Thursday, June 22, 2017

The biology of uterine fluid: How it informs the fetus of mom's world

A developing fetus bathes in a mixture of cellular secretions and proteins unique to its mother's uterus. Before fertilization, the pH of uterine fluid helps create a conducive environment for sperm migration, and afterward, its volume supports the embryo as it implants onto the wall of the uterus. Recent evidence suggests that uterine fluid may play another role in embryonic development: communicating the mother's outside conditions to the fetus,

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Peroxisomal biogenesis disorder: New link to sugar metabolism

Peroxisomal biogenesis disorder, which has been linked only to lipid metabolism, is also associated with sugar metabolism.

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High fat diet reduces gut bacteria, Crohn's disease symptoms

A high fat diet may lead to specific changes in gut bacteria that could fight harmful inflammation -- a major discovery for patients suffering from Crohn's disease, research indicates. Crohn's disease, a type of inflammatory bowel syndrome, causes debilitating intestinal swelling, cramping, and diarrhea. The disease affects half a million people in the United States, but its cause is yet unclear.

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Tattoo Removal: Options and Results

How hard is it to remove a tattoo? What processes are used? Is it painful?

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Eating fish may reduce arthritis symptoms

In a recent study, individuals with rheumatoid arthritis who consumed fish twice weekly had lower disease activity (swollen/tender joint counts along with other assessments) than those who ate fish never to <1/month.

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Specific diabetes medications to protect bone health recommended

Type 2 diabetes (T2D) and osteoporosis often coexist in patients, but managing both conditions can be a challenge. A comprehensive review highlights the most effective treatment options for treating these conditions together.

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Extra-virgin olive oil preserves memory, protects brain against Alzheimer's

The Mediterranean diet is associated with a variety of health benefits, including a lower incidence of dementia. Now, researchers have identified a specific ingredient that protects against cognitive decline: extra-virgin olive oil. In a new study, the researchers show that consumption of extra-virgin olive oil protects memory and learning ability and reduces the formation of amyloid-beta plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain -- classic markers of Alzheimer's disease.

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Lightweight steel production breakthrough: Brittle phases controlled

High-strength, lightweight steels can finally be processed on an industrial scale, thanks to a breakthrough in controlling undesired brittle stages from production.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Internet-based weight-loss program for low-income women after child birth

An internet-based weight loss program was effective in promoting significant weight loss in low-income postpartum women over 12 months, according to a study.

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Screening for obesity in children and adolescents recommended

The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends that clinicians screen for obesity in children and adolescents 6 years and older and offer or refer them to comprehensive, intensive behavioral interventions to promote improvements in weight.

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Caution: Bodybuilding Products Can Be Risky

Are all bodybuilding products safe to use? The FDA says no and explains why.

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Betty for Schools take on period taboos

News Jun 20, 2017

New research suggests girls are missing out on school sports due to period worries – but that's about to change



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Monday, June 19, 2017

Yoga Similar to Physical Therapy in Helping Low-Back Pain in a Diverse Urban Population

Three women practicing yoga

NCCIH-funded study shows yoga and physical therapy offer similar pain-relief and functional benefits to people with low socioeconomic status with chronic low-back pain.



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Poor adolescent diet may influence brain and behavior in adulthood

Adolescent male mice fed a diet lacking omega-3 fatty acids show increased anxiety-like behavior and worse performance on a memory task in adulthood, according to new research.

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Treating autism by targeting the gut

Therapies to change the bacteria in the gut, through diet, pro-and prebiotic supplements, fecal matter transplants or antibiotics, could treat autism. A review of six decades of research linking the gut to brain development could pave the way for cheap and effective treatment.

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Grape-based compounds kill colon cancer stem cells in mice

Compounds from grapes may kill colon cancer stem cells both in a petri dish and in mice, according to a team of researchers.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Genes and the environment? Factors, patterns that lead to childhood obesity risk

A factor that has been linked to childhood obesity is restrictive feeding practices by primary caregivers, the implication being that it may interfere with a child's ability to learn to self-regulate food intake. When a child is overweight, parents tend to use more controlling, restrictive feeding practices. A new study is showing that a child's genetics, related to emotion and cognition, may also play a role in this pattern.

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Global diet and farming methods 'must change for environment's sake'

Reducing meat consumption and using more efficient farming methods globally are essential to stave off irreversible damage to the environmental, a new study says. The research also found that future increases in agricultural sustainability are likely to be driven by dietary shifts and increases in efficiency, rather than changes between food production systems.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Breast Cancer in Men: Treatments and Genetic Counseling

Breast cancer in men tends to be diagnosed at an older age and a later stage, but is treated very similarly to breast cancer in women.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Gluten-free beer from Witkop teff grains

For celiac patients and others on gluten-free diets, it seems like gluten is everywhere -- cakes, cookies and breads. It's even in most beers. But now, a team reports that beers made with Witkop teff grains may be a good alternative to traditionally brewed barley beers.

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Molecular pilot light prepares body's heating system for the cold

Researchers detail a molecule that acts as a molecular pilot light required to turn on the brown fat furnace. Brown fat burns sugar and fat to produce radiant heat in the body. These cells are of interest because some of the sugar and fat they burn is stored in the body and might otherwise lead to increases in white fat, the form that increases in obesity.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Major new appetite regulator successfully manipulated in mice

A new link between certain brain receptors and obesity has been identified by researchers, giving a possible new drug target for appetite regulation.

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Poor diet, plus Alzheimer's gene, may fuel disease

Mice carrying a genetic risk factor for the disease quickly developed brain plaques after 12 weeks on a poor diet, research indicates.

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Traditional treatment is better for iron-deficiency anemia, clinical trial shows

A clinical trial compared new and traditional treatments for iron-deficiency anemia and determined that the traditional treatment, ferrous sulfate, can more effectively treat the anemia in young children.

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Body contouring is only for the rich and insured

Only a small percentage of obese patients who have undergone bariatric surgery to help them control their weight follow up this procedure with further plastic surgery to reshape their bodies and remove excess rolls of skin. Such body contouring surgery is generally only affordable to patients with adequate insurance and income.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Healthy diet? That depends on your genes

Shifts in the diets of Europeans after the introduction of farming 10,000 years ago led to genetic adaptations that favored the dietary trends of the time, new research indicates. The study has implications for the growing field of nutritional genomics, called nutrigenomics. Based on one's ancestry, clinicians may one day tailor each person's diet to her or his genome to improve health and prevent disease.

