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Mothers' weight tied to stillbirth, infant death risks

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who are carrying extra weight before pregnancy or early in gestation are at heightened risk of having their infants die shortly before or after birth, according to a new analysis of past research. The risk was greatest among the most obese women, the authors write in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Mothers' weight tied to stillbirth, infant death risks

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who are carrying extra weight before pregnancy or early in gestation are at heightened risk of having their infants die shortly before or after birth, according to a new analysis of past research. The risk was greatest among the most obese women, the authors write in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

U.S. childhood obesity rates have increased since 1999: study

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - U.S. childhood obesity rates have increased over the past 14 years, according to a study published on Monday, casting doubt on a recent analysis by government health researchers that found a sharp drop in preschool obesity rates over the past decade.

Actually, kids are getting heavier in the US

Contrary to recent reports, America's children are still struggling with obesity and there has been no decline in the epidemic among young people, US researchers said Monday. In fact, the problem is getting worse in a small subset of the heaviest children, among whom the trend has about doubled, said the findings in JAMA Pediatrics, a journal of the American Medical Association. Childhood obesity is of particular concern because it can lead to lifelong health problems, including high cholesterol, heart disease and type 2 diabetes, experts say.

Weight loss surgery helps reverse type 2 diabetes for some: study

By Bill Berkrot and Ransdell Pierson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bariatric weight loss surgery on obese patients with type 2 diabetes helped many to get their blood sugar to healthy levels and to no longer require any diabetes medicines, including insulin, three years after the procedure, according to data presented at a major medical meeting on Monday.

Surgery is best for managing diabetes in heavy people

When it comes to managing type 2 diabetes in overweight people, stomach-shrinking surgeries are still more effective than trying to shed pounds with pills and lifestyle changes, researchers said Monday. Three years into a study that compares the various approaches -- medical therapy, gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy -- the findings show that the two procedures are still superior at reducing glycemic levels and weight.

A plunge in U.S. preschool obesity? Not so fast, experts say

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - If the news last month that the prevalence of obesity among American preschoolers had plunged 43 percent in a decade sounded too good to be true, that's because it probably was, researchers say. When the study was published in late February in the Journal of the American Medical Association, no one had a ready explanation for that astounding finding by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Indeed, it seemed to catch the experts by surprise.

Exercise video games may add to kids' activity: study

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Giving children active video games to play while they follow a weight management program boosts their moderate and vigorous activity levels, according to a new study. Kids who played the active video games also lost more weight than children who only followed the weight management program. Traditionally, studies have examined what harms may come from children spending long hours sitting and playing video games.

Exercise video games may add to kids' activity: study

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Giving children active video games to play while they follow a weight management program boosts their moderate and vigorous activity levels, according to a new study. Kids who played the active video games also lost more weight than children who only followed the weight management program. Traditionally, studies have examined what harms may come from children spending long hours sitting and playing video games.

Scientists find key 'fat gene'

Geneticists said Wednesday they had pinpointed the most important obesity gene yet, throwing up a possible target for drugs to tackle a dangerous and growing epidemic. Mice bred to lack a gene dubbed IRX3 were almost a third lighter than rodents with the gene, they said. The equivalent gene exists in humans, and its functioning may explain why some people are more prone to obesity than others.
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