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Why Some Have Big Dessert after Large Meal

Ghrelin, a so-called hunger hormone, is the reason why some people have room for a high-calorie dessert after eating a big meal. Study results showed that rats lacking ghrelin receptor gene ate less of a sweet treat after a full meal than did rodents whose ghrelin receptor gene was intact. ...

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Nutrition Data on Front Label Works

In-store promotion and nutrition information on the front label of food packaging helps shoppers make healthier choices, U.S. researchers say. When a tag was put on the grocery store shelf showing that a product had the Heart Check mark indicating a heart-healthy food, sales increased 1.5 percent to 6.7 percent. ...

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Back to Square One after Bariatric Surgery within 5 Years

Although gastric bypass surgery reverses type 2 diabetes in a large percentage of obese patients, the disease recurs in about 21% of them within three to five years. The study’s lead author, Yessica Ramos, MD, an internal medicine resident at Mayo Clinic Arizona in Scottsdale, stated that, “The recurrence rate ...

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Secondhand Smoke Linked to Diabetes, Obesity Risk

Secondhand smoke exposure may lead to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity in adults. The survey was conducted from 2001 to 2006, and questioned over 6,300 adults. The study concluded those exposed to secondhand smoke had a higher rate of type 2 diabetes and a higher BMI. ...

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Childhood Obesity Linked to Poor Math Performance

Childhood obesity affects math performance in school, as well as social skills and wellbeing, according to new research from the University of Missouri. Researchers looked at data from over 6,000 children enrolled in the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten Cohort, which gathered information from children beginning in kindergarten and followed them ...

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Calcium Score Good Clue to Risk of CV Death in Diabetes

The amount of plaque in the arterial beds can help stratify high-risk diabetes better than traditional risk factors. Calculating a coronary artery calcium score in patients with type 2 diabetes might help identify those who are at greater risk of adverse cardiovascular outcomes, according to Subhashish Agarwal, MD, from Wake ...

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Fish Oil Fails to Reduce CV Event Risk

Omega-3 fatty acids did not reduce the rate of cardiovascular events in high-risk patients with prediabetes or diabetes followed for half a dozen years, the randomized ORIGIN trial found. Cardiovascular deaths occurred among 9.1% and 9.3% of those randomized to n-3 fatty acids or placebo, respectively. N Engl J Med 2012 

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Statins Sap Energy

Statin drugs may leave users — especially women — feeling drained and tired on exertion, a clinical trial suggested. Combined scores for change in energy and exertional fatigue worsened after starting a statin compared with placebo (P=0.005). For women, scores suggested that as many as 40% felt more tired and ...

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Exercise Benefits Black Girls Less than White Girls

Physical activity seems a nearly sure way to prevent obesity in white adolescent girls, but does not have the same effect on African American girls, researchers say. In a dispiriting finding for African American girls and women, a new study finds that while engaging in high levels of physical activity ...

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