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The secrets of tooth calcium revealed

Two studies on calcium isotopes in teeth have provided new insights into both the extinction of the marine reptiles and weaning age in humans. The findings open new avenues for research in anthropology and paleontology, say researchers.

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Western diet increases Alzheimer's pathology in genetically predisposed mice

Obese mice with a particular version of a gene strongly associated with Alzheimer's disease in humans show increased Alzheimer's pathology, according to new research.

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Vegetarian diets almost twice as effective in reducing body weight, study finds

Dieters who go vegetarian not only lose weight more effectively than those on conventional low-calorie diets but also improve their metabolism by reducing muscle fat, a new study has found.

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More than 2 billion people overweight or obese, new study finds

Globally, more than 2 billion children and adults suffer from health problems related to being overweight or obese, and an increasing percentage of people die from these health conditions, according to a new study.

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Fasting glucose as a marker for greater weight loss on a high-fiber, low-glycemic diet

A Preliminary study finds that study participants with high fasting plasma glucose lost more weight than those with low fasting plasma glucose when following a high-fiber, low-glycemic load diet.

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Underweight female runners more likely to get stress fractures

Female runners who are underweight have a higher risk for injury and take longer to heal, according to a new study. A researcher studied dozens of Division I athletes over three years and found that those with a body mass index of 19 or below were likely to develop stress fractures because their bodies are unable to handle the constant pounding of running.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Is the finger-stick blood test necessary for type 2 diabetes treatment?

Blood glucose testing does not offer a significant advantage in blood sugar control or quality of life for type 2 diabetes patients who are not treated with insulin, suggests new research.

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Cash for weight loss

A new study has shown that selling rewards programs to participants entering a weight loss program is a low cost strategy to increase both the magnitude and duration of weight loss.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Dining hall intervention helped college students choose healthier options

As most college students' diets are low in fruits and vegetables and high in calories, sugar, fat, and sodium, researchers created a cross-sectional study to examine whether messaging encouraging fruit, vegetable, and water intake could influence the habits of university students.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Does consuming low-fat dairy increase the risk of Parkinson's disease?

Consuming at least three servings of low-fat dairy a day is associated with a greater risk of developing Parkinson's disease compared to consuming less than one serving a day, according to a large study.

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Pregnancy diet high in refined grains could increase kids' obesity by age 7

Children born to women with gestational diabetes whose diet included high proportions of refined grains may have a higher risk of obesity by age 7, compared to children born to women with gestational diabetes who ate low proportions of refined grains, according to results of a new study.

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Braces Have Changed, From Metal to Tooth-Colored to Clear

FDA answers your questions about braces and how they've changed.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Showcasing Cutting-Edge Research on Natural Products

NCCIH’s natural products portfolio represents roughly half of our overall extramural funding, so we’re fortunate to be able to host events featuring exciting research in the arena.



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Overweight children are being excluded from friendships, study finds

Overweight children have more unreciprocated friendships and frenemies than their thinner counterparts, a new study has found. In a survey of 504 preteens in the Netherlands, researchers found that overweight children are excluded from friendships, call classmates friends when the feeling is not mutual and are disliked by peers. And overweight children dislike more classmates than their thinner peers. These heightened negative relationships take a mental, social and physical toll.

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Prebiotics reduce body fat in overweight children

There may soon be a new tool in the fight against childhood obesity. Prebiotics reduce body fat in children who are overweight or obese by altering their gut microbiota, according to new research. Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients (such as fiber) that act as fertilizers to help stimulate the growth of good bacteria already in the gut, different from probiotics, which introduce new bacteria into the system.

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Small group of neurons modulates the amount of insulin that the pancreas must produce

A new study emphasizes the importance of the neuronal mechanisms in the detection of nutrients and the control of glucose levels. The results help to understand diabetes in greater detail.

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Standard dosage for one lung cancer treatment may be too high

The customary pembrolizumab dose for treatment of metastatic non-small cell lung cancer may be higher than is needed for effective treatment, conclude researchers.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Is white or whole wheat bread 'healthier?' Depends on the person

Despite many studies looking at which bread is the healthiest, it is still not clear what effect bread and differences among bread types have on clinically relevant parameters and on the microbiome. Researchers report the results of a comprehensive, randomized trial in 20 healthy subjects comparing differences in how processed white bread and artisanal whole wheat sourdough affect the body.

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Drinking diet beverages during pregnancy linked to child obesity, study suggests

Children born to women who had gestational diabetes and drank at least one artificially sweetened beverage per day during pregnancy were more likely to be overweight or obese at age 7, compared to children born to women who had gestational diabetes and drank water instead of artificially sweetened beverages, according to a study.

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Flu shot less effective for obese adults

Although influenza vaccines are currently the best forms of protection to safeguard people against the flu, they are not effective in all cases. A study found that obese people -- despite getting their shots -- were still twice as likely to develop influenza or flu-like illnesses than others of healthy weight.

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Starving prostate cancer with what you eat: Apple peels, red grapes, turmeric

When you dine on curry and baked apples, enjoy the fact that you are eating something that could play a role starving -- or even preventing -- cancer. New research identifies several natural compounds found in food, including turmeric, apple peels and red grapes, as key ingredients that could thwart the growth of prostate cancer.

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Stem cells may be the key to staying strong in old age

A new study, performed in mice, could lead to new approaches to help people stay stronger in old age. The study challenges conventional wisdom with results suggesting that loss of muscle stem cells is the main driving force behind muscle decline in old age.

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Take a coffee or tea break to protect your liver

Researchers found that drinking coffee and herbal tea may protect against liver fibrosis, estimated as the degree of liver stiffness, which is high in extensive scarring of the liver. Because these beverages are popular, widely available, and inexpensive, they could have the potential to become important in the prevention of advanced liver disease.

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Outsmarting Poison Ivy and Other Poisonous Plants

Poison ivy and other poisonous plants are a hazard year-round. Here are tips for preventing and treating the itchy rash and blisters.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Diabetes drug prevents stiffening of heart muscle in obese mouse model

Overconsumption of a Western diet high in fats and refined sugars has contributed to a global increase in obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Obese and diabetic premenopausal women are more at risk of developing heart disease -- even more than men of similar age and with similar health issues. A new study has found that the diabetes medication linagliptin can protect against stiffening of the left ventricle of the heart in overweight female mice.

