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Resveratrol boosts spinal bone density in men with metabolic syndrome
Resveratrol, a natural compound found in red wine and grapes, increased spinal bone density in men with metabolic syndrome and could hold promise as a treatment for osteoporosis, according to a new... (Medical News Today)

Adenosine can melt 'love handles', however clinical application still far off
The number of overweight persons is greatly increasing worldwide - and as a result is the risk of suffering a heart attack, stroke, diabetes or Alzheimer's disease. (Medical News Today)

Facebook may play role in marketing junk food to teens, young adults
Facebook and other social media sites may contribute to the marketing of unhealthy foods to teenagers and young adults, according to new research. (Medical News Today)

Study: gradual weight loss no better than rapid weight loss for long-term weight control
The study, led by Joseph Proietto, Sir Edward Dunlop Professor of Medicine at the University of Melbourne and Head of the Weight Control Clinic at Austin Health in Australia, set out to examine... (Medical News Today)

New research highlights public demand for health technology to combat obesity epidemic
A Government minister today will highlight the findings of the first AXA PPP Health Tech & You State of the Nation survey which reveals the nation's attitudes towards health technology and how... (Medical News Today)

Eating breakfast reduces cravings, overeating
Researchers find the increase in dopamine levels in the brain that result from eating protein-rich breakfasts may reduce food cravings and overeating later in the day. (Medical News Today)

Mediterranean diet with nuts, olive oil 'may reverse metabolic syndrome'
Researchers say that a Mediterranean diet supplemented with nuts or extra-virgin olive oil could reverse metabolic syndrome in patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease. (Medical News Today)

Cautious optimism as childhood obesity rates in Ireland plateau
Childhood overweight and obesity rates have plateaued in primary school aged children in the Republic of Ireland, reveals research published today in the open access journal BMC Public Health. (Medical News Today)

Lose the weight, not the potatoes
Research published this week in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition demonstrates that people can eat potatoes and still lose weight. (Medical News Today)

Mortality risk of overweight and obesity similar for blacks, whites
A study from American Cancer Society researchers finds the increased risk of premature death associated with a higher body mass index (BMI) is similar for African Americans and whites, in contrast to... (Medical News Today)

Babies benefit if mothers are given lifestyle advice during pregnancy
Researchers from the University of Adelaide in South Australia gave eating and exercise advice to pregnant women who are overweight or obese during the world's largest study of its kind. (Medical News Today)

Body contouring after bariatric surgery helps obese patients keep the weight off
Patients who have plastic surgery to reshape their bodies after bariatric procedures are able to maintain "significantly greater" weight loss than those who do not have surgery, according to a new... (Medical News Today)

Obesity linked to accelerated liver aging
A new study claims that obesity speeds up aging of the liver, potentially explaining why some obese individuals experience early onset age-related diseases, such as liver cancer. (Medical News Today)

Colorectal cancer risk decreases with multiple healthy behaviors
A new study finds that for each healthy lifestyle behavior adopted, the risk of developing colorectal cancer, particularly in men, is lower. (Medical News Today)

Cold exposure prompts body to convert white fat to calorie-burning beige fat
Exposure to cold temperatures can convert white fat tissue from the thighs and belly to beige fat that burns calories for heat, but this biological response is hampered in obese people, according... (Medical News Today)

Early signs of heart trouble detected in obese youth
A study that used two-dimensional echocardiography to closely examine the hearts of 100 children and teens found physical and functional signs of future heart problems already developing in obese... (Medical News Today)

Even motivated dieters need close access to healthy food
You're obese, at risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and so motivated to improve your diet that you've enrolled in an intensive behavioral program. (Medical News Today)

Avoiding stigma, advocating weight diversity
A new review of the way health care professionals emphasise weight to define health and wellbeing suggests the approach could be harmful to patients. (Medical News Today)

Menus with reduced calories at large chain restaurants could impact obesity epidemic
New research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds that large chain restaurants, whose core menu offerings are generally high in calories, fat and sodium, introduced newer... (Medical News Today)

What are stretch marks? How can stretch marks be treated?
Ever wondered what stretch marks are, how they occur and how to treat them? MNT looks at the possible causes for stretch marks and examines the present treatments and if they work. (Medical News Today)

Could grapefruit juice curb the effects of a high-fat diet?
Researchers from the University of California-Berkeley find that mice fed a high-fat diet gain less weight and have better insulin tolerance when they drink grapefruit juice. (Medical News Today)

Scientists find a link between a genetic mutation and how diets are processed
Imagine being able to take a pill that lets you eat all of the ice cream, cookies, and cakes that you wanted - without gaining any weight. (Medical News Today)

Global health
This issue of Health Affairs was supported by the Qatar Foundation and World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), Hamad Medical Corporation, Imperial College London, and The Commonwealth Fund. (Medical News Today)

Avoiding obesity during childhood through family meals
Increasing rates of adolescent obesity and the likelihood that obesity will carry forward into adulthood, have led to various preventive initiatives. (Medical News Today)

Gene delivery to fat cells - molecular complex could be used to treat obesity and obesity-induced metabolic syndromes after further studies
A peptide-based gene carrier that specifically targets fat cells in a mouse model of obesity can deliver a therapeutic gene, which helps reduce body weight, reports a paper published online this week... (Medical News Today)

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