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Good long-term results of obesity surgery in young people

Bariatric surgery on teenagers gives results that are equally as good as for adults, but the operations carries complications. Five years after ...

Blocking obesity with a protein-sugar combination

Researchers at the RIKEN-Max Planck Joint Research Center for Systems Chemical Biology in Japan have discovered an enzyme that can prevent obesity ...

Inflammation halts fat-burning

Scientists at the University of Bonn have shown in mice that excess pounds can simply be melted away by converting unwanted white fat cells into energy-consuming brown slimming cells. Can this interesting approach also be used to combat obesity? In a recent study, the university researchers show why the inflammatory responses that often occur in overweight people block this kind of fat cell conversion. However, there may be a starting point to bypass this inhibition. The results have now been published in the scientific journal “Cell Reports”. ... Full story

Parental obesity linked to delays in child development, NIH study suggests

Children of obese parents may be at risk for developmental delays, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. The investigators ... Full story

Overweight Affects DNA Methylation

The extra pounds you gain during the holidays will not only show up on your hips but will also affect your DNA. This is the result of a large-scale international study coordinated by Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner in the German Center for Diabetes Research, which has now been published in ‘Nature’. The study shows that a high BMI leads to epigenetic changes at nearly 200 loci of the genome – with effects on gene expression. ... Full story

Higher BMI in Adolescence May Affect Cognitive Function in Midlife

Study of Israeli adolescents also looks at impact of socioeconomic position on subsequent cognitive impairment ... Full story

Pasteurised intestinal bacterium reduces effects of obesity and diabetes

The intestinal bacterium Akkermansia proves to offer enduring benefits for the intestines of overweight mice and diabetic animals. In experiments, the strengthening effects of this bacterium on the intestinal barrier remained even after pasteurisation. This is the conclusion drawn by researchers of the Louvain Drug Research Institute of the University of Leuven in collaboration with researchers of the Wageningen University & Research and the University of Helsinki in Nature Medicine on 28 November. Their results help to pave the way for treatments against diabetes and obesity, but also against cardiovascular diseases and gastroenteritis. ... Full story

Gut bacteria affect our metabolism

Mice that receive gut bacteria transplants from overweight humans are known to gain more weight than mice transplanted with gut bacteria from normal weight subjects, even when the mice are fed the same diet. A study from the National Food Institute confirms this finding while seeking new perspectives on the reasons behind this link. ... Full story

Does where you live affect what you weigh?

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 ... Full story

Molecular "Pillars" Team Up to Protect Liver from Toxic Fat Buildup

Penn Findings in Animal Study Pave Way to Develop New Drugs for Obesity-Related Liver Disease ... Full story

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