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Did eating starchy foods give humans an evolutionary advantage? ... read more
October 18, 2018
Gene AMY1, which kickstarts digestion of starch in the mouth, is associated with blood glucose levels and digestion of carbohydrates, with implications for understanding human evolutionary biology and the gut microbiome.

Children with autism, developmental delays nearly 50 percent more likely to be overweight, obese ... read more
October 18, 2018
A new study reveals that children with developmental delays, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), are up to 50 percent more likely to be overweight or obese compared with the general population.

New approach for controlling dengue fever and Zika virus ... read more
October 17, 2018
To be able to reproduce and become effective disease carriers, mosquitoes must first attain optimal body size and nutritional status. A pair of researchers have succeeded in using CRISPR-Cas9, a powerful tool for altering DNA sequences and modifying gene function, to decrease mosquito body size, moving the research one step closer to eliminating mosquitoes that carry dengue fever and Zika virus.

Diets rich in fish oil could slow the spread and growth of breast cancer cells ... read more
October 16, 2018
Omega-3 fatty acids, such as those typically contained in fish oil, may suppress the growth and spread of breast cancer cells in mice.

Fat: A new player expands our definition of diabetes ... read more
October 12, 2018
Type 2 diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions around the world. The World Health Organization reports that more than 422 million people suffer from the disease, including over 1.2 million in Australia alone. The consequences of diabetes can be dire (cancer, kidney failure, and heart attacks) and its prevalence is rising fast. There is an urgent need to better understand how diabetes progresses -- and how it might be stopped.

Effects of a high-fat diet may be passed on for three generations ... read more
October 12, 2018
A high-fat diet in female mice affects their offspring's obesity, insulin resistance and addictive-like behaviors for three generations, according to a new study.

The metabolome: A way to measure obesity and health beyond BMI ... read more
October 11, 2018
The current standard for determining obesity is body mass index (BMI), a simple mathematical formula that uses weight and height. A new study looks at both the metabolome and the genome, and their relationship to BMI.

Low copper levels linked to fatter fat cells ... read more
October 11, 2018
In studies of mouse cells, researchers have found that low levels of cellular copper appear to make fat cells fatter by altering how cells process their main metabolic fuels, such as fat and sugar.

Study firms up diet and depression link ... read more
October 10, 2018
In an unusual experiment, researchers have found that among Torres Strait Islander people the amount of fish and processed food eaten is related to depression.

Planned intermittent fasting may help reverse type 2 diabetes, suggest doctors ... read more
October 9, 2018
Planned intermittent fasting may help to reverse type 2 diabetes, suggest doctors after three patients in their care, who did this, were able to cut out the need for insulin treatment altogether.

Gene mutation points to new way to fight diabetes, obesity, heart disease ... read more
October 9, 2018
Researchers say they have discovered a gene mutation that slows the metabolism of sugar in the gut, giving people who have the mutation a distinct advantage over those who do not. Those with the mutation have a lower risk of diabetes, obesity, heart failure, and even death.

Community efforts to combat childhood obesity can be effective, study finds ... read more
October 9, 2018
New research examines how broadly and successfully communities across the US implement programs and policies to prevent obesity in kids.

Asthma may contribute to childhood obesity epidemic ... read more
October 9, 2018
Toddlers with asthma are more likely to become obese children, according to the biggest study on the matter to date.

Diet and weight may affect response to bipolar disorder treatment ... read more
October 7, 2018
Data from a clinical trial has shown that how people respond to treatment for Bipolar Disorder may be influenced by their weight and the overall quality of their diet, including whether they are eating a diet high in foods thought to contribute to general inflammation. These are early results, but if replicated may mean that treatment of some mental health problems could benefit from the inclusion of dietary advice.

Gastric banding as effective as metformin in slowing prediabetes, type two diabetes ... read more
October 4, 2018
People with prediabetes or new-onset type 2 diabetes who had gastric banding, a type of bariatric surgery for weight loss, had similar stabilization of their disease to those who took metformin alone, according to a new study.

Tarragon supplements may make healthy women gain weight ... read more
October 4, 2018
Russian tarragon and bitter melon supplements may be less helpful for women than men when it comes to combating metabolic syndrome, whose symptoms include high blood sugar, high blood pressure and excess fat around the waist, a new study suggests.

