Placental function can illuminate future disease in adults and children

AURORA, Colo. (Jan. 22, 2021) – Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have discovered a direct association between placental function in pregnant women and future metabolic disorders in children and adults, a finding that could lead to earlier intervention and diagnosis of disease. “We’ve known for some time that many major diseases […]

Changing diets — not less physical activity — may best explain childhood obesity crisis

IMAGE: Traditional Shuar lunch items view more  Credit: Samuel Urlacher Variation in consumption of market-acquired foods outside of the traditional diet — but not in total calories burned daily — is reliably related to indigenous Amazonian children’s body fat, according to a Baylor University study that offers insight into the global obesity epidemic. “The importance of […]

Obesity, eating disorder disparities among sexual, gender minority children

What The Study Did: The likelihood of having obesity or eating disorders was compared between sexual and gender minority children ages 9 to 10 and other children in this study. Authors: Natasha A. Schvey, Ph.D., of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, is the corresponding author. To access the embargoed […]

Potential therapeutic strategy for obesity

Obesity is a serious global health problem and a risk factor for diseases such as type II diabetes, heart disease and fatty liver disease. A central element in the development of obesity is adipose tissue, which comprises fat cells (so-called adipocytes, specialised to store fat) and macrophages (immune system scavenger cells, which are typically associated […]

Antibiotic exposure in children under age 2 associated with chronic conditions

Children under age 2 who take antibiotics are at greater risk for childhood-onset asthma, respiratory allergies, eczema, celiac disease, obesity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to a paper written jointly by Mayo Clinic and Rutgers researchers. In a study published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, the researchers looked at 14,572 children born in […]

Go (over) easy on the eggs: ‘Egg-cess’ consumption linked to diabetes

IMAGE: Eat one or more eggs per day and your risk of diabetes increases by 60 per cent. view more  Credit: Pixabay/Myruams-Fotos Scrambled, poached or boiled, eggs are a popular breakfast food the world over. Yet the health benefits of the humble egg might not be all they’re cracked up to be as new research from […]

A few kilograms weight loss nearly halves the risk of diabetes

Losing a few kilograms in weight almost halves people’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes – according to a large scale research study led by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and the University of East Anglia. A new study published in the international journal JAMA Internal Medicine shows how providing support to help people […]

Eating less suppresses liver cancer due to fatty liver

IMAGE: 30% dietary restriction suppresses liver tumors from fatty liver. view more  Credit: Naoki Tanaka, Research Center for Social Systems, Shinshu University, Japan Liver cancer from too much fat accumulation in the liver has been increasing in many countries including Japan. In order to change this unfortunate state of affairs, it is important to improve the […]

COVID-19 lockdown reduced mental health, sleep, exercise

A first-of-its-kind global survey shows the initial phase of the COVID-19 lockdown dramatically altered our personal habits, largely for the worse. “The stay-at-home orders did result in one major health positive. Overall, healthy eating increased because we ate out less frequently. However, we snacked more. We got less exercise. We went to bed later and […]

Virtual Reality health appointments can help patients address eating disorders

IMAGE: Images taken from the virtual reality environment of a therapy appointment. view more  Credit: Dr Jim Ang – University of Kent Research from the University of Kent, the Research centre on Interactive Media, Smart systems and Emerging technologies – RISE Ltd and the University of Cyprus has revealed that Virtual Reality (VR) technology can have […]