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Agronomy / Food Science - Health - 15.12.2014
Poor diet links obese mothers and stunted children
Poor diet links obese mothers and stunted children
Malnutrition is a major cause of stunted growth in children, but new UCL research on mothers and children in Egypt suggests that the problem is not just about quantity of food but also quality. Obesity and malnutrition are often thought of as problems at opposite ends of the nutrition spectrum, but the study found that 6.7% of Egyptian mothers were obese and had stunted children.

Agronomy / Food Science - Life Sciences - 11.12.2014
New insights into the origins of agriculture could help shape the future of food
Home > News > News releases > New insights into the origins of agriculture could help shape the future of food Expanding population is putting increasing demands on food production Study could lead to new crops becoming our staple foods in the future Agricultural decisions made by our ancestors more than 10,000 years ago could hold the key to food security in the future, according to new research by the University of Sheffield.

Economics - Agronomy / Food Science - 05.12.2014
Is publishing in high impact journals the key to career progression?
Our structure (research) Impact of our research Postgraduate research 05 Dec 2014 Economists working in academia are being advised to think twice before publishing in high impact journals. That's according to new research led by Professor Dan Rigby, of The University of Manchester, and published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, which examined whether careers were most enhanced by publishing in high impact journals.

Health - Agronomy / Food Science - 04.12.2014
’Satiety hormone’ leptin links obesity to high blood pressure
Leptin, a hormone that regulates the amount of fat stored in the body, also drives the increase in blood pressure that occurs with weight gain, according to researchers from Monash University and the University of Cambridge. Being obese or overweight is a major risk factor for the development of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

Agronomy / Food Science - Health - 11.11.2014
Majority of people underestimate a person’s weight
Participants in the study were unable to correctly identify what a healthy weight, overweight or obese person looked like The majority of people - including GPs – are unable to visually identify whether a person is a healthy weight, overweight or obese according to research by psychologists at the University of Liverpool.

Agronomy / Food Science - Health - 06.11.2014
Calorie labeling effective in reducing weight gain by 50%, study shows
Displaying the calorie content of meals in canteens and restaurants could significantly reduce weight-gain in customers, a new study shows. Researchers conducting the first long-term study of the effects of labeling meals in a university's students' residence canteen over the course of two 36-week academic years found students had reduced weight gain by an average of 3.5kg.

Health - Agronomy / Food Science - 24.09.2014
Child maltreatment alters hormone levels linked to obesity
Children who are maltreated may be at an increased risk of obesity and inflammatory disorders because of low levels of leptin — a hormone involved in regulating appetite, according to new research from King's College London. The findings, published today in Translational Psychiatry , suggest leptin deficiency may contribute to physical health problems associated with early life stress, and provide a possible target in disease prevention.

Health - Agronomy / Food Science - 04.09.2014
Body clock link could aid obesity treatments
04 Sep 2014 Scientists at The University of Manchester have discovered that the body clock plays an important role in body fat. Their findings are helping develop new ways of treating obesity and the fatal diseases linked to being overweight. The researchers, led by Professor David Ray, not only looked at the role of the clock in fat tissue in mice, but also collected samples from patients undergoing weight loss surgery.

Agronomy / Food Science - Health - 30.07.2014
Rich more likely to join clubs, while poor more likely to take pills
o Obesity in poor areas twice as likely as in wealthier areas o Men more overweight than women, but less concerned about it o Poor people more likely to have used weight loss medication whereas slimming clubs more popular in affluent areas Where you live and deprivation levels can affect your efforts to lose weight according to a new study from the University of Sheffield, which found that people from wealthy areas are more likely to have used slimming clubs than people from more deprived areas.

Health - Agronomy / Food Science - 17.07.2014
Scottish seaweed could help solve UK iodine insufficiency problem
Including seaweed in the diet could help reduce iodine insufficiency, a current problem in the UK population, according to a new study. A lack of iodine in the diet across the UK population and around the world is now a prominent health issue, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), due to low intakes of dairy and sea food where the nutrient is typically found.

