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09.06.11 - Researchers prescribe easy office workouts
Featured on www.washingtonpost.com
Labor Day is over, as are summer vacations for most people, so it’s time to head back to the daily grind. But work today doesn’t usually mean breaking a sweat. More and more of us are spending our 9 to 5 at a desk — and we’re less healthy as a result.
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08.31.11 - Prescribing Exercise to Treat Depression
Featured on http://well.blogs.nytimes.com
Can a stroll help ease depression? That question preoccupied Dr. Madhukar H. Trivedi, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, after several of his patients, all suffering from serious depression, mentioned that they felt happier if they went for a walk.
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08.29.11 - Study: U.S. obesity rates projected to climb by 2030
Featured on http://yourlife.usatoday.com
Currently, about a third of people in this country are obese, which is roughly 30 pounds over a healthy weight. A new study suggests that if the upward weight-gain trend of the past few decades continues unabated, then the number of obese people will increase dramatically.
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08.25.11 - LSUHSC research identifies differences in metabolic disease markers in healthy & obese 7-to-9-year-olds
Featured on www.sciencenewsline.com
Research led by Dr. Melinda Sothern, Professor of Public Health and Jim Finks Endowed Chair in Health Promotion at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, has found that obese 7-9-year-old children had nearly three times the liver fat and almost double the belly fat of their nonobese counterparts and that insulin resistance was more than double and insulin sensitivity less than half respectively
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08.16.11 - Should all obese people lose weight?
Featured on www.cnn.com
You may be obese, but does that automatically mean you're unhealthy? The conventional wisdom is that if you're overweight or obese, you're in mortal danger because that extra weight is like a ticking time bomb ready to unleash diabetes, heart disease and other health complications.
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08.15.11 - The American Diabetes Association Announces New Editors for Diabetes Care

Featured on www.diabetes.org
The American Diabetes Association announces the appointment of William T. Cefalu, MD, of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center and the Louisiana State University Health Science Center (LSUHSC) School of Medicine, as the Editor-in-Chief of Diabetes Care.
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08.11.11 - Pennington gets grant to study troop nutrition
Featured on www.cnbc.com
The Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge is getting a $6 million grant to fund a study of new ways to boost the performance of wartime personnel.
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08.11.11 - Pennington wins military grant
Featured on www.2theadvocate.com
The nutrition and combat readiness of U.S. soldiers could receive a boost thanks to a new $6 million grant to LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center announced Wednesday.
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08.08.11 - Dementia study makes strides in Louisiana
Featured on www.thetowntalk.com
More than 200 people who are over the age of 60 and in the Alexandria area have participated in a study for the Institute of Dementia Research and Prevention since the research center opened its Alexandria office in June.
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08.02.11 - Dixit to receive GSA's 2011 Nathan Shock New Invstigator Award
Featured on www.physorg.com
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — has chosen Vishwa Deep Dixit, DVM, PhD, of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center as the 2011 recipient of the Nathan Shock New Investigator Award.
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08.01.11 - Fat Fight!
Featured on www.225batonrouge.com
Overweight and obesity rates have tripled nationwide over the past 30 years, with one in three American children now considered too heavy, according to the recently formed White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity. In Louisiana, the overweight and obesity rate is 48%, reports the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge—one of the world’s leading obesity and nutrition research institutions.
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07.27.2011 - A New Suspect in the Obesity Epidemic: Our Brains
Featured on discovermagazine.com
“I call it the ‘hungry brain syndrome, ” says Hans-Rudolf Berthoud, an expert in the neurobiology of nutrition at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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07.24.2011 - Standing desks allow a change of position at work
Featured on www.pittsburghlive.com
Prolonged sitting has been linked with cardiovascular disease, blood clots, diabetes, obesity and early death. In a March interview with AARP, Marc T. Hamilton, a physiologist at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., went so far as to declare that "sitting is the new smoking."
