Mice on a high-fat diet that were fed actinidia polygama extract had lower body weight, adipose tissue mass and serum triglyceride and leptin levels than did those that did not receive the supplements, a study published in Molecular Medicine Reports found.
Walking to a bus stop instead of driving to work could help people burn an extra 100 calories daily, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reported in Preventive Medicine. The study looked at the health effects of driving even 1 mile less per day and found that travel-based interventions could be as effective as dietary changes in promoting obesity reduction.
Some patients at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, N.C., get afternoon tea and a treat delivered by room service, which officials say is one way to help people temporarily forget they are in a hospital. Many hospitals have hired chefs to improve the quality of food served to patients and visitors, and some have brought in outside vendors such as Starbucks that offer specialized or gourmet items.
Researchers at Ohio State University's Comprehensive Cancer Center used thermogenic fat cells in an injection that successfully burned belly fat in obese mice eating a high-fat diet. The researchers hope the shot holds promise for humans fighting belly fat, which settles around vital organs and puts people at higher risk for cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Julia Reed has compiled her food-related essays into a book, "Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns, and Other Southern Specialties: An Entertaining Life (With Recipes)." Her philosophy when entertaining is to serve hearty food that tastes good, such as biscuits and ham or spinach and artichoke casserole.