Weight loss drug shows positive effect on diabetes ... read more
October 4, 2018
A new study has found that lorcaserin decreased risk for diabetes, induced diabetes remission and reduced risk of diabetes complications in obese and overweight patients.

A web-based program is as effective as group counseling for patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease ... read more
October 2, 2018
Lifestyle changes are the cornerstone of preventing and treating non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Scientists report success in using web-based intervention to manage lifestyle changes in patients with NAFLD in a new six-year single-center study comparing group-based and web-based interventions.

Improved In vivo imaging of atherosclerotic plaque development ... read more
September 28, 2018
Researchers have developed a method for quantitatively assessing atherosclerotic plaque buildup in mice. They transplanted X-ray-irradiated low-density-lipoprotein-knockout mice with bone marrow cells expressing near-infrared fluorescent protein, which subsequently developed into fluorescent macrophages. These macrophages congregated specifically in atherosclerotic plaques that arose after feeding on a high-cholesterol diet. In vivo imaging detected the amount of aortic plaque formed and its change over time, which could help in assessing the efficacy of anti-atherosclerotic drugs.

Vitamin D supplements may promote weight loss in obese children ... read more
September 27, 2018
Vitamin D supplements may promote weight loss and reduce risk factors for future heart and metabolic disease in overweight and obese children, according to new research. These findings indicate that simple vitamin D supplementation may be part of an effective strategy to tackle childhood obesity and reduce the risk of serious health problems, such as heart disease, in adulthood.

Bariatric surgery linked to safer childbirth for the mother ... read more
September 26, 2018
Obese mothers who lose weight through bariatric surgery can have safer deliveries, according to an observational study. Positive effects include fewer caesarean sections, infections, tears and hemorrhages, and fewer cases of post-term delivery or uterine inertia.

Lifestyle intervention may mitigate weight gain due to ubiquitous contaminant ... read more
September 25, 2018
A new study finds that perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are associated with increases in weight, but exercise and diet may reduce the obesogenic effects of these environmental contaminants.

Screening using body mass index alone may miss every second preschooler with excess stomach fat ... read more
September 25, 2018
When assessing whether preschoolers are overweight, health professionals should use other measures such as waist-to-height ratio in addition to the body mass index (BMI). A study shows that this is because measuring the BMI of younger children often fails to identify those with excess stomach fat and possible associated health problems.

Overweight pregnant women can safely cut calories, restrict weight gain ... read more
September 24, 2018
With proper nutrition guidance, it is safe and feasible to restrict weight gain in obese and overweight pregnant women, a new study shows.

Researchers explore how changes in diet alter microbiome in artificial intestine ... read more
September 21, 2018
Using an artificial intestine they created, researchers have shown that the microbiome can quickly adapt from the bacterial equivalent of a typical western diet to one composed exclusively of dietary fats.

Intestines modify their cellular structure in response to diet ... read more
September 20, 2018
Body organs such as the intestine and ovaries undergo structural changes in response to dietary nutrients that can have lasting impacts on metabolism, as well as cancer susceptibility.

Mediterranean-style diet may lower women's stroke risk ... read more
September 20, 2018
Following a Mediterranean-style diet (high in fish, fruits and nuts, vegetables and beans and lower in meat and dairy) reduced stroke risk in women over 40, but not in men. The Mediterranean-style diet reduced stroke risk among white adults who were at high risk of cardiovascular disease.

Anti-inflammatory protein promotes healthy gut bacteria to curb obesity ... read more
September 19, 2018
Scientists have discovered that the anti-inflammatory protein NLRP12 normally helps protect mice against obesity and insulin resistance when they are fed a high-fat diet. The researchers also reported that the NLRP12 gene is underactive in people who are obese, making it a potential therapeutic target for treating obesity and diabetes, both of which are risk factors for cardiovascular disease and other serious conditions.

Young children's oral bacteria may predict obesity ... read more
September 19, 2018
Weight gain during early childhood is related to the composition of oral bacteria of two-year-old children, suggesting this understudied aspect of a children's collection of microorganisms could serve as an early indicator for childhood obesity.