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Two interventions help improve weight management in children with overweight or obesity

Two interventions that link clinical care with community resources helped improve key health measures in children with overweight or obesity at the outset of the study.

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One in five surgical weight-loss patients take prescription opioids seven years after surgery

While the proportion of adults with severe obesity using prescription opioids initially declines in the months after bariatric surgery, it increases within a matter of years, eventually surpassing pre-surgery rates of patients using the potentially addictive pain medications, according to new research.

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Simple step to protect people with type 1 diabetes against heart disease

One additional injection of insulin three hours after eating has been shown to protect people with type 1 diabetes from cardiovascular disease -- the leading cause of death among people with the condition.

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Mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea is associated with hypertension, diabetes

Preliminary data from two studies suggest that mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea is associated with an increased risk of developing hypertension and diabetes.

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

A mother's age doesn't matter, study suggests

A mother's advanced age at childbirth is not the reason for the elevated risks of low birth weight or preterm birth -- such risks may instead be related to individual circumstances and behavioral patterns of the mother, suggests new research.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Dairy products a good dietary source of some types of vitamin K

US dairy products are a significant source of the MK form of vitamin K and indicates that MK forms of the nutrient are more present in commonly-consumed foods than previously thought, new research shows.

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Timing meals later at night can cause weight gain and impair fat metabolism

New findings suggest eating late at night could be more dangerous than you think. Compared to eating earlier in the day, prolonged delayed eating can increase weight, insulin and cholesterol levels, and negatively affect fat metabolism, and hormonal markers implicated in heart disease, diabetes and other health problems, according to recent results.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Short, high-intensity exercise sessions improve insulin production in type 2 diabetes

Short, functional-movement and resistance training workouts, called functional high-intensity training (F-HIT), may improve beta-cell function in adults with type 2 diabetes, new research shows. Beta cells in the pancreas produce, store and secrete insulin, which allows your body to use sugar for energy. The small study is the first one of its kind to analyze beta-cell function in F-HIT or resistance training.

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Al-Er-G Capsules by MusclMasster: Recall - Contains Banned Substance Ephedra

MusclMasster, LLC recalls Al-Er-G Capsules because the product contained Ephedra Herb, an FDA banned ingredient.



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FTC Sends Additional Refund Checks Totaling Almost $2 Million to People Who Bought Green Coffee Weight-Loss Supplements

Federal Trade Commission mails 38,553 refund checks totaling $1.9 million to people who bought Pure Health or Genesis Today green coffee bean extract supplements.



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Seasonal Allergies: Which Medication is Right for You?

The FDA regulates many products that treat allergies or offer allergy relief. But which will work for you depends on your particular symptoms.

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Allergy Relief for Your Child

Do you have a sneezing, stuffy-nosed child? He or she may have allergies. Learn more about proven treatments for children.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Do obese children need to attend treatment to lose weight?

One-third of American children are overweight or obese. Family-based treatment (FBT) has been considered the best model for the treatment of obese children as it provides both parents and children with education and behavior therapy techniques but is provided mainly in a hospital setting. Researchers have found that parent-based therapy (PBT) has similar outcomes to FBT and could be more cost-effective.

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Obesity can lead to more severe hot flashes and other menopause symptoms

Vasomotor symptoms (VMS), such as hot flashes and night sweats, cause serious discomfort in many women at menopause. Studies show a higher frequency of VMS in women who gain weight during the postmenopause period, and the effect of obesity on VMS has been studied for many years. A new study finds that hot flashes are associated with a higher body mass index (BMI).

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Prenatal stress predisposes female mice to binge eating

Stress changes our eating habits, but the mechanism may not be purely psychological, research in mice suggests. A study has found that stressed mouse mothers were more likely to give birth to pups that would go on to exhibit binge-eating-like behavior later in life. The pups from stressed mothers shared epigenetic tags on their DNA, but these markers only made a difference when the researchers put the young offspring into a stressful situation.

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Component of Marijuana Reduces Seizures in Some Children With Epilepsy

Recent industry-funded study results suggest cannabidiol (a component of marijuana) reduces convulsive seizures in children with a rare form of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome when compared with placebo.



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Tips from NCCIH’s Office of Scientific Review for Responding to the New Clinical Trial Funding Announcements

By now you’ve probably heard that NCCIH has a new series of funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) for investigator-initiated clinical trials. These FOAs will allow you to provide more relevant information regarding your planned trial through the use of special attachments. The review panels will use the information in the attachments to assess important aspects of your study such as rigor, feasibility, and the potential impact of your proposed trial.



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High-fat diet alters reward system in rats

Exposure to high-fat diet from childhood may increase the sensitivity of the dopamine system later in adulthood, according to a study in male rats.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Dramatic shift in gut microbes and their metabolites seen after weight loss surgery

Obesity is linked with the composition of microbes in the human gut. In new research, bacterial composition in the gut, as well as accompanying metabolites are shown to undergo a profound and permanent shift, with microbial diversity significantly increasing following gastric bypass surgery.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

A flip switch for binge-eating?

Researchers have identified a subgroup of neurons in the mouse brain that, upon activation, immediately prompt binge-like eating.

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Isolated Greek villages reveal genetic secrets that protect against heart disease

A genetic variant that protects the heart against cardiovascular disease has been discovered. The cardioprotective variant was found in an isolated Greek population, who are known to live long and healthy lives despite having a diet rich in animal fat.

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Morgan Lake Q&A

Article May 26, 2017

Ahead of the 2017 World Championships in Athletics, we spoke with GB athlete Morgan Lake on how she’s balancing personal life and training



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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Collaborating to Support Research on a Promising Smoking Cessation Treatment

Illnesses and deaths linked to tobacco smoking are a huge public health problem in the United States and worldwide. Although treatments such as counseling and medication are available to help people stop smoking, research indicates that these treatments are not always available or successful for every patient, and that an individualized approach is desirable.



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Size-sensing protein controls glucose uptake and storage in fat cells

Researchers have discovered that a molecule which can sense the swelling of fat cells also controls a signaling pathway that allows fat cells to take up and store excess glucose. Mice missing this protein, known as SWELL1, gain less weight (fat) than normal mice on a high-fat diet, but also develop diabetes.

