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Monday, January 11, 2016

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Newswise Obesity News Source 11-Jan-2016

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.

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Mothers Should Be Cautious When Discussing Weight with Daughters

How a mother discusses her own weight concerns in front of her daughter influences her daughter's body image, according to a study from the University of Notre Dame.

Body Image, March-2016

– University of Notre Dame

Genetic Fingerprinting Could Help Healthcare Providers Create Custom Weight-Loss Solutions for Patients

Researchers led by NIH identify potential genetic contributors to weight loss and directions for future research.

(Embargo expired on 23-Dec-2015 at 12:00 ET)

Obesity Journal, Jan-2016

– Obesity Society

Vitamin D Levels Linked to Weight-Loss Surgery Outcomes

Low levels of vitamin D have long been identified as an unwanted hallmark of weight loss surgery, but now findings of a new Johns Hopkins study of more than 930,000 patient records add to evidence that seasonal sun exposure -- a key factor in the body's natural ability to make the "sunshine vitamin" -- plays a substantial role in how well people do after such operations.

Obesity Science and Practice

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Vitamin D Deficiency Does Not Increase Risk and Severity of OSA

A recent study of elderly men found no evidence that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) increased in severity (or prevalence) as a result of vitamin D deficiency.

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Annals of the American Thoracic Society

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Premium-Based Financial Incentives Did Not Motivate Obese Employees to Lose Weight, Penn Study Finds

Employers around the nation are increasingly searching for ways to help their employees make healthy lifestyle choices including encouraging obese employees to lose weight, often by offering financial incentives in the form of reduced health insurance premiums to help encourage success. But these programs are likely to fail, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania published today in the January issue of Health Affairs.

(Embargo expired on 05-Jan-2016 at 16:00 ET)

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

New Year’s Resolutions for 2016: Fight Your Obesity Genes with Exercise

Researchers analysed the impact of 14 obesity predisposing genes and found that physical activity can blunt the genetic effect of FTO, the major contributor to common obesity, by up to 75 per cent.

Scientific Reports

– McMaster University

Study Identifies Liver-Generated Hormone That Regulates “Sweet Tooth”

A new University of Iowa-led study has identified a hormone that appears to be involved in sugar cravings and consumption. The research could improve diet and help patients who are diabetic or obese. Findings published in the journal Cell Metabolism.

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Cell Metabolism

– University of Iowa

Battling Obesity Epidemic: New Look at 'Fat Tax'

Small price differences are highly effective in shifting demand to healthy low calorie alternatives, new study in INFORMS journal finds.

Marketing Science

– Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)

Weight Loss through Diet Changes Can Improve Sleep at any Body Weight, Says Penn Study

Weight loss due to dietary changes can improve sleepiness at any weight, says a study published by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania this month in the journal Sleep. The findings offer new insights into how weight fluctuations impact numerous aspects of sleep independent of body weight.

Sleep; HL07953; P01-AG017628

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Research Shows Typical American Diet Can Worsen Chronic Pain

Study shows that poor diet heightens hypersensitivity, which may amplify symptoms in chronic pain conditions.

Journal of Pain

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Activating Beige Fat in Humans Could Combat Obesity

The body’s ability to harness heat production by converting white fat cells, which store calories, into beige fat cells, which burn energy, could help fight obesity, according to researchers at Georgia State University.

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International Journal of Obesity Supplements, 2015

– Georgia State University

NYU Nursing Study Examines Obesity in Relation to Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema

Lymphedema is a major health problem negatively affecting many breast cancer survivors survivors’ quality of life. NYU researchers have shown this condition can be managed with early and appropriate treatment.

Journal of Personalized Medicine; 1R21NR012288-01A; P60 MD000538-03

– New York University

Bones of Obese Children May Be in Trouble

Studies have shown that obese children tend to have more muscle, but recent University of Georgia research on the muscle and bone relationship shows that excess body fat may compromise other functions in their bodies, such as bone growth.

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Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity

– University of Georgia

Overweight Young People Can Avoid Diabetes Risk if They Lose Weight Early Enough, Says New Research

Obese young people can still turn their chances of developing life threatening illness around if they change before middle age, says new research.

Epidemiology BMJ Open

– St George's Hospital Medical School, University of London

Diabetes Self-Management and Support Improve Health Outcomes in Underserved Communities

Evaluations of Bristol-Myers-Squibb-funded diabetes education and intervention efforts in five underserved communities showed improved clinical outcomes for participants.

The Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management, August 15, 2015; The Diabetes Educator, March 23, 2015

– University of Kansas, Life Span Institute

Preschoolers Who Eat Their Veggies Just as Likely to Eat Junk Food

Public-health experts have long expected that kids who eat more carrots and apples are less likely to eat a lot of candy and fries, but new research is calling that into question.

