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Health News - Fitness/Obesity

In mouse model, immune cells in brain respond to fat in diet, increasing hunger
Immune cells perform a previously unsuspected role in the brain that may contribute to obesity, according to a new study by UC San Francisco researchers. (Medical News Today)

A protein that makes other proteins also regulates fat levels in worms, and possibly in humans
Like a smart sensor that adjusts the lighting in each room and a home's overall temperature, a protein that governs the making of other proteins in the cell also appears capable of controlling fat... (Medical News Today)

Increasing fat burning by reprogramming fat cells
White adipose tissue stores excess calories as fat that can be released for use in other organs during fasting. (Medical News Today)

High fitness levels reduce hypertension risk
Researchers have found that individuals with high levels of physical fitness are less likely to develop high blood pressure in a new study. (Medical News Today)

Fat cell decoding discovery may explain why we gain weight
University of Rochester researchers believe they're on track to solve the mystery of weight gain - and it has nothing to do with indulging in holiday eggnog. (Medical News Today)

Under-nourished or malnourished? Poor diet links obese mothers and stunted children
Malnutrition is a major cause of stunted growth in children, but new UCL research on mothers and children in Egypt suggests that the problem is not just about quantity of food but also quality. (Medical News Today)

Obese children's brains more responsive to sugar
A new study led by researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine finds that the brains of obese children literally light up differently when tasting sugar. (Medical News Today)

Majority of weight loss occurs 'via breathing'
Researchers have stated that when weight is lost, the majority of fat leaves the body in the form of carbon dioxide, making the lungs the primary excretory organ for weight loss. (Medical News Today)

Older people who feel younger than their actual age live longer
New research has found an association between having a self-perceived age younger than chronological age and lower rates of mortality. (Medical News Today)

Enzymatic activity essential for vision may provide target for drug transport
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have uncovered the mechanism that enables the enzyme Lecithin: retinol acyltransferase (LRAT) to store vitamin A-a process that is... (Medical News Today)

Age at first menstrual cycle linked to heart disease, stroke risk
Women who began menstruation at age 10 or younger or at age 17 or older may be at increased risk of heart disease, stroke and hypertension later in life, a new study finds. (Medical News Today)

Scientists reprogram fat cells to burn off calories
In humans, white fat stores calories and brown fat burns them. Now, scientists have discovered how to reprogram white fat cells to behave like brown fat cells and burn off energy. (Medical News Today)

Similarities between obesity and addiction
A paper published by Obesity Reviews compares neurological responses to reward in participants with obesity, substance addiction and non substance (or behavioural addiction, such as gambling. (Medical News Today)

Surgeon warns of obesity-related kidney stone 'timebomb'
A leading surgeon based at Southampton's teaching hospitals has warned the UK is sitting on a kidney stone "timebomb" fuelled by the growing obesity crisis. (Medical News Today)

Consumption of fructose may promote overeating
The brain responds differently to two kinds of sugar, according to a report at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology annual meeting in Phoenix Arizona. (Medical News Today)

Extract of Irish potatoes, rich in polyphenols, reduces weight gain to a surprising extent
Take a look in your pantry: the miracle ingredient for fighting obesity may already be there. (Medical News Today)

Low maternal weight gain linked to increased risk of male fetal death
Women who gain little weight during pregnancy and who are carrying a boy may be at higher risk of fetal death than women who gain higher amounts of weight, a new study finds. (Medical News Today)

Endurance training alters skeletal muscle 'at an epigenetic level'
A study examining epigenetic changes in participants performing one-legged cycling reports that methylation was associated with changes of activity in 4,000 genes. (Medical News Today)

Changing the lifestyle of cardiac patients after surgery keeps them healthy longer
Managing the underlying cardiac risk factors of patients treated for atrial fibrillation drastically improves long-term survival rates, according to a new study. (Medical News Today)

Obese patients need higher antibiotic dosage
A new review published in Clinical Obesity sheds new light on antibiotic dosing recommendations for obese patients. (Medical News Today)

What is yoga? What are the health benefits of yoga?
Find out the potential health benefits of practicing yoga, including effectiveness for low back pain, increasing flexibility, improving cancer-related fatigue and aiding balance. (Medical News Today)

Jamie's Ministry of Food brings about changes in food attitudes and behaviors
A study looking at Jamie's Ministry of Food Australia 10-week program has found that it brings not only a change in attitudes but also in behavior when buying healthy food. (Medical News Today)

Stem cell scientists convert white fat to brown fat
Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) researchers have taken what they describe as "the first step toward a pill that can replace the treadmill" for the control of obesity, though that shift, of... (Medical News Today)

Scientists create food ingredient that will make you feel fuller
Scientists have developed an ingredient that can be added to foods to make them more filling. (Medical News Today)

Short sleep and breathing problems increase obesity risk for kids
Two modifiable sleep disorders, chronic sleep loss and sleep-related breathing problems, double the risk of a child being obese by the age of 15, according to a new study. (Medical News Today)

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