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Do Community Factors Affect Your Weight?

November 18, 2016

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Does Where You Live Affect What You Weigh

A newly published study from Yale University shows that community-level factors may be associated with reduced adult obesity rates in counties within states that have a high adult obesity rate. Adult obesity rates in the United States have reached epidemic proportions, with one in four people considered obese. Yet, obesity rates vary considerably across states […]

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Neuroscientists Identify Two Key Groups of Neurons That Help Regulate Appetite

October 21, 2016

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Scientists Identify Two Key Groups of Neurons That Help Regulate Appetite

In a newly published study, Scientists from MIT have identify two key groups of neurons within the hypothalamus that help regulate appetite. MIT neuroscientists have discovered that brain cells called glial cells play a critical role in controlling appetite and feeding behavior. In a study of mice, the researchers found that activating these cells stimulates […]

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New Study Shows Fructose Alters Brain Genes, Which Can Lead to Disease

April 25, 2016

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New Research Shows Fructose Alters Brain Genes, Can Lead to Disease

A new study by researchers at UCLA reveals that genes in the brain can be damaged by fructose, leading to diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. A range of diseases — from diabetes to cardiovascular disease, and from Alzheimer’s disease to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — are linked to […]

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Yale Researchers Show Parents Underestimate Their Children’s Weight

March 24, 2016

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Yale Study Shows Parents Underestimate Their Children's Weight

A new study form Yale University details how some parents underestimate their children’s weight, a misperception with important implications for clinical prevention and treatment of childhood obesity. Janet A. Lydecker, PhD, postdoctoral associate in psychiatry, and Carlos M. Grilo, PhD, professor of psychiatry and of psychology, and director of the Yale Program for Obesity Weight […]

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MIT Research Shows How Diet Influences Colon Cancer

March 2, 2016

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MIT Study Shows How Diet Influences Colon Cancer

New research from MIT reveals ties high-fat diet to changes in intestinal stem cells, helping to explain an increased cancer risk. Over the past decade, studies have found that obesity and eating a high-fat, high-calorie diet are significant risk factors for many types of cancer. Now, a new study from MIT reveals how a high-fat […]

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Neuroscientists Show High-Fructose Diet Hampers Brain Recovery

October 3, 2015

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New Study Shows High-Fructose Diet Hampers Recovery

A newly published study from UCLA neuroscientists reveals how a diet high in processed fructose hampers the brain’s ability to heal itself following traumatic injury. Revealing a link between nutrition and brain health, the finding offers implications for the 5.3 million Americans living with a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. According to the Centers for […]

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A Link between Citrus Consumption and Malignant Melanoma?

July 2, 2015

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Citrus Consumption Increases the Risk of Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma

A new study from Brown University reveals that white people who consumed a lot of grapefruits or orange juice had a small but significantly higher 25-year risk of malignant melanoma. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) — Physicians have known for a while that compounds called psoralens make skin more sensitive to light exposure. Psoralens are […]

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High-Fat, High-Sugar Diets Causes Bacterial Changes Related to Loss of Cognitive Function

June 23, 2015

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High-Fat, High-Sugar Diets Causes Bacterial Changes Related to Loss of Cognitive Function

Changes in bacteria making up the gut microbiome caused by high-fat and high-sugar diets appear related to a loss of cognitive function according to a study at Oregon State University. A study at Oregon State University indicates that both a high-fat and a high-sugar diet, compared to a normal diet, cause changes in gut bacteria […]

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Dose-Dependent Relationship Between Sugar Beverages and Heart Disease Risk

April 23, 2015

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Sugary Drinks Boost Heart Disease Risk

New research from the University of California Davis is the first to demonstrate a direct, dose-dependent relationship between the amount of added sugar consumed in sweetened beverages and increases in specific risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Beverages sweetened with low, medium and high amounts of high-fructose corn syrup significantly increase risk factors for cardiovascular disease, […]

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New MIND Diet May Significantly Lower Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

March 23, 2015

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MIND Diet May Significantly Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease

New research from Rush University Medical Center shows that the MIND diet could significantly lower a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. A new diet, appropriately known by the acronym MIND, could significantly lower a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, even if the diet is not meticulously followed, according to a paper published online […]

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Yale Study Reveals Anti-Inflammatory Mechanism of Dieting and Fasting

February 17, 2015

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Researchers Reveal Anti-Inflammatory Mechanism of Dieting and Fasting

New research from Yale University shows that a compound produced by the body when dieting or fasting can block a part of the immune system involved in several inflammatory disorders such as type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease. In their study, published in the February 16 online issue of Nature Medicine, the researchers described […]

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Study Reveals High-Fat Diet Harms Stem Cells in Developing Fetus

December 24, 2014

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Study Shows High-Fat Diet Harms Stem Cells in Developing Fetus

A newly published study shows that a diet high in fat during pregnancy harms stem cells in the developing fetus. Physician-scientists at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital reveal a high-fat diet and obesity during pregnancy compromise the blood-forming, or hematopoietic, stem cell system in the fetal liver responsible for creating and sustaining lifelong blood and immune […]

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Greater Adherence to the Mediterranean Diet Has Impact on Aging

December 4, 2014

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Mediterranean Diet has Impact on Aging

New research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital is the first study to link women, Mediterranean diet, and biomarkers of aging, revealing that greater adherence to the Mediterranean diet correlated with longer telomeres. The Mediterranean diet consistently has been linked with an array of health benefits, including decreased risk of chronic disease and cancer. Until now, […]

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Study Shows Calorie-Restricting Diets Slow Aging

November 18, 2014

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Calorie-Restricting Diets Slow Aging

Neuroscientists show that calorie-reduced diets stop the normal rise and fall in activity levels of close to 900 different genes linked to aging and memory formation in mice. The adage ‘you are what you eat’ has been around for years. Now, important new research provides another reason to be careful with your calories. In a […]

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Noninvasive Technique Measures Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

November 4, 2014

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Laser Technique Measures Fruit and Vegetable Consumption in Skin

A new noninvasive technique objectively measures fruit and vegetable consumption, helping nutritionists and medical professionals measure and improve the diets of children and adults. A diet rich in fruit and vegetables is linked to a variety of improved health outcomes, but accurately measuring consumption by self-report, especially with children, is challenging and can be of […]

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Healthier Diets and Reducing Food Waste is Vital to Reducing Climate Change

September 5, 2014

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Changing Diets is Vital to Reducing Climate Change

A newly published study from University of Cambridge shows that food production is a main driver of biodiversity loss and a large contributor to climate change and pollution. A new study, published today in Nature Climate Change, suggests that – if current trends continue – food production alone will reach, if not exceed, the global […]

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Study Links 1.65 Million Global Cardiovascular Deaths Per Year to High Sodium Consumption

August 15, 2014

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Study Links 1.65 Million Global Cardiovascular Deaths Each Year  to High Sodium Consumption

New research from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University links 1.65 million cardiovascular-related deaths per year to high sodium consumption. More than 1.6 million cardiovascular-related deaths per year can be attributed to sodium consumption above the World Health Organization’s recommendation of 2.0g (2,000 mg) per day, researchers have found in […]

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New Research Questions Link between Fatty Acids and Heart Disease

March 19, 2014

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New Data Questions Link Between Fatty Acids and Heart Disease

Led by the University of Cambridge, an international team of researchers analyzed existing cohort studies and randomized trials on coronary risk and fatty acid intake, finding new evidence that raises questions about the link between fatty acids and heart disease. A new study raises questions about current guidelines which generally restrict the consumption of saturated […]

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