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FatmouseIs obesity caused by more than eating too much and exercising too little?

A new article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describes a genetic variation called ankyrin-B which may cause people to gain weight.   This article by Damaris N. Lorezo and Vann Bennett demonstrates that ankyrin-B deficiency makes mice more likely to become obese with age or when fed a high-fat diet.

Check out additional articles on genetics research in Dr. Charles Macri’s online Genetics Journal Club.

pumpkinpieConcerned about what the Thanksgiving meal could do to your weight or metabolism?


Stop worrying and read this consumer education article on Why You Seriously Don't Need to Worry About All the Calories on Thanksgiving.


Happy Thanksgiving from Himmelfarb Library!



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maternalchildHow will proposed changes to health care law affect women's health in the United States?

A new article in Women's Health Issues explores this issue.  In The Risk of Remaining Silent: Addressing the Current Threats to Women's Health, the authors assess how changes to the Affordable Care Act, insurance coverage for contraception, Planned Parenthood, and additional Department of Health and Human Services programs might affect health care for women.
Dr. Claire Brindis from the University of California, San Francisco is the first author in this paper.  The George Washington University's Dr. Amita Vyas is the editor for Women's Health Issues and is also the program director of the Maternal and Child Health Program in GW's Milken Institute School of Public Health.

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