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Probing problems with bariatric surgery: Reoperations, variation are common

Every year, nearly 200,000 Americans turn to surgeons for help with their obesity, seeking bariatric surgery to lose weight and prevent life-threatening health problems. But after more than two decades of steadily increasing numbers of operations, American bariatric surgery centers still vary greatly in the quality of care they provide.

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Recommended daily protein intake too low for the elderly

The minimum protein requirement for healthy adults has been set almost 15 years ago to 0.80 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. There is a growing body of evidence that this recommended dietary allowance (RDA) is not sufficient for older persons and that they would benefit from eating more proteins.

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Where body fat is carried can predict cancer risk

Carrying fat around your middle could be as good an indicator of cancer risk as body mass index (BMI), according to new research.

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Fiber-rich diet linked to lowered risk of painful knee osteoarthritis

A fiber-rich diet is linked to a lowered risk of painful knee osteoarthritis, finds the first study of its kind.

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Regular chocolate consumption may be linked to lower risk of heart flutter

Regular chocolate consumption may be linked to a lower risk of developing the heart rhythm irregularity atrial fibrillation, also known as heart flutter

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Dietary strategy to address obesity uses component in red chili

Scientists have discovered a dietary strategy that may address obesity by reducing endotoxemia, a major contributor to chronic, low-grade inflammation (CLGI). The researchers uncovered an interaction between dietary capsaicin (CAP), the major pungent component in red chili, and gut microbiota. This novel mechanism for the anti-obesity effect of CAP acts through prevention of microbial dysbiosis.

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Rethinking exercise: Replace punishing workouts with movement that makes you happy

Many women start fitness programs to lose weight, and when they don't, they feel like failures and stop exercising. In a new study, researchers analyzed what women say makes them feel happy and successful, and how their expectations and beliefs about exercise foster or undermine those things.

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Just one alcoholic drink a day increases breast cancer risk, exercise lowers risk

Drinking just one glass of wine or other alcoholic drink a day increases breast cancer risk, finds a major new report.

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Why our brain cells may prevent us burning fat when we're dieting

A study carried out in mice may help explain why dieting can be an inefficient way to lose weight: key brain cells act as a trigger to prevent us burning calories when food is scarce.

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Father's pre-conception vitamin D intake linked to child height and weight at 5 years old

New research shows that a father's vitamin D intake pre-conception is associated with his child's height and weight at five years old.

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Keeping young women's weight gain to less than 800g/year could help prevent progression from healthy weight to overweight and obesity

New research shows that rates of weight gain are established by the time women are 18-23 years old. Measuring rates of weight gain at this age could identify women who are likely to become overweight or obese by the time they are 40. Furthermore, women who are divorced, separated or widowed, and those who smoke >10/day are most at risk of becoming overweight or obese.

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Eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables could cut obesity risk

Pro-vegetarian diets (with a higher consumption of plant-based foods compared to animal-based foods) could provide substantial protection against obesity, according to new research.

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Eating more fruits and vegetables may lower risk of blockages in leg arteries

Eating three or more servings of fruit and vegetables per day may lower your risk of developing blockages in leg arteries.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

5 Tips for a Healthy Vacation

As you plan your next beach vacation, make sure your trip is a healthy one. Consider these five tips on sun safety, medications, contact lenses, tattoos, and eating well.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Sleep loss affects your waistline

Sleep loss increases the risk of obesity through a combination of effects on energy metabolism. This research will highlight how disrupted sleep patterns, a common feature of modern living, can predispose to weight gain, by affecting people’s appetite and responses to food and exercise.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Being overweight in childhood may heighten lifetime risk of depression

New research suggests that being overweight, especially from a young age, may substantially increase the lifetime risk of major depression.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Crescendo of Interest and Research in Music and Health

In this blog post, NCCIH Director of External Research Dr. Emmeline Edwards discusses NIH/NCCIH funding opportunities in music and art therapies.



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Another reason to exercise: Burning bone fat a key to better bone health

It's a fat-burning secret anyone interested in bone health should know. For the first time, researchers show that exercising burns the fat found within bone marrow and offers evidence that this process improves bone quality and the amount of bone in a matter of weeks.

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Chance of colon cancer recurrence nearly cut in half in people who eat nuts

Something as simple as eating tree nuts may make a difference in the long-term survival of patients with colon cancer, a new study concludes.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Following gastric band surgery, device-related reoperation common, costly

Among Medicare beneficiaries undergoing laparoscopic adjustable gastric band surgery, reoperation was common, costly, and varied widely across hospital referral regions, according to a study.

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Switching to a low-glycemic diet may stop age-related eye disease, study suggests

Development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) could be arrested by switching from a high-glycemic to a low-glycemic diet, suggests a new study conducted in mice.

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Young women's gradual weight gain lifts pregnancy blood pressure danger

Researchers are challenging women to start thinking about pre-pregnancy health sooner, with the finding that years of gradual weight gain more than doubles the risk of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy. The increased risk was due to weight change and occurred regardless of whether the woman's body mass index (BMI) was initially categorized as healthy or overweight.

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Breast cancer risk is more affected by total body fat than abdominal fat

A reduction in overall body fat, rather than abdominal fat, is associated with lower levels of breast cancer markers. Levels of several breast cancer risk markers were reduced in postmenopausal women who lost total body fat, rather than just belly fat. These results emphasize the importance of maintaining a healthy weight and could influence the design of diet and exercise plans for overweight women.

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'Healthy' obese people still at higher risk of cardiovascular disease events than general population

New research shows that so-called 'metabolically healthy' obese people are still at higher risk of cardiovascular disease events such as heart failure or stroke than normal weight people.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Inflammatory signature of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

A team of investigators has identified key inflammatory cells involved in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Current treatment for the disorder involves changes to diet, yet no medication has been approved for treatment. Findings from this study provide a potential therapeutic target and offer the possibility for developing a treatment.

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Popular weight-loss surgery puts patients at high risk for alcohol problems

One in five patients who undergo one of the most popular weight-loss surgical procedures is likely to develop problems with alcohol, with symptoms sometimes not appearing until years after their surgery, according to one of the largest, longest-running studies of adults who got weight-loss surgery.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Nonprescription use of Ritalin linked to adverse side effects, study finds

New research has explored the potential side effects of the stimulant drug Ritalin on those without ADHD showed changes in brain chemistry associated with risk-taking behavior, sleep disruption and other undesirable effects.

