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  1. The New Device to Treat Obesity: Is It for You?

    Jan. 16, 2015 -- The FDA just approved the first new obesity device since 2007.  The Maestro Rechargeable System is a pacemaker-like implant that sends electrical pulses to the vagus nerve. The nerve extends from your brain to your stomach. It's involved in signaling the brain about whether the stom

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  2. Cooler Temps May Boost Calorie-Burning 'Brown Fat'

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cold temperatures may raise levels of calorie-burning "brown fat" in your body, a new study conducted with mice suggests. Unlike white fat, brown fat burns calories instead of storing them, and some studies have shown tha

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  3. Drug for Bladder Problems May Help Control Weight

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A drug already used to treat overactive bladder may also someday help control weight by boosting the metabolic powers of brown fat, a small study suggests. While white fat stores energy, brown fat burns energy to generat

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  4. Weight-Loss Surgery May Extend Lives, Study Finds

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery appears to prolong life for severely obese adults, a new study of U.S. veterans finds. Among 2,500 obese adults who underwent so-called bariatric surgery, the death rate was about 14 percent after 10

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  5. DASH Diet Is Tops Again, Fifth Year in a Row

    Jan. 6, 2015 -- Tis the season to start dieting. Besides resolve, of course, you need to figure out how you'll shed those pounds. If you’re still thinking about which diet you may want to try, U.S. News & World Report is offering its annual list of best diet plans. The Best Diets of 2015 is the publ

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  6. Study Debunks Notion of 'Healthy Obesity'

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The notion of potentially healthy obesity is a myth, with most obese people slipping into poor health and chronic illness over time, a new British study claims. The "obesity paradox" is a theory that argues obesity might

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  7. Diet Rich in Whole Grains Might Extend Your Life

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Over time, regularly eating whole wheat bread, oatmeal or other whole grains may add years to your lifespan, a new Harvard-led study concludes. Whole grains are so healthy that a person's risk of an early death drops with

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  8. Little Change in Fast Food Calories, Salt Content

    By EJ Mundell HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An investigation into the nutrition offered in meals from three major fast food chains finds little change in calories, salt or saturated fat from 1996 to 2013. A team led by Alice Lichtenstein, director of the U.S. Depart

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  9. Defective Hormone Tied to Chronic Obesity in Baby

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A small number of extremely obese people may be fat because their bodies produce a malfunctioning form of the appetite-controlling hormone leptin. That's the conclusion of a case study that appears in the Jan. 1 issue

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  10. Birth Year May Influence Your Odds for Obesity

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The year in which you're born might affect the activity of a gene that could raise your odds for obesity, a new study finds. Members of families who share an obesity-prone mutation of the FTO gene are more likely to car

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