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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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

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Food summit examines sustainability, health, and justice

According to a summit on food production, diet, and sustainability, humanity needs to refocus on a diet that encompasses sustainability and social justice.

Clea Simon • harvard
Feb. 20, 2020 ~6 min

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In soda tax fight, experts hear echoes of tobacco battles

Taxes on sugary drinks are potentially effective tools to fight the obesity epidemic and advocates are drawing lessons from the long battle against tobacco as they plot what they know will be a tough road ahead.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Feb. 18, 2020 ~5 min

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Close to half of U.S. population projected to have obesity by 2030

Researchers predict a marked rise in American adults with obesity or severe obesity in 10 years, leaving several states with obesity prevalence close to 60 percent.

Nicole Rura • harvard
Dec. 18, 2019 ~3 min

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Liquid salt can reduce fat absorption and weight in rats

Harvard researchers have found an orally administered liquid salt — choline and geranate — that can reduce the absorption of fats from food with no discernable side effects in rats, lowering total body weight by about 12 percent.

Lindsay Brownell • harvard
Nov. 25, 2019 ~7 min

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Researchers able to improve, reverse age-related diseases in mice

Wyss Institute, Harvard Medical School study offers hope for single genetic treatment for multiple age-related ills.

Lindsay Brownell • harvard
Nov. 4, 2019 ~6 min

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Could a popular food ingredient raise the risk for diabetes and obesity?

Based on new research, a randomized placebo-controlled trial in humans indicates that a popular food ingredient called propionate may raise the risk of diabetes and obesity.

Chris Sweeney • harvard
April 24, 2019 ~5 min

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New tool calculates genetic risk for obesity

A “polygenic score” for obesity, a quantitative tool that predicts an individual’s inherited risk for becoming overweight, may identify an opportunity for early intervention.

Karen Zusi • harvard
April 18, 2019 ~6 min

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