ... read more
February 11, 2020
Mice fed a high-fat, high-protein diet were more likely to develop and die from antibiotic-driven Clostridioides difficile infections than mice fed a standard diet. In the same study, a high-carbohydrate diet was protective against severe C. difficile infection -- but the researchers suspect that such a diet could produce healthy, asymptomatic carriers that can spread the pathogen.

Natural compound in vegetables helps fight fatty liver disease ... read more
February 7, 2020
A new study shows how a natural compound found in cruciferous vegetables can also be used to fight fatty liver disease.

Physical activity is good for your appetite, too ... read more
February 3, 2020
Researchers found exercise to be a protective factor in a study where participants in a weight loss program, who were following a reduced-calorie diet, engaged in exercise in their real-world environments.

Low-calorie sweeteners do not mean low risk for infants ... read more
January 29, 2020
Researchers discovered consuming low-calorie sweeteners like aspartame and stevia while pregnant increased body fat in their offspring and disrupted their gut microbiota.

With high fiber diets, more protein may mean more bloating ... read more
January 27, 2020
People who eat high fiber diets are more likely to experience bloating if their high fiber diet is protein-rich as compared to carbohydrate-rich, according to a study.

Keto diet works best in small doses, mouse study finds ... read more
January 27, 2020
A ketogenic diet -- which provides 99 percent of calories from fat and only 1 percent from carbohydrates -- produces health benefits in the short term, but negative effects after about a week, researchers found in a study of mice.

Weight loss and health improvements with Mediterranean, fasting & Paleo diets ... read more
January 23, 2020
There were some weight loss and health benefits for overweight adults who followed the Mediterranean, Intermittent Fasting and Paleo diets, though adherence to the diets dropped off considerably during the one-year study, new research shows.

High-protein diets boost artery-clogging plaque, mouse study shows ... read more
January 23, 2020
High-protein diets may help people lose weight and build muscle, but a new study in mice suggests they have a down side: They lead to more plaque in the arteries. Further, the new research shows that high-protein diets spur unstable plaque -- the kind most prone to rupturing and causing blocked arteries. More plaque buildup in the arteries, particularly if it's unstable, increases the risk of heart attack.

Top strategies for successful weight loss maintenance ... read more
January 23, 2020
Some of the most effective behaviors and psychological strategies reported by those maintaining their weight loss included choosing healthy food, tracking what you eat and using positive self-talk, according to a new study.

New study debunks notion that salt consumption contributes to weight loss ... read more
January 22, 2020
Researchers found that reducing sodium intake in adults with elevated blood pressure or hypertension decreased thirst, urine volume and blood pressure, but did not affect metabolic energy needs. These results support the traditional notion that decreasing sodium intake is critical to managing hypertension -- disputing recent studies.

Becoming less active and gaining weight: Downsides of becoming an adult ... read more
January 20, 2020
Leaving school and getting a job both lead to a drop in the amount of physical activity, while becoming a mother is linked to increased weight gain, conclude two reviews.

Neuron found in mice could have implications for effective diet drugs ... read more
January 17, 2020
A CALCR cell found in mice may stop feeding without subsequential nauseating effects, as well as influence the long term intake of food.

Walnuts may be good for the gut and help promote heart health ... read more
January 16, 2020
Researchers found that eating walnuts daily as part of a healthy diet was associated with increases in certain bacteria that can help promote health. Additionally, those changes in gut bacteria were associated with improvements in some risk factors for heart disease.

Drinking 1% rather than 2% milk accounts for 4.5 years of less aging in adults ... read more
January 15, 2020
A new study shows drinking low-fat milk -- both nonfat and 1% milk -- is significantly associated with less aging in adults.

Silica particles may lead to new treatments for obesity and diabetes ... read more
January 14, 2020
Engineered ingestible molecular traps created from mesoporous silica particles (MSPs) introduced to the gut can have an effect on food efficiency and metabolic risk factors. The results from studies on mice demonstrate the potential to reduce the energy uptake into the body and could lead to new treatments for obesity and diabetes.

Global diets are converging, with benefits and problems ... read more
January 14, 2020
Research has shown that diets are changing in complex ways worldwide. International food supply patterns are supporting healthier diets in parts of the world, but causing underweight and obesity elsewhere. They are also having important effects on environmental sustainability, with potentially worrying consequences.

Losing tongue fat improves sleep apnea ... read more
January 10, 2020
Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure the effect of weight loss on the upper airway in obese patients, researchers found that reducing tongue fat is a primary factor in lessening the severity of OSA.

Molecular 'doormen' open the way to potential obesity treatment ... read more
January 10, 2020
Fat cells are filled with droplets coated by molecules that act like hotel doormen: These 'doormen' control cellular access for nutrients as well as for the exit of energy-supplying molecules called lipids. In healthy individuals, outgoing and incoming traffic in fat cells is finely balanced, supplying energy while preventing excessive spread of undesirable fat in the belly.

