Genetics

Researchers find new mutation in the leptin gene

The global obesity epidemic is so far-reaching it now has an overarching name: globesity. Texas Biomed Staff Scientist Raul Bastarrachea, M.D., is part of a team that discovered a new mutation in the gene that regulates the ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

World must ready for global microcephaly 'epidemic': study

The world should prepare for a "global epidemic" of microcephaly, a condition which restricts head growth in foetuses, as the Zika virus takes root in new countries, researchers said Friday.

Overweight & Obesity

Why do anti-hunger and anti-obesity initiatives always fall short?

With widespread hunger continuing to haunt developing nations, and obesity fast becoming a global epidemic, any number of efforts on the parts of governments, scientists, non-profit organizations and the business world have ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

WHO says swine flu deaths surge to 1,154

(AP) -- The World Health Organization said Tuesday that 1,154 swine flu victims have died since the virus emerged in April.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

WHO raises its pandemic alert level on swine flu

(AP) -- The World Health Organization raised its global alert level on the spreading swine flu virus Monday, but stopped short of declaring a global emergency - even as the U.S. said it was acting as if the outbreak would ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Mexico may isolate flu patients, inspect homes

(AP) -- As Mexico struggled against the odds Saturday to contain a strange new flu that has killed 68 and perhaps sickened more than 1,000, it was becoming clearer that the government hasn't moved quickly enough to head ...

Health

Oversized meals have been shown to be a factor in obesity

Restaurants frequently serve oversized meals, not only in the United States but also in many other countries, according to a study conducted by an international team of researchers and supported by FAPESP—São Paulo Research ...

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