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Saturday 10-Oct-2015

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Expert Available: Cutting Sugary Drinks Helps Combat Increasing Teen Obesity Trend


More than one-third of children in the United States ages 6 to 19 years old are overweight or obese. Over the past 30 years, the number of obese adolescents has more than quadrupled, which also has led to an increase in children diagnosed with diabetes. To combat this trend, Aneesh Tosh, M.D., adolescent medicine physician at University of Missouri Health Care and associate professor of clinical child health at the MU School of Medicine, recommends that sugary drinks be removed from adolescents’ diets.

–University of Missouri Health|2015-10-07

New Test Predicts Teens' Future Risk of Heart Disease


Researchers have created a cardiac crystal ball in the battle against the No. 1 killer of both men and women. By identifying teens at risk of heart disease early, doctors can encourage the healthy behaviors that could save their lives.

–University of Virginia Health System|2015-10-06

Birth Weight and Poor Childhood Growth Linked to Hearing and Vision Problems in Middle Age


A study of up to 433,390 UK adults, led by The University of Manchester, has linked being under and overweight at birth with poorer hearing, vision and cognition in middle age.

–University of Manchester|2015-10-06

Battling Obesity in the Classroom with Exercise

There's another burst of seat-bouncing, giggling and shouting in researcher Rebecca Hasson's simulated classroom at the University of Michigan as Hasson catches study participant Marcus Patton cheating at Sorry!

–University of Michigan |2015-10-05

Gastric Bypass Surgery Improves Blood Sugar Handling and Insulin Sensitivity, Study Finds

Gastric bypass surgery can lead to remission of type 2 diabetes along with weight loss. A new study examines why, finding that insulin sensitivity of the body's main glucose (sugar) storage sites improve after gastric bypass surgery.

–American Physiological Society (APS)|2015-10-05

Preventing Cancer: Study Finds Dramatic Benefits of Weight-Loss Surgery


A study evaluating the effects of bariatric surgery on obese women most at risk for cancer has found that the weight-loss surgery slashed participants’ weight by a third and eliminated precancerous uterine growths in those who had them. Other effects included improving patients’ physical quality of life, improving their insulin levels and ability to use glucose – which may reduce their risk for diabetes – and even altering the composition of their gut bacteria.

–University of Virginia Health System|2015-10-02

A Stand-Up Solution


According to a new University of Iowa study, employees with sit-stand desks stood 60 minutes more a day at work compared with their co-workers with sitting desks, and they continued to do so long after their newfangled desks lost their novelty.

–University of Iowa|2015-10-02

Heavier Patients Require Less Blood Transfusions in Hip, Knee Replacement Surgery


Blood transfusion rates in hip and knee replacement surgery were dramatically lower in overweight or obese patients than patients of normal weight, according to a study at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Researchers also found no correlation between the heavier patients and post-surgical complications such as blood clots and heart attacks.

–Henry Ford Health System|2015-10-01

The Medical Minute: When Duodenal Switch May Be the Best Weight Loss Option

A less-common form of bariatric surgery can help the heaviest patients reach an ideal weight, but it’s not for everyone.

–Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center|2015-10-01

Children with Severe Obesity May Be at Higher Risk for Heart Disease and Diabetes


A new study led by researchers in the UNC Department of Pediatrics finds a direct correlation between more severe forms of obesity in children and related risk factors for developing heart disease and diabetes—particularly in boys.

–University of North Carolina Health Care System|2015-09-30

Severely Obese Children May Be at Higher Risk of Heart Disease and Diabetes

More than 3 million children in the United States who are severely obese may be at a higher risk of developing heart disease and diabetes than overweight children, according to a new study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

–Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center|2015-09-30

Among South Asians, Risks of Developing Diabetes Begins at Birth, Says Research

Researchers compared nearly 800 pregnant South Asian and white Caucasian women. While the South Asian mothers—who were smaller in stature than their white counterparts—gave birth to significantly smaller babies, those newborns had more adipose or fat tissue, termed the “thin-fat” phenotype and a higher waist circumference.

–McMaster University|2015-09-29

Chemical Exposure Linked to Rising Diabetes, Obesity Risk

Emerging evidence ties endocrine-disrupting chemical exposure to two of the biggest public health threats facing society – diabetes and obesity, according to the executive summary of an upcoming Scientific Statement issued today by the Endocrine Society.

–Endocrine Society|2015-09-28

Would People be Happier -- and Healthier-- if They Thought Broccoli Tasted Like Chocolate?

A new science called Neurogastronomy brings chefs and neuroscientists together to improve quality of life for patients with taste & smell deficits. The inaugural International Society of Neurogastronomy symposium is November 7, 2015, featuring internationally-renowned chefs, scientists, and food technologists.

–University of Kentucky|2015-09-24

Overweight Health Bloggers Perceived to Be Less Reliable


A blogger’s weight affects her or his credibility with readers seeking food advice, according to a Cornell study published online and in a forthcoming print issue of the journal Health Communication.

–Cornell University|2015-09-24

Inflammatory Response May Fan the Flame of Dietary Fats’ Role in Obesity-Related Diseases

A new study finds that an enhanced inflammatory response could be the key link between high saturated fat intake – a recognized risk factor for obesity-related disorders – and the development of diseases like type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis

–University of Vermont|2015-09-24

GERD Study Offers Minimally Invasive Procedure at No Cost

Approximately 20 million Americans will experience some type of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, in their lives. In some cases, patients suffer resulting heart burn or acid regurgitation so severe that they require surgery to repair damage to their esophagus. A clinical trial at UC San Diego Health is using a new, FDA-approved device that reconstructs the esophagus through the mouth and requires no incisions.

–University of California, San Diego Health Sciences|2015-09-21

Blood Tests Reveal Early Signs of Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Obese African-American Teens

Blood tests in obese African-American teenage girls reveal immune system changes which ‘prime the system’ to develop cardiovascular disease later in life.

–University of Alabama at Birmingham|2015-09-18

Beef vs. Bean Meals: Both Provide Similar Feeling of Fullness

Today vegetarians aren’t the only group of consumers looking for foods that are meat-free and provide a satisfying meal. All types of consumers are looking to manage and maintain weight with plant-based meal options with ingredients such as protein isolates, whole legumes, whole grains and vegetables. A new study in the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), found that a bean-based meal provided a similar feeling of fullness compared to a beef-based meal.

–Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)|2015-09-18

Being Overweight May Increase Risk of Type of Brain Tumor

MINNEAPOLIS – Being overweight or obese may be tied to an increased risk of a type of brain tumor called meningioma, according to a new meta-analysis published in the September 16, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Meningiomas occur at a rate of about five to eight cases per 100,000 people per year. The five-year survival rate for meningioma is 63 percent.

–American Academy of Neurology (AAN)|2015-09-16

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