Maternal and Child Health Journal, Dec-2015

– Ohio State University

Too Much Sugar? There’s an Enzyme for That

Discovery of a glucose detoxification enzyme that provides novel therapeutics for obesity and diabetes

roceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, online January 11 2016. Tracking #: 2015-14375R Authors: Mugabo et al.

– Universite de Montreal

Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute Study Finds Higher Fat Variation of DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) Diet Lowers Blood Pressure and Reduces Triglycerides but Does Not Raise LDL Cholesterol

The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) dietary pattern, which is high in fruits, vegetables and low fat dairy foods, significantly lowers blood pressure as well as low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C). In a study to be published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition’s (AJCN) February issue, researchers at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) found that a higher fat DASH diet lowered blood pressure to the same extent as the DASH diet, but also reduced triglycerides and did not significantly raise LDL cholesterol.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition’s (AJCN), February 2016

– UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute Study Finds Higher Fat Variation of DASH Diet Lowers Blood Pressure and Reduces Triglycerides

In a study to be published in February's American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers at the UCSF Benioff's Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) found that a higher fat DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet lowered blood pressure to the same extent as the DASH diet, but also reduced triglycerides and did not significantly raise LDL-C.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

– UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

Another Reason Why Your Diet Is Doomed – “Hunger” Neurons Promote Negative Feelings

In its simplest terms, weight loss occurs when the amount of energy consumed in the form of food is less than the amount of energy burned. This can be accomplished by eating less or exercising more. With either approach, the goal is to create a caloric debt that will be resolved by burning stored carbohydrate, protein, or fat. Challenges to losing the holiday weight (alternatively a beer gut, Freshman Fifteen, etc.) are simple: eating feels good and being hungry is uncomfortable.

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– Jackson Laboratory

Chewing Slowly Helps Prevent Excessive Weight Gain in Children

Waiting 30 seconds in between bites of food allows children to realize they’re no longer hungry before they overeat—preventing excessive weight gain. That’s the conclusion of a study published in the Dec. 15 issue of the journal Pediatric Obesity by an international team of researchers, including bioengineers at the University of California, San Diego.

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Pediatric Obesity

– University of California, San Diego

The Medical Minute: Warming Up to a Fitness Routine in the New Year

As healthy resolutions fill gyms and outdoor paths, two sports medicine doctors at Penn State Hershey Medical Center remind those who work out to do it safely – whether exercising indoors or out.

– Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Federal Guidelines Recommend Healthy Eating Patterns to Prevent Chronic Diseases

New federal dietary guidelines announced on Thursday for the first time recommend Americans eat far less sugar and focus on a day-to-day pattern of eating a variety of nutritious, balanced foods.

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American Heart Association News

– Voices for Healthy Kids

The Medical Minute: Swapping in Healthier Ingredients Can Be a Taste-Ful Solution

Chocolate cupcakes made with black beans. Tuna salad mixed without mayo. Mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes. They may sound strange, but healthy swaps such as these are becoming more common not only in restaurants and cookbooks, but also in Food Services at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

– Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Jefferson Experts: What Works for Getting to and Maintaining a Healthy Weight?

An individualized, multi-disciplinary approach is essential, as what works for one person may not work for another.

Expert(s) available

– Thomas Jefferson University

Resolving to Exercise More in 2016? Iowa State Experts Can Help You Start and Make It a Habit

Weight loss is often the goal for anyone starting a new exercise routine. It’s a good motivator, but Iowa State University health experts say weight is not the only factor to consider if you want to stick with it and see results.

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Expert(s) available

– Iowa State University

The Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting Is Now Accepting Submissions

The deadline for this round of proposals is January 15, 2016. Candidates will be notified of decisions by the end of February 2016. The Institute pays a competitive rate--and covers expenses--for investigative reporting that advances social and economic justice. All stories are published in In These Times magazine and on

– Newswise

NIH Funds $2 Million Obesity Treatment Study at Seattle Children’s Research Institute

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $2 million to Seattle Children’s Research Institute to study a method that targets obesity using long-term interventions that provide children and parents with focused guidance and education to help them reach and sustain weight loss goals.

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– Seattle Children's Hospital

Expert Source on New Dietary Guidelines: Teachers College's Pamela Koch

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– Columbia University, Teachers College

Sugar: Public Enemy No. 1? Nutrition Expert Available to Discuss Dietary Guidelines

– Texas Tech University

Nutritional Researcher @FredHutch Who Helped Shape New U.S. #Dietary Guidelines Available for Interviews

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– Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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