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National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

It’s a fact, many Americans are overweight, including our children. Childhood obesity continues to be spotlighted in the news whether as a statistic, a campaign to reduce the rates, or recent research. Many factors contribute to childhood obesity such as increased screen time, family lifestyle, and certain economic or social issues. It’s a constant struggle for everyone and it’s difficult to take the steps to reduce our body weight. Healthfinder provides a toolkit for National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month for libraries and organizations  to use with helpful ideas to bring awareness and to tips to increase the health of children. Another way to encourage reducing weight is to also observe Fruits &Veggies and More Month. Eating more fruits and vegetables and decreasing sugars and fats is one way to becoming healthier and lose weight. The USDA’s Choose My Plate website offers a visual method of understanding the portions and proportion of food. Consider having contests or hashtag campaigns for kids to post healthy plates of food. Often fixing fruits and vegetables where kids would find them more appealing is difficult for time strapped parents. Offering quick, easy, and healthy recipes on websites or on a brochure or social media can be just the trick. Providing opportunities to purchase affordable fruits and vegetables is another way to put kids on a healthier path to eating. It’s not easy but hopefully we can all try by taking one sm...
Source: Dragonfly - Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health Health Observances Source Type: news

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This technology claims methods for treating diseases or conditions associated with insulin resistance using the small molecule epoxy-guaiane derivative englerin A and related compounds. The compounds are claimed separately in a related NIH technology.The inventors have shown that englerin A, a compound originally isolated from the Phyllanthus plant and previously identified as an anti-cancer agent, can also be used to treat insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is associated with reduced gene expression and production of heat shock protein 70 (HSP70). Using a mouse with tumor model, the inventors discovered that administr...
Source: NIH OTT Licensing Opportunities - Category: Research Authors: Source Type: research
Sterculic acid is a naturally occurring cyclopropene acid present in kapok seed oil, cottonseed oil, and in the seeds of the Sterculia foetida tree.   Sterculic acid has been reported to be a non-specific inhibitor of stearoyl-Co desaturase (SCD), which has been implicated in several disease states, including cardiovascular disease, obesity, non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, skin disease, hypertension, neurological diseases, immune disor ders and cancer (see also Ntambi JM, J. Lipid Res., 1999, 40(9):1549-1558). Investigators at TheNational Eye Institute (NEI) Laboratory of Retinal Cell and Molecular Biology di...
Source: NIH OTT Licensing Opportunities - Category: Research Authors: Source Type: research
Proton Coupled Oligopeptide Transporter 1 (PepT1) Function, Regulation, and Influence on the Intestinal Homeostasis. Compr Physiol. 2018 Mar 25;8(2):843-869 Authors: Spanier B, Rohm F Abstract As the organ with one of the largest surface areas facing the environment and responsible for nutrient uptake, the small intestine expresses numerous transport proteins in its brush-border membrane for efficient absorption and supply of dietary macro- and micronutrients. The understanding of regulation and functional interplay of these nutrient transporters is of emerging interest in nutrition and medic...
Source: Comprehensive Physiology - Category: Physiology Tags: Compr Physiol Source Type: research
Authors: Coucha M, Abdelsaid M, Ward R, Abdul Y, Ergul A Abstract Metabolic diseases including obesity, insulin resistance, and diabetes have profound effects on cerebral circulation. These diseases not only affect the architecture of cerebral blood arteries causing adverse remodeling, pathological neovascularization, and vasoregression but also alter the physiology of blood vessels resulting in compromised myogenic reactivity, neurovascular uncoupling, and endothelial dysfunction. Coupled with the disruption of blood brain barrier (BBB) integrity, changes in blood flow and microbleeds into the brain rapidly occur....
Source: Comprehensive Physiology - Category: Physiology Tags: Compr Physiol Source Type: research
Liraglutide reduces hepatic glucolipotoxicity‑induced liver cell apoptosis through NRF2 signaling in Zucker diabetic fatty rats. Mol Med Rep. 2018 Apr 23;: Authors: Guo J, Li C, Yang C, Li B, Wei J, Lin Y, Ye P, Hu G, Li J Abstract The primary aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of liraglutide on glucolipotoxicity‑induced liver cell apoptosis and the underlying mechanisms in Zucker diabetic fatty (ZDF) rats. The results revealed that liraglutide significantly decreased the body weight, hyperglycemia and hyperlipidemia of ZDF rats relative to those of Zucker lean (ZL) rats (P
Source: Molecular Medicine Reports - Category: Molecular Biology Tags: Mol Med Rep Source Type: research
Authors: Babińska A, Pȩksa R, Świa Tkowska-Stodulska R, Wiśniewski P, Sworczak K Abstract BACKGROUND: The role of adopokines in adrenal tumors' hormonal activity remains unclear. Obesity may induce arterial hypertension, disorders of carbohydrate metabolism, and is a risk factor of cardiovascular disease. In patients with subclinical hormone secretion by the adrenal cortex or medulla the risk of metabolic disease is increased. OBJECTIVE: Authors of this retrospective study selected 78 patients with subclinical hormone secretion out of all adrenal incidentaloma patients hospitalized in the Department of Endo...
Source: Cancer Biomarkers - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Cancer Biomark Source Type: research
Women who drank more than two to three cups of coffee a day were more likely to have obese children.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Pregnancy and Childbirth Caffeine Weight Parenting Obesity Source Type: news
Conclusion: Liver biopsy in an AIH-mediated ALF setting was both safe and effective in diagnosing AIH. Corticosteroid therapy was not associated with high mortality or sepsis. Our findings suggest that corticosteroid treatment of AIH-mediated ALF may improve the outcome.Digestion 2018;98:104 –111
Source: Digestion - Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: research
Abstract OBJECTIVE: High protein (particularly leucine-rich whey protein) intake is recommended to mitigate the adverse effect of weight loss on muscle mass. The effectiveness of this approach is unknown. METHODS: Seventy middle-aged (50-65 years old) postmenopausal women with obesity were randomized to (1) weight maintenance (WM), (2) weight loss and the recommended daily allowance for protein (0.8 g/kg/d) (WL group), or (3) weight loss plus whey protein supplementation (total protein: 1.2 g/kg/d) (WL-PS group). Thigh muscle volume and strength were assessed at baseline and after 5% and 10% weight los...
Source: Obesity - Category: Eating Disorders & Weight Management Authors: Tags: Obesity (Silver Spring) Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: The findings suggest that an attenuated influence of satiety signaling on the neural processing of food-related reward contributes to unsuccessful weight loss maintenance. Thus, intact satiety signaling to the mesolimbic reward system may serve as a promising target for tackling weight cycling. PMID: 29687649 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Obesity - Category: Eating Disorders & Weight Management Authors: Tags: Obesity (Silver Spring) Source Type: research
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