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Maternal diet and health during pregnancy may impact their children’s neurodevelopment

A study published in Pediatric Research suggests that gestational diabetes mellitus and higher adiposity whilst pregnant negatively effects infantile neurodevelopment. A high omega-3 prenatal diet can promote cognitive and language skills in offspring by age 2.

News Medical

Link identified between visceral fat and risk of preeclampsia

A Chinese study, published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, has found that higher levels of visceral fat can accelerate the age at menarche in women, which increases risk of developing preeclampsia during pregnancy.



Drug mimics the health benefits of exercise

Data from a study published in Nature suggests that high-dose injections of Lac-Phe can reduce appetite, induce weight loss and improve glucose tolerance in obese mice.


Gut permeability caused by weight gain may lead to exacerbation of asthma

Changes in gut function caused by obesity or being overweight are associated with an increase in severity of asthma symptoms, according to research presented at the Society for Endocrinology annual conference in Harrogate.

Medical Xpress

Established drugs could be repurposed to treat obesity

Drugs commonly used to treat other conditions have been identified as being useful to repurpose for the treatment of obesity and diabetes. A range of potentially useful drugs were outlined at the International Congress on Obesity.