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February 21, 2017

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February 21, 2017

Scientists Take Aim at Obesity-Linked Protein

Feb. 15, 2017 — Scientists have shown that deleting the gene for this protein, known as IP6K1, protects animal models from both obesity and ... read more

One Fifth of Indonesian Households Exhibit Double Burden of Malnutrition

Feb. 15, 2017 — The coexistence of both undernutrition and overweight/obesity, a phenomenon called double burden of malnutrition, is a global public health challenge existing at all levels from the individual to the ... read more

Weight Loss Actually Possible After Menopause

Feb. 15, 2017 — Talk to a woman in menopause and you're likely to hear complaints about hot flashes and an inability to lose weight, especially belly fat. A new study shows how regular exercise can help reduce ... read more

Gene Variants Associated With Body Shape Increase Risk of Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes

Feb. 14, 2017 — A study has found that a pattern of gene variants associated with a body type, in which weight is deposited around the abdomen, rather than in the hips and thighs, increases the risk for type 2 ... read more

Avoiding Medications That Promote Weight Gain When Managing Obesity

Feb. 14, 2017 — While diet, exercise and behavior modification are essential components of obesity management, a successful long-term weight loss strategy should also include avoiding or minimizing ... read more

Mediterranean Diet With Virgin Olive Oil May Boost 'Good' Cholesterol

Feb. 13, 2017 — A Mediterranean diet, particularly when enriched with virgin olive oil, appears to improve the function of high-density lipoprotein, the so-called good cholesterol, in patients at high risk for heart ... read more

Low Birth Weight Babies at Higher Risk for Mental Health Problems Later in Life

Feb. 13, 2017 — Babies born with extremely low birth weight are not only at risk for physical problems but are also more likely to experience mental health problems later in life, according to an analysis of ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — People who eat a gluten-free diet may be at risk for increased exposure to arsenic and mercury -- toxic metals that can lead to cardiovascular disease, cancer and neurological effects, according to a ... read more

Teens in Poorest Families Go Hungry More Than Younger Kids

Feb. 13, 2017 — In very poor families, teenagers are going hungry twice as often as their younger siblings, a study ... read more

Prebiotics May Help to Cope With Stress

Feb. 10, 2017 — Probiotics are well known to benefit digestive health, but prebiotics are less well understood. Recent study in rats shows that prebiotic fibers may help to protect beneficial gut bacteria and ... read more

Gut Bacteria May Play a Role in Alzheimer’s Disease

Feb. 10, 2017 — New research has shown that intestinal bacteria can accelerate the development of Alzheimer’s disease. According to the researchers behind the study, the results open up the door to new ... read more

Eating Whole Grains Led to Modest Improvements in Gut Microbiota and Immune Response

Feb. 8, 2017 — In a clinical trial, adults who consumed a diet rich in whole grains rather than refined grains had modest improvements in healthy gut microbiota and certain immune ... read more

Research Investigates Role of Protein in Obesity Among Latin American Women

Feb. 8, 2017 — Obesity in Latin America is increasingly concentrated among women of low socioeconomic status, but surprisingly little is known about what such women eat or how their diets compare to others. In a ... read more

Feb. 8, 2017 — Losing weight through surgical approaches appears to reset chemical messages that fat cells send, substantially reducing people's risk of developing type 2 diabetes, research ... read more

Commercial Weight-Loss Drug Could Help Treat Opioid Addiction

Feb. 8, 2017 — Scientists are working to come up with new therapies to curb America's opioid epidemic and aid hospitals, doctors and public health officials in this fight. Now one team reports that the ... read more

Teachers May Be Cause of 'Obesity Penalty' on Girls' Grades

Feb. 7, 2017 — While obesity is often thought of as a health problem, a new study suggests that discrimination by body weight may be the more important factor for obese white female students' lower success in ... read more

Air Pollution Linked to Heightened Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in Obese Latino Children

Feb. 7, 2017 — Latino children who live in areas with higher levels of air pollution have a heightened risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. Scientists tracked children's health and ... read more

Prenatal Bisphenol A Exposure Weakens Body's Fullness Cues

Feb. 7, 2017 — An expectant mother's exposure to the endocrine-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) can raise her offspring's risk of obesity by reducing sensitivity to a hormone responsible for ... read more

Online Weight-Loss Groups Offer Valuable Support, Comfort

Feb. 7, 2017 — Online weight loss forums protect participants from public fat shaming, and offer them a place to speak out without being confronted by normal-weight individuals, medical science or the ... read more

The Heavier the Person, the Lower the Chance of Getting Hospice Care or Dying at Home, Study Finds

Feb. 7, 2017 — The heavier someone is, the less likely they are to have what many people might call a "good death," with hospice care and a chance to die at home, a new study finds. And that difference ... read more

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