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Increased food energy supply contributes to global obesity epidemic, shows study

Increased food energy supply contributes to global obesity epidemic, shows study

Obesity – a global health problem – is increasing in many countries in step with increases in the food energy supply, according to a study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization today. [More]
Rice University study reveals that gays, lesbians and heterosexuals have better health than bisexuals

Rice University study reveals that gays, lesbians and heterosexuals have better health than bisexuals

Bisexual males and females report poorer health than gays, lesbians and heterosexuals, according to a new study from sociologists at Rice University. [More]
Tree nut consumption associated with lower body weight and lower risk of obesity

Tree nut consumption associated with lower body weight and lower risk of obesity

In a study published this week in Nutrition Journal*, researchers compared risk factors for heart disease and metabolic syndrome of tree nut consumers versus those who did not consume tree nuts. Tree nut (almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts) consumption was associated with lower body mass index (p=0.004), systolic blood pressure (p=0.001), insulin resistance (p=0.043) and higher levels of high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (good cholesterol) (p=0.022). [More]
Researchers compare relationship between marital status and body mass index in nine European countries

Researchers compare relationship between marital status and body mass index in nine European countries

It is generally assumed that marriage has a positive influence on health and life expectancy. But does this "marriage bonus" also apply to the health indicator of body weight? Researchers at the University of Basel and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development have investigated this question in cooperation with the market research institute GfK. Specifically, they compared the body mass index of married couples with that of singles in nine European countries. [More]
Steady rise in obesity, excess weight also signals upward swing in chronic health conditions

Steady rise in obesity, excess weight also signals upward swing in chronic health conditions

Obesity and excess weight, and their negative impact on health, have become a significant focus for physicians and other health-care experts in recent years. [More]
Bariatric surgery can significantly reduce urinary incontinence

Bariatric surgery can significantly reduce urinary incontinence

For severely obese people, bariatric surgery may have a benefit besides dramatic weight loss: it can also substantially reduce urinary incontinence. [More]
New study shows how grandparental support has protective effect against child obesity

New study shows how grandparental support has protective effect against child obesity

According to an English saying, it takes a whole village to raise a child. A new study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden has shown how important the support from grandparents could be. According to the study, which is being published in the journal Pediatric Obesity, emotional support from grandparents has a protective effect against child obesity, even with the presence of other risk factors. [More]
Only one in five patients qualified for free 'midlife MOT' takes NHS heart health check-ups

Only one in five patients qualified for free 'midlife MOT' takes NHS heart health check-ups

Only one in five patients eligible for a free "midlife MOT" on the NHS took up the offer in the first four years of the programme. [More]
Study reveals surgical consequences of severe obesity

Study reveals surgical consequences of severe obesity

Research from the University of Alberta's Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry is revealing the heavy surgical consequences of severe obesity. [More]
Light exercise provides significant health benefits for older adults

Light exercise provides significant health benefits for older adults

An easy walk, slow dancing, leisurely sports such as table tennis, household chores and other light-intensity exercise may be nearly as effective as moderate or vigorous exercise for older adults - if they get enough of that type of activity. [More]
Combining lifestyle modification with metformin could help women manage polycystic ovary syndrome

Combining lifestyle modification with metformin could help women manage polycystic ovary syndrome

A systematic review publishing today in the journal Human Reproduction Update has found that women who suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) could manage some of the symptoms by combining a change in lifestyle with taking the drug metformin. [More]
Study suggests new approaches to improve assessment of obesity in teens with physical disabilities

Study suggests new approaches to improve assessment of obesity in teens with physical disabilities

New approaches, based on body mass index (BMI) or other simple measures, are needed to improve assessment of obesity in adolescents with physical disabilities, reports a paper in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, the official journal of the Association of Academic Physiatrists. [More]
Timing of exposure to moderate light may influence BMI, body fat

Timing of exposure to moderate light may influence BMI, body fat

A new study suggests that the timing of exposure to moderate levels of light may influence body mass index (BMI) and body fat. [More]
Weight loss reduces asthma severity in obese adults, finds study

Weight loss reduces asthma severity in obese adults, finds study

A Canadian study published in the June issue of the journal CHEST found weight loss reduced asthma severity as measured by airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) in obese adults. [More]
Results from Intarcia's two phase 3 clinical trials of ITCA 650 to be presented at ADA's Scientific Session

Results from Intarcia's two phase 3 clinical trials of ITCA 650 to be presented at ADA's Scientific Session

Intarcia Therapeutics, Inc. today announced the presentation of results from its first two phase 3 clinical trials (FREEDOM-1 and FREEDOM-1 HBL) of its late-stage investigational candidate ITCA 650 (exenatide delivered continuously via a small matchstick-size subcutaneous osmotic mini-pump just once or twice yearly) at the 75th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association. [More]
Daily sugar-sweetened beverage habit may increase NAFLD risk

Daily sugar-sweetened beverage habit may increase NAFLD risk

A daily sugar-sweetened beverage habit may increase the risk for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), researchers from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HRNCA) at Tufts University report today in the Journal of Hepatology. [More]
New Penn study links physical activities with better sleep habits

New Penn study links physical activities with better sleep habits

Physical activities, such as walking, as well as aerobics/calisthenics, biking, gardening, golfing, running, weight-lifting, and yoga/Pilates are associated with better sleep habits, compared to no activity, according to a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. [More]
Iron may underlie effect of Alzheimer’s risk allele

Iron may underlie effect of Alzheimer’s risk allele

Ferritin in the cerebrospinal fluid of patients with Alzheimer’s disease is associated with the APOE ε4 risk allele and predicts cognitive outcomes, a study shows. [More]
Study explores accuracy of body weight perception and obesity in Chinese Americans

Study explores accuracy of body weight perception and obesity in Chinese Americans

Worldwide, obesity is becoming more prevalent. According to The World Health Organization, worldwide obesity has nearly doubled since 1980, and in 2008 25% of adults aged 20 and over were overweight, and another 11% were obese. Obesity has been identified as a major source of unsustainable health costs and numerous adverse outcomes, including morbidity and mortality due to hypertension, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and certain types of cancer. [More]
FEV1/FVC lower limit of normal aids surgery risk stratification in COPD

FEV1/FVC lower limit of normal aids surgery risk stratification in COPD

Researchers say that using the lower limit of normal of the forced expiration volume in 1 second/forced vital capacity ratio improves risk stratification in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease undergoing thoracic surgery. [More]
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