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Increasing levels of FGF21 hormone protects against loss of immune function in the elderly

Increasing levels of FGF21 hormone protects against loss of immune function in the elderly

A hormone that extends lifespan in mice by 40% is produced by specialized cells in the thymus gland, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers. The team also found that increasing the levels of this hormone, called FGF21, protects against the loss of immune function that comes with age. [More]
Cancer concerns over chromium diet pills

Cancer concerns over chromium diet pills

Concerns have been raised over the long-term use of nutritional supplements containing chromium, after an Australian research team found the supplement is partially converted into a carcinogenic form when it enters cells. [More]
ISHLT issues new list of criteria to determine patient eligibility for heart transplant

ISHLT issues new list of criteria to determine patient eligibility for heart transplant

To determine patient eligibility for heart transplant, the International Society for Heart Lung Transplantation maintains a list of criteria, first issued in 2006, that acts as a guideline for physicians. [More]
U.S. Marshals seize nearly 90,000 bottles of dietary supplements containing kratom

U.S. Marshals seize nearly 90,000 bottles of dietary supplements containing kratom

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that U.S. Marshals, at the agency's request, seized nearly 90,000 bottles of dietary supplements labeled as containing kratom. The product, manufactured for and held by Dordoniz Natural Products LLC, located in South Beloit, Illinois, is marketed under the brand name RelaKzpro and worth more than $400,000. [More]
Mayo Clinic Diet offers weight-loss and lifestyle program based on research, clinical experience

Mayo Clinic Diet offers weight-loss and lifestyle program based on research, clinical experience

Turning the calendar to a new year often finds people working on their commitment to a healthy lifestyle. When it comes to losing weight, experts advise taking a longer view, beyond a New Year's resolution. [More]
Typical premium-based financial incentives fail to promote weight loss among obese employees

Typical premium-based financial incentives fail to promote weight loss among obese employees

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. [More]
Obese young people can still avoid diabetes risk if they lose weight before middle age

Obese young people can still avoid diabetes risk if they lose weight before middle age

Obese young people can still turn their chances of developing life threatening illness around if they change before middle age, says new research. [More]
Easy-to-follow MIND diet helps lower Alzheimer's risk

Easy-to-follow MIND diet helps lower Alzheimer's risk

A diet created, studied and reported on by researchers at Rush University Medical Center has been ranked the easiest diet to follow and the second best overall diet (tying in both categories) for 2016 by U.S. News & World Report. [More]
Obesity studies underestimate effects of excess weight on mortality

Obesity studies underestimate effects of excess weight on mortality

Researchers from the Boston University School of Public Health and the University of Pennsylvania have found that prior studies of the link between obesity and mortality are flawed because they rely on one-time measures of body mass index (BMI) that obscure the health impacts of weight change over time. [More]
ONR-sponsored app reads kids' facial expressions to screen for autism

ONR-sponsored app reads kids' facial expressions to screen for autism

There's an app for everything these days--from weight loss to working out. Now, thanks in part to support from the Office of Naval Research, there's an app that may screen for autism by reading kids' facial expressions for emotional cues. [More]
Nestlé Health Science recognizes Christelle Leiker with OPTIFAST "INSPIRE" award

Nestlé Health Science recognizes Christelle Leiker with OPTIFAST "INSPIRE" award

Nestlé Health Science today recognized Christelle Leiker, Certified Nurse Practitioner, for her unwavering commitment to promoting the health and well-being of her patients. Christelle practices at the Texas Center for Obesity and General Surgery, where she runs the nonsurgical weight management program. [More]
IHPM holds 15th Annual Global Health & Productivity Conference in Dubai, UAE

IHPM holds 15th Annual Global Health & Productivity Conference in Dubai, UAE

Institute for Health and Productivity Management and its WorkPlace Wellness Alliance (created by the World Economic Forum | powered by IHPM) held its 15th Annual Global Health & Productivity Conference in Dubai, UAE at the World Trade Center and its 11th Annual EU Forum at Nestlé Global Headquarters, Vevey, Switzerland. [More]
Healthier weight using genetic data for customized diets and physical activity plans

Healthier weight using genetic data for customized diets and physical activity plans

Some health experts predict that the next big advance in helping overweight people achieve a healthier weight will be to use an individual's genetic data to customize diets and physical activity plans, an approach known as "precision weight loss. [More]
Working Group identifies many potential genetic contributors to weight loss

Working Group identifies many potential genetic contributors to weight loss

In the midst of the holiday season, celebratory get-togethers can mean overindulging on treats and high-calorie foods, leaving many of us struggling to keep off the extra pounds. With as many as two-thirds of American adults already carrying excess weight, and one third with obesity, maintaining weight can be the biggest challenge, say researchers. [More]

UMass Medical School and UMass Lowell collaborate on new cyberinfrastructure technology to improve health care

Researchers at UMass Medical School and UMass Lowell are collaborating on a new cyberinfrastructure technology that will enable patients, researchers and physicians to transport and store large quantities of data, including sensitive information, through a secure system. [More]
Vitamin D plays substantial role in patient outcomes after weight-loss surgery

Vitamin D plays substantial role in patient outcomes after weight-loss surgery

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. [More]
Ketogenic diet may be effective in treating schizophrenia

Ketogenic diet may be effective in treating schizophrenia

Research by James Cook University scientists has found a diet favoured by body-builders may be effective in treating schizophrenia. [More]
Study: Weight loss due to dietary changes can improve sleep at any body weight

Study: Weight loss due to dietary changes can improve sleep at any body weight

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. [More]
Nutritionist offers myriad methods to help people eat during cancer treatment

Nutritionist offers myriad methods to help people eat during cancer treatment

Ernestine Trujillo, MS, RD, LD, plays an important role in helping people through their cancer treatment: she helps them to eat. Eating keeps their strength up so that they can get through treatment. But eating during cancer treatment isn't always easy. Trujillo, a Senior Clinical Nutritionist at the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center, offers myriad methods to help people get the nutrition they need. [More]
Review provides recommendations to improve cancer screening, treatment in people with mental illness

Review provides recommendations to improve cancer screening, treatment in people with mental illness

A new report calls attention to cancer in people with mental illness, suggesting that healthcare system and societal factors are just as critical as individual lifestyle factors-- linked to smoking and obesity--that lead to health disparities among this group. [More]
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