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.
Jan. 11, 2021 • ~5 min
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Researchers find that obesity allows cancer cells to outcompete tumor-killing immune cells in a battle for fuel in mice.
Dec. 9, 2020 • ~10 min
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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.
Aug. 26, 2020 • ~4 min
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According to a summit on food production, diet, and sustainability, humanity needs to refocus on a diet that encompasses sustainability and social justice.
Feb. 20, 2020 • ~6 min
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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.
Feb. 18, 2020 • ~5 min
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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.
Dec. 18, 2019 • ~3 min
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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.
Nov. 25, 2019 • ~7 min
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Wyss Institute, Harvard Medical School study offers hope for single genetic treatment for multiple age-related ills.
Nov. 4, 2019 • ~6 min
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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.
April 24, 2019 • ~5 min
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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.
April 18, 2019 • ~6 min
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