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4Oct
2023

Genes Might Be Driving You to Go Vegetarian

Genes Might Be Driving You to Go VegetarianWEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Going vegetarian is trendy and popular, along with being a healthy choice, but a large portion of those who say they want to stick with a plant-based diet don't.It might come down to your DNA, suggests new research that has uncovered three genes that seem to be strongly linked to vegetarianism. “It seems there are more people who would like to be vegetarian than actually are, and we think it’s because there is something hard-wired here that people may be missing,” said corresponding study author Dr. Nabeel Yaseen, a professor emeritus of pathology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.As many as 48% to 64% of people who identify as vegetarian still report eating fish, poultry and/or red meat, the study...

Breastfeeding in Infancy Tied to Healthier Weight Later...

2 October 2023
Breastfeeding in Infancy Tied to Healthier Weight Later for KidsMONDAY, Oct. 2, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- What a baby eats, or how the baby eats, may have an impact on future weight and health, research has shown.A new study backs that up. It found that 9-year-olds who had been breast-fed for six months or more had a lower percentage of body fat than their peers who were never breast-fed or received breast milk.The researchers also found that kids who were not given soda before 18 months of age also had less fat at age 9.Past studies have zeroed in on links between infant feeding and obesity based on body mass index (BMI) — an estimate of body fat based on height and weight. This one relied on what researchers considered a more precise measure: percent fat mass. That's the proportion of total weight owing to body fat.“Infancy is a vulnerable...

Beating 'Middle-Age Spread':  Carbs You Should and...

2 October 2023
Beating `Middle-Age Spread`:  Carbs You Should and Shouldn`t EatMONDAY, Oct. 2, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A diet rich in whole grains, fruits and non-starchy vegetables is the best recipe for middle-aged folks trying to keep their weight under control, new research finds.Low in added sugar, yet rich in vitamins and minerals, such foods are considered “high-quality” carbs, investigators explained. The same cannot be said of refined grains, sugary beverages or starchy vegetables. Such foods are “low-quality” carbs that are likely to fuel an expanding waistline at a time in life when weight gain is common.“The quality and source of carbohydrate is crucial for long-term weight management, especially for people already with excessive body weight,” said study lead author Yi Wan, a postdoctoral research fellow in the department of nutrition at...

Celiac Disease vs. Gluten Intolerance: What's the...

2 October 2023
Celiac Disease vs. Gluten Intolerance: What`s the Difference?MONDAY, Oct. 2, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- For most people, there’s no reason to give up gluten for good.But that’s not so easy for folks with two gluten-related medical conditions: celiac disease and gluten intolerance, according to Dr. Sarmed Sami, a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic Healthcare in London.He offers some details about this protein and the two health conditions.Gluten is a protein found in grains including wheat, barley and rye.In people with celiac disease, eating it triggers an autoimmune reaction that causes cell damage to the small intestine. That reaction can cause diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, bloating, anemia and lead to serious complications, Sami said.Gluten intolerance is more common, he added."In gluten intolerance, there is no cell damage or...

FDA Will Begin to Regulate Thousands of Lab Tests

29 September 2023
FDA Will Begin to Regulate Thousands of Lab TestsFRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Faced with growing reports of inaccurate clinical lab tests, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday announced that it will for the first time regulate these vital diagnostic tools.Many Americans might have assumed that the FDA already had oversight of all medical tests; it does not. However, FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf said the time is now to monitor the quality of high-tech tests for cancer, heart disease and a myriad other illnesses. "A growing number of clinical diagnostic tests are being offered as laboratory developed tests without assurance that they work. The stakes are getting higher as these tests are increasingly being used to drive treatment decisions," Califf explained in an FDA news release. "According to the...
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