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Early Puberty and Problems of Infertility associated with Childhood Obesity

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(Best Syndication News) - An overview of childhood obesity emphasizes the potential impact it has for early puberty and infertility problems, particularly with girls. Patrick Chappell, an assistant professor of veterinary medicine at Oregon State University, is the author of the report, which was published in Frontiers in Endocrinology.

Chappell explains that nutritional conditions play a vital role in reproduction. Obesity is known to be associated with metabolic syndrome, which can affect fertility. The lack of nutrition can also cause reproduction problems.

Generally, girls are starting puberty earlier and it has accelerated.

Weight Loss Pill Qsymia gains FDA Approval

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(Best Syndication News) - A new weight loss pill, Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate), was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today. Taking phentermine and topiramate weight-loss medication along with a diet and exercise program could help a person lose weight.

The drug was approved for adults that have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. Additionally, adults with a BMI of 27 or more who have either high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol are also approved to take the medication.

Qsymia is made up of two other FDA approved medications – phentermine and topiramate. Qsymia is an extended release formulation. The short-term weight loss is associated with taking phentermine. Topiramate was initially given to people with epilepsy for seizures, and to prevent migraine headaches.

Watching too much TV in Early Childhood could lead to a Bigger Waist Size and Lower Fitness Ability by Age 10

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from the University of Montreal and Saint-Justine Mother and Child University Hospital found that children between the age of two and four that watched more hours of TV had a higher chance of having a bigger waist circumference by the end of fourth grade. Additionally, the children that watched more TV as toddlers had a reduced ability to perform sports activities when they were 10 years old. The study was published in today’s edition of BioMed Central's open access journal International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Lead author Dr. Caroline Fitzpatrick and senior author Dr. Linda Pagani reported on the findings. Dr. Pagani explained that they interviewed the parents about the TV viewing habits of the children, measured the children's waist, and had them do a standing long jump. They found that for each weekly hour of TV viewing a child had at the age of 29 months decreased the child’s long jump distance about one-third of a centimeter.

Calorie Burning Brown Fat is Beige in Adult Humans

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from Harvard Medical School have identified a third type of fat cell which is beige and has characteristics of brown fat. The brown fat burns calories to create body heat, while white fat stores the energy. The researchers reported their findings in the July 12, 2012 issue of the journal Cell.

Bruce Spiegelman of the Harvard Medical School explained that the new third type is found in most or all humans.

The beige fat discovery gives researchers a new avenue to investigate different ways to give these cells a boost to burn off more energy. This could lead to new ways for a person to shed excess body fat.

Vaccine for Obesity investigated in Mice Study

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(Best Syndication News) - A study investigated the effectiveness of JH17 and JH18 vaccines to see if mice fed a high-fat diet could shed weight. The mice that were given the vaccinations lost and maintained a 10 percent body weight reduction. The results of the study were published in open access edition of the BioMed Central’s Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology.

Somatostatin is a peptide hormone that can hold back the activity of the growth hormone and the insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1). By slowing these processes down, the body’s metabolism can increase and therefore could cause weight loss.

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