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  1. 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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  2. New Weight Loss Drug Saxenda: FAQ

    Dec. 24, 2014 -- A drug that treats type 2 diabetes has gotten FDA approval for another use: weight loss. Saxenda is the fourth drug for weight loss OK'd by the agency since 2012. It's already available in a lower dose as Victoza for type 2 diabetes. Researchers began to study it as an obesity treat

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  3. Do Americans Eat and Drink Too Much Sugar?

    Dec. 24, 2014 -- America’s sweet tooth is coming under fire. Faced with mounting evidence about sugar’s harms, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee this month recommended that people in the U.S. limit added sugars to a maximum of 10% of their total daily calories. The recommendation -- fro

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  4. Immune System May Play Role in Obesity

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Certain immune system cells may play an important role in weight control, an early study suggests. Scientists had known that the immune cells may help ward off obesity in mice. The new findings are the first to suggest the sa

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  5. No Evidence Paleo Diet Matches Early Eating Habits

    Dec. 18, 2014 -- There's no proof that the popular paleo (Paleolithic) diet actually matches what early humans ate, a new study says. The diet -- heavy in meat, fish and vegetables and light in grain products and processed food -- is supposed to be similar to how humans' ancestors ate between 10,000

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  6. Low-GI Diet May Not Benefit Blood Sugar

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Diets low in "glycemic index" are touted as a way to help prevent diabetes and heart disease. But a new study suggests that as long as people are eating healthily, they don't need to obsess over glycemic index. In fact, re

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  7. Could a Supplement Prevent Weight Gain?

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A newly developed food supplement appears to prevent weight gain and trim fat around the waist, researchers say. However, the chemical compound doesn't seem to help people lose pounds, and the preliminary study is so sma

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  8. Can High-Fructose Corn Syrup Make You Hungrier?

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fructose -- a kind of sugar found in a wide variety of foods and beverages -- may encourage overeating, new research suggests. Fructose may be best known to consumers in the form of high-fructose corn syrup, which has long

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  9. WebMD Survey: 74% Say Menu Calorie Counts Helpful

    Dec. 9, 2014 -- Most people approve of the new FDA ruling that requires chain restaurants and vending machine operators to list calories on their menu items, according to a new WebMD survey. And among those who've seen calories posted on menus, nearly half say the information is already influencing

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  10. Preventing Eye Problems After Weight-Loss Surgery

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery patients who don't take prescribed vitamin and mineral supplements could put themselves at risk for vision problems, a new study says. Digestive system changes caused by the surgery can reduce nutrient

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