A protein on a cell structure called the primary cilia links diabetes and obesity. The discovery may lead to new diabetes treatments.
A relationship built on trust
A patient who struggled with being overweight for much of her life says she finally found success because of the trusting relationship she has with her doctor.
Obesity and depression connected in kids’ brains, Stanford study finds
Childhood obesity and depression appear linked in the brains of children and teens with both conditions, according to new Stanford research.
Stress hormone rise at night leads to weight gain
Immature fat cells grow up if stress hormones rise at night. A new study explains the molecular underpinnings of why people gain weight due to chronic stress, disrupted circadian rhythms and treatment with glucocorticoid drugs.
It’s time to abandon the term “obesity paradox,” Stanford researchers say
Scientists argue that using the term "obesity paradox" to describe situations in which obese patients have unexpectedly better health outcomes is actually a disservice to scientific advancement.
Weight gain, and loss, causes widespread molecular changes
Study finds even a modest weight gain causes the body to fluctuate on the molecular level, but most changes revert back when weight is lost.
Too high: For high blood pressure, lifestyle changes are the most effective and safest drug
In the fourth post in a series on high blood pressure, Randall Stafford, MD, PhD, lays out lifestyle changes that can improve health.
Physicians who tout well-being may scare off patients, Stanford researcher finds
Physicians have to walk a tough line when encouraging healthy behavior. Take Dr. J. She bikes to work, swims over lunch, jogs on the weekend …
Taking steps to learn more about obesity with smartphones
Many of my friends use smartphones to track their steps as they walk about town to grocery shop, grab lunch or just take a break …
What tiny antennae on our cells can tell us about the genetics of obesity
In 1675, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, the inventor of the microscope, discovered a tiny antenna that sticks out of our cells. Until the last 20 years …
New hormone helps explain how high-fat diets make us fatter
When I first took high-school biology in the early 1990s, I learned a very simplistic view of fat cells: They were, my teachers said, passive …
A discussion on new guidelines aimed at preventing eating disorders and obesity in teens
In my latest 1:2:1 podcast, I spoke with Stanford pediatrician Neville Golden, MD, about new guidelines to help pediatricians and parents talk with adolescents …
One approach prevents both obesity and eating disorders in teenagers
Doctors and parents can use a single approach to prevent both obesity and eating disorders in teenagers. That's the message from new guidelines released today …
Stanford expert addresses middle-age weight mystery
Many people notice significant changes in their body as they age – for some, it's grey hair or expanding bald spots. For others, it's aching joints. …
Chinese children face obesity risk
With the parents gone away, the children have time to play -- and eat, according to new research that examines the health of the millions …
“We should act now”: Stanford expert calls for more targeted anti-obesity policies
Reality TV shows like “The Biggest Loser” are popular in part because the audience can relate to the participants — more than two-thirds of …