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07.12.2011 - Pennington Conducts Study for Seniors
Featured on www.bestofneworleans.com
Pennington Biomedical Research Center (6400 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, 225-763-2500; www.pbrc.edu) is enrolling senior citizens older than 70 to participate in a study to determine whether a daily aspirin regimen can lower the risk of dementia and cardiovascular disease. The five-year ASPREE study is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and will be conducted at 25 sites in the United States and Australia.
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06.25.2011 - What's the best exercise for heart health?
Featured on www.reuters.com
"Aerobic plus resistance is clearly the optimal program," said Dr. Timothy Church, who studies exercise and disease at Louisiana State University's Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge.
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06.24.2011 - Nutritional Management with Medical Food Alleviates Diabetes-Induced Large and Small Fiber Neuropathies
Featured on www.businesswire.com
Results from a study which evaluated Metanx® on diabetic peripheral neuropathy using Zucker diabetic fatty (ZDF) rats, a model of Type 2 diabetes, were presented today at the American Diabetes Association 71st Scientific Sessions.
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04.19.11 - For Exercise Afterburn, Intensity May Be the Key

Featured on www.nytimes.com
Depending on whom you ask, the answer to this question is either one of the great myths of exercise or one of the great unappreciated truths: Is there an afterburn effect from a workout?
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04.14.11- Is Sitting a Lethal Activity?
Featured on www.nytimes.com
“Exercise is not a perfect antidote for sitting,” says Marc Hamilton, an inactivity researcher at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
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04.01.11 - For overweight people with heart disease, improving their physical fitness could pay big dividens
Featured on in.reuters.com
A new study has found that fitness, not body weight, is a more important predictor of whether people with clogged blood vessels in their heart will die in the relatively near term.
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03.23.11 - Study: Drug Prevents Type 2 Diabetes in Majority of High-Risk Individuals
Featured on www.katc.com
Pennington Biomedical Research Center researchers have discovered that a pill taken daily prevents type 2 diabetes in more than 70 percent of individuals whose obesity, ethnicity and other markers put them at highest risk for the disease, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.
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03.22.11 - Sitting on a health hazard
Featured on www. themercury.com
Researchers are urging office workers, students and the elderly to get their bums off their seats or risk an early grave. People who spent most of their day sitting regardless of how healthy they are are almost twice as likely to suffer from heart disease, new research has found.
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03.18.11 - Why do clinical trials exclude depressed people?
Featured on www.huffingtonpost.com
When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced in 2009 that Pfizer Inc's smoking-cessation drug Chantix would need to carry a restrictive "black box" warning label, the move didn't really surprise the market.
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03.16.11 - Is Fitness All in the Genes?
Featured on www.well.blogs.nytimes.com
Why do some people respond to an aerobic workout routine by becoming incredibly fit, whereas others who exercise just as hard for months end up no fitter than when they began?
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03.06.11 - Sculpting with fat can restore faces
Featured on www. post-gazette.com
New technique uses fat cells to smooth visages of veterans devestated by injury. In Dr. Rubin's lab and other sites around the world, fat stem cells are starting to be tested in human patients for a variety of conditions, said Jeffrey Gimble, a stem cell biology professor at Louisiana State University.
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02.24.11 - Food for Thought
Featured on www.2theadvocate.com
In Food this week, I’m excited to bring you what I hope will become a regular addition to this section. I’m calling it Food for Fitness, and it will be a short, user-friendly feature with information on nutrition and healthful eating from experts within our community.
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02.23.11 - Blueberry Study Finds Health Value
Featured on www.2theadvocate.com
We all know blueberries are a super healthful food that provides our bodies with vital nutrients and antioxidants. But research under way at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center is uncovering new evidence that suggests blueberries are even more beneficial to our health than previously thought.
