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Life Expectancies Declining for Poor, Rising for Rich
Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2008
Between 1961 and 1999 life expectancies in the United States increased by between six and seven years for both men and women. A recent Harvard Medical study has found that these are unfortunately just general trends, and in certain parts of the country, most notably poorer areas, life expectancies actually declined or remained constant in these "counties".

How and Where Fat Is Stored Predicts Disease Risk Better than Weight
Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2008
A new study indicates that overeating, rather than the obesity it causes, is the trigger for developing metabolic syndrome, a collection of heath risk factors that increases an individual's chances of developing insulin resistance, fatty liver, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The study is among the first to suggest that weight gain is an early symptom of pre-metabolic syndrome, rather than a direct cause.

Bitter Melon Has Potent Anti-diabetes Effects
Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Substances isolated from bitter melon, a plant eaten and used medicinally in much of Asia, could provide the basis of new drugs for treating diabetes and obesity, an international team of researchers reports.

Child Screen Time Associated With Obesity
Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Obesity is a growing problem in America, especially among its youth. Lack of exercise in children, often supplanted by time in front of television and computer screens, greatly increases the chance of a child being obese, a new study shows. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) had previously made a list of suggestions to pediatricians, parents, and children alike, in order to best manage their physical activity and "screen time." The study aimed to test these suggestions.

Rimonabant Diet Drug Misses Mark in Heart Study
Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Sanofi-Aventis SA's weight-loss drug rimonabant failed to slow heart disease by a key measure in obese patients with fat around the middle, and it significantly raised the risk of anxiety and depression.

Inactive Children at High Risk For Metabolic Syndrome
Posted: Saturday, April 05, 2008
Children leading a sedentary life style are much more likely to develop heart problems, a recent study has shown. Researchers investigating early onset metabolic syndrome (MS) in adolescents concluded that inactive kids were more than six times more likely to develop MS by their teenage years than those with active lifestyles.

Big-Belly Might Lead To Dementia
Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2008
Middle aged individuals who are overweight appear to be at higher risk for developing dementia later in life. A recent study has shown that being overweight (specifically in the abdominal region) in one's forties makes them almost three times more likely to develop dementia by age 70 than healthy middle aged individuals.

Weight-loss More Effective than Intensive Insulin Therapy for Type 2 Diabetics
Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2008
Weight-loss and major lifestyle changes may be more effective than intensive insulin therapy for overweight patients with poorly controlled, insulin-resistant type 2 diabetes, according to a diabetes researcher at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

More Kids with Diabetes, Few Specialized Docs to Care for Them
Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2008
The number of physicians who specialize in caring for kids with diabetes and obese kids at risk for the disease is not keeping pace with demand for care. For every 290 children with diabetes, there is only one board-certified pediatric endo available to care for them.

Jelly in the Belly: A Diet Pill That Expands So You Don't
Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Italian scientists are testing a new diet pill that turns into a clear, gelatinous blob the size of a tennis ball that may help shrink waistlines by giving dieters a sense of satiety.

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