Health - Agronomy / Food Science - 10.07.2014
Inherited ’memory’ of nutrition during pregnancy may be limited to children and grandchildren
When a pregnant mother is undernourished, her child is at a greater than average risk of developing obesity and type 2 diabetes, in part due to so-called 'epigenetic' effects. A new study in mice demonstrates that this 'memory' of nutrition during pregnancy can be passed through sperm of male offspring to the next generation, increasing risk of disease for her grandchildren as well - in other words, to adapt an old maxim, 'you are what your grandmother ate'.

Health - Agronomy / Food Science - 10.07.2014
Clues why weight-loss surgery cures diabetes
10 Jul 2014 Scientists at The University of Manchester are a step closer to understanding why diabetes is cured in the majority of patients that undergo gastric bypass surgery. The research, published in the journal Endocrinology, shows the cure is likely to be explained by the actions of specialised cells in the intestine that secrete a cocktail of powerful hormones when we eat.

Health - Agronomy / Food Science - 30.06.2014
New BMI thresholds suggested for ethnic minorities to reduce obesity and diabetes risk
New BMI thresholds suggested for ethnic minorities to recognise increased obesity and diabetes risk, say researchers. Health researchers have suggested new body mass index (BMI) thresholds for defining overweight and obese individuals in ethnic communities. Being overweight or obese increases the risk diabetes.

Health - Agronomy / Food Science - 13.06.2014
East London study looking into effects of Mediterranean diet in pregnancy launches today
Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is today launching a new East London based study looking into the effects of a Mediterranean diet during pregnancy, and its ability to reduce pregnancy-related complications such as pre-eclampsia. Pre-eclampsia, a condition which raises blood pressure and can cause premature birth, is one of the leading causes of death for mothers and babies.

Health - Agronomy / Food Science - 05.06.2014
New diabetes drug could help with weight loss
The study found that the drug, liraglutide, can help reduce body weight when used at a higher dose than administered to treat diabetes Research by University of Liverpool scientists has found that the diabetes drug, liraglutide, can help obese or overweight people who don't have diabetes to lose weight.

Health - Agronomy / Food Science - 30.05.2014
Eating prunes can help weight loss
The study found those in the group eating prunes as part of a healthy life-style diet lost 2kg in weight and shed 2.5cm off their waists Research by the University of Liverpool has found that eating prunes as part of a weight control diet can improve weight loss. Consumption of dried fruit is not readily recommended during weight loss despite evidence it enhances feelings of fullness.

Health - Agronomy / Food Science - 21.05.2014
Deciphering the role of fat stem cells in obesity and diabetes
Press release issued: 21 May 2014 With three million people dying worldwide each year as a direct result of being overweight or obese, a new study will look at stem cells to pinpoint how excess fat is stored - potentially paving the way for new treatments to combat killer diseases associated with obesity.

Life Sciences - Agronomy / Food Science - 30.04.2014
Discovery of anti-appetite molecule released by fibre could help tackle obesity
Discovery of anti-appetite molecule released by fibre could help tackle obesity
New research has helped unpick a long-standing mystery about how dietary fibre supresses appetite. In a study led by Imperial College London and the Medical Research Council (MRC) , an international team of researchers identified an anti-appetite molecule called acetate that is naturally released when we digest fibre in the gut.

Agronomy / Food Science - Life Sciences - 31.03.2014
Genetic study supports link between carbohydrate digestion and obesity
Genetic study supports link between carbohydrate digestion and obesity
New research indicates that obesity in the general population may be genetically linked to how our bodies digest carbohydrates. Published , the study investigated the relationship between body weight and a gene called AMY1, which is responsible for an enzyme present in our saliva known as salivary amylase.

Agronomy / Food Science - 26.03.2014
Blood rest may predict if a child will become obese
Researchers at the Universities of Southampton, Exeter and Plymouth used the test to assess the levels of epigenetic switches in the PGC1a gene a gene that regulates fat storage in the body. Epigenetic switches take place through a chemical change called DNA methylation, which controls how genes work and is set during early life.