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02.22.11 - The Center for Medical Weight Loss Announces Formation of Scientific Advisory Board: Panel of Top Health and Obesity Experts Will Provide Insight to Rapidly Expanding Organziation
Featured on www.marketwire.com
he Center for Medical Weight Loss, the largest network of non-surgical medical weight loss providers in the US, today announced the creation of a scientific advisory board. Comprised of individuals respected in the health and weight management fields, the newly formed board will provide The Center for Medical Weight Loss (CMWL) with advice on publication of the organization's new study and expertise on structuring future research. The board's first meeting occurred on February 18.
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02.17.11 - Beat Your Body'd Fat Traps
Featured on abcnews.go.com
Before you launch into yet another New Year's slim-down plan, beware: Your workouts may be working against you. In a study from the United Kingdom, some new exercisers compensated for their workouts by eating as much as 270 extra calories a day -- negating more than half of the calories they burned. This self-sabotage has a ripple effect. As the number on the scale inches down at a painfully slow pace, many women give up altogether.
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02.14.11 - Health Test: The Importance of Being Muscular
Featured on www. oregonlive.com
Sit-up capacity stood out as a significant predictor of mortality in one large observational study. Researchers tested muscular fitness in more than 8,000 Canadian women and men and tracked their survival for an average of 13 years. Those with the lowest sit-up scores were more than twice as likely to die during the study's years of observation compared with those able to do the most sit-ups. It's not entirely clear why, according to lead author Peter Katzmarzyk, now a professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La.
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02.10.11 - Stop Eating Breakfast?
Featured on health.msn.com
Could everything you’ve heard about breakfast be wrong? “Eating breakfast is just added calories. You’ll never compensate for them at subsequent meals,” Volker Schusdziarra, M.D., professor of internal medicine at the Technical University of Munich, told The New York Times.
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01.25.11 - High-Fructose Corn Syrup's Health Risks Remain Sticky
Featured on www.miller-mccune.com
High-fructose corn syrup generally gets a bad rap by the health community. The sweetener has been blamed for everything from obesity to diabetes, heart attack to stroke. But what do we really know about it?
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01.11.01 - Added diet incentive: Years melt away with the pounds
Featured on www.usatoday.com
Losing weight may be the new fountain of youth: It makes you look and feel younger. So say several dieters who have been featured in the USA TODAY Weight-Loss Challenge and obesity experts who study weight loss.
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01.06.11 - Can Sitting Too Much Kill You?
Featured on www.scientificamerican.com
We all know that physical activity is important for good health—regardless of your age, gender or body weight, living an active lifestyle can improve your quality of life and dramatically reduce your risk of death and disease.
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12.27.10 - Jenny Craig Revs Up New Program
Featured on www.mediapost.com
'Tis the season to regret those Christmas cookies, and Jenny Craig is the latest player to offer improved programs to fat-fighting consumers.
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12.19.10 - BMI: Why Body Mass Index Isn't The Best Measure of A Healthy Weight
Featured on www.huffingtonpost.com
The next time you happen to catch a Minnesota Vikings game, take a look at Adrian Peterson, the team's 6'1, 217-pound running back. Now ask yourself: what kind of physical characteristics would you attribute to him? Athletic? Lean? Fit? All of these certainly sound like valid answers to us -- but his clinical classification might surprise you.
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12.14.10 - Want to Keep Pounds Off? The Trick is Consistent Exercise
Featured on www.healthland.time.com
Now that the holidays are here, New Year's resolutions to lose weight won't be far behind. So just in time, researchers report that keeping up a regular exercise regimen may be your best bet when it comes to keeping extra pounds at bay.
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12.14.10 - Working Out in Your 20's Helps Keep You Trim in Midlife
Featured on news.health.com
If you want to stave off the middle-age spread, get active in your 20s and stay that way through your 30s and 40s, especially if you’re a woman, a new study suggests.
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12.07.10 - Local Study On Dementia & Alzheimer's Disease

Featured on www.ktbs.com
Researchers in Louisiana are trying to answers questions about dementia and alzheimer's disease, but they need your help.
