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Association of DNA sequence variation in mitochondrial DNA polymerase with mitochondrial DNA synthesis.

Enzymes responsible for mitochondrial (mt) DNA synthesis and transcription are encoded by nuclear genome and inherited mutations in these genes may play important roles in enhancing risk [read more]

The 10 biggest food and weight loss stories of 2014

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I compiled my last round-up, but it’s that time again! As a research junkie, I think this year’s crop of studies in the areas of nutrition and weight management have been particularly fascinating. [read more]

The Gene Smart Diet

Could understanding how your genes work be the key to controlling your weight? That’s the idea behind the Gene Smart Diet. [read more]

How Exercise Changes Our DNA

Now new research reports that the answer may lie, in part, in our DNA. Exercise, a new study finds, changes the shape and functioning of our genes, an important stop on the way to improved health and fitness. [read more]

What Is Your Weight Destiny?

Your Genes and Obesity

Oh, please. Just shut up, already.

That’s what I have begun to tell myself whenever I catch my mind noodling around with the same thought I’ve had a half dozen times a day for my entire adult life: I wish I could lose a few pounds.

You see, I’m not fat and have never been more than a little overweight — the freshman 15, too much edible merriment around the holidays, that kind of thing. [read more]

Genomics: What You Should Know

Personalized medicine. Predictive medicine. Targeted medicine. These are just some of the descriptors being applied to “genomic medicine,” a field of medical research generating much fanfare and hope for the future. [read more]

Parents show interest in newborn genomic testing

A study led by Harvard-affiliated researchers found that if genomic testing were available that could provide personalized health information about their newborns, new parents would have considerable interest in the screening procedure. Published in the Dec. 4 journal Genetics in Medicine, the study is the first to explore new parents’ attitudes towards such tests. [read more]

New Study Links GMOs To Cancer, Liver/Kidney Damage & Severe Hormonal Disruption

By: Collective Evolution. In November 2012, the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology published a paper titled Long Term Toxicity of Roundup Herbicide and a Roundup-Tolerant genetically modified maize by Gilles-Eric Seralini and his team of researchers at France’s Caen University. (source) It was a very significant study that made a lot of noise worldwide, the first of its kind under controlled conditions that examined the possible effects of a GMO maize diet treated with Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide. [read more]

Health News 2014: Type Of Gut Bacteria In The Intestines Can Influence Weight

A new study pioneered by experts and scientists from the Cornell University’s Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and King’s College London has revealed the possible link between our genes and the presence of gut bacteria in the intestines. The role of genetics in the weight prediction of individuals has been known for some time. However, its exact mechanism is still unclear, not until now. [read more]

Individual costs of being overweight and obese in the U.S.

The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services’ Department of Health Policy today released a report that, for the first time, calculated the startlingly high individual costs of obesity to Americans. [read more]

5 ways being overweight costs you money

Being overweight or obese may be taking a toll on your health, but it’s also costing you money. Here’s how your weight affects your wallet. [read more]

The Price of Being Overweight

Being overweight or obese will cost you in the form of doctor’s bills, sick days, fuel costs, and more. [read more]

The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services Department of Health Policy

A Heavy Burden: The Individual Costs of Being Overweight and Obese in the United States [read report]

Proof Your Weight Is Almost Entirely Genetic And Not Your Fault

This post might positively change your life forever. After reading this post you will hopefully: 1) stop beating yourself up for why you aren’t in shape, 2) stop feeling guilty about what you eat, 3) stop spending money on diet fads, 4) stop spending money on exercise equipment, and 5) gain more confidence and self-esteem. [read more]

Got ‘Fat Genes’? You Can Still Lose Weight

The average American will gain about a pound during the holidays, and soon it will be time for New Year’s resolutions to shed the pounds. Two-thirds of Americans are already overweight or obese, and the turkey and candies aren’t helping. [read more]

The Gene Smart Diet

Could understanding how your genes work be the key to controlling your weight? That’s the idea behind the Gene Smart Diet. [read more]

