Obesity

11:32am

Wed August 22, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Could Antibiotics Be A Factor In Childhood Obesity?

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 12:34 pm

Childhood obesity is on the rise in many countries and overuse of antibiotics is now on the radar as a possible factor in the epidemic. Here 18-month-old twins are weighed in a nutritionist's office in Colombia.
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There's growing evidence that the bacteria in our gut influence our health, including how much we weigh. So what happens when antibiotics knock out some of the microbes that help us?

A study, published online today in the journal Nature, finds that antibiotics make young mice fatter by changing the mix of their gut bacteria.

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4:42am

Mon August 20, 2012
Health

The Battle Over The Bulges: Debate Rages Over Govt Role In Healthcare

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As the number of Americans tipping the obesity scale grows, another battle over the bulges has emerged: How much should public policy control the collective diet?

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11:13am

Thu July 19, 2012
Health (and Batman...)

Study Asks WWBE?

12:47pm

Fri June 8, 2012
Health

Hickenlooper Wants Colorado to Be ‘Healthiest’ State

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11:23am

Wed June 6, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Commenters Bite Back On The Paleo Diet

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 11:52 am

Vlad Averbukh, 29, a follower of the paleo diet, eats raw meat along the Hudson River in New York in 2010. (Averbukh did not weigh in on our blog post on the paleo diet.)
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Our post on the paleo diet moving from the CrossFit gym to the doctor's office generated a robust discussion here in our comments section (and on NPR's Facebook page).

Readers batted around the relative merits of the paleo diet, how to interpret Paleolithic man's short lifespan and the meaning of evolutionary medicine, among other issues.

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