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11.30.10 - Combined Aerobic and Strength Training Improves Glucose Control in Diabetes
Featured on www.medscape.com
In patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, aerobic exercise combined with resistance training improves glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels vs levels in a nonexercising control group; however, neither form of exercise alone achieves this benefit, a new study has found. Timothy S. Church, MD, PhD, with the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University System, Baton Rouge, and colleagues reported the findings in the November 24 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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11.29.10 - Aerobics and weight training combined lower blood sugar
Featured on www. washingtonpost.com
"It's clear that doing both aerobic and strength training is superior to either alone," said lead author Tim Church of Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La. "It's almost like taking two different drugs."
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11.28.10 - Eat Veggies for Better Health
Featured on www.healthrelatedinfos.com
According to the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, those who work out on a regular basis will be able to see the benefits of their daily training faster if they eat right. They also claim that apple cider vinegar can have a number of positive effects on the body, boosting energy levels and the amount of good cholesterol on the body.
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11.26.10 - Prescription for Type 2 Diabetes: Cardio Plus Weights
Featued on www.time.com
"From a health perspective, the combination exercise program really outshines the others," the study's lead author, Dr. Timothy Church, director of preventative medicine research at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, told HealthDay.
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11.26.10 - Aerobics and Weights Optimal Diabetes Fighter

Featured on www.examiner.com
Louisiana State University System study indicates that people with diabetes should combine aerobics and weight training to achieve the highest outcomes for lowering blood sugar. This combination has also been shown very effective for weight loss.
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11.26.10 - For Your Health: Eat Your Veggies
Featured on www.foxnews.com
A new study by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center says that walkers who incorporate some light weight training into their workout can increase fitness benefits in less time.
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11.24.10 - Exercise: For Type 2 Diabetes, 2 Types of Training
Featured on www.nytimes.com
“We can now look at individuals with diabetes right in the face and tell them, ‘This is the best exercise prescription for you,’ ” said the lead author, Dr. Timothy S. Church, director of preventative medicine research at Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University.
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11.24.10 - Exercise with weight training proves to good for you
Featured on www.wafb.com
There has been another major discovery at LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center.There has been proof of exercise helping to keep diabetics healthy, but now, Dr. Timothy Church and his team of Pennington scientists have found weight lifting plus physical activity lowers levels of a component in the blood linked to life threatening conditions like heart disease, stroke and kidney failure.
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11.24.10 - Good news for diabetes sufferers
Featured on www.smartplanet.com
Exercise works against exercise. And this is going to be fun. The HART-2 study, conducted by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., presented last month in San Diego, prescribed 140 minutes per week combining light weight training with aerobic activity.
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11.21.10 - Forum to Discuss Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
Featured on www.ktbs.com
The Pennington Biomedical Research Center's (PBRC) Institute for Dementia Research and Prevention will host a public forum on dementia and Alzheimer's disease on Tuesday, December 7, at Summer Grove Baptist Church in Shreveport.
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11.15.10 - Using protiens to combat diabetes
Featured on timesofindia.com
World Diabetes Day has come and gone. But people won't let the disease pass onto the back burner. By a coincidence in town in Nikhil Dhurandhar, PhD, Associate Professor Infections and Obesity Laboratory Pennington Biomedical Research Center Louisiana. He has been working on developing anti-diabetic drus from the protiens of Ad36.
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11.09.10 - Results of Two New Clinical Studies Show Promise of Emerging Mobile Health Technology to Combat Obesity Epidemic
Featured on www.prnewswire.com
The first study, published this month in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise Journal, revealed results from one of the first studies to validate the accuracy of the BodyMedia Armband technology in real-world conditions.  The study, conducted by Dr. Greg Welk, of Iowa State University and researchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, showed that BodyMedia Armband monitors were more than 90% accurate in measuring calorie expenditure in adults compared to doubly-labeled water over the course of 14 days.
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10.29.10 - A sedentary lifestyle can harm you, even if you exercise
Featured on www. mnn.com
Research shows that if a person sits all day, exercise has little influence in combating heart disease. 
