Archeologists have unearthed areas of mercury pollution beneath the soil where ancient Maya civilizations lived — the pollution is so heavy that it poses a potential health hazard even today. According to a review article in Frontiers in Environmental Science, mercury pollution can be traced back to the Maya ofRead
A new mice study in the journal Cell helps explain how a high-sugar, high-fat Western-style diet disrupts the gut microbiome, increasing the risk of metabolic disease, pre-diabetes, and weight gain. Study Details Researchers from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons set out to investigate the impact of theRead
Yerba Mate, a dietary supplement and popular coffee and tea shop beverage, may be beneficial for improving diet-induced adiposity, insulin resistance, dyslipidemia, and hepatic steatosis. In the first animal study of its type, published in J. of Medicinal Food, researchers examined the effects and potential underlying mechanisms of long-term supplementationRead
A new study finds that women who are obese can limit their weight gain during pregnancy using conventional weight-loss techniques, including attending weekly group support meetings, seeking advice about nutrition and diet, and keeping food and exercise journals. Results of the Healthy Moms study, published in Obesity, also show thatRead
Experts warn that the substantial rises in obesity rates across the world warrant concerted to reverse a troubling trend. More than half of the world’s 671 million obese individuals live in just ten countries—the USA (more than 13%), China and India (15% combined), Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, Germany , Pakistan, and Indonesia, and (listed in order of number of obese individuals). Worldwide, there has been a startling increase in rates of obesity and overweight in both adults (28% increase) and children (up by 47%) in the past 33 years, with the number of overweight and obese people rising from 857 million in 1980 to 2.1 billion in 2013, according to a major new analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013, published in The Lancet.