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Migraine's Link to Higher Heart Disease Risk May Not Be Genetic

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THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 – People who have migraines have a greater risk for heart disease, but their genes may not be to blame for the connection, new research suggests. Scientists looked at two large studies that pinpointed genetic variations that can increase the risk for migraine and heart disease. The first study included almost 20,000 people with migraine and more than 55,000 people who didn't have these severe headaches. The second study involved more than 21,000 people with heart disease and just over 63,000 people who didn't. Led by Dr. Aarno Palotie, of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Boston, the researchers tried to find shared genetic variants in people with migraines and heart disease. But they found no common gene variations between migraine with aura and heart disease – even though evidence suggests these patients have a greater risk for heart disease than those ... Read more

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Promise From a New Weight-Loss Drug

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WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 – The injectable drug Saxenda may be a helpful tool in the battle against excess weight and obesity, a new study suggests. People who injected Saxenda (liraglutide) every day for a year lost an average of 18.5 pounds, compared with an average of 6 pounds for those taking a placebo, researchers found. Saxenda "can lower weight, improve cardiovascular risk factors and improve quality of life," said lead researcher Dr. F. Xavier Pi-Sunyer, professor of medicine at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. "It can also reduce the progression to type 2 diabetes from prediabetes," he said. In a lower-dose version called Victoza, liraglutide is approved for diabetes treatment. For the study, funded by the maker of Saxenda, Novo Nordisk, researchers recruited more than 3,700 overweight or obese people without diabetes . Participants were assigned to daily ... Read more

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Weight-Loss Surgery May Beat Diet, Exercise as Type 2 Diabetes Treatment

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WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 – In a small study of obese patients, weight-loss surgery was better at keeping type 2 diabetes at bay than diet and exercise alone, researchers report. In fact, three years after weight-loss surgery, more than two-thirds of those who had a procedure called Roux-en-Y gastric bypass to shrink their stomach didn't need any diabetes medications. And one-third of the people who chose a procedure called adjustable gastric banding no longer needed diabetes medications three years after surgery, the study found. "Surgical treatments show promise for durable, longer-term, type 2 diabetes control in people with obesity," said lead researcher Dr. Anita Courcoulas, a professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The report was published July 1 online in JAMA Surgery. The researchers recruited 61 obese patients with type 2 diabetes for the study. They ... Read more

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Obese Teens Less Likely to Use Birth Control

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WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 – Sexually active teenage girls who are obese are less likely to use birth control than teens who aren't overweight, a new study reports. What's more, those overweight teens who do use some form of contraception are less likely than their normal-weight peers to use it regularly, the researchers said. In both cases, obese teens are at greater risk for an unintended pregnancy, the research from the University of Michigan found. "The U.S. teen pregnancy rate is one of the highest in the developed world and we know pregnant adolescents are more likely to have poor birth outcomes," said the study's lead author, Dr. Tammy Chang, an assistant professor of family medicine at the U-M Medical School and a member of the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, in a university news release. "Reducing adolescent pregnancy is a national public health priority and ... Read more

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Surging Food Supply Linked to Global Obesity Epidemic

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WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 – The global obesity epidemic is linked to an oversupply of food available for human consumption, a new study suggests. There are enough extra calories available to explain the weight gain reported in many countries around the world, the researchers found. "Much of the increase in available calories over the decades has come from ultra-processed food products, which are highly palatable, relatively inexpensive and widely advertised, making overconsumption of calories very easy," study author Stefanie Vandevijvere, a senior research fellow in global health and food policy at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, said in a World Health Organization news release. These findings suggest government officials need to implement policies that will result in a healthier food supply and reduced rates of obesity. In conducting the study, researchers examined increases ... Read more

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Diabetes Rates Fall in Neighborhoods With Healthy Food, Parks and Gyms

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MONDAY, June 29, 2015 – Neighborhoods with easy access to healthy foods and safe places to exercise may help residents reduce their risk for type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. The study found that the risk of developing diabetes was 12 percent lower in neighborhoods with access to healthy foods. The researchers also found a 21 percent reduced risk of type 2 diabetes in areas with greater opportunities for physical activity. "Most of the efforts to prevent type 2 diabetes focus on individuals," said lead researcher Paul Christine of the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor, Mich. "Our study points to the need to consider neighborhood environments as targets that could complement individual-based intervention programs," he said. A greater availability of places to exercise included gyms and pleasant places to walk, Christine said. And, while the availability of ... Read more

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Parents Should Set Good Example to Keep Kids Slim, Pediatrics Group Says

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MONDAY, June 29, 2015 – As rates of childhood obesity continue to climb in the United States, parents should embrace healthy eating habits and behaviors to help kids maintain a normal weight, a new report says. In updated recommendations released Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) described how families can help combat childhood obesity by following a well-balanced diet, getting regular exercise and limiting sedentary activities. "It is never too early for a family to make changes that will help a child keep or achieve a healthy weight," report co-author Dr. Sandra Hassink, president of the AAP, said in an association news release. "Families can improve their eating habits in a variety of ways, but it is important for healthy eating and physical activity to be tailored to the child's developmental stage and family characteristics." Parents don't have to take on this ... Read more

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Fat No Longer the Focus of New U.S. Dietary Guidelines

