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  • Vitamin D may not help your heart

    While previous research has suggested a link between low levels of vitamin D in the blood and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, a new study has found that taking vitamin D supplements did not reduce that risk.

  • Fatty fish without environmental pollutants protect against type 2 diabetes

    If the fatty fish we eat were free of environmental pollutants, it would reduce our risk of developing type 2 diabetes. However, the pollutants in the fish have the opposite effect and appears to eliminate the protective effect from fatty fish intake. This has been shown by researchers using innovative methods that could be used to address several questions about food and health in future studies.

  • Afraid of food? The answer may be in the basal forebrain

    A brain circuit in the mouse basal forebrain that is involved in perceiving the outside world, connects with and overrides feeding behaviors regulated by the hypothalamus.

  • Biology of leptin, the hunger hormone, revealed

    New research offers insight into leptin, a hormone that plays a key role in appetite, overeating, and obesity. The findings advance knowledge about leptin and weight gain, and also suggest a potential strategy for developing future weight-loss treatments, they said.

  • Food neophobia may increase the risk of lifestyle diseases

    Your parents were right: You should always try all foods! Food neophobia, or fear of new foods, may lead to poorer dietary quality and increase the risk factors associated with chronic diseases.

  • Antioxidant puts up fight, but loses battle against protein linked to Alzheimer's disease

    New research may explain why an antioxidant that protects the brain is also associated with deterioration in areas susceptible to Alzheimer's disease. The antioxidant, superoxide dismutase or SOD1, improves cognition, but a research team found SOD1's protective benefits dramatically weaken when levels of tau proteins -- a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease -- increase.

  • Excess weight and body fat cause cardiovascular disease

    In the first Mendelian randomization study to look at this, researchers have found evidence that excess weight and body fat cause a range of heart and blood vessel diseases, rather than just being associated with it.

  • Sensing food textures is a matter of pressure

    Food's texture affects whether it is eaten, liked or rejected, according to researchers, who say some people are better at detecting even minor differences in consistency because their tongues can perceive particle sizes.

  • Low vitamin K levels linked to mobility limitation and disability in older adults

    Researchers evaluateD the association between biomarkers of vitamin K status and mobility limitation and disability, and found older adults with low levels of circulating vitamin K were more likely to develop these conditions.

  • New economic study shows combination of SNAP and WIC improves food security

    Forty million Americans are food insecure. Given the extent of food insecurity, a team of economists developed a methodology to analyze potential redundancies between two food assistance programs -- SNAP and WIC. Their research shows that participating in both programs compared to SNAP alone increases food security by at least 2 percentage points and potentially as much as 24 percentage points.

  • Even in young children: Higher weight = higher blood pressure

    Overweight 4-year-olds have a doubled risk of high blood pressure by age six, raising the hazard of future heart attack and stroke.

  • Increasing red meat intake linked with heightened risk of early death

    Increasing red meat intake, particularly processed red meat, is associated with a heightened risk of death, suggests a large US study.

  • Food access near schools and homes illuminated for children in New York city

    A study of nearly 800,000 schoolchildren in New York City shows that Black, Hispanic, and Asian students live and go to school closer to both healthy and unhealthy food outlets than do White students.

  • Vitamin D and estradiol help guard against heart disease, stroke, and diabetes

    Vitamin D and estrogen have already shown well-documented results in improving bone health in women. A new study suggests that this same combination could help prevent metabolic syndrome, a constellation of conditions that increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes in postmenopausal women.

  • Evidence on ways to reduce consumption of sugary drinks

    Consumption of sugary drinks is considered to be a key driver behind the global obesity epidemic, and is linked with tooth decay, diabetes and heart disease. Many public health bodies have called upon governments, the food and drink industry, educational institutions, places of work and civil society to support healthier beverage choices.

  • New pathogens in beef and cow's milk products

    Researchers have presented findings on new infection pathogens that go by the name of 'Bovine Milk and Meat Factors' (BMMF). According to these findings, the previously unknown pathogen can cause inflammations.

  • Curbing your enthusiasm for overeating

    Signals between our gut and brain control how and when we eat food. But how the molecular mechanisms involved in this signaling are affected when we eat a high-energy diet and how they contribute to obesity are not well understood. Using a mouse model, a research team led by a biomedical scientists has found that overactive endocannabinoid signaling in the gut drives overeating in diet-induced obesity by blocking gut-brain satiation signaling.

  • Iron may not improve fertility

    A new study finds that there is no consistent association between consuming iron and becoming pregnant.

  • Sleeping with artificial light at night associated with weight gain in women

    Sleeping with a television or light on in the room may be a risk factor for gaining weight or developing obesity, according to scientists. The research is the first to find an association between sleeping with artificial light at night and weight gain in women. The results suggest that cutting off lights at bedtime could reduce women's chances of becoming obese.

