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Gut Balance with the Right Microbes + Healthy Diet = Lean Individual
The link between gut microbial composition and obesity is one of the most fascinating gut links currently being studied. Jeffrey Gordon's lab at Washington University in St. Louis has consistently produced cutting-edge research that is taking our understanding of the integral role of gut balance—and its interaction with diet—on the development of obesity to fascinating places.

Too Little Vitamin D May Add to Obesity's Burden
Severely obese people with vitamin D deficiency may be less mobile than those with normal levels of the vitamin, a new study says.
Sleep Apnea May Be Linked to Poor Bone Health
People with sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder, may be at increased risk for the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis, especially women and older people, a new study suggests.
Getting in Front of Back Pain
Even though back pain affects nearly 10 million Americans a year, there's a lot you can do to avoid the problem, an expert says.
Time Spent with Grandkids May Boost Women's Brain Power
Spending a little time each week caring for grandkids may help older women stay mentally sharp, a new study finds.
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What is leptin?
Leptin is a hormone that has a central role in fat metabolism. It was first discovered in 1994 and is produced by adipose tissue (fat tissue). Leptin affects your appetite. It signals to the brain that the body has had enough to eat. Even though leptin is generally a circulating signal that reduces appetite, obese people have an unusually high concentration of leptin. These people are resistant to the effects of leptin, in much the same way that people with type 2 diabetes are resistant to the effects of insulin. ... more

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