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Morbidly obese individuals more likely to experience heart failure, say researchers

Morbidly obese individuals more likely to experience heart failure, say researchers

A study by Johns Hopkins researchers of more than 13,000 people has found that even after accounting for such risk factors as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, so-called morbid obesity appears to stand alone as a standout risk for heart failure, but not for other major types of heart disease. [More]
New recommendations offer evidence-based strategies to help teenagers avoid obesity and eating disorders

New recommendations offer evidence-based strategies to help teenagers avoid obesity and eating disorders

A single approach can prevent both obesity and eating disorders in teenagers, according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics. [More]
Spending time with heavier pals may undercut success at weight loss, study finds

Spending time with heavier pals may undercut success at weight loss, study finds

People trying to shed pounds -- but who hang out with heavier pals regularly -- are more likely to lose weight if they include thinner people in their social lives, according to a study by a Baylor University researcher. [More]
Manganese-based antioxidant complex of Deinococcus protects mice from gamma radiation

Manganese-based antioxidant complex of Deinococcus protects mice from gamma radiation

They call it "Conan the Bacterium," and now it may be used to help save lives in the event of a nuclear disaster or terrorist attack. [More]
Report reveals staggering cost of undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea in the U.S.

Report reveals staggering cost of undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea in the U.S.

Today the American Academy of Sleep Medicine released a new analysis, titled "Hidden health crisis costing America billions," that reveals the staggering cost of undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea. [More]
Increased production of feeling full hormone linked to reduced hunger and food intake in elderly people

Increased production of feeling full hormone linked to reduced hunger and food intake in elderly people

A preliminary study might hold the key to why over-80s are prone to losing weight. [More]
Customizing weight management program for individual personalities may increase success rates

Customizing weight management program for individual personalities may increase success rates

Adapting a weight management program to the client's personality may help improve success rates, according to South Dakota State University health and nutritional sciences researcher Lacey McCormack. [More]
Triple therapy approach helps Type 1 diabetes patients improve blood sugar control, lose weight

Triple therapy approach helps Type 1 diabetes patients improve blood sugar control, lose weight

A combination of three medications—dapagliflozin, liraglutide and insulin—helped people with Type 1 diabetes improve blood sugar control and lose weight, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. [More]
Study shows striking differences in white matter volume between obese individuals and lean people

Study shows striking differences in white matter volume between obese individuals and lean people

From middle-age, the brains of obese individuals display differences in white matter similar to those in lean individuals ten years their senior, according to new research led by the University of Cambridge. [More]
Simple text messages can help teenagers lose weight

Simple text messages can help teenagers lose weight

Texts committing obese teenagers to eat a small bowl of cereal each day or fruit for dessert saw them eight times more likely to keep their weight down. [More]
New drug treatment could reduce body weight in obese patients with rare genetic disorder

New drug treatment could reduce body weight in obese patients with rare genetic disorder

As part of a phase II study at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Berlin Institute of Health, two obese patients with a rare genetic disorder were given a drug treatment to stimulate the satiety center in the brain. [More]

Study assesses effects of dehydration on cricket-specific skills

Scientists from the University of Stirling have discovered that dehydrated cricket players suffer impaired motor skills that significantly reduce their performance on the field. [More]
Study shows diabetes drug ineffective in improving condition of patients with advanced heart failure

Study shows diabetes drug ineffective in improving condition of patients with advanced heart failure

In an attempt to correct defects in the energy generation that contribute to poor pump function among heart failure patients, researchers examined whether the diabetes drug liraglutide, could improve the condition of patients with advanced heart failure. [More]
T-cell technology could be used to treat ovarian tumors with no adverse effects

T-cell technology could be used to treat ovarian tumors with no adverse effects

With only incremental improvements in ovarian cancer survival over the last 40 years, there is a clear need for new treatment options with long-lasting results. Many researchers have turned toward the development of immunotherapies that direct T-cells to selectively eliminate ovarian tumor cells, but an appropriate therapeutic target for ovarian cancers has remained elusive. [More]
Blood pressure hormone system important for cardiovascular health can promote obesity

Blood pressure hormone system important for cardiovascular health can promote obesity

New research by University of Iowa scientists helps explain how a hormone system often targeted to treat cardiovascular disease can also lower metabolism and promote obesity. [More]
Higher nut intake linked to lower levels of inflammatory biomarkers

Higher nut intake linked to lower levels of inflammatory biomarkers

In a cross-sectional analysis published online today in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers looked at the association between habitual nut consumption and inflammatory biomarkers among 5,013 men and women participating in two ongoing prospective cohort studies: the Nurses' Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-up Study. [More]
Lifestyle modification programs to prevent diabetes improve cardio-metabolic profiles

Lifestyle modification programs to prevent diabetes improve cardio-metabolic profiles

A new study by researchers at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that lifestyle modification programs modeled on diabetes prevention programs trials not only achieved weight reduction, but also additional metabolic benefits -specifically, reductions in blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. [More]
Testing lung health online: an interview with Professor Stephen Holgate

Testing lung health online: an interview with Professor Stephen Holgate

In our latest report – The Battle for Breath – the impact of lung disease in the UK, figures suggest that 1 in 5 (around 12.7 million) have been diagnosed with a lung condition in the UK. If you’re over the age of 70, this rises to 1 in 3. [More]
Shorter and longer reproductive durations can raise risk of type 2 diabetes in postmenopausal women

Shorter and longer reproductive durations can raise risk of type 2 diabetes in postmenopausal women

Using data from the Women's Health Initiative, a new study has found that women with reproductive-period durations of less than 30 years had a 37% increased risk of type 2 diabetes compared with women whose reproductive durations were somewhere in the middle (36 to 40 years). [More]
Online behavioural intervention provides long-term, sustainable ways to lose weight

Online behavioural intervention provides long-term, sustainable ways to lose weight

New research, led by the University of Southampton, has found that an online behavioural counselling tool is effective at helping people lose weight. [More]
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