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Monday, August 31, 2015

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Newswise Obesity News Source 31-Aug-2015

Newswise Obesity News Source

The Obesity News Source wire contains research and experts on obesity, related health conditions cause by obesity, healthy eating, diet, and exercise.

More information can be found at the Obesity News Source

“Happy Meals” Bill Could Improve Healthfulness of Fast Food Meals for Kids in New York City

A bill to improve the nutritional value of fast food restaurant meals marketed to children—like McDonald’s Happy Meals—could have a wide enough impact to reduce calories, fat, and sodium, according to a new study led by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center.

(Embargo expired on 31-Aug-2015 at 11:00 ET)

American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Aug. 31, 2015

– NYU Langone Medical Center

Repurposing Aspirin and a Diabetes Drug for Prostate Cancer in Obese Men

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey researcher XiangLin Tan, MD, PhD, has been awarded an $852,705 grant from the National Cancer Institute to explore the use of aspirin and a diabetes drug for prostate cancer prevention and control. Dr. Tan will examine the insulin-lowering effects of metformin and the anti-inflammatory properties of aspirin to see if the combination will prevent or delay the progression of prostate cancer, especially in obese men.

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– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

School nutrition policy expert available on CDC report #healthyschools

– Voices for Healthy Kids

Interrupting Sitting with Walking Breaks Improves Children’s Blood Sugar

Taking 3-minute breaks to walk in the middle of a TV marathon or other sedentary activity can improve children’s blood sugar compared to continuously sitting, according to a new National Institutes of Health (NIH) study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

(Embargo expired on 27-Aug-2015 at 13:00 ET)

Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

– Endocrine Society

Back to School is Getting Healthier

From American Heart Association News: U.S. schools have significantly improved school nutrition practices and should continue striving to provide a quality nutrition environment for students.

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American Heart Association News

– Voices for Healthy Kids

Top Stories 26 August 2015

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– Newswise Trends

Low-Level Arsenic Exposure Before Birth Associated with Early Puberty and Obesity in Female Mice

Female mice exposed in utero, or in the womb, to low levels of arsenic through drinking water displayed signs of early puberty and became obese as adults, according to scientists from the National Institutes of Health. The finding is significant because the exposure level of 10 parts per billion used in the study is the current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standard, or maximum allowable amount, for arsenic in drinking water. The study, which appeared online August 21 in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, serves as a good starting point for examining whether low-dose arsenic exposure could have similar health outcomes in humans.

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– National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Stiffer Breast Tissue in Obese Women Promotes Tumors

Women who are obese have a higher risk and a worse prognosis for breast cancer, but the reasons why remain unclear. A Cornell study published this month in Science Translational Medicine explains how obesity changes the consistency of breast tissue in ways that are similar to tumors, thereby promoting disease.

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Science Translational Medicine

– Cornell University

Researchers Publish Sobering Statistics on Physical Inactivity in the U.S.

Approximately 36 percent of adults in the U.S. do not engage in any leisure-time physical activity. Lack of physical activity accounts for 22 percent of coronary heart disease, 22 percent of colon cancer, 18 percent of osteoporotic fractures, 12 percent of diabetes and hypertension, and 5 percent of breast cancer.

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American Journal of Medicine

– Florida Atlantic University

Tulsa Takes New Strides to Improve Health

In Tulsa, Oklahoma, new rules for nutrition standards for city owned vending machines went into effect when the City Attorney signed an Executive Order on July 2, 2015. This ensures that vending machines on city owned and leased properties, such as public libraries, parks, nature centers, the convention center and the Tulsa Zoo all meet recommended nutrition standards and use calorie labeling to provide patrons with healthier options as well as basic education on what is available.

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– Voices for Healthy Kids

School Lunch Study: Visual Proof Kids are Tossing Mandated Fruits and Veggies in Trash

Less than a month before Congress votes on whether to reauthorize a controversial program mandating healthier school lunches, a new study confirms the suspicions of school officials – many students are putting the fruits and vegetables they’re now required to take straight into the trash, consuming fewer than they did before the law took effect.

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Public Health Reports

– University of Vermont

Fitness Experts Share Safety Tips

End the season on a positive note and stay safe while having fun and doing the Monday Mile in the summer sun. Fitness experts offer tips.

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– Monday Campaigns

Physician Support Key to Successful Weight Loss, Study Shows

A review of survey data from more than 300 obese people who participated in a federally funded weight loss clinical trial found that although the overall weight loss rates were modest, those who rated their primary care doctor’s support as particularly helpful lost about twice as many pounds as those who didn’t.

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– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Top Stories 20 August 2015

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– Newswise Trends

Prebiotic Dairy Protein Promotes Digestive Health and Holds Therapeutic Promise

A protein found in dairy is discovered to be a prebiotic that holds promise for treating gastrointestinal conditions and obesity. This study is published ahead-of-print in the American Journal of Physiology—Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology.

American Journal of Physiology—Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, Aug-2015

– American Physiological Society (APS)

Activity Trackers Not as Accurate for Some Activities, ISU Study Finds

Activity trackers can provide a good overall estimate of calories burned, but an Iowa State University study finds they’re less accurate when measuring certain activities, such as strength training.

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Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise

– Iowa State University

Hot Chilli May Unlock a New Treatment for Obesity

University of Adelaide researchers have discovered a high-fat diet may impair important receptors located in the stomach that signal fullness.

(Embargo expired on 18-Aug-2015 at 14:00 ET)


– University of Adelaide

Berkeley Soda Tax Fizzles Out

The soda tax passed last fall by voters in Berkeley, California – the first such city ordinance in the country – has fizzled at raising retail prices for high-calorie sugary drinks by less than half the amount expected, according to a Cornell University and University of Iowa study.

– Cornell University

Exercise Alone Does Not Help in Losing Weight

Physical activity has many health benefits. But contrary to common belief, exercise does not help you lose weight, public health scientists report.

International Journal of Epidemiology

– Loyola University Health System





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