Poor food choices, such as overconsumption of carbonated soft drinks, are an important factor driving the global obesity epidemic and have been linked directly to diabetes and heart disease. While public health agencies are working to help people to make healthier choices, monitoring the effectiveness of these efforts has been costly and difficult. But now, using the same digital data employed by marketers to promote food products, McGill University’s David Buckeridge has developed a way for health agencies to track Montreal consumers’ food choices, neighborhood by neighborhood. This novel approach could pave the way to better monitoring of consumers’ behavior…
Introducing three proteins that control the regulation of DNA in the nucleus -- called transcription factors -- into an immune-deficient mouse turned a specific group of cells in the gut lining into beta-like cells.
–Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania |2014-03-11
You don't just need to rely on hot dogs and pizza to make a buck at concession stands. A study led by the University of Iowa examined sales, revenues and profits at a booster-run concession stand in Iowa that offered healthy food items, from apples to string cheese, over two fall seasons. The club registered stable sales and revenue, while profits remained intact. Results appear in the Journal of Public Health.
–University of Iowa |2014-03-11
A research team from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center finds that the RBP4 protein acts like a foreign pathogen to trigger inflammation of fat tissue -- and diabetes risk.
–Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center|2014-03-06
Known for lack of sleep and weighing too much, a study shows obese kids, ages 11-17, could be increasing their risk for developing diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
–University of Michigan Health System|2014-03-06
Parents can help motivate kids to be more physically active, but the influence may not result in an improvement in their children’s weight, finds a new evidence review in the American Journal of Health Promotion.
–Health Behavior News Service|2014-03-04
Two recent genetic studies expand the list of genes involved with body fat and body mass index, and their connection to major Western health problems: heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
–Children's Hospital of Philadelphia|2014-03-04
Looking to lose weight? Think happy thoughts. An international team of researchers has found that mood and food do more than just rhyme – your mood impacts what kind and how much food you eat.
Does having a television in the bedroom contribute to youth weight gain? In a recent national study, researchers from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center found that having a bedroom television was a significant predictor of adolescent weight gain
–Norris Cotton Cancer CenterDartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center|2014-03-03
There's a product at Mark's Food Market in Greenville, N.C., that sells out every few days. Folks who walk over from a mobile home park crave it so much that convenience store owner David Rozek expanded his selection. City employees pop in during their lunch hour to raid the shelves. Students from a nearby college have become regulars. A long-haul truck driver got so hooked on the stuff that it's become his constant companion, whether in his rig or on his sofa.
–Voices for Healthy Kids|2014-03-03
Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have found that blocking the action of a key signaling molecule in the immune system known as Netrin-1 stalls chronic inflammation and insulin resistance tied to obesity and often derived from fatty diets.
–NYU Langone Medical Center|2014-03-03
–Iowa State University|2014-02-28
The role of the so-called “obesity hormone” leptin and hormones used for birth control in the development of multiple sclerosis (MS) is examined in two new studies released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, April 26 to May 3, 2014.
–American Academy of Neurology (AAN)|2014-02-27
With more than one-third of American adults and 17 percent of children categorized as obese, the health of our nation and future generations is truly at stake, making obesity a top priority for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its members.
–Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics|2014-02-26
–Voices for Healthy Kids|2014-02-26
First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack laid out new restrictions on Tuesday, limiting junk food and sugary drink marketing in schools.
–Voices for Healthy Kids|2014-02-26
Voices for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, released the following statement today on a new report showing 43% decline in obesity among 2 to 5 year olds over a span of eight years.
–Voices for Healthy Kids|2014-02-25