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Newswise: UTHealth Expert Participates in International Project to Tackle Adolescent Obesity
Released: 8-May-2018 1:05 PM EDT
UTHealth Expert Participates in International Project to Tackle Adolescent Obesity
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

A child obesity expert from the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in Austin was called upon to help lead a groundbreaking project to involve and empower adolescents in the fight against obesity in Europe.

Newswise: Leptin’s Neural Circuit Identified
Released: 18-Apr-2018 3:05 PM EDT
Leptin’s Neural Circuit Identified
Tufts University

Scientists identified a neural circuit in the hypothalamus as the primary mechanism mediating the hormone leptin’s anti-obesity and anti-diabetes effects and found two mechanisms underlying leptin’s inhibition of appetite. The work in mice advances efforts to treat human obesity and diabetes.

Newswise: Number of Obese Years Not — Just Obesity — a Distinct Risk Factor for Heart Damage
Released: 20-Feb-2018 9:00 AM EST
Number of Obese Years Not — Just Obesity — a Distinct Risk Factor for Heart Damage
Johns Hopkins Medicine

In an analysis of clinical data collected on more than 9,000 people, Johns Hopkins researchers have shown that the number of years spent overweight or obese appear to “add up” to a distinct risk factor that makes those with a longer history of heaviness more likely to test positive for a chemical marker of so-called “silent” heart damage than those with a shorter history.

Newswise: Researchers Link Western Diet to Vascular Damage and Prediabetes
Released: 1-Nov-2017 2:40 PM EDT
Researchers Link Western Diet to Vascular Damage and Prediabetes
New York Institute of Technology

Could short-term exposure to the average American diet increase one’s risk for developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease? According to a recent study funded by the American Heart Association (AHA), researchers from New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) provide compelling evidence to support this hypothesis.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Obesity Numbers Headed in Wrong Direction
Released: 25-Oct-2017 5:05 PM EDT
The Medical Minute: Obesity Numbers Headed in Wrong Direction
Penn State Health

New numbers from the National Center for Health Statistics show that rates of obesity have increased by at least 30 percent in both adults and children the past 15 years. Some doctors aren't surprised.

Newswise: Study of Breastfeeding Difficulties Due to Obesity Informs Need for Targeted Interventions for Better Breastfeeding Outcomes
Released: 18-Oct-2017 12:05 PM EDT
Study of Breastfeeding Difficulties Due to Obesity Informs Need for Targeted Interventions for Better Breastfeeding Outcomes
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

A study led by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing’s Diane Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, the Helen M. Shearer Term Professor of Nutrition, has found that delayed lactogenesis was more prevalent among women who were obese pre-pregnancy and that excessive gestational weight gain was also associated with a delay in lactogenesis II.

Newswise: New Findings On Mechanisms For Body Temperature Regulation By Fat Tissue
Released: 3-Oct-2017 12:05 PM EDT
New Findings On Mechanisms For Body Temperature Regulation By Fat Tissue
Georgia State University

New discoveries about the mechanism responsible for heat generation in the body related to fat tissue oppose classical views in the field and could lead to new ways to fight metabolic disorders associated with obesity, according to a study led by Georgia State University.

Released: 18-Sep-2017 5:00 PM EDT
Scientists Find Way to Convert Bad Body Fat Into Good Fat
Washington University in St. Louis

Working in mice, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified a way to convert white fat, which stores calories, into brown fat that burns them.

Newswise: Brain’s Self-Regulation in Teens at Risk for Obesity
Released: 22-Aug-2017 8:00 AM EDT
Brain’s Self-Regulation in Teens at Risk for Obesity
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Study uses fMRI brain scans to document relationship between neural activity and risk for obesity

Released: 8-Aug-2017 3:30 PM EDT
Equality Isn’t Cutting It: New Campaign From American Heart Association and American Academy of Pediatrics Works for Health Equity, Too
Newswise

Join our virtual press briefing on August 10 at 11 am ET to hear from these organizations about new research, stories of successful programs in communities, and experts who can speak to the need to ensure all children have access to nutritious food and safe places to be physically active.



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