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November 28, 2015

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November 28, 2015

Nov. 5, 2015 — For the first time, researchers have identified two genetic variants that interact to alter the brain responses to high-calorie foods, a tie that could aid in the development of targeted treatments ... read more

Obesity: Is Junk Food Really to Blame?

Nov. 5, 2015 — Soda, candy, and fast food are often painted as the prime culprits in the national discussion of obesity in the United States. While a diet of chocolate bars and cheese burgers washed down with a ... read more

Connections Discovered Between Masculinity, Energy Drink Use, and Sleep Problems

Nov. 4, 2015 — Energy drinks have grown in popularity for many Americans, but there is growing concern about the health risks of consuming them in large quantities. Because men are the main consumers of energy ... read more

Nov. 4, 2015 — New research finds that one night of sleep deprivation and six months on a high-fat diet could both impair insulin sensitivity to a similar degree, demonstrating the importance of a good night's ... read more

Endurance Expert: Drugs Could Help 'Lazy' People Exercise

Nov. 3, 2015 — Together with lack of time, physical exertion is one of the main perceived barriers to exercise. This is not surprising because humans evolved to be 'lazy' to conserve energy. Now, a ... read more

Restaurants Listing Calorie Counts on the Menu Offer More Lower-Calorie Items

Nov. 2, 2015 — Large U.S.-based chain restaurants that voluntarily list calorie counts on their menus average nearly 140 fewer calories per item than those that do not post the information, new research ... read more

Single Gene Variation Linked to Obesity

Oct. 29, 2015 — A single variation in the gene for brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF) may influence obesity in children and adults, according to a new study. The study suggests that a less common version of the ... read more

Toddler's Rare Disease Identified and Treated Using Precision Medicine

Oct. 22, 2015 — A 20-month-old girl suffering from a rare neurodegenerative disease was diagnosed by exome sequencing and successfully treated. The case, say researchers, exemplifies the potential of precision ... read more

Oct. 20, 2015 — People with a high degree of attention to their present thoughts and feelings -- 'dispositional mindfulness' -- are less likely to be obese than people with a low degree of dispositional ... read more

High-Fat Diet May Cause Changes in Brain That Lead to Anxiety, Depression

Oct. 19, 2015 — A new study in mice reveals that increased body weight and high blood sugar as a result of consuming a high-fat diet may cause anxiety and depressive symptoms and measurable changes in the ... read more

Excessive Alcohol Use Continues to Be Drain on American Economy

Oct. 16, 2015 — Excessive alcohol use continues to be a drain on the American economy, according to a study. Excessive drinking cost the U.S. $249 billion in 2010, or $2.05 per drink, a significant increase from ... read more

Oct. 13, 2015 — Researchers have revealed how obesity surgery recovers opioid neurotransmission in the brain. Obesity surgery provides an effective means for rapid weight loss, and the research also shows that ... read more

Oct. 12, 2015 — When people with anorexia nervosa decide what to eat, they engage a part of the brain associated with habitual behavior. These findings open up entirely new avenues for treatment development and ... read more

MS May Start Later for Those Who Spend Teenage Summers in the Sun

Oct. 7, 2015 — A study of people with multiple sclerosis found that those who spent time in the sun every day during the summer as teens developed the disease later than those reporting not spending time in the sun ... read more

Packaged Food Purchases at Non-Grocery Stores Are Up but Nutritional Quality Is Down

Oct. 5, 2015 — Consumers are increasingly buying food from mass merchandisers, warehouse clubs, and convenience stores, but are selecting foods with poor nutritional profiles, according to new ... read more

High-Fructose Diet Slows Recovery from Brain Injury

Oct. 2, 2015 — A diet high in processed fructose sabotages rat brains’ ability to heal after head trauma, neuroscientists report. Revealing a link between nutrition and brain health, the finding offers ... read more

More Obesity Among the Less Educated in Rich Countries

Sep. 30, 2015 — In rich countries, obesity is more common among the lower educated, whilst in poor countries, obesity is more common among the higher educated, confirms new research. Previous studies have shown that ... read more

Diabetes Medication Could Be Used to Treat Alcohol Dependence

Sep. 25, 2015 — A medication used for diabetes and obesity also could be a valuable tool for the treatment of alcohol dependence, a new study on mice and rats ... read more

From Brain, to Fat, to Weight Loss

Sep. 24, 2015 — A breakthrough study shows that fat tissue is innervated and that direct stimulation of neurons in fat is sufficient to induce fat breakdown. These results set up the stage for developing novel ... read more

A High Fat Diet Leads to Overeating Because of Faulty Brain Signaling

Sep. 21, 2015 — Defective signaling in the brain can cause overeating of high fat foods in mice, leading to obesity, according to a new article. The body controls food intake by balancing a need for food to survive ... read more

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