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Global rise of diabetes and obesity

Wed, 2015-06-10 12:07

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Current nutrition labeling is hard to digest

Study compares four types of nutrition labels, the least effective being the one currently required in Canada and the US.
Tue, 2015-01-20 10:45

Current government-mandated nutrition labeling is ineffective in improving nutrition, but there is a better system available, according to a study by McGill University researchers published in the December issue of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.

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Controlling obesity with potato extract

Extract of Irish potatoes, rich in polyphenols, reduces weight gain to a surprising extent
Tue, 2014-12-09 09:53

Take a look in your pantry: the miracle ingredient for fighting obesity may already be there. A simple potato extract may limit weight gain from a diet that is high in fat and refined carbohydrates, according to scientists at McGill University.

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Obesity may shorten life expectancy up to 8 years

Canadian researchers put numbers on health risk
Fri, 2014-12-05 10:09

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Why your brain makes you reach for junk food

Mon, 2014-10-20 09:47

<p>New study examines link between brain cortex and food buying habits</p>
<p>MONTREAL: Will that be a pizza for you or will you go for a salad? Choosing what you eat is not simply a matter of taste, conclude scientists in a new study at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre. As you glance over a menu or peruse the shelves in a supermarket, your brain is making decisions based more on a food’s caloric content. </p>

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Why efforts against obesity aren’t working

Obesity rates continue to skyrocket around the world.
Fri, 2014-06-06 13:52

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Why efforts against obesity aren’t working

Wed, 2014-06-04 16:08

Obesity rates continue to skyrocket around the world. The Lancet medical journal recently reported that the number of overweight and obese people doubled over the past 30 years, reaching 2.1 billion worldwide in 2013, despite public health campaigns and other measures that promote healthy eating and exercise.

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Dr. Carl Ernst's research featured in the Montreal Gazette

Thu, 2012-10-11 13:58

Rare genetic mutation linked to psychiatric illnesses, obesity 

B Charlie Fidelman, GAZETTE Health Reporter October 8, 2012 

MONTREAL — Grounding chronic illnesses and mental disorders in human DNA is like trying to tease out a giant riddle that’s complicated by the intricate relationship between biology and behaviour.

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McGill researchers link mutation to psychiatric disease

Deletion of brain-derived neurotrophic factor leads to major depression, anxiety, and obesity.
Wed, 2012-10-10 12:52

McGill researchers have identified a small region in the genome that conclusively plays a role in the development of psychiatric disease and obesity. The key lies in the genomic deletion of brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF, a nervous system growth factor that plays a critical role in brain development.

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