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News on public health research and national as well as international health policies. Edited by MEDICA.de and several associations.

 
 

Leptin influences brain cells that control appetite

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Photo: Hamburger and french fries [03/06/2014] Twenty years after the hormone leptin was found to regulate metabolism, appetite, and weight through brain cells called neurons, Yale School of Medicine researchers have found that the hormone also acts on other types of cells to control appetite.Leptin influences brain cells that control appetite - Read more

Over a Lifetime: Childhood Obesity Costs $19,000 per Child

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Photo: Overweight parents kiss their child [08/04/2014] Childhood obesity comes with an estimated price tag of $19,000 per child when comparing lifetime medical costs to those of a normal weight child, according to an analysis led by researchers at the Duke Global Health Institute and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore. Over a Lifetime: Childhood Obesity Costs $19,000 per Child - Read more

Physical Activity: When Mothers are Active So Are Their Children

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Photo: Mother and child [24/03/2014] Parents are strong influences in the lives of young children, with patterns of behaviour established in the early years laying the foundation for future choices. A new study suggests that, when it comes to levels of physical activity, it is mothers who set (or don't set) the pace. Physical Activity: When Mothers are Active So Are Their Children - Read more

Nutrition: Certain Ingredients Could Guard Against Diabetes

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Photo: Berry-chocolate cake and tea [21/01/2014] Eating high levels of flavonoids including anthocyanins and other compounds (found in berries, tea, and chocolate) could offer protection from type 2 diabetes - according to research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and King's College London.Nutrition: Certain Ingredients Could Guard Against Diabetes - Read more

“Gender-specific adjustments in clinical diagnostics and therapy can be expected”

In Western civilization, equality of women and men has been a topic for many years and is already being successfully implemented in many areas, even if many obstacles still need to be overcome – the introduction of quotas for women in boardrooms, just to mention one of them. “Gender-specific adjustments in clinical diagnostics and therapy can be expected” - Read more

Childhood Obesity: Kids need more Sleep

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Photo: Kid sleeping on grass [04/11/2013] It seems everyone is looking for a culprit when it comes to childhood obesity: fast food, sugary drinks, super-sized everything. But it turns out part of the blame may lie with the simple matter of turning out the lights and rolling into bed. Childhood Obesity: Kids need more Sleep - Read more

Use of Evidence-based Behavioral Strategies: Evaluating Mobile Weight Loss Apps

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Photo: Man with a huge belly [08/10/2013] In a new study published by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, UMass Medical School behavioral psychologist and weight loss expert Doctor Sherry Pagoto, and colleagues find that mobile apps to help people lose weight are lacking when it comes to strategies for changing behaviors. Use of Evidence-based Behavioral Strategies: Evaluating Mobile Weight Loss Apps - Read more

Age: Weight Change Is More Important Than Starting Point

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Photo: Weighing [20/09/2013] Some overweight older adults do not need to lose weight to extend their lives, but they could risk an earlier death if they pack on more pounds. People who are slightly overweight in their 50s but keep their weight relatively stable are the most likely to survive over the next 16 years.Age: Weight Change Is More Important Than Starting Point - Read more

Urban Living: Education Protects Women From Obesity

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Photo: woman [09/09/2013] Research into the rise in obesity associated with the burgeoning industrial and service sectors in low- and middle-income countries found that education is a key factor in reducing the negative impact on women’s health.Urban Living: Education Protects Women From Obesity - Read more

Nutrition: Fighting Obesity with Apps and Websites

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Photo: Doughnut [21/08/2013] A new Duke University study suggests that restaurants could expand and improve calorie listings on their websites and mobile apps to help prevent obesity. Customers could come better prepared to order a healthier menu item.Nutrition: Fighting Obesity with Apps and Websites - Read more