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FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 – Nutrition experts are hailing a federal decision to drop recommended restrictions on total fat consumption in the forthcoming 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Over the past decade, research has shown that a diet rich in healthy fats can be better for people, particularly if those fats help offset consumption of foods containing high levels of salt, sugar and refined grains, Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston, wrote in a viewpoint article on the federal decision. The report appears in the June 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. That research prompted independent scientists on the federally funded 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Committee to quietly abandon current recommended restrictions on dietary fat, he said. For the first time since 1980, the ... Read more

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Losing Weight May Ease Asthma in Obese People

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FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 – Losing weight may help reduce asthma severity in obese adults, a new Canadian study finds. "We were pleased to see significant improvement in asthma symptoms, as well as quality of life for these individuals. This study further supports the need to manage [chronic disorders] to improve patient lives," said study author Dr. Smita Pakhale, from The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa. People who are obese are about 1.5 times more likely to have asthma than those who aren't obese. A 3-unit increase in body mass index – BMI, an estimate of body fat based on weight and height – is associated with a 35 percent increase in the risk of asthma, the researchers said in a news release from the American College of Chest Physicians. A BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered normal weight. A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is overweight, while 30 and over is considered obese. The ... Read more

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Weight-Loss Surgery May Help Ease Incontinence: Study

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FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 – Weight-loss surgery may also help ease urinary incontinence in the long term, a new study suggests. Obesity is a key risk factor for urinary incontinence, a distressing condition that causes people to accidentally leak urine. Weight-loss surgery helps obese people shed unwanted pounds. In turn, that weight loss seems to help prevent a loss of bladder control, the study from the University of California, San Francisco, found. This research looked at benefits three years after weight-loss surgery. "Our findings showing another important long-term benefit to bariatric surgery might help to motivate people who are severely overweight," study first author Dr. Leslee Subak said in a university news release. She is a professor in obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences, as well as urology and epidemiology. An estimated 30 million adults in the United States ... Read more

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Health Tip: Eat Veggies at Breakfast

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-- Make the first meal of the day healthier by adding veggies to your breakfast fare. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests: Bulk up scrambled eggs or an omelet with any veggie, including spinach, mushrooms or tomatoes. Making muffins or pancakes? Grate zucchini or carrots and include them in the mix. Take orange juice and carrots for a spin in the blender. Build a breakfast burrito to include bell peppers and other veggies. Read more

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Smoking Around Toddlers May Raise Their Obesity Risk

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WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 – Smoking around your toddler may be just as harmful to your child as smoking during pregnancy, new research suggests. By age 10, children exposed to secondhand smoke as toddlers tended to have wider waists and a higher body mass index (a calculation of body fat) than their non-exposed peers, Canadian researchers found. "We suspect the statistics we've established linking childhood obesity to exposure to parents' smoking may underestimate the effect due to parents under-reporting the amount they smoked, out of shame," said study leader Linda Pagani, from CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre in Montreal. "By the age of 10, the children who had been intermittently or continuously exposed to smoke were likely to have waists that were up to three-fifths of an inch wider than their peers," she said in a university news release. "And their BMI scores were likely to be ... Read more

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Health Tip: What's Behind High Cholesterol?

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-- High cholesterol is a risk factor for serious health problems, from heart attack to stroke. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute mentions these possible causes: Eating a diet high in cholesterol-rich foods, such as meat, cheese, egg yolks and other animal products. Foods high in saturated and trans fats also increase cholesterol. Being overweight or lack of physical activity can lead to extra pounds and boost cholesterol. Being age 55 or older increases your risk of high cholesterol. Having an inherited condition called familial cholesterolemia leads to high cholesterol. Read more

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Order in Which Food Is Eaten May Affect Type 2 Diabetics' Blood Sugar

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TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 – The order in which obese people with type 2 diabetes eat their food can affect their blood sugar levels, a small study suggests. The new research found that having protein and vegetables before carbohydrates was linked to lower blood sugar and insulin levels after the meal. "We're always looking for ways to help people with diabetes lower their blood sugar," principal investigator Dr. Louis Aronne, a professor of metabolic research and of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, said in a university news release. "We rely on medicine, but diet is an important part of this process, too. Unfortunately, we've found that it's difficult to get people to change their eating habits," Aronne added. "Carbohydrates raise blood sugar, but if you tell someone not to eat them or to drastically cut back, it's hard for them to comply. This study ... Read more

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Could a Microbe in Your Gut Help You Lose Weight?

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TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 – It's possible that among the millions of bacteria living in your gut, at least one microbe might change how your body processes food and affect your weight, a small French study suggests. The microbe – Akkermansia muciniphila – makes up 3 percent to 5 percent of the gut bacteria. The strain is linked with a fiber-rich diet. It's also associated with lower levels of blood sugar, insulin and fats, which help ward off obesity, diabetes and heart disease. A. muciniphila also helps with a healthier distribution of body fat, the researchers said. "This bacteria is a potential target for new therapies in the field of metabolic disease," said lead researcher Dr. Karine Clement, director of the Institute of Cardiometabolism and Nutrition at Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital in Paris. "However, first the molecules produced by this bacteria have to be identified to explain ... Read more

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