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Health News - Fitness/Obesity

Ancestral exposures to pesticide linked to 3 generations of disease
Washington State University researchers say ancestral exposures to the pesticide methoxychlor may lead to adult onset kidney disease, ovarian disease and obesity in future generations. (Medical News Today)

Could a probiotic prevent obesity?
Researchers from Vanderbilt University genetically modified a bacterial strain to produce a compound that was found to reduce obesity and related complications in mice. (Medical News Today)

Diabetes, arthritis, cancer and Alzheimer's disease: strategy proposed for preventing diseases of aging
Medicine focuses almost entirely on fighting chronic diseases in a piecemeal fashion as symptoms develop. (Medical News Today)

Previously unknown virus that lives in half the world's population could play a major role in obesity and diabetes
Odds are, there's a virus living inside your gut that has gone undetected by scientists for decades. (Medical News Today)

Could a high-fat diet lead to reduced sense of smell?
Researchers from Florida State University found mice that developed obesity by eating a high-fat diet only had 50% of the brain cells responsible for encoding odor signals. (Medical News Today)

Therapies focus on areas of memory and learning in the brain to treat obesity
Unlocking the secrets to better treating the pernicious disorders of obesity and dementia reside in the brain, according to a paper from American University's Center for Behavioral Neuroscience. (Medical News Today)

Ergonomic effects of obesity-related functional performance impairment investigated
U.S. workplaces may need to consider innovative methods to prevent fatigue from developing in employees who are obese. (Medical News Today)

Barrett's esophagus less of a risk for those on statins
Statins, a class of drugs commonly used to lower cholesterol levels, significantly reduce a patient's risk of developing Barrett's esophagus, according to a new study in Gastroenterology1, the... (Medical News Today)

Obesity linked to low endurance, increased fatigue in the workplace
Workplaces may need to consider innovative meethods to prevent fatigue from developing in employees who are obese. (Medical News Today)

Mouth bacteria invade the gut in liver cirrhosis patients
Scientists from INRA in collaboration with a Chinese team found that the gut microbiota of individuals with liver cirrhosis differ notably from healthy individuals', showing a high proportion of... (Medical News Today)

Brown fat found to protect against diabetes and obesity
Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have shown for the first time that people with higher levels of brown fat, or brown adipose tissue, in their bodies have better... (Medical News Today)

The cost-effectiveness of weight-loss programs and drugs
In a cost-effectiveness analysis of commercial diet programs and pills, the Weight Watchers program and the drug Qsymia showed the best value for the money. (Medical News Today)

The clean plate club - an international 'rule' that excludes children
If you're a member of the Clean Plate Club - you eat pretty much everything you put on your plate - you're not alone! (Medical News Today)

Orthopedic outcomes affected by activity level
According to a literature review in the July issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS), patients' activity level is a strong predictor for how well they will do... (Medical News Today)

Barriers to physical activity for African-American women include hairstyle
According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately four out of five black women are overweight or obese and 36 percent meet physical activity objectives as determined by the CDC. (Medical News Today)

Factors that may help parents encourage their obese children to become more healthy
A University of California, San Diego School of Medicine-led study suggests that parents of obese children often do not recognize the potentially serious health consequences of childhood weight gain... (Medical News Today)

NBR1 protein plays a critical role in regulating obesity-induced inflammation that leads to metabolic disease
A new study by researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) has identified a new signal that triggers the events leading to insulin resistance in obesity. (Medical News Today)

Black women in weight management program experienced a reduction in their depression
An intervention program aimed at helping obese women maintain their weight without adding pounds also significantly reduced depression in nearly half the participants, according to a new study from... (Medical News Today)

When it comes to food, obese women's learning is impaired
Obese women were better able to identify cues that predict monetary rewards than those that predict food rewards, according to a study by Yale School of Medicine researchers and their colleagues in... (Medical News Today)

PTSD, poor sleep quality and physical activity
A new study shows that worse sleep quality predicts lower physical activity in people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). (Medical News Today)

Could a single injection stop diabetes?
Researchers who gave mice with type 2 diabetes the growth factor FGF1, found it reversed diabetes and kept blood glucose within a safe range for 2 days with just one injection. (Medical News Today)

TILDA study finds 4 out of 5 over 50s in Ireland are overweight or obese
A new report released today (July 18th, 2014) by the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), a national study of over 8,000 people aged 50 and over in Ireland, led by Trinity College Dublin... (Medical News Today)

Obesity and stress
Using experimental models, researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) showed that adenosine, a metabolite released when the body is under stress or during an inflammatory response... (Medical News Today)

Could being overweight benefit our health?
There are numerous health problems associated with being overweight. But two new studies suggest that overweight and obesity may be beneficial, particularly for the heart. (Medical News Today)

Women's metabolism slowed by combination of stress and high-fat meals
A new study in women suggests that experiencing one or more stressful events the day before eating a single high-fat meal can slow the body's metabolism, potentially contributing to weight gain. (Medical News Today)

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