A sedentary lifestyle is defined by an excessive amount of daily sitting. Be it to watch television, work the computer, or even read, its negative health influences include increased anxiety, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression and more.
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10.27.10 - How to Prevent the Risks of Desk Jobs Using a TrekDesk
Featured on www.sfgate.com
Athetes, gym rats, couch potatoes and office workers share something in common. They all suffer the same health risks if they are sedentary too much of the day according to research which is re-writing the guidelines and recommendations for physical fitness. The Surgeon General guidelines which were recently boosted from 30 minutes to 60 minutes of daily exercise have been called into question by studies showing that continual daily movement is truly the key to optimum health.
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10.23.10 - Blueberries may help defeat diabetes
Featured on www.shreveportimes.com
Two cups of blueberries a day could keep diabetes away. A small-scale study at Pennington Biomedical Research Institute in Baton Rouge found that people at risk of developing diabetes showed improved responses to insulin after eating that many blueberries every day.
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10.21.10 - Standing Question: Could Sitting Too Long At Work Be Dangerous?
Featured on abcnews.go.com
Work can be back-breaking; hours spent hunched over at a computer with all the pressure resting in your neck. But what if you worked standing up?
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10.18.10 - Standing up is the new sitting down at your job
Featured on www.washingtonpost.com
In academic papers with titles such as, "Your Chair: Comfortable but Deadly," physicians point to surprising new research showing higher rates of diabetes, obesity, heart disease and even mortality among people who sit for long stretches.
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10.17.10 - Those with a desk job, please stand up
Featured on www.washingtonpost.com

Some people can't stand working. Mark Ramirez works standing.He is not a waiter or factory worker -- he is a team leader at AOL. Ramirez could, if he wanted, curl into the cushiest leather chair in the Staples catalog. No, thanks. He prefers to stand most of the day at a desk raised to above stomach level.
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10.13.10 - 'Biggest Loser' workouts drop fat without losing muscle mass
Featured on www.usatoday.com
The grueling boot-camp workouts on NBC's The Biggest Loser help contestants lose large amounts of body fat while preserving their muscle mass, a new study shows.
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10.13.10 - Physical Exercise Must To Remain Healthy
Featured on www.topnews.com
At the Obesity society meeting in San Diego many studies has been presented for being getting physically active. Aerobics when followed with strength enhancing exercises becomes the most effective technique.
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10.11.10 - High-Calorie Splurging Won't Ruin Your Diet
Featured on www.webmd.com
Did you splurge at the birthday party with a big piece of chocolate cake, driving your daily calorie total way above average? Don’t feel guilty, because you're likely to compensate later, resulting in a negligible net gain, a study shows.
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10.11.10 - Eat less, move more and lift weights to beat obesity

Featured on www.usatoday.com
Getting physical is good for you, and there are dozens of new reasons to get moving. Here's a look at the latest findings from studies presented over the weekend at the Obesity Society meeting in San Diego.
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10.11.10 - Health Notes for Oct. 11, 2010: Vigorous physical activity seen as low

Featured on www.2theadvocate.com
New findings from researchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Center show that on any given day, only about 5 percent of adults undertake vigorous physical activity, according to the center.
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10.09.10 - The State of Obesity and Obesity Research
Featured on http://jama.ama-assn.org
Class II obesity (body mass index [BMI] >35) and class III obesity (BMI >=40) is a prevalent condition that adversely affects health. According to the latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2007-2008), the prevalence of class II and III obesity was 14.3% of the US population 20 years or older.
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10.09.10 - Free Meals, Structured Programs Boost Weight Loss in Studies
Featured on www. bloomberg.com
Weight-loss programs that include free food and counseling help people shed pounds and keep them off, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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10.09.10 - In long quest for diet drug, another setback for obese
Featured on www.washingtonpost.com
The withdrawal of the diet drug Meridia on Friday marks the latest setback in the long, frustrating quest for a pharmaceutical solution to the nation's obesity epidemic.
