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Diabetes, obesity behind 800,000 cancers worldwide – study

Diabetes, obesity behind 800,000 cancers worldwide – study

Nearly six percent of new cancers diagnosed worldwide in 2012 – some 800,000 cases – were caused by diabetes and excess weight, according to a study published Tuesday. Among the 12 types of cancer examined, the percentage of cases chalked up to these factors was as high as a third, researchers reported in The Lancet […]

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Obesity among primary school pupils worrying

Obesity among primary school pupils worrying

Putrajaya – The Primary School Assessment Report (PPSR) 2017 announced today shows an alarming number of 114,878 obese and overweight Year Six pupils. Presenting the report today, Education director-general Datuk Dr Amin Senin said 58,294 pupils were obese while another 56,584 were in the overweight category. “Obesity is not the school’s problem, but that of […]

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World lags badly on targets to slash TB, HIV, obesity – Study

World lags badly on targets to slash TB, HIV, obesity – Study

Paris – Not a single country, out of nearly 200 reviewed, was on track to meet the UN target of eliminating new tuberculosis infections by 2030, according to a global health review published Wednesday. At the same time, less than five percent of countries were likely to reach the UN goal of reducing suicides, road […]

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Artificial sweeteners may spike obesity, heart disease risk

Artificial sweeteners may spike obesity, heart disease risk

Worried about your ever increasing waistline? Cut down the use of artificial sweeteners as they may be associated with long-term weight gain and increased risk of obesity, a study has warned. Artificial sweeteners are substitutes for sugar that provides a sweet taste like that of sugar while containing significantly less food energy. The findings showed that […]

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New drug can create ‘good’ fat to combat obesity

New drug can create ‘good’ fat to combat obesity

Scientists have identified a new drug that can create beneficial ‘brown’ or ‘good’ fat to boost metabolism, combat obesity and Type II diabetes. Researchers from Gladstone Institutes San Francisco in the US treated mice with a drug called bexarotene (Bex) and found they had more ‘brown fat, faster metabolisms and less body weight gain, even […]

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Obesity may affect bone structure in adolescence

Obesity may affect bone structure in adolescence

Obesity has been previously associated with the risk of cardiovascular diseases anddiabetes, but the study found that it can also affect the bone structure in childhood and adolescence. ‘While obesity was previously believed to be protective of bone health, recent studies have shown a higher incidence of forearm fractures in obese youth,’ said lead author […]

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WHO urges price hikes on sugary drinks in obesity fight

WHO urges price hikes on sugary drinks in obesity fight

The UN health agency today urged countries to start taxing sugary beverages as they fight against an obesity epidemic, pointing to evidence that price hikes can dramatically reduce consumption. The World Health Organisation’s recommendations on sweetened beverages came as the world seeks to bring down whopping obesity rates, with one in three adults overweight. “There […]

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New potential treatment for obesity identified

New potential treatment for obesity identified

Scientists have discovered a new mechanism in the mouse-brain that can help regulate obesity triggered by consuming a high-fat diet and can also be used as a potential treatment. Consuming a high-fat diet results in changes in the brain that increases Rap1 gene, which is expressed in a variety of tissues, including the brain where it […]

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Fussy babies at higher risk of obesity

Fussy babies at higher risk of obesity

Researchers from the University of Buffalo found that children who take longer to recover from being distressed respond more to food as a reward than children who calm down quicker, possibly leading to an increased risk of being overweight or obese in later life. For the study the team recruited 105 babies between nine to […]

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Replace sugary drink with water to cut obesity

Replace sugary drink with water to cut obesity

Replacing one little calorie-laden sugary soda with water may significantly help reduce body weight as well as improve overall health, says a study. The findings showed that consuming additional calories from sugary beverages like soda, energy drinks, and sweetened coffee can increase risk of weight gain and obesity, as well as Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular […]

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