Obesity linked to increased risk of multiple sclerosis

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New research suggests the presence of a causal association between body mass index and risk of developing multiple sclerosis, according to a study conducted by Dr. Brent Richards and colleagues of the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital. This confirms previous observational studies that had suggested the existence of such a link.

Converting cells to burn fat, not store it


Researchers have uncovered a new molecular pathway for stimulating the body to burn fat – a discovery that could help fight obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. By knocking out the gene that produces folliculin in fat cells in mice, the researchers triggered a series of biomolecular signals that switched the cells from storing fat to burning it.

Less body fat for kids taking vitamin D


A healthy intake of vitamin D in the first year of life appears to set children up to have more muscle mass and less body fat as toddlers, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatric Obesity.