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Better than BMI: More accurate way to determine adolescent obesity

Researchers have found a new, more accurate way to determine if adolescents are overweight, important findings considering many school districts label adolescents -- who tend to be more vulnerable to weight bias and fat shaming than adults -- as obese.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Diet rich in fruit, vegetables and whole grains may lower risk of gout

A diet rich in fruit and vegetables, nuts and whole grains and low in salt, sugary drinks, and red and processed meats, is associated with a lower risk of gout, whereas a typical 'Western' diet is associated with a higher risk of gout, finds a study.

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Experts argue that obesity is a chronic, relapsing, progressive disease

Experts consider the argument for obesity as a chronic relapsing disease process. They note that obesity fits the epidemiological model of a disease process except that the toxic or pathological agent is food rather than a microbe.

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Common sweetener in low-cal foods also a marker for weight gain

A new study has identified the sugar alcohol erythritol as a biomarker for increasing fat mass. In contrast to previous assumptions and research, erythritol can be metabolized by, and even produced in, the human body.

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Imbalanced gut microbiome linked to systemic sclerosis, study suggests

Americans and Norwegians with systemic sclerosis had higher levels of bacteria that can cause inflammation and lower levels of bacteria that are believed to protect against inflammation compared with healthy people.

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New findings may explain the advantages of polyunsaturated fat

Previous research has demonstrated that saturated fat is more fattening and less muscle building than polyunsaturated fats. A new study shows that the choice of fat causes epigenetic changes which in turn could contribute to differences in fat storage.

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Osteoarthritis could be prevented with good diet and exercise

Osteoarthritis can potentially be prevented with a good diet and regular exercise, a new expert review reports.

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Tamoxifen protects against obesity-related metabolic disorders

Tamoxifen is the gold standard for endocrine treatment of estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer. Tamoxifen is also known to have metabolic effects. A new study reports that the drug also prevents obesity, fatty liver, and insulin resistance in female mice who were fed a high-fat diet and whose ovaries had been removed. The study was also able to pinpoint which estrogen receptors underlie these protective effects, opening up possibilities for new therapies to treat these conditions.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Loss of spinal nerve fibers not the only cause of disability in multiple sclerosis

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London have now sampled spinal cords of thirteen people with MS and five healthy controls, and found that spinal cord cross sectional area is not a good predictor of axonal loss.

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Older age at menopause and use of hormone therapy produce increased risk of hearing loss

It has long been suspected that menopause and the use of hormones had a direct effect on hearing. However, findings from previous studies have been conflicting, with some suggesting that hearing worsens at menopause but that there is benefit with hormone therapy (HT). Now results from the first large population study conducted to assess the association show that older age at natural menopause and the use of oral HT are each associated with a higher risk of hearing loss.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Kicking the salt shaker habit may not be enough

Restaurant foods and commercially processed foods sold in stores accounted for about 70 percent of dietary sodium intake in a study in three US regions. Salt added at home during food preparation or at the table accounted for a small fraction of dietary sodium. These findings confirm earlier recommendations from the Institute of Medicine to lower dietary sodium by decreasing the amount in commercially processed foods.

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Genetic Edge Compounds Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of GEC Laxoplex Dietary Supplement Capsules Due to Presence of Anabolic Steroids

Genetic Edge Compounds voluntarily recalls all lot codes distributed between February 2, 2015-May 2, 2017 of GEC Laxoplex dietary supplement capsules.



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Alzheimer's disease likely not caused by low body mass index

A new large-scale genetic study found that low body mass index (BMI) is likely not a causal risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, as earlier research had suggested.

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Discover women’s rugby!

Feature May 9, 2017

Love watching rugby but nervous to give it a go? England Rugby’s new women’s camps are the perfect introduction



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Monday, May 8, 2017

NCCIH Reissues Funding Initiatives for Phased Awards of Mechanistic Studies To Optimize Mind and Body Interventions

NCCIH is pleased to announce the reissue of two Program Announcements (PARs) that direct research attention toward investigating the mechanisms by which mind and body interventions might work, as well as strategies to optimize these interventions:



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Giving Medication to Children

The director of FDA's Office of Pediatric Therapeutics discusses what parents should know about medication. use in children.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Prolonged military-style training causes changes to intestinal bacteria, increases inflammation

A new study finds that long periods of physiological stress can change the composition of microorganisms residing in the intestines (intestinal microbiota), which could increase health risks in endurance athletes and military personnel.

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Harms from disruptions in children's medicaid coverage

New research suggest that when children lose state Medicaid coverage even for a short time, they are likely to go without needed health care, or to receive care in resource-intensive setting such as emergency departments rather than less expensive primary care offices.

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Teens and adolescents who consume too much salt show unhealthy changes to blood vessels

Findings of a new study suggest adolescents who consume too much salt have measurable changes in their blood vessels associated with early signs of cardiovascular disease in adults.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Cinnamon may lessen damage of high-fat diet in rats

Cinnamon may lessen the risk of cardiovascular damage of a high-fat diet by activating the body's antioxidant and anti-inflammatory systems and slowing the fat-storing process, according to a preliminary animal study.

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'Small for gestational age' studied across European countries

A new study questions the use of common references for assessing 'small for gestational age' (SGA) in very preterm infants across Europe. SGA describes a baby who is smaller than the usual amount for the number of weeks of pregnancy.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

6 Deadlift Variations Your Butt Will Thank You For

A classic deadlift is an amazing exercise, but these variations add another extra challenge. Here's how to do a deadlift six different ways.

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Dealing With Opiate Withdrawal (FTC Blog, Scam Alerts)

FTC says not to trust dietary supplements promoted for opiate withdrawal.



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Vitamin A deficiency is detrimental to blood stem cells

Lack of vitamin A in the body has a detrimental effect on the hematopoietic system in the bone marrow. The deficiency causes a loss of important blood stem cells, scientists now report. These findings will open up new prospects in cancer therapy.

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13 Cute Gift Ideas For Fit Moms Who Love Fashion

If your mom loves fitness, athleisure, and fashion, she's sure to love these Mother's Day gift ideas.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Improving control of age-related obesity

The function and distribution of adipose tissue in the body change during the course of life. Beige fat cells, a special type of adipocytes, have the capability to use energy reserves – fatty deposits – by generating heat in a process known as thermogenesis. With increasing age, beige adipocytes take on the morphology of white adipocytes. Thermogenic activity ceases and with it the cells' ability to burn fat. As a result, the risk of obesity increases. A team has now proven that the epigenetic enzyme lysine specific demethylase 1 (Lsd1) plays a key role in this transformation.