Gene network helps to turn white fat into beneficial calorie-burning fat ... read more
January 9, 2020
1.9 billion people in the world are overweight. Of these, 650 million people are obese, which increases the risk of secondary diseases such as cancer. Scientists have now examined how our fat metabolism affects our health. The team has uncovered a network of genes that could turn energy-storing fat into beneficial calorie-burning fat.

Need to control blood sugar? There's a drink for that ... read more
January 7, 2020
With more people with diabetes and pre-diabetes looking for novel strategies to help control blood sugar, new research suggests that ketone monoester drinks -- a popular new food supplement -- may help do exactly that.

Processed foods highly correlated with obesity epidemic in the US ... read more
January 6, 2020
A review article highlights the correlation between highly processed foods and increased prevalence of obesity in the United States.

Half of women with heart failure get the wrong treatment ... read more
January 6, 2020
As many as 50 per cent of women suffering from cardiac arrest are given insufficient treatment, because the heart failure was not caused by a heart attack.

Study finds dopamine, biological clock link to snacking, overeating and obesity ... read more
January 3, 2020
A new study finds that the pleasure center of the brain and the brain's biological clock are linked, and that high-calorie foods -- which bring pleasure -- disrupt normal feeding schedules, resulting in overconsumption.

Combining neurologic and blood pressure drugs reduces breast tumor development in mice ... read more
December 31, 2019
Adding a medication used to treat epilepsy, bipolar disorder and migraines to a blood pressure medicine reversed some aspects of breast cancer in the offspring of mice at high risk of the disease because of the high fat diet fed to their mothers during pregnancy. Conversely, this treatment combination increased breast cancer development in the offspring whose mothers had not been fed a high fat diet during pregnancy.

Children who drank whole milk had lower risk of being overweight or obese ... read more
December 30, 2019
Researchers analyzed 28 studies from seven countries that explored the relationship between children drinking cow's milk and the risk of being overweight or obese.

Diet has rapid effects on sperm quality ... read more
December 27, 2019
Sperm are influenced by diet, and the effects arise rapidly. This is the conclusion of a new study in which healthy young men were fed a diet rich in sugar. The study gives new insight into the function of sperm, and may in the long term contribute to new diagnostic methods to measure sperm quality.

Intermittent fasting: Live 'fast,' live longer? ... read more
December 26, 2019
For many people, the New Year is a time to adopt new habits as a renewed commitment to personal health. Newly enthusiastic fitness buffs pack into gyms and grocery stores are filled with shoppers eager to try out new diets.

Fewer fats over the festive season may be the perfect formula for men's fertility ... read more
December 23, 2019
A diet low in fat and high in egg whites could be the key to boosting male fertility according to a new pilot study.

Moms' obesity in pregnancy is linked to lag in sons' development and IQ ... read more
December 23, 2019
A mother's obesity in pregnancy can affect her child's development years down the road, according to researchers who found lagging motor skills in preschoolers and lower IQ in middle childhood for boys whose mothers were severely overweight while pregnant. At age 7, the boys whose mothers were overweight or obese in pregnancy had scores 5 or more points lower on full-scale IQ tests. No effect was found in the girls.

Caffeine may offset some health risks of diets high in fat, sugar ... read more
December 20, 2019
In a study of rats, scientists found that caffeine limited weight gain and cholesterol production, despite a diet that was high in fat and sugar.

Close to half of US population projected to have obesity by 2030 ... read more
December 18, 2019
Researchers predict a marked rise in American adults with obesity or severe obesity in ten years. Severe obesity -- once a rare condition -- is projected to be the most common BMI category in 10 states and in some demographic subgroups.

Obesity could affect brain development in children ... read more
December 18, 2019
New research found that obese children had a thinner pre-frontal cortex than normal weight children. The thinner cortex could be factor in the decreased executive function earlier studies observed among children with higher BMI. The new study confirmed that the obese subjects in the study had poorer working memory compared with normal weight children.

Fatty meal interrupts gut's communication with the body, but why? ... read more
December 17, 2019
Gut cells that normally tell the brain and the rest of the body what's going on after a meal shut down completely for a few hours after a high-fat meal, a team of researchers discovered in zebrafish. Enteroendocrine cells normally produce at least 15 different hormones to send signals to the rest of the body. The finding could be a clue to insulin resistance that leads to Type 2 diabetes.

Changes in the immune system explain why belly fat is bad for thinking ... read more
December 17, 2019
Researchers have found for the first time that less muscle and more body fat may affect how flexible our thinking gets as we become older, and changes in parts of the immune system could be responsible.

Large study links sustained weight loss to reduced breast cancer risk ... read more
December 17, 2019
A large new study finds that women who lost weight after age 50 and kept it off had a lower risk of breast cancer than women whose weight remained stable, helping answer a vexing question in cancer prevention.

More than 1 in 3 low- and middle-income countries face both extremes of malnutrition ... read more
December 16, 2019
Being undernourished or overweight are no longer separate public health issues. A new article details how more than one in three low- and middle-income countries face both extremes of malnutrition -- a reality driven by the modern food system.

