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Health - Agronomy / Food Science - 03.04.2013
Key link between obesity and type 2 diabetes discovered
New research published in the journal Cell Metabolism has identified a key mechanism in the immune system involved in the development of obesity-linked type 2 diabetes. The findings open up new possibilities for treatment and prevention of this condition, which is becoming increasingly prevalent worldwide.

Agronomy / Food Science - 28.03.2013
Eating more fibre may lower risk of first-time stroke
People who eat a high fibre diet experience a lower risk of first-time stroke, according to new research from the University of Leeds. Dietary fibre is the part of the plant that the body is unable to completely digest. Fibre rich foods include wholegrains, vegetables, fruit, legumes, nuts and seeds.

Life Sciences - Agronomy / Food Science - 27.03.2013
Strong genetic component to childhood obesity
Strong genetic component to childhood obesity
Childhood body weight is strongly influenced by genes according to new research published today in the International Journal of Obesity . Previous research has shown that obesity runs in families, and twin studies suggest that this is largely due to genetic factors, with heritability estimates over 50%.

Agronomy / Food Science - Health - 06.02.2013
Obesity leads to vitamin D deficiency
Obesity leads to vitamin D deficiency
Obesity can lead to a lack of vitamin D circulating in the body, according to a study led by the UCL Institute of Child Health (ICH). Efforts to tackle obesity should thus also help to reduce levels of vitamin D deficiency in the population, says the lead investigator of the study, Elina Hypponen. While previous studies have linked vitamin D deficiency with obesity, the ICH-led paper, published in the journal PLOS Medicine , sought to establish the direction of causality, i.e. whether a lack of vitamin D triggers a weight gain, or whether obesity leads to the deficiency.

Health - Agronomy / Food Science - 31.01.2013
Low-energy liquid diet offers effective weight-loss for severely obese people
A new weight-loss programme available on the NHS for severely-obese individuals offers a safer, more cost-effective remedy than gastric surgery, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Glasgow evaluated the success and costs of the Counterweight Plus weight-loss programme which is aimed at people with a BMI greater than 40 and available through GP and Primary Care facilities.

Agronomy / Food Science - Environment - 14.01.2013
Growing evidence of global warming threat to future food supplies
Increasingly hot summer weather could cause a fall in crop yields over the next two decades unless farming techniques are improved more quickly, scientists at the University have found. High temperatures are having an increasingly damaging effect on maize (sweetcorn) in France – the largest supplier of the crop to the UK – which may explain a recent slowdown in the trend towards higher yields, according to researchers at the Universities of Leeds, Reading and Exeter.

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