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Finding Funding for the Building Blocks of Natural Product Clinical Trials

Find out more about a new series of funding opportunity announcements for investigator-initiated clinical trials, and register for this May 9 webinar: New NCCIH Funding Opportunities for Natural Products Clinical Trials.



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Your muscles can 'taste' sugar

It's obvious that the taste buds on the tongue can detect sugar. And after a meal, beta cells in the pancreas sense rising blood glucose and release the hormone insulin—which helps the sugar enter cells, where it can be used by the body for energy. Now researchers have uncovered an unexpected mechanism of glucose sensing in skeletal muscles that contributes to the body's overall regulation of blood sugar levels.

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Extending weight loss program helps people who are overweight keep more weight off, and is cost-effective

Extending NHS weight loss programs from one session per week for 12-weeks to one session per week for a year helped people who are overweight to lose more weight and keep it off for longer, according to a new study.

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Parkinson: Weight gain after deep brain stimulation

It was already known that people affected by Parkinson's disease, when subjected to deep brain stimulation, gained weight, but it was less clear why that was so. New research has now shown that the weight gain after implant has a multifactorial origin. The study monitored for the first time a group of patients before and after the intervention, assessing cognitive, psychological and behavioral aspects, providing important elements for preventative purposes.

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Circadian clock changes can alter body's response to diet

Changing the circadian clock in mouse liver can alter how the body responds to diet and also change the microbes living in the digestive track.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

12 High-Waisted Leggings You’ll Want to Work Out and Live In

The high-waist legging trend is my absolute favorite, and will probably be yours, too. Here are some of my favorites to try.

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Recognizing food brands puts preschoolers at risk for obesity

Young children who recognize food name brands, such as Lucky Charms, M&M's and Cheetos, often eat unhealthy items that lead to their high body mass index.

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Cardiorespiratory fitness can reduce risk of fatty liver

Cardiorespiratory fitness is inversely related to risk of fatty liver, according to a new study. The research shows that, despite the person's weight, achieving moderate cardiorespiratory fitness can protect from fatty liver.

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Discovery in mice could lead to new class of medications to fight mid-life obesity

A team of scientists has identified an enzyme that could help in the continuous battle against mid-life obesity and fitness loss. The discovery in mice could upend current notions about why people gain weight as they age, and could one day lead to more effective weight-loss medications.

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To Get Strong, These Are the Only 8 Exercises You Need

Get strong as hell with these 8 foundational exercises from fitness experts: squats, rows, pull-ups, shoulder presses, bench presses, step-ups, and bridges.

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New anti-rejection drug reduces weight gain, enhances outcomes for liver transplant recipients

Researchers have discovered that a new anti-rejection drug that is gentler on the kidneys after liver transplant also reduces weight gain, which is common after surgery and can lead to serious problems for transplant patients.

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4 Things To Know About Dietary Supplements for Eye Conditions

Four important things to know about dietary supplements and eye diseases.



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One step closer to finding out how wine may protect your neurons

Low to moderate intake of red wine can delay the onset of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Researchers have now found out how wine compounds are protective against neuronal death: they should pass through your stomach first.

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Dietary gluten is not linked to heart risk in non-celiacs

A study revealed that while dietary gluten does not increase heart disease risk in people without celiac disease, limiting whole grains may increase their heart risk.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

30 Surprisingly Cute Pairs of Socks and Underwear Perfect for Any Workout

It's all in the details. These are our picks for the best athletic socks and sweat-wicking underwear.

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9 Super Easy Ways to Make $10

With SELFstarter, it's easy to earn cash back when you shop.

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'Exercise-in-a-pill' boosts athletic endurance by 70 percent

Sedentary mice given the drug ran longer without training.

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WTF Is Gluteal Amnesia and How to Know If You Have It

Gluteal amnesia, also known as "dead butt syndrome," is more common than you think. But with a few simple exercises, it's easy to reverse.

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4 Things To Know About Dietary Supplements for Eye Conditions

Four important things to know about dietary supplements and eye diseases.



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Dietary Supplements for Eye Conditions

Eye doctor giving an exam to a senior citizen

Eye conditions that can lead to permanent visual impairment or blindness—including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma—are serious public health problems.



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Think Before You Ink: Are Tattoos Safe?

Are tattoos safe? Not always. More people are getting tattoos, and some have developed infections from contaminated inks, or had bad reactions to the inks themselves.

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Weight loss can slow down knee joint degeneration

Overweight and obese people who lost a substantial amount of weight over a 48-month period showed significantly lower degeneration of their knee cartilage, according to a new study.

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Golden years are longer and healthier for those with good heart health in middle age

People who have better cardiovascular health in middle age live longer and spend fewer of their later years with chronic illnesses of all types. They also save money on healthcare costs.

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8 Plus-Size Athletes Breaking Down Stereotypes

These plus-size athletes prove that you can be fit at any size. Follow these powerhouse women for daily Insta inspiration.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Mice with missing lipid-modifying enzyme heal better after heart attack

Using a mouse heart attack model, researchers have shown that knocking out one particular lipid-modifying enzyme, along with a short-term dietary excess of a certain lipid, can improve post-heart attack healing and clear inflammation.

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Regular use of aspirin can lower risk of breast cancer for women

The use of low-dose aspirin (81 mg) reduces the risk of breast cancer in women, a new study concludes. Researchers saw an overall 16 percent lower risk of breast cancer in women who reported using low-dose aspirin at least three times per week.

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Is alternate-day fasting more effective for weight loss?

Alternate day fasting regimens have increased in popularity because some patients find it difficult to adhere to a conventional weight-loss diet. A new article reports on a randomized clinical trial that compared the effects of alternate-day fasting with daily calorie restriction on weight loss, weight maintenance and indicators of cardiovascular disease risk.

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Common antibiotics linked to increased risk of miscarriage

Many classes of common antibiotics, such as macrolides, quinolones, tetracyclines, sulfonamides and metronidazole, were associated with an increased risk of miscarriage in early pregnancy, according to a new study.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Modern metabolic science yields better way to calculate indoor carbon dioxide

The air we breathe out can help us improve the quality of the air we breathe in. But to do so, one needs a reliable way to calculate the concentration of carbon dioxide we produce indoors. Researchers have developed a new computation method that uses well-established concepts from the study of human metabolism and exercise physiology to significantly improve how this important data is derived.

