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Debate rages: Is Christie’s weight a valid campaign issue?

(Reuters) – Speculation that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will enter the presidential race has led to a feverish debate about the possibility of having the fattest man in the White House since the corpulent William Howard Taft squeezed behind the big desk in the Oval Office. Of course Taft,…

16-pound baby born in Texas breaks hospital’s weight record

WASHINGTON — A newborn who tipped the scales at more than 16 pounds (7.3 kilograms) broke the local hospital’s weight records in Longview, Texas, press reported Monday. The baby boy, named JaMichael, delivered by Cesarean section to parents Janet Johnson and Michael Brown early Friday, exceeded doctors’ weight predictions by…

Does too little sleep lead to weight gain?

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) – Want to avoid weight gain? Maybe some more sleep would help. People who got very little sleep ate more but didn’t burn any extra calories, according to a U.S. study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that adds to evidence supporting a link between…

Gum disease can delay pregnancy for months

STOCKHOLM — Women who wish to fall pregnant should be advised to brush their teeth and floss regularly as gum disease affects chances of conception, a fertility conference in Stockholm was told on Tuesday. Periodontal disease can delay the time it takes to conceive by two months on average, an…

Extra potatoes can pack on pounds

WASHINGTON — Slight changes in eating habits, such as eating an extra serving of potato chips or fries each day, can add plenty to a person’s weight over the years, US researchers said on Wednesday. Three studies that spanned 20 years and more than 120,000 people showed that the notion…

Nicotine discovery may lead to new weight loss drugs

WASHINGTON — US scientists have figured out exactly how nicotine acts as an appetite suppressant in the brain, a finding that could one day help in the fight against obesity, researchers said Thursday. Smokers tend to be thinner than people who don’t smoke, and the study led by Yale University…

Pregnant mothers’ diet linked to child obesity: study

WELLINGTON (AFP) – An expectant mother’s diet during pregnancy can alter her baby’s DNA in the womb, increasing its risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes in later life, an international study has found. Researchers said the study provided the first scientific evidence linking pregnant women’s diet to childhood obesity,…

Two-drug obesity therapy finds success in initial study

PARIS (AFP) – A new treatment for obesity that combines two existing drugs resulted in twice as much weight loss as the only approved long-term anti-obesity medication, according to a study released Monday. A mix of Phentermine and topiramate, sold under the brand name of Topamax, was shown in clinical…

Weighty mission for scientists: redefine the kilo

Scientists said Monday they were moving closer to coming up with a non-physical definition of the kilo after discovering the metal artefact used as the international standard had shed a little weight. Researchers caution there is still some way to go before their mission is complete, but if successful it…

Scientists find ‘monster’ star using Very Large Telescope

LONDON — The most massive star ever, which is up to 20 million times brighter than the Sun, has been discovered using the Very Large Telescope in Chile, scientists in Britain said Wednesday. The star, named R136a1, is thought to have started off with a mass of up to 320…

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