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2011-10-04 12:06:03

Breakthrough finding sheds light on fundamental biological process A team of scientists at the Gladstone Institutes and Yale University have begun to unravel the complex process by which cells take in and store microscopic fat molecules, suggesting new directions for further research into solutions for obesity and its related conditions, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease. In a paper being published today in Cell Metabolism, Gladstone Senior Investigator...

Fat Tax For Denmark, More Countries To Follow?
2011-10-03 10:47:40

Denmark -  known for its propensity for fatty, rich foods - will now require its residents to pay a bit more for the privilege of tucking into chips and fried foods. A so-called “fat tax” has been enacted by Denmark´s outgoing government in a bid to limit the population´s intake of fatty foods, The Guardian is reporting. Everything from milk to oils, meats and pre-cooked foods such as pizzas will be targeted with the additional revenue to be used for funding...

2011-09-29 23:03:00

A major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and other health- and life-threatening conditions, obesity is epidemic in the United States and other developed nations where it's fueled in large part by excessive consumption of a fat-rich "Western diet." But not all fats are equal. Animal-derived saturated fats like lard and butter are strongly linked to adverse health effects, but unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats from plants and cold-water fish like salmon and mackerel...

2011-09-29 14:37:00

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A west coast secret is finally reaching the east coast and all points in between. All the way from Beverly Hills, California, a health and beauty boutique named Endless Youth and Life is making national headlines (www.endlessyouthandlife.com). A clinically tested dietary supplement is helping thousands of Americans shed excess abdominal fat with results shown in less than 4 weeks of use. Just a few capsules per day and their stomachs are...

2011-09-28 09:46:00

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- When filmmaker Darryl Roberts realized the premise of the upcoming book, Maggie Goes on a Diet, he was more than a little concerned about the message. His initial reaction was disgust. Maggie Goes on a Diet to be released on October 16, 2011 is about a 14-year old girl who goes on a diet. In the beginning of the book, 14-year old Maggie is being called 'fatty' and 'chubby' by classmates. So she decides to go on a diet to be more acceptable...

2011-09-26 15:12:58

By measuring the radioactive isotope carbon-14, scientists at Karolinska Institutet have revealed an association between lipid cell dysfunction and diseases such as obesity, diabetes and blood lipid disorders. The study, which is presented in the journal Nature, can lead to new approaches to combating metabolic diseases. The results show that fat cells in overweight people have a higher capacity for storing fats but a lower capacity for ridding themselves of them. "One might intuitively...

2011-09-13 12:30:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Parody and polka are perfectly performed when Grammy® Award-winning "Weird Al" Yankovic returns to the small screen to present his first special since 1999. COMEDY CENTRAL will debut the World Premiere of "Weird Al" Yankovic Live! - The Alpocalypse Tour on Saturday, October 1 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. On October 4, "Weird Al" Yankovic Live! - The Alpocalypse Tour will be released in North America on DVD and Blu-ray by COMEDY CENTRAL...

Trans Fats From Ruminant Animals May Be Beneficial
2011-09-08 04:51:33

  A Canadian review, published in the latest edition of Advances In Nutrition suggests that trans fatty acids from ruminant animal sources, dairy, beef and lamb, may have beneficial health effects including reducing the risks of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Dr. Spencer Proctor, one of the review authors and Director of the Metabolic and Cardiovascular Diseases Laboratory at the University of Alberta in Canada says, “The body of evidence clearly points to a change needed...

2011-09-06 22:16:12

When mice are given a more engaging place to live with greater opportunities for social stimulation, some of their energy-storing white fat is transformed to energy-burning brown fat. As a result, the animals expend more energy and lose weight even as they eat more. The findings reported in the September Cell Metabolism, a Cell Press publication, point to the powerful effect that animals' social and physical environments can have on their metabolisms. "I'm still amazed at the degree of fat...

2011-09-06 22:09:26

Scientists have discovered a biological switch that gives energy-storing white fat the characteristics of energy-burning brown fat. The findings could lead to new strategies for treating obesity. The animal study by researchers at The Ohio State University Medical Center shows that the change is due to the activation of a nerve and biochemical pathway that begins in the hypothalamus, an area of the brain involved in energy balance, and ends in white fat cells. This pathway, called the...