Breast cancer cells swallow a 'free lunch' of dietary fat particles from the bloodstream ... read more
December 12, 2019
A research team has previously shown that fatty particles from the bloodstream may boost the growth of breast cancer cells. They now show that through an unexpected mechanism not previously described in cancer cells, the fat particles bind to the breast cancer cell surface and are then taken into the cell, providing a large supply of fuel that drives proliferation of the cancer cells.

Researchers discover brain circuit linked to food impulsivity ... read more
December 11, 2019
A team of researchers has now identified a specific circuit in the brain that alters food impulsivity.

Poor diet linked to age-related macular degeneration ... read more
December 11, 2019
Participants who ate a diet high in red and processed meat, fried food, refined grains and high-fat dairy were three times more likely to develop late-stage age-related macular degeneration.

Lower BMI means lower diabetes risk, even among non-overweight people ... read more
December 10, 2019
Lower body mass index (BMI) is consistently associated with reduced type II diabetes risk, among people with varied family history, genetic risk factors and weight, according to a new study.

New findings on satiety signaling from intestine ... read more
December 10, 2019
A previously unknown mechanism that suppresses satiety signals from the small intestine is the main finding of a new study. This may explain, first, satiety disorders in obesity and diabetes and, second, the prompt health effects of gastric bypass, a form of bariatric surgery.

Have your health and eat meat too ... read more
December 9, 2019
Barbecued, stir-fried or roasted, there's no doubt that Aussies love their meat. Consuming on average nearly 100 kilograms of meat per person per year, Australians are among the top meat consumers worldwide. But with statistics showing that most Australians suffer from a poor diet, and red meat production adding to greenhouse-gas emissions, finding a balance between taste preferences, environmental protection, and health benefits is becoming critical.

Study debunks notion that C-section would increase risk of obesity in the child ... read more
December 6, 2019
Women who have C-sections are no more likely to have children who develop obesity than women who give birth naturally, according to a large study. The findings contradict several smaller studies that did find an association between C-section deliveries and offspring obesity but did not consider the numerous maternal and prenatal factors that the researchers did in this study.

How does protein fit in your holiday diet or New Year's resolutions? ... read more
December 3, 2019
While some diets load up on protein and other diets dictate protein sources, it can be hard to know what to consume while managing weight or during weight loss. A new study by nutrition scientists shows that eating more protein daily than what is recommended may benefit only a few - those who are actively losing weight by cutting calories or those strength training to build more lean muscle mass.

Eating in sync with biological clock could replace problematic diabetes treatment ... read more
December 3, 2019
A new study finds that a starch-rich breakfast consumed early in the morning coupled with a small dinner could replace insulin injections and other diabetes medications for many diabetics.

Link between obesity and gum disease ... read more
December 3, 2019
Obesity and gum (periodontal) disease are among the most common non-communicable diseases in the United States -- and studies show these chronic conditions may be related. This new study explores the effect of obesity on non-surgical periodontal care and evaluates potential pathways that may illustrate the connection between the two conditions.

Hops compounds help with metabolic syndrome while reducing microbiome diversity ... read more
November 25, 2019
Compounds from hops may combat metabolic syndrome by changing the gut microbiome and altering the metabolism of acids produced in the liver, new research suggests.

Locking up fats in CAGEs to reduce obesity ... read more
November 25, 2019
When fresh foods aren't available, how can people with obesity achieve a healthy weight? A new orally administered liquid reduces weight gain by 12% in rats fed high-fat diets without causing side effects, pointing to a possible therapy.

MRI reveals brain damage in obese teens ... read more
November 25, 2019
Researchers using MRI have found signs of damage that may be related to inflammation in the brains of obese adolescents, according to a new study.

Intestinal stem cell genes may link dietary fat and colon cancer ... read more
November 25, 2019
Two genes that appear to help stem cells in the intestine burn dietary fat may play a role in colon cancer, according to a new study. The study describes a new connection between the way cells consume fat and how genes regulate stem cell behavior in the intestines of mice.

Do obesity and smoking impact healing after wrist fracture surgery? ... read more
November 22, 2019
Both obesity and smoking can have negative effects on bone health. A recent study examined whether they also impact healing in patients who have undergone surgery for fractures of the wrist, or the distal radius, which are among the most common bone fractures.

Diet pills, laxatives used for weight control linked with later eating disorder diagnosis ... read more
November 21, 2019
Among young women without an eating disorder diagnosis, those who use diet pills and laxatives for weight control had higher odds of receiving a subsequent first eating disorder diagnosis within one to three years than those who did not report using these products.

Little-known protein appears to play important role in obesity and metabolic disease ... read more
November 20, 2019
With unexpected findings about a protein that's highly expressed in fat tissue, scientists have opened the door to critical new understandings about obesity and metabolism. The discovery could lead to new approaches for addressing obesity and potentially many other diseases.

Hear this: Healthful diet tied to lower risk of hearing loss ... read more
November 18, 2019
Investigators have found that eating a healthy diet may reduce the risk of acquired hearing loss.

Ketogenic diet helps tame flu virus ... read more
November 15, 2019
A high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet like the Keto regimen has its fans, but influenza apparently isn't one of them. Mice fed a ketogenic diet were better able to combat the flu virus than mice fed food high in carbohydrates, according to a new study.


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