High insulin levels during childhood a risk for mental health problems later in life, study suggests

Researchers have shown that the link between physical and mental illness is closer than previously thought. Certain changes in physical health, which are

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Jan. 13, 2021 ~6 min

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Study finds link between gut microbes and Type 2 diabetes

A large-scale international study uses metagenomics and blood analysis to uncover gut microbes associated with the risks for common illnesses such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.

Malorye Branca • harvard
Jan. 11, 2021 ~5 min

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Researchers study relationship between obesity and cancer

Researchers find that obesity allows cancer cells to outcompete tumor-killing immune cells in a battle for fuel in mice.

Kevin Jiang • harvard
Dec. 9, 2020 ~10 min

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Kids who get early antibiotics have greater chronic health risks

Children who take antibiotics before the age of 2 are at risk of combinations of chronic health conditions, particularly when they take multiple prescriptions.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Nov. 16, 2020 ~4 min

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Does cadmium exposure drive obesity?

New findings in mice indicate a link between cadmium exposure and obesity in female offspring.

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
Nov. 13, 2020 ~5 min

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COVID-19 reveals how obesity harms the body in real time, not just over a lifetime

The long-term effects of obesity have been well documented, but immediate effects have not been as evident. The coronavirus is changing all that, as those with obesity seem particularly vulnerable.

Cate Varney, Clinician Physician, University of Virginia • conversation
Nov. 6, 2020 ~9 min

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Poor diet: Children 20cm shorter as a result, analysis says

A global analysis suggests that on average the world's tallest teenagers live in the Netherlands.

Nov. 6, 2020 ~4 min

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More vitamin D in first year may cut later obesity risk

Higher levels of vitamin D in a child's first year may offer a shield against obesity and high blood pressure during the teen years, a new study shows.

Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan • futurity
Oct. 30, 2020 ~4 min

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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

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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

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