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  1. C-Section May Raise Child Obesity Risk

    May 24, 2012 -- Childhood obesity and cesarean delivery rates have skyrocketed over the last few decades, and intriguing new research suggests the two might be related. Birth by C-section was associated with a two-fold increase in obesity at age 3 in the study by investigators from Harvard Medical S

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  2. Drinking Red Wine Is Good for Gut Bacteria

    May 25, 2012 -- Drinking a daily glass of red wine not only tastes good to many people, but it's also good for the bacteria lining your large intestine. A new Spanish study suggests that sipping about 9 ounces of Merlot or a low-alcohol red wine changed the mix of good and bad bacteria typically fou

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  3. Americans Living Longer but Obesity Rising

    May 16, 2012 -- The CDC today released its annual state of the union's health, and there's good news and bad. We're living longer. But we're also gaining more weight. Teen pregnancies are at a record low. But fewer people can afford necessary prescription drugs and medical care. The 583-page federal

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  4. An Easier Way to Assess Body Fat and Health Risks

    May 11, 2012 -- BMI's days as a top way to measure body fat and associated health risks may be numbered. New research presented at the 19th European Congress on Obesity in Lyon, France, suggests that the better way to know where you stand concerning health risks related to your amount of body fat is

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  5. Eggs at Breakfast May Delay Hunger

    May 11, 2012 -- Starting your day off with an egg may help curb your appetite better than cereal, new research suggests. In a small study, it took longer for people who ate eggs for breakfast to show signs of hunger than it did for those who had a bowl of ready-to-eat cereal. Scientists suspect that

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  6. New Diet Drug Lorcaserin Wins Vote From FDA Panel

    May 10, 2012 (Silver Spring, Md.) -- An FDA advisory committee voted 18-4, with one abstention, that the agency should approve lorcaserin, which would make it the first new prescription weight loss drug in more than a decade. Although the FDA does not have to follow the advice of its advisory panels

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  7. New Weight Loss Plan for U.S. Obesity Crisis

    May 8, 2012 -- Obesity in America is a crisis that threatens national security -- and urgent action is needed, says the Institute of Medicine. The IOM's plan: Totally change the way Americans approach exercise and nutrition. How? By asking every single American to become involved, says Daniel R. Gli

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  8. Fat Future: 42% of Americans May Be Obese by 2030

    May 7, 2012 -- By 2030, 42% of Americans will be obese and 11% of Americans will be severely obese, Duke University and CDC researchers predict. These shocking numbers actually are conservative, note study researchers Eric A. Finkelstein, PhD, and colleagues. Finkelstein's team based its calculation

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  9. Longer Commutes Can Put Us on Road to Poor Health

    May 8, 2012 -- A long commute may pave the way to poor health, a new study shows. The study found that people who commuted more than 15 miles to work each day were more likely to be obese and to carry a lot of fat around the belly -- where it's especially bad for the heart -- and less likely to get

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  10. Black Pepper May Help Fight Fat

    May 4, 2012 -- The same ingredient in black pepper that makes you sneeze may help keep you slim. A preliminary new study suggests that the pungent component in black pepper known as piperine fights fat by blocking the formation of new fat cells. If further studies confirm these effects, researchers

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