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Thursday 26-Nov-2015

Recent Research

Low Sugar Diet Makes Foods Taste Sweeter But Does Not Change Preferred Level of Sweetness


New research from the Monell Center reveals that while foods such as vanilla pudding taste sweeter following three months on a low-sugar diet, the level of sweetness most preferred in foods and beverages does not change. The findings may inform public health efforts to reduce the amount of added sugars that people consume in their diets.

–Monell Chemical Senses Center|2015-11-25

How Weight-Loss Surgery Reduces Sugar Cravings


Weight loss surgery curbs the sweet tooth by acting on the brain's reward system, according to a study published November 19 in Cell Metabolism. The researchers found that gastrointestinal bypass surgery, which is used to treat morbid obesity and diabetes, reduced sugar-seeking behavior in mice by reducing the release of a reward chemical called dopamine in the brain. The findings suggest that positive outcomes are more likely if sugary foods seem less rewarding after surgery.

–Newswise Review|2015-11-23

Surviving the Holidays with #Diabetes


Diabetes and the Holdiays: Stony Brook Medicine Expert gives tips on how to have an effective diabetes management plan during holiday festivities

–Stony Brook Medicine|2015-11-20


With the holidays approaching, the humble pumpkin has taken its rightful place center stage. One of the most versatile of fruits, almost every part of the pumpkin is edible – flowers, leaves, meat, seeds and oil – and virtually all offer health benefits.

–University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences|2015-11-19

Diabetes Drug Could Be Used to Combat Fatty Liver Disease, Research Shows

Researchers from the University of Birmingham believe that the findings present the possibility of new therapies for patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, for which there is no current licensed treatment.

–University of Birmingham|2015-11-19

Moderate Amounts of Caffeine During Pregnancy Do Not Harm Baby’s IQ and Does Not Cause Behavioral Problems, Obesity

Women drinking and eating moderate amounts of caffeine during pregnancy should be reassured that they are not harming their child’s intelligence, according to a study from The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital that was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

–Nationwide Children's Hospital|2015-11-19

Children Born to Women After Bariatric Surgery at Higher Risk of Obesity, Diabetes

Weight-loss surgery can boost fertility in women and reduce the risk of pregnancy complications that commonly occur in obese women. However, a new study in rats suggests that weight-loss surgery alters mothers’ hormone and chemical balance, which harms offspring during gestation and later in life.

–American Physiological Society (APS)|2015-11-19

Nationwide Look at Diabetes in Mexico Paints Grim Picture

If diabetes in Mexico continues unchecked, at least one in three people, and as many as one in two, could be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetimes.

–University of Michigan |2015-11-18

Research Shows Texas Grow! Eat! Go! Interventions Having Positive Impact on Youth

Research has shown that efforts through the Texas Grow! Eat! Go! program have had a positive effect on improving the health and wellness of youth in the five participating Texas counties.

–Texas A&M AgriLife|2015-11-18

Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes Harm Bone Health

In a new animal study, University of Missouri researchers examined how the development of obesity and insulin resistance contribute to bone-fracture risk and whether exercise prevents weight gain and diabetes and protects bone health. They found obesity and Type 2 diabetes negatively affected bone, but exercise prevented weight gain and diabetes and increased bone strength. These findings could inform interventions to improve bone health among individuals with obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

–University of Missouri Health|2015-11-17

Cancer Cells Poised for Growth When Opportunity Knocks


Researchers have identified a mechanism that allows cancer cells to respond and grow rapidly when levels of sugar in the blood rise. This may help to explain why people who develop conditions in which they have chronically high sugar levels in their blood, such as obesity, also have an increased risk of developing certain types of cancer.

–MRC Clinical Sciences Centre/Institute of Clinical Sciences (ICS) Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London|2015-11-17

Report Offers State-by-State View of Obesity Across Indian Country


According to data released by the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention, and analyzed in the annual State of Obesity report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in Arizona, North Carolina and New Mexico at least 75 percent of Native American adults are overweight or obese. Texas had the lowest obesity rate for Natives at 51 percent. By Mallory Black / Native Health News Alliance

–Voices for Healthy Kids|2015-11-17

People Unaware of Fatty Liver Disease Could Make the Problem Worse with Holiday Overindulgence

Most of us will seriously overeat between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. Those people walking around with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease could make the condition a lot worse, opening them up to serious diseases.

–Houston Methodist|2015-11-16

@NancyatHeart CEO @American_Heart on #obesity stats, #racial gaps from @CDCgov


–Voices for Healthy Kids|2015-11-13

Stony Brook Docs Says Small Steps May Help When Dealing with a Growing Diabetes Problem


Small steps can equal big changes when it comes to diabetes. Stony Brook Medicine's Dr. Joshua Miller explains how to lower your risk for diabetes and pre-diabetes

–Stony Brook Medicine|2015-11-12

Researchers Identify Liver Pathway Linked to Negative Impacts of High-Fat, High-Cholesterol Diet

It's no secret that a high-fat, high-cholesterol "junk food" diet has been linked to major health problems, including high blood cholesterol and the buildup of plaques in the arteries, known as atherosclerosis.

–University of Michigan |2015-11-12

Study: Preschoolers Need More Outdoor Time at Child Care Centers

A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds child care centers play a pivotal role when it comes to the physical activity levels of preschoolers. Yet few children get to experience outdoor recess time as it is scheduled. Only 3 in 10 children had at least 60 minutes of a full child-care day outdoors for recess, as is recommended by guidelines.

–Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center|2015-11-12

Study Examines Physical Activity and Park Use in China


The first research study in mainland China using observational methods to assess park use, physical activity and demographics may ultimately have implications for millions of Chinese citizens. Internationally, parks have been consistently shown to be an important community asset for physical activity, but little has been known about the relationship between park usage and physical activity in China until now.

–Texas A&M University|2015-11-11

Scientists ID Genetic Factors that Influence Body Weight and Neurological Disorders

A new study by Berkeley Lab scientists has identified genetic factors that influence motor performance and body weight in a genetically diverse group of mice. The researchers also found the genes identified in the mice overlap significantly with genes related to neurological disorders and obesity in people.

–Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory|2015-11-11

WVU Doctor Helps Create Program to Provide Healthy Fruits, Vegetables to SNAP Recipients


West Virginia University Professor of Family Medicine Mark Cucuzzella has partnered with Eastern Panhandle-area groups to help Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients make their money go further.

–West Virginia University|2015-11-11

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