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10.04.10 - Study: Dieters Foregoing Sleep May Lose Muscle, Not Fat
Featured on www.wsj.com
The standard advice for those wanting to lose some fat: eat less, exercise more or do some combination of the two. A small but intriguing new study suggests people might also want to make sure they're getting enough sleep.
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10.03.10 - Children's health rests on us all
Featured on www.thenewsstar.com
Our kids are too fat and too passive. They spend too much time watching television or playing video games. They don't eat the right foods and use tobacco products.
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10.03.10 - Most Americans don't get daily exercise, survey finds
Featured on www.usatoday.com
Only about 5% of American adults do some type of vigorous physical activity on any given day, according to the results of a new study.
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09.27.10 - Caddo physical fitness above state average
Featured on www.shreveporttimes.com
Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge chose Shreveport as the site to release a new report card Monday on children’s health giving Louisiana a grade of D in areas of children’s physical activity and health.
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09.27.10 - LSU receives $15 million grant from NIH to build biomedical research pipeline for Louisiana
Featured on www.eurekalert.org
LSU has received a $15 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, or NIH, IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence, or INBRE, program. The grant is centered in the School of Veterinary Medicine, or SVM, and the Department of Biological Science in the LSU College of Science. The purpose of this five-year grant is to strengthen the biomedical research infrastructure and work force within Louisiana. It is designed to connect predominantly undergraduate universities with biomedical research intensive universities such as LSU.
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09.24.10 - Staying active on workdays good for the heart
Featured on www.reuters.com
Commuting to work on your own two feet, or while spinning two wheels, could help stave off heart failure, suggests a new Finnish study. And if your job keeps you active during the day too, even better.
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09.23.10 - Why Aren't You Working Out?
Featured on www.empowher.com
A new study has found that only a mere five percent of Americans choose to do any type of vigorous activity. The study was conducted out of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and looked at labor statistics in the United States.
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09.23.10 - This low-sugar fruit cuts back your rish of diabetes, high blood pressure
Featured on www.naturalnews.com
Two new studies add to the growing body of research about the many health benefits of consuming blueberries. Researchers from Pennington Biomedical Research Center (PBRC) have found that blueberries help to prevent obesity-related insulin resistance, which leads to type 2 diabetes, while researchers from Oklahoma State University (OSU) have found similar success in using blueberries to prevent hypertension.
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09.22.10 - You may want to stand up for this: Sitting linked to disease, mortality
Featured on www.cleveland.com
All the time you're dutifully logged a the gym -- following or exceeding the physical activity guidelines of 30 minutes of vigorour exercise three to five days a week -- may not mean squat in terms of your longevity or disease risk if you spend most of the rest of the day on your duff.
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09.21.10 - Occupational, Leisure Activity Tied to Heart Failure Risk
Featured on www.modernmedicine.com
Engaging in moderate or high levels of occupational or leisure-time physical activity may reduce the risk of heart failure among both men and women, according to a study in the Sept. 28 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
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09.21.10 - Blueberries Improve Pre-diabetic Condition
Featured on www.diabeteshealth.com
New research findings reveal that one of America's favorite colorful fruits, blueberries, have properties that help to improve factors related to pre-diabetes and decrease inflammation in obese men and women.
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09.20.10 - In Worries About Sweetners, Think of All Sugar
Featured on www.nytimes.com
Are you worried about high-fructose corn syrup in your diet? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. Today, about 55 percent of Americans list the infamous corn sweetener among their food-safety worries, right behind mad cow disease and mercury in seafood, according to the consumer research firm NPD Group.
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09.20.10 - Heart Failure Risk Drops for Active Workers
Featured on www.medpagetoday.com
People who get at least a moderate amount of physical activity on the job or during their spare time appear to have a reduced risk of developing heart failure, researchers found.
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09.20.10 - Manual labor, bike or foot commute helps the heart
Featured on www.businessweek.com
You don't necessarily have to sweat it out at the gym for hours every week to have a healthy heart. If your job keeps you relatively active, you're reaping heart benefits, suggests new research.