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Common Athletic Injuries in Women and How to Avoid Them

Some athletic injuries affect women disproportionately. Learn the most common sports injuries in women and steps to keep yourself healthy and injury-free.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

How to Be a Better Runner

These 7 simple steps on how to be a better runner are low-tech but high reward—and none of them require logging extra miles.

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New appetite control mechanism found in brain

A newly discovered molecule increases appetite during fasting, and decreases it during gorging. The neuron-exciting protein, named NPGL – apparently aims to maintain body mass at a constant, come feast or famine. An evolutionary masterstroke, but not great news for those looking to trim down, or beef up for the summer.

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The secret swaps to being healthier and more efficient

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Overweight/obese people with diabetes at increased risk of brain abnormalities

Overweight and obese individuals with early stage type 2 diabetes (T2D) had more severe and progressive abnormalities in brain structure and cognition compared to normal-weight study participants, research indicates.

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Physical activity helps to counteract weight gain from obesity-causing gene variant

Physical activity can reduce the weight-gaining effects of the genetic variant that carries the greatest risk of obesity, report.

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This Muslim Teen No Longer Has to Choose Between Her Love of Boxing and Her Hijab

A new USA Boxing regulation offers athletes religious exemptions on clothing restrictions—allowing athletes to wear hijabs while competing.

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Maternal marijuana use linked to low birth weight

Researchers found that women who used marijuana while pregnant were almost three times more likely to have an infant with low birth weight. It is the first large-scale study in Canada to show this association between maternal marijuana use and low birth weight infants.

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Exercise and vitamin D better together for heart health

Researchers report that an analysis of survey responses and health records of more than 10,000 American adults for nearly 20 years suggests a 'synergistic' link between exercise and good vitamin D levels in reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Want to better comply with dietary guidelines, and save money? Cook dinner at home

The best culinary paths to better health are not always paved with cash, new research shows, and cooking at home can provide the best bang-for-the-buck nutritionally as well as financially.

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I Had a Personal Trainer and Nutritionist for a Month and It Changed Everything

With access to a personal trainer and nutritionist, plus a career coach, cooking expert, and unlimited fitness classes, what could this writer accomplish?

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Ellie Goulding Doesn’t Shower After the Gym Because She ‘Never Smells’

In a recent interview, Ellie Goulding said she rarely has body odor, skips post-workout showers, and is afraid of "over-showering."

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Ingesting soy protein may ease severity of inflammatory bowel disease

A diet supplemented with soy protein may be an effective adjunct therapy for inflammatory bowel diseases, researchers reported after completing a study that included mice and cultured human colon cells.

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Food photos help Instagram users with healthy eating

People are turning to Instagram as a place where they can log food intake and track healthy eating behaviors by posting photos of everything they eat -- and being held accountable by followers for sticking to their goals, a new study finds.

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People with a normal BMI who carry weight around the middle at greatest risk of death

People with a normal BMI who carry their weight around the middle are at the highest risk of death from any cause compared to those who are overweight or obese but carry their weight elsewhere, new research has found.

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How to get adults to eat their vegetables? Study explores potential of spices and herbs use

Researchers interested in developing interventions to encourage adults to make better food choices are investigating whether using more spices and herbs, like ginger, curry, rosemary, or garlic, for example, can help adults consume more vegetables as part of their diet.

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Risk of obesity influenced by changes in our genes

A child's risk of obesity as they grow up can be influenced by modifications to their DNA prior to birth, a new study has shown. These changes, known as epigenetic modifications, control the activity of our genes without changing the actual DNA sequence. One of the main epigenetic modifications is DNA methylation, which plays a key role in embryonic development and the formation of different cell types, regulating when and where genes are switched on.

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Major health benefits linked to indoor temperature variation, study finds

Exposure to environments outside a comfortable temperature could help tackle major metabolic diseases, such as diabetes and obesity.

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Illegal Cancer Treatments: FDA Warning - Fraudulent Claims of Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention or Cure

FDA issued warning letters to 14 U.S.-based companies illegally selling products that fraudulently claim to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure cancer.



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Obesity amplifies genetic risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

An international study has revealed a striking genetic-environmental interaction: Obesity significantly amplifies the effects of three gene variants that increase risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) by different metabolic pathways.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bugs for thought: Gut bacteria tell the brain what animals should eat?

Could the bacteria that inhabit our gut influence our food choices? A new study shows, for the first time, that this idea may not be as far-fetched as it seems. Neuroscientists have discovered that gut bacteria 'speak' with the brain to control food choices in animals. They identified two species of bacteria that have a radical impact on animal dietary decisions.

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Mental illness does not affect bariatric surgery weight loss results

A new study compares bariatric surgery outcomes according to preoperative mental illness. Results indicates that the state of mental illness does not affect weight loss results.

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4 Things to Know Before Increasing the Weight You Lift

When weight lifting, when should you increase the amount of weight that you lift? Answer these three questions to find out.

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Vitamin a and a high-fat diet increasing risk for obesity, diabetes

Vitamin A is an essential nutrient that the human body needs to function properly. But new research suggests that normal levels of vitamin A within a high-fat diet can negatively affect expression of liver genes associated with glucose and fat metabolism.

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Geophagy: Eating soil could harm babies

Up to 80% of people in Africa, especially women, regularly eat clayey soil – this habit is known as geophagy. A previous study has already shown that it is a form of craving. Now researchers have shown that this practice can also be detrimental to health: pregnant women who consume particular types of soil display higher levels of lead contamination – as do their babies.

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Clinical trials offer fresh hope for kids with rare brain disease

Anna Gunby can't run around as smoothly as most 4-year-olds because her wobbly legs are affected by a rare brain disease that also hinders her intellect. She can't identify colors. She can't count objects. Her attention span is short. Patients with Glut1 deficiency usually can't learn beyond an elementary school level and often can't live independently as adults. But now there is hope, say researchers.

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Childhood obesity quadruples risk of developing type 2 diabetes

Children with obesity face four times the risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to children with a body mass index (BMI) in the normal range, according to a new study.

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'Diet' products can make you fat, study shows

High-fat foods are often the primary target when fighting obesity, but sugar-laden 'diet' foods could be contributing to unwanted weight gain as well.

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Low-sodium diet might not lower blood pressure

A new study that followed more than 2,600 men and women for 16 years found that consuming less sodium wasn't associated with lower blood pressure. The study adds to growing evidence that current recommendations for limiting sodium intake may be misguided.