  • Millions of cardiovascular deaths attributed to not eating enough fruits and vegetables

    Preliminary findings from a new study reveal that inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption may account for millions of deaths from heart disease and strokes each year. The study estimated that roughly 1 in 7 cardiovascular deaths could be attributed to not eating enough fruit and 1 in 12 cardiovascular deaths could be attributed to not eating enough vegetables.

  • Posture impacts how you perceive your food

    Standing just for a few minutes while eating can mute taste buds, impacting taste evaluation, temperature perception and overall consumption volume.

  • Dietary supplements linked with severe health events in children, young adults

    Consumption of dietary supplements sold for weight loss, muscle building, and energy was associated with increased risk for severe medical events in children and young adults compared to consumption of vitamins, according to new research.

  • Unsalted tomato juice may help lower heart disease risk

    Drinking unsalted tomato juice lowered blood pressure and LDL cholesterol in Japanese adults at risk of cardiovascular disease.

  • Americans consumer 70,000 particles of microplastics per year

    Since the mass production of plastics began in the 1940s, the versatile polymers have spread rapidly across the globe. Although plastics have made life easier in many ways, disposing of the materials is a growing problem. Now, researchers estimate that the average American consumes more than 70,000 particles of microplastics per year, though the health effects of that consumption are unclear.

  • Do images of food on kids' clothes influence eating behavior?

    As some sweet treat fans celebrate National Doughnut Day on June 7, 2019 a pediatrician examines the new trend of donuts showing up on children's clothing.

  • Gene mutation evolved to cope with modern high-sugar diets

    A common gene mutation helps people cope with modern diets by keeping blood sugar low, but close to half of people still have an older variant that may be better suited to prehistoric diets, finds a new study.

  • Red and white meats are equally bad for cholesterol

    Contrary to popular belief, consuming red meat and white meat such as poultry, have equal effects on blood cholesterol levels, according to a new study.

  • Climate action urgently required to protect human health in Europe

    In a landmark report, the European Academies' Science Advisory Council (EASAC) focuses on the consequences of climate change for human health in Europe and the benefits of acting now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to stabilize the climate.

  • Diabetes drug alleviates anxiety in mice

    The antidiabetic medication metformin reduces anxiety-like behaviors in male mice by increasing serotonin availability in the brain, according to a new study. These findings could have implications for the treatment of patients with both metabolic and mental disorders.

  • Cancer-fighting combination targets glioblastoma

    An international team of researchers combined a calorie-restricted diet high in fat and low in carbohydrates with a tumor-inhibiting antibiotic and found the combination destroys cancer stem cells and mesenchymal cells, the two major cells found in glioblastoma, a fast-moving brain cancer that resists traditional treatment protocols.

  • Eating blueberries every day improves heart health

    Eating a cup of blueberries a day reduces risk factors for cardiovascular disease -- according to a new study. Eating 150g of blueberries daily reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 15 per cent. The research team say that blueberries and other berries should be included in dietary strategies to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease -- particularly among at risk groups.

  • New evidence links ultra-processed foods with a range of health risks

    Two large European studies find positive associations between consumption of highly processed ('ultra-processed') foods and risk of cardiovascular disease and death.

  • Sugar taxes and labelling are effective

    Taxes on sugary products and labels on the front of packages can help reduce sugar consumption, according to a new study. The study, which included more than 3,500 people aged 13 and over on their purchasing behavior last spring, also found that taxes could have the greatest impact if 100 per cent fruit juice was included in reduction efforts.

  • Bariatric surgery can be safe and effective for adolescents

    Pediatricians are often reluctant to recommend bariatric surgery for teenagers, but a study concludes it is a justifiable treatment for adolescents with persistent extreme obesity if they can maintain a healthy lifestyle afterward.

  • Stiffening arteries in teenagers with persistent obesity

    Children and adolescents with long-term obesity have increased arterial stiffness by their late teens, a study of more than 3,000 children followed from age 9 to 17 shows. These results, in the researchers' view, call for more initiatives to reduce teenage obesity.

  • How interval training affects 'belly fat' in obese 70-year-olds

    Researchers have designed a study to learn more about the effects of a 10-week, easy-to-perform, personalized, progressive vigorous-intensity interval training among 70-year-olds with 'belly fat.'

  • Children from disadvantaged backgrounds do less vigorous physical activity

    Children from disadvantaged backgrounds and certain ethnic minority backgrounds in the United Kingdom have lower levels of vigorous physical activity, according to researchers.

  • A gut check for heart failure patients

    Heart failure patients who consume more dietary fiber tend to have healthier gut bacteria, which is associated with reduced risk of death or need of a heart transplant.

  • Don't overdo omega-6 fat consumption during pregnancy

    New research showed that eating a diet with three times the recommended daily intake of linoleic acid might be harmful in pregnancy.

  • Variation of FTO gene linked to weight gain and obesity in children

    Researchers have discovered that children who do not have obesity, but who are at risk for the chronic disease due to a common genetic variant eat more, according to a new study.

  • New strategy for preventing holiday weight gain

    To avoid putting on extra pounds at the holidays, researchers have found that US adults who engage in daily self-weighing can prevent holiday weight gain.

