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2011-05-04 14:40:52

Weizmann Institute scientists have added another piece to the obesity puzzle, showing how and why a certain protein that is active in a small part of the brain contributes to weight gain. This research appeared today in Cell Metabolism. Prof. Ari Elson and his team in the Institute's Molecular Genetics Department made the discovery when working with female mice that were genetically engineered to lack this protein, called protein tyrosine phosphatase epsilon (PTPe, for short). The...

2011-04-26 14:38:00

REDONDO BEACH, Calif., April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- May commemorates National Prader-Willi Syndrome Awareness Month and efforts are already underway to raise awareness of this little-known yet deadly disorder that is the most common genetic cause of obesity in children. Jessica Patay, mother of a young boy with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), decided nine months ago to partner her passion for running with her aspiration to raise awareness of her son's syndrome and funds to help...

2011-04-13 19:37:19

Findings show hormone causes people to sniff odors more An appetite-stimulating hormone causes people and animals to sniff odors more often and with greater sensitivity, according to a new study in the April 13 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. The findings suggest ghrelin may enhance the ability to find and identify food. Researchers led by Jenny Tong, MD, and Matthias Tschöp, MD, at the University of Cincinnati found the appetite-related hormone also influences smell. The new study...

2011-04-07 08:05:53

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- It was recently reported that women with low body fat, including runners and dancers as well as women with eating disorders, may be able to restore their fertility and reduce their risk of bone fractures by taking doses of the hormone leptin. Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) offered the first definitive proof that a lack of leptin contributes to hypothalamic amenorrhea (HA) -- a condition in which menstrual periods of women cease, triggering...

2011-04-05 00:07:50

Treatment could help athletes, women with eating disorders Women with extremely low body fat, including runners and dancers, as well as women with eating disorders, are prone to develop hypothalamic amenorrhea, a condition in which their menstrual periods cease, triggering such serious problems as infertility and osteoporosis. Now, a study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) offers the first definitive proof that a lack of leptin contributes to hypothalamic...

2011-04-04 23:28:19

The substance ghrelin plays an important role in various addictions, such as alcoholism and binge-eating. It also impacts on sugar consumption, which is due, in part, to genetic factors, reveals new research from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Ghrelin is a neuropeptide that both activates the brain's reward system and increases appetite. This means that when we are hungry, levels of ghrelin increase, activating the brain's reward system, and this, in turn, increases our motivation to...

2011-03-18 08:01:30

(Ivanhoe Newswire)-- The results of a new study on obesity in sheep and lambs may lend a hand in understanding obesity in humans. The new study is the first to show a definite link between obesity in a mother and obesity in her child in mammals that bear "mature offspring." Since humans also bear mature offspring, the results of this study are the first that can possibly be applied to humans. While the relationship between maternal obesity and offspring obesity has been proven in rats, rats...

2011-03-16 08:05:00

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif., March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With warm weather and bathing suit season just around the corner, the SENSA® Weight-Loss System, a revolutionary six-month weight-loss program developed by neurologist and smell and taste expert Dr. Alan Hirsch, announces an expansion of its product line with SENSA® FOR MEN. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110316/LA66037) Numerous studies have proven that women have a stronger sense...

2011-03-15 14:35:51

The research, published today (Tuesday March 15 2011) in The Journal of Physiology, shows a definite link between maternal and offspring obesity and is the first demonstration that this is the case in mammals which bear 'mature offspring' "“ as humans do. Professor Peter Nathanielsz, lead author of the research, said: "A relationship between maternal obesity and offspring obesity has been clearly identified in rodents but as their young are born immature, it was not clear whether the...

2011-01-12 14:46:11

A Mayo Clinic researcher says the surprising findings suggest the possibility of a novel treatment for obesity A study by researchers at Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida and Washington University School of Medicine adds a new twist to the body of evidence suggesting human obesity is due in part to genetic factors. While studying hormone receptors in laboratory mice, neuroscientists identified a new molecular player responsible for the regulation of appetite and metabolism. In the Jan. 11...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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