COVID-19 virus can infect fat tissue
Stanford Medicine scientists’ findings could explain why obese people have a higher risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection and are more likely to progress to severe disease and die of infection.
Keto and Mediterranean good for diabetes
In a trial of the two low-carb diets, both were similarly effective in controlling blood glucose. Keto’s more severe carb restrictions did not provide additional overall health benefits.
‘Anti-hunger’ molecule discovered
Stanford Medicine researchers and their collaborators have identified a molecule that staves off hunger post-exercise.
Bacteria that digest breast milk in decline
Stanford Medicine researchers and colleagues found that as nations industrialize, a species of bacteria critical in the early development of infant gut microbiomes fades away.
Ketogenic diet helps cells survive stress
Muscle stem cells enter a deep resting state during fasting or when fed a high-fat ketogenic diet, a Stanford-led study finds. This promotes stem cell resilience but slows injury repair.
Fiber supplements’ effects differ
Researchers found that one fiber supplement seemed helpful while another appeared harmful — but study participants’ reactions varied.
Insulin resistance increases depression risk
About 1 in 3 American adults has insulin resistance, a silent time bomb that doubles their risk for serious depression, Stanford scientists have learned.
Fermented foods reduce inflammatory markers
Stanford researchers discover that a 10-week diet high in fermented foods boosts microbiome diversity and improves immune responses.
Animal-welfare awareness may lower meat consumption
Giving people information about animal welfare can motivate them to eat less meat, a meta-analysis of 100 studies has found.
Latino kids helped in obesity trial
A three-year trial of a multifaceted intervention for managing obesity in low-income, Latino children showed promising results over two years.
Pandemic worsens kids’ weight woes
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a greater incidence of obesity and eating disorders among young people, according to experts at Stanford Children’s Health.
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