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Monday, July 18, 2016

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Newswise Obesity News Source 18-Jul-2016

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Help at Hand for People Watching Their Weight

Researchers from the University of Sydney's Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders have developed a portable and easy-to-use method to help people estimate portion size using only their hands.

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Journal of Nutritional Science

– University of Sydney

Hungry Parents May Feed Their Kids More, UF Study Finds

The hungrier parents are at mealtimes, a new study shows, the more they may feed their young children, which could have implications for childhood obesity.

Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics

– University of Florida

Weights of Division III Football Linemen Up 38% Since 1956, Tufts Researchers Report

A study by researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine found that on average offensive linemen from a Division III college football conference weighed 38 percent more in 2014 than they did in 1956, while the average male’s weight over the same time increased only 12 percent.

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Journal of Athletic Training

– Tufts University

Discovery Could Lead to Treatment to Better Regulate Insulin

A recent discovery made by an Iowa State University professor and a team of researchers holds promise for those who are obese or diabetic and do not benefit from medications to regulate their glucose and insulin levels.

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Journal of Biological Chemistry

– Iowa State University

Patients at Accredited Bariatric Surgical Centers Have Fewer Postoperative Complications

Patients who have weight-loss operations at nonaccredited bariatric surgical facilities in the United States are up to 1.4 times likelier to experience serious complications and more than twice as likely to die after the operation compared with patients who undergo these procedures at accredited bariatric surgical centers, researchers conclude.

(Embargo expired on 12-Jul-2016 at 10:00 ET)

Journal of the American College of Surgeons

– American College of Surgeons (ACS)

Diabetes Challenges and Inspires Family Members, Study Finds

Better outcomes may be possible if family members receive support to help their loved ones with diabetes, according to the DAWN2 study, with analysis led by a Penn State College of Medicine researcher.

(Embargo expired on 12-Jul-2016 at 06:00 ET)

Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice

– Penn State College of Medicine

Your Diet Plan Isn’t Working? New Baylor Research Explains Why

Dieters tend to adopt the wrong strategies, often planning to ditch their favorite foods and replace them with less-desirable options, according to new research from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business. Conversely, successful dieters focus on adding healthy foods – foods that they actually like.

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Psychology & Marketing

– Baylor University

The Complex Crosstalk Between Obesity and Breast Cancer

A new study published in the Journal of Cell Physiology describes how inflammation that characterizes fatty tissue is one of the main microenvironment actors responsible for promoting cancer. The authors also describe the involvement of steroid hormones and others factors produced by adipose tissue in breast cancer development.

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Journal of Cell Physiology

– Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO)

Moderately Reducing Calories in Non-Obese People Reduces Inflammation

Eating less may help us lead longer, healthier lives, according to new results from a large, multicenter study led by Tufts researchers. The paper reveals that a 25 percent reduction in calories can significantly lower markers of chronic inflammation without negatively impacting other parts of the immune system.

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– Tufts University

Moderate Exercise Might Be More Effective at Combatting Pre-Diabetes

Walking briskly on a regular basis may be more effective than vigorous jogging for improving glucose control in individuals with pre-diabetes, according to research from Duke Health.

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– Duke Health

Weight Loss Technologies Train the Brain to Resist Temptation

Can a computer game train your brain to resist sweets? Researchers at Drexel University are launching two studies to find out.


– Drexel University

The Medical Minute: Weight Loss and Exercise Can Help Prevent Knee Problems

Joint aches and pains are among the most common complaints doctors hear. When it comes to the knees in particular, there are a few things you can do to prevent problems.

– Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Researcher Looking at What Bears, Worms, Weeds Contribute to Obesity Treatment

Naima Moustaid-Moussa, who recently accepted an NIH appointment to review grant applications, is a leading researcher in the causes of obesity.

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Expert(s) available

– Texas Tech University

Medical Weight-Loss Programs Extend Far Beyond Diet

People with serious weight problems who are not interested in or candidates for bariatric surgery can turn to physician-supervised weight-loss programs go beyond diet and exercise to tackle obesity from multiple angles.

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Expert(s) available

– Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Mindfulness Key to Eating What You Want While Preventing Overeating

Americans spend more than 60 billion dollars a year on weight loss products; two-thirds of these dieters are estimated to regain more weight within four or five years than they originally lost according to the Live Strong Foundation. A new book from a University of Missouri researcher provides an innovative and effective program to help people adopt healthy eating habits by mindfully listening to their body’s needs, without giving up food.

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Expert(s) available

– University of Missouri Health

Embargoed Research: In Fred Hutch Study, Obese Women Who Lost Weight Significantly Lowered Levels of Proteins in the Blood That Help Certain Tumors Grow

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– Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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