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A novel form of iron for fortification of foods

Whey protein nanofibrils loaded with iron nanoparticles. Now researchers are developing a new and highly effective way of fortifying iron into food and drinks.

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Predicting people's 'brain age' could help to spot who is at risk of early death

A method for predicting someone's 'brain age' based on MRI scans could help to spot who might be at increased risk of poor health and even dying at a younger age.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Gut bacteria may turn common nutrient into clot-enhancing compound

Gut bacteria can produce a clot-enhancing compound when people eat a nutrient found in a variety of foods including meat, eggs and milk, according to new research.

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Challenging the current approach to Glut1 deficiency

Researchers have discovered that diet changes and early diagnosis could help outcomes for patients with Glucose Transporter Type 1 Deficiency, a rare pediatric neurological disorder that can cause motor developmental problems and trigger seizures and epilepsy.

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Does the microbiome play a role in the effectiveness of colorectal cancer treatment?

C. elegans, fed a diet of E. coli bacteria, are 100 times more sensitive to the chemotherapy drug floxuridine, commonly used to treat colon cancer, than worms fed different bacteria. These findings suggest that the bacteria residing in your digestive tract may play an important role in your ability to respond to chemotherapy.

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Maternal high-fat diet may increase offspring risk for liver disease

A new mouse study suggests that exposure to a high-fat diet in the womb and immediately after birth promotes more rapid progression of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease later in life. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is the most common chronic liver disease diagnosed in adults and children.

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Could genetics influence what we like to eat?

Gene variants could affect food preferences in healthy people, according to a new study. The findings could lead to new strategies that make it easier for people to stick to an optimal diet.

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Timing and duration matters for school lunch and recess

Researchers find that the duration and timing of lunch and recess is related to food choices and the physical activity of school children. These findings could help schools make policies that promote healthier school lunches and increased physical activity during recess.

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Financial strain tied to low-birth-weight babies

A financially strapped pregnant woman's worries about the arrival and care of her little one could contribute to birth of a smaller, medically vulnerable infant, a new study suggests.

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Little kids' regular bedtimes and ability to regulate emotions may lessen obesity risk

Family structure including regular bedtimes, mealtimes and limited screen time appear to be linked to better emotional health in preschoolers, and that might lower the chances of obesity later, a new study suggests.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Obesity is top cause of preventable life-years lost, study shows

Obesity resulted in as much as 47 percent more life-years lost than tobacco, and tobacco caused similar life-years lost as high blood pressure, new research has shown.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Significant connections between diet and drinking during pregnancy

It has been shown that both heavy and occasional drinking among the general population are linked to eating less fruits and vegetables, and eating more processed and fried meat. This is particularly worrisome for pregnant women, as both drinking and inadequate nutrition can have adverse consequences for the fetus. This study investigated links between maternal diet and drinking during pregnancy.

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When liver immune cells turn bad

A high-fat diet and obesity turn 'hero' virus-fighting liver immune cells 'rogue,' leading to insulin resistance, a condition that often results in type 2 diabetes, according to research.

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5 Moves That Will Sculpt Your Booty

Peach emoji, IRL. These are the butt exercises trainer Jessica Bolbach of KORE New York suggests you should do to get a stronger, more sculpted butt.

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Organic Herbal Supply Issue Voluntary Nationwide Recall Of All Lots Of Various Supplements For Male And Female Sexual Enhancement Due To Undeclared Tadalafil And Flibanserin

Organic Herbal Supply, Inc. recalls all lots of Uproar, Cummor, Zrect, Monkey Business, Xrect, Rectalis, Tornado, Zdaily, BigNHard, Enhancerol Natural Male Enhancement capsules.



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Diet high in animal protein is associated with NAFLD in overweight people

A diet high in animal protein was associated with a higher risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a condition in which fat builds up in the liver, new research has found. These findings demonstrated that fructose consumption per se might not be as harmful as previously assumed.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Is soda bad for your brain? (And is diet soda worse?)

Excess sugar -- especially the fructose in sugary drinks -- might damage your brain, new research suggests. Researchers found that people who drink sugary beverages frequently are more likely to have poorer memory, smaller overall brain volume, and a significantly smaller hippocampus. A follow-up study found that people who drank diet soda daily were almost three times as likely to develop stroke and dementia when compared to those who did not.

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Uses and Misuses of Pilot Studies

In this blog post, Dr. Lanay Mudd discusses the purpose of pilot studies and points to NCCIH’s new “Framework for Developing and Testing Mind and Body Interventions.”



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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Best Butt Exercises for Tight Hips

With tight hips, it can be hard to do squats, lunges, and other butt exercises. Work your glutes—and help your hips feel better—with these butt exercises.

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Show Me the Money! Finding Funding to Study the Clinical Effects of Mind and Body Interventions

At NCCIH, we are working hard to let the research community know about our new approach to funding research with human subjects that focuses on the clinical effects of complementary health approaches.



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The 7 Best Stretches for Knee Pain

Knee pain is often caused by weakness or tightness in the muscles and tendons that connect to the knees. Do these stretches to relieve tightness and knee pain.

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Amino acids in diet could be key to starving cancer

Cutting out certain amino acids – the building blocks of proteins – from the diet of mice slows tumor growth and prolongs survival, according to new research.

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Study on mice demonstrates the action of strawberries against breast cancer

Strawberry extract can inhibit the spread of laboratory-grown breast cancer cells, even when they are inoculated in female mice to induce tumors, new research shows. However, the scientists do point out that these results from animal testing can not be extrapolated to humans.

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Plant protein may protect against type 2 diabetes, meat eaters at greater risk

A new study adds to the growing body of evidence indicating that the source of dietary protein may play a role in the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The researchers found that plant protein was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, while persons with a diet rich in meat had a higher risk.

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Problems with E-Cigarettes, Vape Products, Hookah, Cigarettes or Other Tobacco Products? Tell the FDA

The FDA has updated the online tool you can use to report problems with tobacco products.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Nutrition label readers favor food quality over quantity

Although nutrition-label users eat roughly the same amount of food as less-discerning diners, the two groups diverge when it comes to the quality of the food they eat, suggests a new paper.

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Watch Kathrine Switzer Cross the 2017 Boston Marathon Finish Line

Kathrine Switzer, 70, made history in 1967 when she became the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon as a registered entry.

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