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09.19.2010 - 'Personality' for Pennington
Featured on www.2theadvocate.com
Steven Heymsfield recently was asked for the “elevator speech” defining LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center. The new Pennington executive director said he paused when asked for the quick-and-dirty pitch of what makes the nutrition and obesity center great. “It was not easy to answer,” said Heymsfield, 66. “I see Pennington as needing to characterize itself much more clearly. Everybody here has their own view.”
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09.18.10 - Pennington researchers try to unravel the mechanics of obesity
Featured on www.2theadvocate.com
Researchers at LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center are trying to unravel the mechanics of obesity, a health issue that appears to go beyond personal choices. The intertwining of a number of trends in the U.S. over the last five decades is making the issue more complicated than that, said Steven Heymsfield, Pennington’s executive director.
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09.18.10 - Most Americans Don't Get Daily Exercise
Featured on health.usnews.com
Only about 5 percent of American adults do some type of vigorous physical activity on any given day, according to the results of a new study.
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09.16.10 - What are you doing today? Not exercising

Featured on www.msnbc.msn.com
Only five percent of Americans do anything vigorous like running, biking or aerobics on a given day and preparing meals is the most common moderate physical activity, according to new research. In a study that looked at the intensity of what Americans do daily, researchers found that exercise was not high on the list.
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09.15.10 - One on 20 of us will engage in a sweaty workout today
Featured on www.latimes.com
Here's a statistic in support of the U.S. obesity epidemic: Only 5% of Americans exercise vigorously on any given day. That's the conclusion of a study by researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La.
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09.15.10 - How Americans spend day: Eating, TV, socializing
Featured on www.cnn.com
Americans spend most of their non-work and non-sleep time in sedentary activities such as eating and drinking, followed by watching TV or movies, according to an analysis of time use. On a given day, only 5.07 percent reported doing any vigorous intensity activity, according to the research published in the October issue of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.
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09.14.10 - Stepping Up the Science on Botanical Supplements and Health

Featured on www.wsj.com
The federal government is stepping up research into the safety and effectiveness of over-the-counter supplements known as botanicals, including St. John's wort, elderberry, soy and plant oils, according to today's Informed Patient column.
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09.03.10 - Pennington team to study botanical supplements
Featured on www.2theadvocate.com
A research effort within Pennington Biomedical Research Center has received a five-year, $7.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue its study of botanical dietary supplements.
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08.25.10 - Director talks about future of Pennington Biomedical
Featured on www.wafb.com
The executive director of Baton Rouge's Pennington Biomedical Research Center spoke on Wednesday about the future of the science mecca at Rotary Club.
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08.19.10 - Center to host health event
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As commander of Joint Task Force Katrina, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré helped bring order to New Orleans after the hurricane. Today, Honoré, who’s retired and lives in Baton Rouge, often brings to audiences across the country a message about preparedness for other kinds of life experiences. On Saturday, he’ll be the keynote speaker at the 2010 Men’s Health Conference at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
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08.13.10 - Avoid the Freshman 15 with these healthy food and lifestyle tips
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For kids heading off to college, the anticipation of living on their own for the first time is exhilarating. The focus is on getting the gear they'll need, stocking their dorm rooms and buying books and school supplies. But there's another important issue, too. It's common that first year to see a 10- to 15-pound shift in weight -- either up or down -- and either is cause for concern.
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08.06.10 - Letter: Pennington study changed a life
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Approximately one year ago, I made a decision that quickly and dramatically changed my life for the better. I became a participant in a study titled “Comprehensive Assessment of Long-term Effects of Reducing Intake of Energy (CALERIE)” conducted by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
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07.30.10 - For blood pressure, can you be fit but fat?
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If you're trying to bring your blood pressure to healthy levels, a new study suggests that how much you weigh is more important than how fit you are.
