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Researchers identify neurons that regulate blood sugar - May 4, 2020
Researchers led by Dr. Yong Xu have identified a group of unique glucose-sensing neurons in the brain and how they work together to prevent severe hypoglycemia in mice.

Dawn-to-sunset fasting associated with anti-cancer proteins - April 16, 2020
In a recent stud, Dr. Ayse Leyla Mindikoglu found that dawn-to-sunset fasting was associated with proteins protective against cancer as well as obesity, diabetes and some neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.

Food storage safety tips - April 10, 2020
Trying to stay home to flatten the curve might mean more time in the kitchen.Roberta Anding answers some questions about food storage to help prevent food-borne illnesses.

How long will my food last? - April 7, 2020
Nutrition expert Roberta Anding has some tips on shelf life to avoid food related illnesses while taking “Stay Home, Stay Safe” measures.

Gardening boosts physical, mental health while staying home - April 7, 2020
While people are urged to stay home to help contain the spread of COVID-19, many are turning to a popular hobby – gardening. 

Maintaining your child’s relationship with food - Feb. 19, 2020
Whether a parent or child has an eating disorder or a complicated relationship with food, it is important to understand the psychological influence eating patterns have on children.




Small steps can lead to big leap in health this new year - Dec. 30, 2019
According to Baylor College of Medicine doctors, the secret to achieving and maintaining good health is to incorporate small behavioral changes that you can live with into your lifestyle.

Form of severe malnutrition linked to DNA modification - Dec. 19, 2019
Researchers identified significant differences at the epigenetic level between two clinically distinct forms of acute childhood malnutrition known as edematous severe acute malnutrition (ESAM) and non-edematous SAM (NESAM).

Tips to work off holiday eating - Dec. 11, 2019
Make sure you don’t land on Santa’s naughty list for overindulging in all of your favorite holiday foods. A Baylor College of Medicine family physician says staying active is the best way to counteract holiday calories.

Scientists create ‘epigenetic couch potato’ mouse - Dec. 2, 2019
A new Baylor College of Medicine led study in mice shows for the first time that a different molecular level of regulation – epigenetics – plays a key role in determining one’s innate drive to exercise.

How to have an allergy-friendly Thanksgiving - Nov. 14, 2019
Thanksgiving can be a challenge for individuals with a food allergy. An allergy expert offers advice on how to accommodate food allergies so everyone can have a safe holiday season.

Serve up nutrition this Thanksgiving - Nov. 13, 2019
Jennifer Cleveland, registered dietitian with Baylor College of Medicine, shares tips on how to stay healthy during the holidays.

Determining meals before and after exercise - Nov. 6, 2019
Roberta Anding, registered dietitian, sports dietitian and assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, explains approaches to take with food and exercise.

Brain circuit connects feeding, mood in response to stress - Sept. 5, 2019
Researchers looked into the possibility of crosstalk between eating and mood and discovered a brain circuit in mouse models that connects the feeding and the mood centers of the brain. 

Baylor earns C. Everett Koop National Health Award - Sept 4, 2019
Baylor College of Medicine has been selected as a winner of the C. Everett Koop National Health Award in 2019 for its workplace health promotion program, BCM BeWell.

Postnatal overnutrition linked to aging - Aug. 26, 2019
Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine have found a new answer to an old question: how can overnutrition during infancy lead to long-lasting health problems such as diabetes?

Nutritious back-to-school meals - Aug. 14, 2019
Planning children’s meals during the school week can be made simple when providing nutritious foods. Alicia Beltran, research dietitian, maps out healthy meals and snacks to feed your child before, during and after school.

Gut-brain connection helps explain obesity from overeating - Aug. 12, 2019
A new study led by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine reveals a previously unknown gut-brain connection that helps explain how eating extra servings lead to weight gain.

Embrace your travel bug without getting sick - July 24, 2019
Infectious diseases expert Dr. Stacey Rose explains how to avoid getting traveler’s diarrhea on your next trip.

A treasure map to understanding epigenetic causes of disease - June 3, 2019
Researchers have determined a unique fraction of the genome that scientists should focus on. Their report, which provides a “treasure map” to accelerate research in epigenetics and human disease, was published today in Genome Biology.

SRC-1 gene variants linked to human obesity - April 12, 2019
A team led by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Cambridge reports that the gene SRC-1 affects body weight control by regulating the function of neurons in the hypothalamus – the appetite center of the brain.




Thanksgiving foods to avoid during pregnancy - Nov. 13, 2018
For a mom to be, Thanksgiving Day may seem like a dream come true, but an expert at Baylor College of Medicine says pregnant women should avoid overindulging on Thanksgiving foods for the sake of themselves and their unborn babies.

Fathers needed for online survey - Oct. 29, 2018
Researchers are looking for fathers of children between the ages of 5 to 11 years to complete an online survey.

Muscle doesn’t weigh more than fat - Aug. 16, 2018
The reassuring phrase ‘muscle weighs more than fat’ can be heard reverberating in gyms across the country, but how much truth is there to it? Registered dietitian Roberta Anding says not much.

Why is it harder for females to gain weight? - April 18, 2018
For years, scientists have observed that when male and female mice eat the same high-fat diet, the males gain significantly more weight than the females. A new study proposes that part of the answer as to why that is may be in the brain.

Maximizing nutrition during cancer care - March 6, 2018
The physical and emotional tolls chemotherapy can have on a patient undergoing cancer treatment are well known, but there are many myths when it comes to managing fitness and nutrition during treatment. Nutritionist Rachel Dudley explains.