Strength-based exercises could help child obesity fight, study finds ... read more
September 19, 2018
Encouraging young people to do strength-based exercises -- such as squats, push ups and lunges -- could play a key role in tackling child obesity, research suggests.

Sugar content of most supermarket yogurts well above recommended threshold ... read more
September 18, 2018
The sugar content of most types of yogurt is well above the recommended threshold, reveals an analysis of the nutrient content of available UK supermarket products. And organic varieties, often viewed as healthier options, contain some of the highest average sugar content, at 13.1 g/100 g, the findings indicate.

Either too much or too little weight gain during pregnancy is associated with adverse outcomes in children aged 7 years ... read more
September 17, 2018
New research shows that if a woman gains either too much or too little weight during pregnancy, there are adverse effects in children at 7 years of age.

Household cleaning products may contribute to kids' overweight by altering their gut microbiota ... read more
September 17, 2018
Commonly used household cleaners could be making children overweight by altering their gut microbiota, suggests a new study.

People with asthma at higher risk of becoming obese ... read more
September 15, 2018
Obesity is known to be a risk factor for developing asthma but a new study shows that the reverse is also true: people with asthma are more likely to go on to become obese. The new research indicates that those who develop asthma as adults and those who have non-allergic asthma are at the greatest risk of obesity.

Dietary fiber reduces brain inflammation during aging ... read more
September 14, 2018
As mammals age, immune cells in the brain known as microglia become chronically inflamed. In this state, they produce chemicals known to impair cognitive and motor function. That's one explanation for why memory fades and other brain functions decline during old age. But, according to a new study, there may be a remedy to delay the inevitable: dietary fiber.

Obesity alters airway muscle function, increases asthma risk ... read more
September 13, 2018
Obesity changes how airway muscles function, increasing the risk of developing asthma, a new study suggests.

Anti-inflammatory diet linked to reduced risk of early death ... read more
September 13, 2018
A new study finds that adhering to an anti-inflammatory diet is associated with lower risks of dying from any cause, dying from cardiovascular causes, and dying from cancer.

Among body shapes, pears are healthier than apples ... read more
September 12, 2018
For women, fat usually accumulates around the hips, resulting in a pear-shaped look. In men, fat tends to build up around the abdomen, creating an apple shape. According to a new mouse study, it's healthier to be a pear than an apple.

High blood sugar during pregnancy ups risk of mother's type 2 diabetes, child's obesity ... read more
September 11, 2018
Mothers with elevated blood glucose during pregnancy -- even if not high enough to meet the traditional definition of gestational diabetes -- were significantly more likely to have developed type 2 diabetes a decade after pregnancy than their counterparts without high blood glucose.

Sarcolipin tricks muscle cells into using more energy, burning fat ... read more
September 11, 2018
Ever wonder why you burn fat and heat up when you exercise or shiver? Now, researchers have shown that sarcolipin, a small peptide only found in muscles, increases muscle energy expenditure and fat oxidization.

Immune cells destroy healthy brain connections, diminish cognitive function in obese mice ... read more
September 10, 2018
Obesity leads to cognitive impairment by activating microglial cells, which consume otherwise functional synapses in the hippocampus, according to a study of male mice. The research suggests that microglia may be a potential therapeutic target for one of the lesser known effects of this global health epidemic on the brain.

Change your diet to save both water and your health ... read more
September 10, 2018
Shifting to a healthy diet is not only good for us, but it also saves a lot of fresh water, according to a new study. Compared to existing diets, the water required to produce our food could be reduced by up to 55 percent for healthy pescetarian and vegetarian diets.

Scientists block RNA silencing protein in liver to prevent obesity and diabetes in mice ... read more
September 10, 2018
Obesity and its related ailments like type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease pose a major global health burden, but researchers report that blocking an RNA-silencing protein in the livers of mice keeps the animals from getting fat-related and diabetic conditions.

Lifestyle changes reduce the need for blood pressure medications ... read more
September 9, 2018
Men and women with high blood pressure reduced the need for antihypertensive medications by making lifestyle changes. A 16-week program, focused on the DASH diet, weight management and exercise, resulted in the most dramatic declines in blood pressure.

