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    Action on obesity

    John Wass

    In this interview John Wass, Chair of the Working Party for Action on Obesity in the UK, discusses how the rise of obesity can be curbed by filling current gaps in knowledge and support in the healthcare and medical education systems.

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    Update on CVD risk factors

    Robert Eckel, Marc-Andre Cornier

    Specific factors are associated with risk of cardiovascular disease; Robert Eckel and Marc-Andre Cornier review the data and recommendations on the use of these biomarkers to help identify patients who need intensive cholesterol-lowering therapy.

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    What makes us fat? An open question.

    Jack Winkler

    Although researchers are actively exploring the links between diet and obesity, Jack Winkler explains why definite answers have been difficult to obtain, and highlights the lack of consensus amongst researchers, hinders development of practical solutions to deal with obesity.

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    A forum on the Mediterranean diet

    Antonia Trichopoulou, Miguel Martínez-González, Tammy Tong, Nita Forouhi, Shweta Khandelwal, Dorairaj Prabhakaran, Dariush Mozaffarian, Michel de Lorgeril

    The Mediterranean diet is linked to many health benefits, but disparities exist in the definition of this dietary pattern; experts across the globe outline what constitutes a Mediterranean diet, how definitions vary, and ways to study its effects.

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    Placebo to treat depression?

    Andrea Cipriani, John Geddes

    Andrea Cipriani and John Geddes comment on a meta-analysis showing that sucrose-based placebos have an uncertain effect in clinical trials for depression, and discuss the implications of these findings for clinicians, researchers and patients.

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    Fatty acids and epigenetics

    Delphine Fradin, Pierre Bougnères

    Delphine Fradin and Pierre Bougnères discuss the limitations of a study revealing palmitate-induced epigenetic alterations in pancreatic cells, but emphasize that the findings pave the way for future research into obesity-induced metabolic changes.


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