Told you so!
Fish oil is touted for its anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic benefits, but scientist weren’t sure how the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil work. Now, according to a report in the September 3rd issue of the journal Cell, scientists have nailed how omega-3 fatty acids both shut down inflammation and reverse diabetes in obese mice.
Coronary atherosclerotic plaque and bone health are intimately interwoven. People who have coronary plaque usually have osteoporosis; people who have osteoporosis usually have coronary plaque. (The association is strongest in females.) The worse the osteoporosis, the greater the quantity of coronary plaque, and vice versa. The two seemingly unconnected conditions share common causes and thereby respond to similar treatments.
Scientists are reporting new evidence that the fat tissue in those spare tires and lower belly pooches — far from being a dormant storage depot for surplus calories — is an active organ that sends chemical signals to other parts of the body, perhaps increasing the risk of heart attacks, cancer, and other diseases.
A study finds in addition to benefits related to the common cold and cancer, vitamin C helps reduce both the physical and psychological effects of stress on people.
CONCLUSION: The most ecologically valid of the published studies offers no support for the suggestion that consumption of caffeine-containing beverages as part of a normal lifestyle leads to fluid loss in excess of the volume ingested or is associated with poor hydration status. Therefore, there would appear to be no clear basis for refraining from caffeine containing drinks in situations where fluid balance might be compromised.
Conclusions Shortened sleep duration in early life is a modifiable risk factor with important implications for obesity prevention and treatment. Insufficient nighttime sleep among infants and preschool-aged children may be a lasting risk factor for subsequent obesity. Napping does not appear to be a substitute for nighttime sleep in terms of obesity prevention.
This Week in Conventional Wisdom
According to a new study, losing weight can be bad for you, and the longer you lose weight, the worse it is.
An international team of scientists found that toxic pollutants, which are stored in fat, release themselves into the bloodstream when fat dissipates.
HOUSTON (KTRK) — Weight-loss surgery is a last resort. It’s major surgery for those who can’t lose weight any other way.
Overcoming obesity among NYC’s children will be tough. The city has already taken some useful measures, including replacing full fat milk with 1 percent fat milk, and banning sugar-sweetened beverages from vending machines on school premises. Officials say they will try to prioritize and target physical exercise and nutrition programs for schoolchildren better.
A new report released on Sunday, according to the New York Times, says that the rate of childhood obesity in New York City in the 2008-9 school year was higher than it was nationally.