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Common Gene Variant Influences Girls' Food Choices …. For Better or Worse

If you’re fat, can you blame it on your genes? The answer is a qualified yes. Maybe. Under certain circumstances. Researchers are moving towards a better understanding of some of the roots of obesity.

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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Commends President Obama's Request to Congress: Increase Funding to Food and Nutrition Programming and Research

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics commends President Obama’s budget request to Congress, which prioritizes food, nutrition programming and research.

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Does Cranberry Juice Treat a UTI?

A urinary tract infection (UTI) can be an unwelcome visitor—leaving you with the urge to sprint for the bathroom every few minutes. You may have heard that drinking a large glass of cranberry juice can effectively ‘treat’ a bladder infection, but is this remedy more fact or fiction?

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Aging May Worsen the Effects of a High-Salt Diet

Age significantly impaired the ability of rats to get rid of excess sodium when exposed to a high-salt diet, according to research published in the American Journal of Physiology—Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. Findings could have implications for salt consumption in the elderly; suggest older people could be at greater risk for the negative consequences of eating a high-salt diet.

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The Joint Commission Introduces Accreditation for Eating Disorder Treatment Programs based on Recommendations made by The Academy for Eating Disorders

The Joint Commission (TJC) has agreed to add several new requirements to its accreditation review of behavioral health care organizations providing treatment for individuals with eating disorders and their families.

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New Iowa State Research Holds Promise for Diabetics with Vitamin D Deficiency

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A simple change in diet could boost vitamin D levels for millions of Americans suffering from Type 2 diabetes, according to new research from Iowa State University published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

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IFT Launches New Website To Help Consumers Find Out the Facts on Food

Consumers have a lot of questions about where their food comes from, how it’s made and what’s in it. To help consumers find this information, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is excited to announce the launch of “IFT Food Facts.” IFT Food Facts is an online resource that has videos and fact sheets with tips related to the science of food that consumers can use at home, at the store and on the go. IFT’s member experts answer common questions about food safety, nutrition, and food chemistry, as well as address common myths and misperceptions about food science and technology.

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Popular Diet Myths Debunked

Thousands flock to the internet in search of ways to boost a healthy lifestyle. Many popular diet facts and trends are circulated so often in the media that it’s hard to know which tips to trust and which ones should be tossed. Underneath popular opinion and platitudes, the truth about eating healthy may surprise you. A Texas A&M Health Science Center registered dietician separates myths from fact when it comes to your diet.

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Cluttered Kitchens Cause Over-Snacking

A cluttered and chaotic kitchen can often cause out-of-control stressful feelings. It might also cause something else — increased snacking of indulgent treats.

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New Study Finds Simplified Nutritional Labels Spur Healthier Choices in Grocery Stores

When it comes to making healthier food purchases in our nation’s grocery stores, the simpler the nutritional packaging is, the better. In fact, if one only has to look at a single number—a score that represents the nutritional value of what’s inside the packaging—a consumer is more likely to buy healthier products, finds a study involving research performed at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Super Bowl / "Big Game" Calorie Costs in Exercise

The "Super Bowl" has become much more than a football game: It’s the second biggest day for food consumption in the United States after Thanksgiving. Below, Dr. Charles Platkin, a professor at HUNTER COLLEGE in New York City, Director of the NYC Food Policy Center at Hunter College and editor of DietDetective.com demonstrates how much you would need to do to burn off typical “Big Game” snacks. For instance, you would have to run 49 football fields to burn off just two handfuls of potato chips or do "the wave" 6480 times to burn off 6 Buffalo Wild Wings Dipped In Ranch Dressing.

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Fumble Your Diet on Super Bowl Sunday? Use Monday to Get Back on Track

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Diana Rice, a registered dietitian on staff with The Monday Campaigns (the nonprofit organization behind Meatless Monday), offers these tips to get your health back on track after an indulgent Super Bowl Sunday.

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Penn Nursing Study Answers: What’s a Good Breakfast for Kids?

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A team of researchers concluded that a breakfast high in protein – like eggs – keeps children fuller longer than cereal or oatmeal, causing them to eat fewer calories at lunch.

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Adolescent Weight Gain on Popular Injectable Contraceptive May Depend on Micronutrient Intake

Since its introduction nearly 23 years ago, the popular injectable contraceptive depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) has been associated with causing substantial weight gain in some adolescent girls. Without being able to identify or predict which girls will gain weight on the drug, physicians typically counsel all teens receiving DMPA to simply eat less. New research suggests that the message may need to change to “eat better.”

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Study: Vacations Can Lead to Weight Gain, Contribute to ‘Creeping Obesity’

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A faculty member in the University of Georgia’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences found that adults going on a one- to three-week vacation gained an average of nearly 1 pound during their trips. With the average American reportedly gaining 1-2 pounds a year, the study’s findings suggest an alarming trend.

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Wine, Roses and a Walk on the Beach –Valentine’s Day Ideas for Those with Diabetes

If the person you love loves chocolate, grabbing a gift for Valentine’s Day is a breeze. But if the person you love has diabetes or prediabetes, you have to think outside the heart-shaped box, says Debora Nagata, R.N., diabetes educator at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica.

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Cholesterol Levels Improve with Weight Loss and Healthy Fat-Rich Diet

A University of California, San Diego School of Medicine study finds that weight loss programs that provide healthy fats, such as olive oil in the Mediterranean diet, or a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet have similar impacts on pound-shedding. More specifically, the researchers report that a meal plan rich in walnuts, which are high in polyunsaturated fats, has a significant impact on lipid levels for women, especially those who are insulin-resistant.

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Dietary Changes May Help Postpone Dialysis in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease

• Five patients with severely reduced kidney function would need to adhere to a ketoanalogue-supplemented very low–protein diet to avoid a >50% reduction in kidney function or the need for dialysis in 1 patient

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New Study Indicates Why Children Are Likelier to Develop Food Allergies

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An estimated 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies, many of them children. These are non-trivial concerns, as food allergy or intolerance can cause symptoms ranging from a harmless skin rash to a potentially lethal anaphylactic shock. The good news is that many affected children outgrow their allergy, presumably as the immune system learns to tolerate food initially mistaken as “foreign”.

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Eating Soy May Protect Women from Health Risks of BPA

Consuming soy regularly may protect women who are undergoing infertility treatments from poor success rates linked to bisphenol A exposure, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.