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Are Obesity and Birth Control Pills Causing Multiple Sclerosis?

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According to two new studies released this week, obesity and birth control pills may play a part in the development of multiple sclerosis. The first study found that those who were obese at the age of 20 were at twice the risk of developing MS in their lifetime. The study suggests a hormone called leptin, […]

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Obesity May Lead To More Migraines

A new study from John Hopkins University School of Medicine suggests obesity might have an effect on one organ many would have never guessed: the brain. Their research found that obese people are 81 percent more likely to suffer from episodic migraines than those who are of normal weight. The study was published last week […]

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Smoking, High Blood Pressure, and Obesity Cause Brain Shrinkage

We all know that smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity do terrible damage to our bodies, but I think it is safe to say we always assumed they left us cognitively sound. According to a new study, this may not be true as these four conditions in middle age appear to cause brain shrinkage […]

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Childhood Obesity Linked To MS

Childhood obesity has tripled over the past 30 years and new research suggests that those affected are at an elevated risk of developing multiple sclerosis. This means that the number of MS cases is likely to grow significantly as childhood obesity continues to plague the U.S. You can read about the specifics of the study […]

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Surprising Link Between Obesity and Depression

A major contributor to genetic obesity also makes a person less likely to suffer from depression. The FTO gene has been found to make one 8-percent less likely to to have depression, according to scientists. Not only does FTO affect depression, but could affect other psychiatric disorders as well. And though 8-percent does not make […]

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Depression Highlights Costly, Avoidable Health Risks

Depressed workers make up about 11-percent of the work force and that adds up to a lot of medical spending for employers. According to a study published in Health Affairs, those suffering depression spent almost 50-percent more than their nondepressed counterparts. As David Pittman reports for Medpage Today, more than 22-percent of annual healthcare spending […]

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Compulsive Overeating Expands Across America

        Compulsive Overeating, often referred to as food addiction, is characterized by an obsessive/compulsive relationship to food. According to a recent study, 1/3 of America is obese- the obesity rate more than doubled from 1990 to 2010. Obesity is the number two cause of preventable death in the United States, the first […]

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