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Health News - Fitness/Obesity

Tool helps public health agencies prioritize health risks
Researcher works with Brazil to identify top risks for chronic diseasesPublic health agencies across the globe are challenged with preventing the spread of chronic diseases while dealing with... (Medical News Today)

Starvation effects handed down for generations
Third-generation nematode worms show signs of surviving famineNormal adult C. elegans nematode worms (above) are about 1 mm in length. (Medical News Today)

Free fitness iPhone apps fail to meet American College of Sports Medicine exercise guidelines
Are you planning on ramping up your exercise regimen this summer? There may not be an app for that - at least not a reliable one. (Medical News Today)

More than 100 members of congress ask for passage of The Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2015
The Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA) of 2015 (HR 2404 and S 1509) continues to gain momentum with 101 members of the House of Representatives and 10 members of the Senate co-sponsoring this... (Medical News Today)

How Coca-Cola affects your body when you drink it
A British pharmacist has created an infographic that he claims reveals what happens to the body within 1 hour of drinking Coca-Cola and other caffeinated fizzy drinks. (Medical News Today)

Countering pet obesity by rethinking feeding habits
Reevaluation of pet feeding regimens could spell healthier animal companions190 million Americans share the luxuries of human life with their pets. (Medical News Today)

Get up for your heart health and move for your waistline
More time spent standing rather than sitting could improve your blood sugar, fats in the blood and cholesterol levels, according to a new study published today (Friday) in the European Heart Journal... (Medical News Today)

Newly identified molecular mechanism plays role in type 2 diabetes development
New research from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health describes a molecular mechanism that helps explain how obesity-related inflammation can lead to type 2 diabetes. (Medical News Today)

Most adolescents feel better after gastric bypass
Teenagers suffering from severe obesity generally feel worse than their peers, but after undergoing gastric bypass nearly all experience improved mental health. (Medical News Today)

Gestational diabetes can be prevented in high-risk women
The prevalence of overweight and obesity are increasing worldwide. Up to 60 percent of women of reproductive age are overweight or obese in the developed countries. (Medical News Today)

Blocking a gene reduces fat
Major clinical study targeting illnesses linked to excessive fat in blood published by University of Montreal researchersBy blocking the expression of a certain gene in patients, University of... (Medical News Today)

Toward a safe antiobesity drug that could block fat absorption
To help address the global obesity epidemic, scientists are developing a new class of compounds called "micelle sequestrant polymers," or MSPs, that could prevent fat particles from getting absorbed... (Medical News Today)

Could a sugar tax help combat obesity?
Following the BMA's call for a 20% sugar tax to subsidise the cost of fruit and vegetables, experts in The BMJ this week debate whether a sugar tax could help combat obesity. (Medical News Today)

FDA approves non-surgical temporary balloon device to treat obesity
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new balloon device to treat obesity without the need for invasive surgery. (Medical News Today)

High intensity training helps ease rheumatoid arthritis pains
10 weeks of twice-weekly sessions eased arthritic inflammationIt's a disease that sneaks up on you. Fingers and toes slowly but surely become stiff and painful. (Medical News Today)

UCF-developed software analyzes fat in seconds
A University of Central Florida computer scientist has developed software to help doctors quickly determine whether what many assume to be an expected middle-age paunch is potentially more serious. (Medical News Today)

Diabetics who skip breakfast provoke hazardous blood sugar spikes
Type-2 diabetics who 'fast' until noon risk day-long consequences, says Tel Aviv University researcherMore and more Americans on-the-go are skipping the "most important meal of the day," not... (Medical News Today)

Study explains why 'eating for two' during pregnancy is not necessary
A new study of flies suggests a hormone released in early pregnancy enlarges the gut so it absorbs more energy from food and stimulates the body to store more fat. (Medical News Today)

Exercise-mimicking molecule may offer new treatments for obesity, type 2 diabetes
A study reveals how a newly created molecule - called compound 14 - mimicked exercise to improve glucose tolerance and trigger weight loss in obese mice. (Medical News Today)

UTHealth experts provide insight on causes of child obesity, tactics to end it
Encouraging more social interaction for children rather than just limiting TV time and enforcing strong nutritional policies in schools are two of the ways to decrease child obesity rates, according... (Medical News Today)

Weight loss for a healthy liver
Weight loss through both lifestyle modification and bariatric surgery can significantly reduce features of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a disease characterized by fat in the liver, according... (Medical News Today)

High-fat maternal diet changes newborn heart 'tastebuds'
Baby rats whose mothers were fed a high-fat diet had larger than normal hearts with fewer taste receptors for bitter flavours, according to new UNSW research. (Medical News Today)

Researchers: Body fat can send signals to brain, affecting stress response
The brain's effect on other parts of the body has been well established. Now, a group that includes two University of Florida Health researchers has found that it's a two-way street: Body fat can... (Medical News Today)

Resolving the cancer/diet paradox: New special issue on cancer in metabolism
How much does diet affect the cancer patient? Do "antioxidants" really play an important role in health - or are they causing more cancers than they cure? (Medical News Today)

Overeating caused by a hormone deficiency in brain?
New Rutgers study finds absence of peptide linked to preference for fatty food and eating for pleasure rather than hungerIf you find yourself downing that extra piece of chocolate fudge cake even... (Medical News Today)

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