Pregnant women can safely control weight gain through diet and lifestyle changes ... read more
September 6, 2018
Many overweight/obese women gain too much weight during pregnancy. New trials showed these women can safely limit their weight gain with diet and exercise interventions. The reduced weight gain, however, did not result in fewer obstetrical complications. The finding suggests that the lifestyle changes need to start before pregnancy.

Communication among organs, tissues regulating body's energy revealed ... read more
September 6, 2018
Researchers have identified a system of communication networks that exists among organs and tissues that regulate metabolism. Findings from their study provide, for the first time, a detailed 'atlas' illustrating how the body creates and uses energy, and how imbalances in the networks may impact overall health.

Rapid weight gain during infancy possible risk factor for later obesity in kids with autism ... read more
September 6, 2018
A recent study found that children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) had the highest frequency of rapid weight gain during the first six months of life, which may put them at increased risk for childhood obesity.

Longer daily fasting times improve health and longevity in mice ... read more
September 6, 2018
Increasing time between meals made male mice healthier overall and live longer compared to mice who ate more frequently, according to a new study.

Obesity: We inherit the dangerous fat from Dad -- and the good fat from Mom ... read more
September 6, 2018
Brown fat cells burn off a lot of calories, whereas an excess of white fat cells make us overweight and ill. Now researchers have identified a new gene in brown fat cells; a gene that may be crucial for the future's treatment of obesity.

Fish oil supplement in pregnancy is linked to increase in lean and bone mass by age 6 years ... read more
September 4, 2018
Taking fish oil supplements in the later stages of pregnancy is associated with a higher weight (BMI) in children in the first six years of life, but not an increased risk of overweight or obesity by age 6, a new study suggests.

Eating in 10-hour window can override disease-causing genetic defects, nurture health ... read more
August 31, 2018
Scientists found that mice lacking the biological clocks thought to be necessary for a healthy metabolism could still be protected against obesity and metabolic diseases by having their daily access to food restricted to a 10-hour window.

Investigators find that bile acids reduce cocaine reward ... read more
August 31, 2018
Bile acids -- gut compounds that aid in the digestion of dietary fats -- reduce the desire for cocaine, according to a new study.

Novel concepts for the diagnosis of fatty liver and personalized treatment ... read more
August 31, 2018
Almost one in three adults suffer from non-alcoholic fatty liver. For the affected people this increases the risk of complications such as liver cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke.

Amazonian fruit prevents obesity in overfed mice ... read more
August 30, 2018
An extract of camu camu -- a fruit native to the Amazon -- prevents obesity in mice fed a diet rich in sugar and fat, say researchers. The discovery suggests that camu camu phytochemicals could play a leading role in the fight against obesity and metabolic disease.

Changes in breakfast and dinner timings can reduce body fat ... read more
August 30, 2018
Modest changes to breakfast and dinner times can reduce body fat, a new pilot study reports.

Switching to hunter-gatherer lifestyle may increase diversity in children's gut microbes ... read more
August 29, 2018
Immersing city dwellers in the traditional lifestyle and diet of a rainforest village for two weeks increases the diversity of the visiting children's -- but not the adults' -- gut microbiota. In a small pilot study, researchers show that the immersion visit did little to shift the adults' skin, oral, nasal and fecal microbiota.

Food activates brown fat ... read more
August 29, 2018
Brown fat consumes energy, which is the reason why it could be important for preventing obesity and diabetes. Working together with an international team, researchers were able to demonstrate that food also increases the thermogenesis of brown fat, and not just cold as previously assumed.

Father's diet could affect the long-term health of his offspring ... read more
August 29, 2018
New research has shown that a lack of protein in a father's diet affects sperm quality which can have a direct impact on the long-term health of their offspring.

The link between obesity, the brain, and genetics ... read more
August 28, 2018
Clinicians should consider how the way we think can make us vulnerable to obesity, and how obesity is genetically intertwined with brain structure and mental performance, according to new research.

Post-workout muscle building and repair blunted in obese adults ... read more
August 28, 2018
Obesity is associated with a host of health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. According to a new study, obesity also diminishes a person's ability to build muscle after engaging in resistance exercise.


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