  • Keep your placenta healthy by exercising while pregnant

    New research found a possible explanation for the benefits of maternal exercise on fetal development, in obese mothers: it's down to improved placental function, which prevents the fetus from growing too big, and also better metabolism in the mothers.

  • Genetic switch controls conversion of bad to good fat

    Researchers have identified a way to control the production of white fat using TLE3, a genetic switch that stops the conversion of white fat into beige fat.

  • Eating healthily at work matters

    A new study has demonstrated that employees at a large urban hospital who purchased the least healthy food in its cafeteria were more likely to have an unhealthy diet outside of work, be overweight and/or obese, and have risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, compared to employees who made healthier purchases.

  • New study estimates preventable cancer burden linked to poor diet in the US

    A new study has estimated the association between suboptimal consumption of seven types of foods and specific cancers. They found that poor diet is on par with alcohol, excessive body weight, and physical activity.

  • Dawn-to-sunset fasting suggests potential new treatment for obesity-related conditions

    Fasting from dawn to sunset for 30 days increased levels of proteins that play a crucial role in improving insulin resistance and protecting against the risks from a high-fat, high-sugar diet, according to researchers.

  • Toward zero hunger: More food or a smarter food system?

    When thinking about ways to end global hunger, many scholars focus too narrowly on increasing crop yields while overlooking other critical aspects of the food system.

  • Children who walk to school less likely to be overweight or obese

    Children who regularly walk or cycle to school are less likely to be overweight or obese than those who travel by car or public transport.

  • Soy foods linked to fewer fractures in younger breast cancer survivors

    A new study has found that diets high in soy foods are associated with a decreased risk of osteoporotic bone fractures in pre-menopausal breast cancer survivors.

  • Anxiety might be alleviated by regulating gut bacteria

    People who experience anxiety symptoms might be helped by taking steps to regulate the microorganisms in their gut using probiotic and non-probiotic food and supplements, suggests a review of studies.

  • Pyrrolizidine alkaloid levels in dried and deep-frozen spices and herbs too high

    Pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA) are natural constituents detected all over the world in more than 350 plant species and suspected to occur in more than 6,000. Plants produce them as a defence against predators. Out of more than 660 known PA and similar compounds, the 1,2-unsaturated PA in particular have a health-damaging potential. Consequently, they are undesired in foods and feeds.

  • Dietary cholesterol or egg consumption do not increase the risk of stroke, Finnish study finds

    A new study Finland shows that a moderately high intake of dietary cholesterol or consumption of up to one egg per day is not associated with an elevated risk of stroke. Furthermore, no association was found in carriers of the APOE4 phenotype, which affects cholesterol metabolism and is remarkably common among the Finnish population.

  • Economists find net benefit in soda tax

    A team of economists has concluded that soda taxes serve as a 'net good,' an assessment based on an analysis of health benefits and consumer behavior.

  • Early weight-loss surgery may improve type 2 diabetes, blood pressure outcomes

    Despite similar weight loss, teens who had gastric bypass surgery were significantly more likely to have remission of both type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, compared to adults who had the same procedure. Previously, no treatment has shown longer-term effectiveness at reversing type 2 diabetes in youth, which tends to advance more quickly than in adults.

  • Heavily processed foods cause overeating and weight gain, study finds

    People eating ultra-processed foods ate more calories and gained more weight than when they ate a minimally processed diet, according to results from a new study. The difference occurred even though meals provided to the volunteers in both the ultra-processed and minimally processed diets had the same number of calories and macronutrients.

  • Nutrition: Substantial benefit from replacing steak with fish

    Consumers will gain a health benefit from substituting part of the red and processed meat in their diet with fish, according to new calculations. Men over 50 and women of childbearing age in particular would benefit from such a change in diet.

  • New drug could help treat neonatal seizures

    A new drug that inhibits neonatal seizures in rodent models could open up new avenues for the treatment of epilepsy in human newborns.

  • Newly identified bacteria-killing protein needs vitamin A to work

    People who have inadequate vitamin A in their diets are more susceptible to skin infection, yet how that vitamin affects skin immunity has been unclear. New research sheds some light on that mystery by identifying a previously unknown bacteria-killing protein on the epidermis that requires the vitamin to work.

  • When does clean eating become an unhealthy obsession?

    Researchers say those who have a history of an eating disorder, obsessive-compulsive traits, dieting, poor body image, and a drive for thinness are more likely to develop a pathological obsession with healthy eating or consuming only healthy food, known as orthorexia nervosa (ON). Although eating healthy is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, for some people this preoccupation with healthy eating can become physically and socially impairing.

  • Injections of a novel protein reduced artery blockage by enhancing lymphatic vascular function in mice

    Mice that received injections of a protein called VEGF-C experienced about a 30% reduction in artery blockage compared to untreated mice. The VEGF-C injections improved lymphatic transport, limited plaque formation and stabilized plaque even after mice were switched to a high-fat diet.

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