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2011-11-02 13:00:00

Donation targeted for research into difficult challenges and obesity faced by those suffering from Prader-Willi Syndrome San Francisco and Los Angeles (PRWEB) November 02, 2011 The estate of Jean Joachim Deleage, together with the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research (FPWR), today jointly announced a donation of $500,000 made by the estate to further primary research into Prader-Willi Syndrome, a childhood disease that has painful and devastating effects from birth, through childhood and...

2011-10-05 05:52:21

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — The fat we usually think of is called white fat, but there´s another type- brown fat- that burns fat. It was previously thought that brown fat disappeared after infancy, but recent advances in imaging technology led to its rediscovery in adults. Brown fat is full of blood vessels and mitochondria, making it very good at converting calories into energy, a process that malfunctions in obesity. Researchers found that orexin, a hormone produced in the brain,...

2011-08-29 20:59:31

Losing weight without a grumbling stomach or expensive liquid diet can be as simple as eating a lighter lunch, finds a new Cornell University study to be published in the October issue of the journal Appetite. Participants who ate portion-controlled lunches did not compensate by eating more calories later in the day, leading researchers to believe the human body does not possess the mechanisms necessary to notice a small drop in energy intake. "Making small reductions in energy intake...

2011-08-29 11:33:08

Obesity is growing at alarming rates worldwide, and the biggest culprit is overeating. In a study of brain circuits that control hunger and satiety, Yale School of Medicine researchers have found that molecular mechanisms controlling free radicals–molecules tied to aging and tissue damage–are at the heart of increased appetite in diet-induced obesity. Published Aug. 28 in the advanced online issue of Nature Medicine, the study found that elevating free radical levels in the...

2011-08-25 14:54:39

Thomas Jefferson University research reveals hormone receptor GCC´s role in appetite and possible therapeutic target for obesity The hormone receptor guanylyl cyclase C (GCC) has been established as a suppressor of colorectal cancer tumors, but new evidence from Thomas Jefferson University suggests it may also help fight one of the country's biggest pandemics: obesity. Reporting in the August 25 online issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Scott Waldman, M.D., Ph.D.,...

2011-08-25 14:45:33

The number of people who are obese and suffer one or more of its associated health problems (including type 2 diabetes) is escalating dramatically. Researchers are seeking to identify new targets for therapeutics that could limit appetite and thereby obesity. A team of researchers, led by Scott Waldman, at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, has now uncovered one such potential target by studying the molecular control of appetite in mice. In the study, Waldman and colleagues found...

2011-08-15 12:11:24

Researchers in the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) at the University of Calgary's Faculty of Medicine have uncovered a mechanism by which stress increases food drive in rats. This new discovery, published online this week in the journal Neuron, could provide important insight into why stress is thought to be one of the underlying contributors to obesity. Normally, the brain produces neurotransmitters (chemicals responsible for how cells communicate in the brain) called endocannabinoids that...

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2011-07-31 06:25:00

The act of eating may itself be a way to lose weight, according to a new study which claims that spending more time chewing your food more could cause you to eat less. Writing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Jie Li and colleagues at the Harbin Medical University in China, discovered that those who chew their food 40 times instead of a typical 15 would consume approximately 12-percent fewer calories, according to a report on the research by Eric Schultz of Reuters Health. In...

2011-07-27 12:43:11

The past two decades have witnessed an epidemic spread of obesity-related diseases in Western countries. Elucidating the biological mechanism that links overnutrition to obesity could prove crucial in reducing obesity levels. In the July 26 issue of PLoS Biology, Dr. Dongsheng Cai and his research team at Albert Einstein College of Medicine describe a pathway that directs the brain to sense the body's glucose dynamics, and they find that a defect of this glucose sensing process contributes to...

2011-07-27 05:59:46

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- The past two decades have witnessed an epidemic spread of obesity-related diseases in Western countries. Elucidating the biological mechanism that links overnutrition to obesity could prove crucial in reducing obesity levels. Researchers found a pathway that directs the brain to sense the body's glucose dynamics, and they believe that a defect of this glucose-sensing pathway contributes to the development of obesity. The correction of this defect can normalize the whole...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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