Obesity

Consumer genetics pioneer dnaNUDGE – Finalist of World Technology Award for Health & Medicine – Becomes Member of WTN

London, UK, 24th January 2017 – dnaNUDGE, the developer of the world’s first DNA-based service to “nudge” consumers towards genetically optimal buying behaviour, today announces that it has become a member of the prestigious World Technology Network (WTN), acceding automatically as a finalist in the World Technology Award for Health and Medicine 2016.

For more information read the full news release here:
http://www.neondrum.com/release-display.php?id=1976

Research focuses on validity of natural experiments to find effective solution to obesity pandemic

Banning sodas from school vending machines, building walking paths and playgrounds, adding supermarkets to food deserts and requiring nutritional labels on restaurant menus: Such changes to the environments where people live and work are among the growing number of solutions that have been proposed and attempted in efforts to stem the rising obesity epidemic with viable, population-based solutions. But which of these changes actually make an impact?

To answer that question, many public health researchers take advantage of "natural experiments"--looking at people's calorie consumption or physical activity levels, either comparing before and after a policy or environmental change, or comparing against a similar group of people not affected by that change. But not all natural experiments are created equal.

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Obese patients have a greater risk of complications following total knee replacement surgery

Obese patients have a greater risk of complications following total knee replacement surgery, including post-surgical infections, according to a new literature review recently published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS). Because of complications, obese patients are more likely to require follow-up surgery (revision).

Obesity is reaching epidemic proportions, particularly in the United States, and is a well-documented risk factor for the development of osteoarthritis. Arthritis is initially treated nonsurgically, but total joint replacement often becomes necessary if the disease progresses. Consequently, the rate of joint replacements in obese individuals has increased in the last several decades.

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Number of obese people in France doubles to seven million

They may still officially be among Europe's thinnest people but the average French person has put on more than half a stone since 1997 to weigh in at 11 stone 6lbs. That means that 15 per cent of the French population is now obese and 32.3 per cent overweight.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/9612225/Number-o...

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Fat progenitor cells may contribute to cancer growth

Fat progenitor cells may contribute to cancer growth by fortifying the vessels that provide needed blood to tumors, according to preclinical research findings by investigators at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

The results were reported in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Studies of groups of people have demonstrated a link between obesity and certain cancers; however, the physiological causes have not been identified. The World Health Organization reports that in 2008 there were more than 1.4 billion obese adults in the world and that cancer claimed the lives of 7.6 million that year.

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Obese children taken off at-risk register after genes found to be at fault

Two children considered to be at risk of abuse because they are severely obese have been removed from the protection register after scientists discovered that they carry a newly identified genetic abnormality that explains their weight.

Evidence from a ground-breaking study has convinced social workers that the children’s obesity was not caused by parental neglect or deliberate overfeeding but by a missing segment of DNA. The cases of another two children on the at-risk register have also been placed under review, after research showed them to have the same genetic deletion.

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