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The study found that women who can remember their parents talking about their weight were more likely to be overweight and to be dissatisfied with their own weight. "Commenting on a woman's weight is never a good idea, even when they are young girls," said lead author Brian Wansink, director of the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University, in Ithaca, N.Y. "If you're worried about your child's weight, avoid criticizing them or restricting food. Comment?
At least some of the microbes that live in your gut may be influenced by your genes, a new study finds. "We set out to find out about human genes that are implicated in the regulation of the gut microbiome, and we found some that are," said senior study author Ruth Ley, an associate professor in the department of microbiology at Cornell University, in Ithaca, N.Y. For example, the researchers found a link between the LCT gene - involved in making the enzyme that helps the body digest dairy products - and a type of microorganism called Bifidobacterium , which is commonly used in probiotics. Comment?
Bedbugs have been making humans' skin crawl for thousands of years as they creep out of their hiding places in bedding at night to feast on people's blood, leaving an itchy, tell-tale rash in their wake. Now, a complete analysis of the pests' entire genetic structure has provided researchers with fresh insight into the hardy nature of bedbugs - and also highlights some of the weaknesses that humans can exploit to better control the bugs. Comment?
Football fans, take note: You run the risk of being blindsided by the flu if you let your defenses down on Super Bowl Sunday, researchers warn. They analyzed data from areas that had teams in the Super Bowl between 1974 and 2009 and found that those regions had an 18 percent spike in flu-related deaths among people older than 65, one of the groups of people most vulnerable to the flu. Comment?
Despite their bad reputation, junk food, fast food and soda aren't the root cause of America's obesity epidemic, Cornell University researchers contend. While these sugary and salt-laden foods may not be good for your health, the scientists found no significant difference in how much of these foods either overweight or normal weight people consumed. Comment?
The study included 230 volunteers who were shown blogs that included photos of the same 10 meals and nutritional information about them, as well as a thumbnail photo of the blog author. When asked to rate how healthy the meals were, the participants believed a meal was less healthy when it was accompanied by the photo of the blogger when she was overweight than when the same meal was presented with the photo of the blogger after shedding those excess pounds. Comment?
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