Bone-derived Hormone Regulates Appetite in Mice

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We often think of bones as static, lifeless structures, but scientists are learning that bones are far more dynamic than once believed and play important roles in immunity, kidney health, and metabolism. Now research published in Nature has identified a hormone produced by bone cells that helps regulate appetite in mice, a finding that adds to the understanding of weight management and potentially cancer risk.

Obesity increases risk of many types of cancer.

Scientists have long known that fat cells produce a hormone called lipocalin-2, but the researchers in this study discovered that bone-forming cells produce as much as 10 times more lipocalin-2 than fat cells. Read more… “Bone-derived Hormone Regulates Appetite in Mice”

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    Want to live a longer, healthier life? Eat nuts, study says

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    A new study published in BMC Medicine suggests that eating just a handful of nuts every day can reduce your risk of developing many chronic diseases, including cancer and heart diseases, which account for more than 25 million deaths per year worldwide.

    Nuts contain protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and many beneficial phytochemicals. Some research suggests that eating nuts might lower cholesterol and help maintain healthy blood sugar levels in people who have diabetes.

    The researchers analyzed the results of 20 population studies of more than 800,000 people. Studies were performed over a period of several decades up to the present to see if there was a relationship between eating nuts and lower risk of disease.  Read more… “Want to live a longer, healthier life? Eat nuts, study says”

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      SNPs, Activity, Vitamin D Research, Highlights from AICR Award Winners at ObesityWeek

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      Congratulations to this year’s ObesityWeek Conference poster winners.

      The annual conference, held this year in New Orleans, focuses on the basic science, treatment, and prevention of obesity. It is an important topic because obesity links to several types of cancer, including post-menopausal breast, advanced prostate, and colorectal.

      Highlighted below are three of the winners of the AICR research poster competition, which was announced yesterday. The research focused on how genetics, physical activity, and nutrients influence cancer risk, treatment, and survival.

      Note: These poster findings have not been published and have not been subjected to the peer-reviewed process. Read more… “SNPs, Activity, Vitamin D Research, Highlights from AICR Award Winners at ObesityWeek”

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