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Sexual Minority Youth Have Higher Rates of Disordered Eating Behaviors

Sexual minority boys and girls are more likely to purge or take laxatives, use diet pills, or fast to lose weight than their straight peers, and those disordered eating trends may not be improving, according to new research from the University of British Columbia.

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Consumers Treat Superfoods As "Extra Insurance"

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Consumers can be skeptical about new superfoods as they enter the market but still consume them for a bit of "extra insurance" for their health, according to new research from the University of Adelaide.

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Brain Stimulation to Reduce Food Cravings? Milk Works Best to Extinguish the Heat From Chile Peppers, Popularity of Healthy Oils and More in the Food Science News Source

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Rise in Avoidable Diabetes Hospital Visits

Hospital admissions for a short-term and avoidable complication of diabetes have risen by 39 per cent in the last ten years, a new analysis has concluded.

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Your Diet Plan Isn’t Working? New Baylor Research Explains Why

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Dieters tend to adopt the wrong strategies, often planning to ditch their favorite foods and replace them with less-desirable options, according to new research from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business. Conversely, successful dieters focus on adding healthy foods – foods that they actually like.

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Cravings for High-Calorie Foods May Be Switched Off in the Brain by New Supplement

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Eating a type of powdered food supplement, based on a molecule produced by bacteria in the gut, reduces cravings for high-calorie foods such as chocolate, cake and pizza, a new study suggests

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UCLA Health Experts Advisory for July

UCLA Health Experts are available to discuss a wide variety of topics of interest for the month of July.

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Extensive Scientific Review Finds Benefits of Drinking Coffee Outweigh Risks

Coffee is enjoyed by millions of people every day and the ‘coffee experience’ has become a staple of our modern life and culture. While the current body of research related to the effects of coffee consumption on human health has been contradictory, a study in the June issue of Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, which is published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), found that the potential benefits of moderate coffee drinking outweigh the risks in adult consumers for the majority of major health outcomes considered.

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Improvement Seen in U.S. Diet

In nationally representative surveys conducted between 1999 and 2012, several improvements in self-reported dietary habits were identified, such as increased consumption of whole grains, with additional findings suggesting persistent or worsening disparities based on race/ethnicity and education and income level, according to a study appearing in the June 21 issue of JAMA.

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Blueberries’ Health Benefits Better Than Many Perceive

Consumers know some of the benefits blueberries provide, but they’re less aware of the advantages of reverting aging, improving vision and memory, a new University of Florida study shows. Researchers surveyed more than 2,000 people in 31 states – mostly on the East Coast and in the Midwest – to see what they know about the health benefits of blueberries.

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Wide Geographic Differences in Treatment of Diabetes, The Stress-Diabetes Link, Intensive Treatment of Glucose Levels Can Lead to Serious Complications, and More in the Diabetes News Source

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Piping Hot Drinks May Lead to Cancer of the Esophagus

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Drinking piping hot coffee, tea and the caffeine-infused beverage yerba mate probably causes cancer, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday.

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Americans Are Getting Heart-Healthier: Coronary Heart Disease Decreasing in the US

Ann Arbor, MI, June 14, 2016 - Coronary heart disease (CHD) is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. A new study evaluating recent trends in the prevalence of CHD in the U.S. population aged 40 years and older showed that CHD rates have decreased significantly, from 10.3% in 2001-2002 to 8.0% in 2011-2012. These results are reported in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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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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The Benefits of a Family Based Weight Management Program; Nearly All Food Marketed by Pop Stars is Bad For You; Use of Neighborhood Environment Can Help Obese Teens, and More in the Obesity News Source

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Some Asian-Americans Are Predisposed to Want More Carbs and Fast Food

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Rice anyone? How about a bowl of ramen noodles? Researchers have found that some Asian-Americans are more likely to hunger for carbohydrates and unhealthy foods than other Asian-Americans — and the reason appears to be genetic. UCLA researchers have discovered that certain Asian-American college students have a genetic variation that predisposes them to food addiction. Their study, which could have implications for combating the rising rates of obesity among Asian-Americans, was published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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Experts Available for Interviews Regarding FDA’s New Recommended Guidelines for Sodium Intake

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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Names New National Media Spokespeople for 2016-2019

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, has appointed four registered dietitian nutritionists to three-year terms as media spokespeople: Jennifer Bruning, MS, RDN, LDN, of Chicago, Ill.; Robin Foroutan, MS, RDN, of New York, N.Y.; Caroline West Passerrello, MS, RD, LDN, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Angel Planells, MS, RDN, CD, of Seattle, Wash.

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Gut Bacteria May Contribute to Poor Health in Patients with Kidney Disease

• In patients with chronic kidney disease, those with more advanced disease had higher blood levels of the bacterial metabolite phenylacetylglutamine. • Patients with high phenylacetylglutamine had an elevated risk of developing cardiovascular disease as well as a heightened risk of dying prematurely.