Scientists shed new light on how hormone works in weight loss

Scientists have found how the hormone, which is a popular target to develop weight-loss drugs, works in our body. [read more]

The 6 Weight-Loss Tips That Science Actually Knows Work

Some of the weight loss articles out there these days are getting a little nutty. [read more]

Fat Trap

For 15 years, Joseph Proietto has been helping people lose weight. When these obese patients arrive at his weight-loss clinic in Australia, they are determined to slim down. And most of the time, he says, they do just that, sticking to the clinic’s program and dropping excess pounds. [read more]

How Unhealthy Is Your Relationship With Food?

If you’ve been counting calories since your first training bra and you can’t remember the last time a cookie didn’t come with guilt, follow this chart to see what you’re dealing with—and what you can do about it. [read more]

This Terrifying Photo Will Make You Lose Weight
This Terrifying Photo Will Make You Lose Weight

Stanford Study Reference – BluePrint Health

A few weeks ago an article titled Cheek swab to choose your diet plan by Jennifer Thomas of HealthDay News made headlines. The article stated that scientists at Stanford University had analysed data obtained from a study conducted in 2007, and found that the genetic profile of the participants indicated which diet would produce the most efficient and highest weight loss…
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Can DNA Analysis Help ID Best Weight Loss Method? –

Question: Can DNA analysis help ID best weight loss method?
Expert answer: Hi, Todd. While there is a definite genetic component to obesity, which ranges anywhere from 40 to 70 percent, our current understanding of the interaction between the genetics of obesity, diet and weight loss is limited. There are several hundred genetic regions that have been associated with being obese…
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New Study Provides Motivation To Get Healthy And Fit In 2014 – KPBS San Diego Public Radio and TV

A recent study seems to give us some additional motivation to shed pounds and get fit. Researchers in Canada say their analysis shows it’s really not possible to be fat and fit. Even when overweight people have no signs of metabolic heart or health conditions, they have a higher risk of dying earlier than healthy people at a thinner weight, the study shows…
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The DNA Diet – CBS New York

Does the perfect diet exist? The answer may lie in our genes.

Finding out which foods are best suited to your body chemistry could be answered in a simple test, making the ultimate weight-loss solution tailoring your diet to your DNA.

A simple swab of the cheek may hold the answer…
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DNA Testing Used for Weight Loss | NBC 7 San Diego

There’s an infinite number of diets and workouts out there to help you lose weight, but now there’s a genetic test available that can find out which diet might work best for your body.
Genetic testing is helping scientists and doctors understand more about human body, especially when it comes to weight loss. It’s helping patients find out the best way to lose weight and keep it off…
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Health Buzz: Do You Have the Obesity Gene?

Although diet and lifestyle choices play a big role, obesity might be in your genes, according to a new study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. Researchers from the National Institute on Aging’s Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience have now discovered how a gene linked to obesity several years ago confers a higher risk of obesity, giving doctors a promising new target in the fight against obesity.

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Obesity gene may explain why some gain weight as they age

A defective gene linked to obesity appears to affect impulse control and food choices. And this could explain why people with the gene have so much trouble maintaining a healthy weight as they age, a new U.S. study says. Middle-aged and older people with obesity-associated variants of the FTO gene tend to gain weight, according to researchers from the National Institutes of Health. [read more]

New DNA Test Can Predict Childhood Obesity.

Will your child become obese one day? Finding out may be as easy as testing your youngster’s blood. But this type of testing is raising concerns about how far science should go to detect genetic conditions and diseases—and the ethics of giving that information to expectant parents. [read more]

How to Turn Your Phone Into the Ultimate Weight-Loss Tool

Your smartphone comes with a ton of features – but did you know that with a few small tweaks, you can turn it into the ultimate weight-loss tool? The Apple App Store and Google Play Store offer a plethora of apps that can unlock the full potential of your phone and help you get in shape. [read more]

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