Hispanics live longer than most Americans, but will the US obesity epidemic change things?

Hispanics born in the US have worse health outcomes than Hispanics in the US who were born in countries from which they emigrated.

Jennifer Van Hook, Roy C. Buck Professor of Sociology and Demography, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Oct. 16, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: obesity health-disparities health-care-costs

Exposure to man-made chemicals influences genes controlling aging, immune system and metabolism

Man-made chemical disrupt the activities of most human genes. What effect does this have on human health and how should regulators respond?

Alexander Suvorov, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
Oct. 15, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health environment metabolism obesity immune-system genes toxicology

Good nutrition can contribute to keeping COVID-19 and other diseases away

Many of us don't get an adequate amount of nutrients.

Grayson Jaggers, Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California • conversation
Sept. 17, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  health  diet  covid-19  coronavirus  obesity  immune-system  food  nutrition  junk-food

A doctor's open apology to those fighting overweight and obesity

All too often the medical community 'fat-shames' patients trying to lose weight, when in fact obesity and overweight are complicated medical issues.

J. David Prologo, Associate Professor, Emory University School of Medicine, Emory University • conversation
Sept. 8, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: diet genes prejudice eating obese overweight dieting losing-weight overeating obesity-series-2018

Metabolic syndrome triples COVID-19 death risk

Patients with metabolic syndrome were at 3.4 times higher risk of death due to COVID-19 and five times more likely to go to the ICU.

Keith Brannon-Tulane • futurity
Aug. 27, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: diabetes covid-19 obesity blood-pressure featured health-and-medicine metabolic-syndrome

Synthetic lining offers better drug delivery to small intestine

Researchers have developed a synthetic lining that could deliver drugs in a sustained way to the small intestine, offering hope for those suffering from lactose intolerance, diabetes, and obesity.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Aug. 26, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: science-technology diabetes obesity basic-research brigham-and-womens-hospital gastrointestinal-synthetic-epithelial-lining gsel lactose-intolerance

Adults with obesity have higher swine flu risk

Obesity increases susceptibility to H1N1 flu, a new study finds. It may help clarify why diseases like the flu and COVID-19 affect people differently.

Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan • futurity
Aug. 4, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: influenza obesity viruses health-and-medicine body-weight

Newborn sepsis risk linked to maternal obesity

New findings link maternal obesity and a higher risk of sepsis among newborn babies. The researchers suggest why, and a potential prevention strategy.

Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan • futurity
June 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: pregnancy obesity antibiotics babies sepsis health-and-medicine births

To regulate weight gain, control inflammation?

"...we believe it may be possible to control obesity and the complications of obesity by better regulating inflammation."

Jim Dryden-WUSTL • futurity
May 10, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: metabolism obesity inflammation immune-system health-and-medicine body-weight

Coronavirus linked to greater risk of life-threatening infection in people with obesity

Over-active immune response might be behind higher rates of life-threatening COVID-19 infections in patients with obesity.

Noel Caplice, University College Cork • conversation
May 6, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  obesity  immune-response  cytokines  obese

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