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Sleep Problems Linked to Obesity, Diabetes

Sleep Problems Linked to Obesity, Diabetes

Comstock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Lack of sleep puts people at greater risk of obesity and diabetes, a new study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine confirmed. Sporadic and irregular sleep may cause a decreased metabolic rate, which co…

Autism Linked to Maternal Obesity, Study Finds

Autism Linked to Maternal Obesity, Study Finds

Comstock/Thinkstock(DAVIS, Calif.) — Obesity during pregnancy can raise the risk of autism, a developmental disorder that affects one in 88 American children, according to a new study.The study of more than 1,000 children in California found the risk …

Vigorous Exercise May Delay Pregnancy; But Not for Overweight, Obese

Vigorous Exercise May Delay Pregnancy; But Not for Overweight, Obese

Hemera/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Fertility experts say exercise is important, buy maybe not how you’d expect. Women trying to get pregnant should ease up on working out, new study findings published in the journal Fertility and Sterility say. The stud…

Sleep Less, Eat More, Gain Weight

Sleep Less, Eat More, Gain Weight

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(ROCHESTER, Minn.) — We’ve all heard about the importance of getting a good night’s sleep, and now scientists offer more evidence to back that up. A new study found that people who get less sleep may be inclined to ea…

We All Scream for Ice Cream, But Can We Become Addicted?

We All Scream for Ice Cream, But Can We Become Addicted?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(EUGENE, Wash.) — There are people who say that for them, food is like a drug, and a new study suggests that high-calorie foods like ice cream can affect the brain in some of the ways drugs do.Researchers Kyle Burger and Eric Sti…

Child Obesity Grows: School Desks Too Small for Heavier US Kids

Child Obesity Grows: School Desks Too Small for Heavier US Kids

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — More than one-third of children and teens are overweight or obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And it’s starting to show in U.S. classrooms as more children are proving too la…

Woman’s Journey to a Stunning 500-Pound Weight Loss

Woman’s Journey to a Stunning 500-Pound Weight Loss

ABC News(LIVINGSTON, Texas) — To say Melissa Morris led a normal life would be far from the truth.Weighing in at nearly 700 pounds, her life was anything but normal.”I didn’t get up to make myself food.  Somebody always brought me something,” Mor…

Study: 55% of Nurses Are Overweight or Obese

Study: 55% of Nurses Are Overweight or Obese

iStockphotos/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) — Researchers at the University of Maryland’s School of Nursing found that 55 percent of the 2,103 female nurses they surveyed were obese, citing job stress and the effect on sleep of long, irregular work hours as th…

Common Causes of Low Back Pain

Common Causes of Low Back Pain

Keith Brofsky/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Low back pain is one of the most disabling conditions in the U.S., and experts say that 80 percent of Americans will suffer from it at some point in their lives.  It’s estimated that back pain costs …

US Obesity Rates Level Off, Remain High

US Obesity Rates Level Off, Remain High

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The good news is that obesity rates overall among children and adults appear to be leveling off. But the bad news is that these rates have consistently remained high since 2003, a black eye for those who have wor…

Paula Deen Confirms Type 2 Diabetes; Teams Up with Novo Nordisk

Paula Deen Confirms Type 2 Diabetes; Teams Up with Novo Nordisk

Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Despite knowing her Type 2 diabetes diagnosis for years, Paula Deen, the superstar host of the Food Network’s Paula’s Best Dishes, continued touting her buttery, artery-clogging Southern down-home cuisine. Deen, …

As Americans Get Bigger, So Do Horses and Saddles

As Americans Get Bigger, So Do Horses and Saddles

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — In the rugged cowboy country of western Colorado, master saddle maker Bob Klenda has noticed a troublesome trend since he started stitching leather in 1961: The typical horseback rider has a much bigger posterior.&ld…

Hormone in Women Linked to Dementia, Study Finds

Hormone in Women Linked to Dementia, Study Finds

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MEDFORD, Mass.) — Researchers have found a possible connection between a hormone found in body fat and the risk of dementia, adding to the growing evidence on the potential link between the condition and diabetes.A new study fou…

Jennifer Hudson Shows Dramatic Weight Loss in New Ad

Jennifer Hudson Shows Dramatic Weight Loss in New Ad

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The results of Jennifer Hudson’s body transformation have never been more apparent than in her latest Weight Watchers commercial, in which she sings alongside a heavier version of herself.On the left, Hu…

Shift Work Might Lead to Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity

Shift Work Might Lead to Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — While shift workers are needed to help our 24-7 world go ’round, an editorial written by Dr. Virginia Barbour, chief editor of the journal PLoS Medicine, warned that such work schedules can put a person at increased …

Reports of Acid Reflux Symptoms Double, Study Finds

Reports of Acid Reflux Symptoms Double, Study Finds

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Nearly 20 percent of Americans live with acid reflux, according to the National Institutes of Health. But now one of the largest studies to look at the prevalence of acid reflux found that nearly 50 percent m…

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