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Weight and Diet May Help Predict Sleep Quality

The old adage “you are what you eat,” may be better phrased as “your sleep relates to what you eat.” An individual’s body composition and caloric intake can influence time spent in specific sleep stages, according to results of a new study (abstract 0088) from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania that will be presented at SLEEP 2016, the 30th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC.

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Some Asian-Americans Are Predisposed to Want More Carbs; Breakthrough Toward Fish-Free Aquaculture Feed; Genetically Modified Golden Rice Falls Short, and More in the Food Science News Source

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Copper Is Key in Burning Fat

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A new study led by a Berkeley Lab scientist and UC Berkeley professor establishes for the first time copper’s role in fat metabolism, further burnishing the metal’s reputation as an essential nutrient for human physiology.

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Commercial Weight-Loss Programs: Evidence of Benefits for Diabetic Patients Still Too Scarce, Study Shows

Johns Hopkins scientists who indirectly investigated the blood sugar effects of 10 (out of 32 selected) commercial weight loss programs say a few show promise of benefit for diabetic patients, but far more rigorous research is needed before doctors can wholeheartedly recommend them.

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Prepackaged Portion-Controlled Meals Can Lead to Greater Weight Loss Than Self-Selected Portions, Research Says

Increased portion sizes in Americans’ diets is widely recognized as a contributor to the obesity epidemic, and now new research published in Obesity, the scientific journal of The Obesity Society, examines the effect of prepackaged, portion-controlled meals on weight loss. The researchers found that when combined with behavioral counseling as part of a complete weight-loss intervention, a meal plan incorporating portion-controlled, prepackaged, frozen lunch and dinner entrées can promote greater weight loss than a self-selected diet.

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Sugar Substitutes May Cut Calories, but No Health Benefits for Individuals with Obesity

Artificial sweeteners help individuals with obesity to cut calories and lose weight but may have negative health effects, according to researchers at York University's Faculty of Health.

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Depressed Moms Not ‘in Sync’ with Their Kids, Children with ADHD Sleep Both Poorly and Less, Yeast Infection Linked to Mental Illness, and more in the Mental Health News Source

Depressed Moms Not ‘in Sync’ with Their Kids, Children with ADHD Sleep Both Poorly and Less, Yeast Infection Linked to Mental Illness, and more in the Mental Health News Source

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Kids Eating Habits, Video Games Helping Kids Eat Fruits and Veggies, New Ways to Stop Weight Gain in Young Adults, and More in the Obesity News Source

Kids Eating Habits, Video Games Helping Kids Eat Fruits and Veggies, New Ways to Stop Weight Gain in Young Adults, and More in the Obesity News Source

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National Study Shows New Ways to Stop Weight Gain Cut Young Adults' Obesity Risk by Half

Miriam Hospital researcher leads effort to identify alternative ways to stop weight gain.

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Most People Cycle and Regain Weight, and Those Who Lose Most Are Most Likely to Keep It Off

Most people lose, gain and maintain their weight inconsistently, and those who lose the most weight are most likely to keep it off and keep losing, new research reports. The study results will be presented Friday, April 1, at ENDO 2016, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society, in Boston.

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Researchers Identify Key Statistical Errors in Obesity Science & Strategies to Avoid Them

Exposing common statistical errors and bias in obesity research to improve the reliability of future research is the aim of the authors of three new papers and a commentary published today in the April issue of Obesity, the scientific journal of The Obesity Society.

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Weight Loss Surgery Beats Diet at Inhibiting Breast Cancer, Study Finds

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Weight loss surgery was more effective than a low-fat diet at reversing the cancer-promoting effects of chronic obesity in mice, according to a study led by UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers. The preliminary findings will be presented at the 2016 American Association of Cancer Research Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

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Simple Solutions for Overweight Kids to Lose Weight as the Weather Warms Up

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Obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years nationwide. Rosa Cataldo, DO, MPH, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, says that the most effective approach to addressing weight loss in children are lifestyle-based modifications that involve parents.

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Voice-Controlled Nutrition Tracker May Aid Weight Loss

Spoken-language app makes meal logging easier, could aid weight loss.