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07.22.10 - Louisiana Has the Most Sedentary Lifestyle
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In Louisiana, where the humidity is as thick as the gumbo, people prefer to take it slow. Hunting, fishing, and outdoor sporting activity may have earned Louisiana the nickname "Sportsman's Paradise," but new data indicate that the more popular pastimes are sleeping, goofing off, and watching television.
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07.22.10 - Pennington Biomedical Research Institute and Compellis Pharmaceuticals Complete Phase I Study of Novel and Patented Obesity Therapy
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Compellis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., an ea ly-stage pharmaceutical company developing novel mechanism-based therapeutics for the treatment of obesity, announced today with its collaborator Pennington Biomedical Research Institute at Louisiana State University, that they have successfully completed a human Phase I pilot clinical trial.
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07.17.10 - Letter: Pennington center fights obesity
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The Associated Press article published on 2theadvocate.com, “Study shows obesity rates still rising,” (June 29), confirms that America’s obesity epidemic continues its spread among adults and children. In Louisiana, where obesity rates are unacceptably high, researchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Center work daily to help arrest and reverse this alarming public health trend.
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07.16.10 - Pennington scientist wins obesity award
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The Pennington Biomedical Research Center’s Eric Ravussin will receive the 2010 Willendorf Award from the International Association for the Study of Obesity.
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07.14.10 - Three new weight-loss drugs: Will they work?
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Here's the good news: Three new weight-loss drugs are on the horizon that could help overweight and obese people shed pounds. A Food and Drug Administration panel is meeting on Thursday to discuss one of the drugs, Qnexa, and the panel is scheduled to consider two more drugs, lorcaserin and Contrave, in the coming months.
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07.14.10 - Phys Ed: The Men Who Stare at Screens
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In 1982, researchers affiliated with the Cooper Institute in Dallas surveyed a large group of well-educated, affluent men. The researchers were interested in the men’s exercise habits, but they also asked, almost incidentally, about their indolence.
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07.05.10 - Recalibrated Formula Eases Women's Workouts
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If you are a woman who exercises, get ready to do some math. Last week, researchers at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago announced a new formula for calculating a woman’s maximum heart rate, a measure commonly used by athletes to pace themselves and monitor their progress.
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06.07.10 - Want To Get Faster, Smarter? Sleep 10 Hours A Night
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New research adds to a growing body of evidence showing the perks of a good night's sleep.
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05.28.10 - BREC to offer senior fitness
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The East Baton Rouge Parish Recreation and Park Commission voted unanimously Thursday to provide physical fitness programs for people ages 70 and up through a partnership with Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
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05.26.10 - 13 Things You Never Knew About Your Weight
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When scientists first discovered it in certain chubby mice, they called it simply the fatso gene. Years later, when they scoured the human genome for markers that increased vulnerability to type 2 diabetes, the fatso gene (now more politely called FTO) showed up there too.
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05.24.10 - Step lively! More steps a day cuts metabolic syndrome risk
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Walk a little, and your body will thank you. Walk a lot, and it will really thank you. That's the message of a new study that links taking more steps in a day to a lower risk of an extremely common condition known as metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease and diabetes.
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05.20.10 - More Steps a Day Lead to Better Health
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Walk a little, and your body will thank you. Walk a lot, and it will really thank you. That's the message of a new study that links taking more steps in a day to a lower risk of an extremely common condition known as metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease and diabetes.
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05.13.10 - Increased level of steps per day led to decreased risk for metabolic syndrome in adults
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“Adults who maintain an active lifestyle by accumulating more steps are likely to have a lower prevalence of the metabolic syndrome and its individual CV risk factors,” Peter T. Katzmarzyk, PhD, of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, in Baton Rouge, La., said in a press release.
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04.29.10 - Researcher to head Pennington center
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The Louisiana State University System has selected a top Merck & Co. obesity researcher to head the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge. LSU President John Lombardi announced the appointment of Steven Heymsfield Thursday.
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04.29.10 - LSU taps Merk researcher, executive to head Pennington center in Baton Rouge
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The Louisiana State University System has selected a top Merck & Co. obesity researcher to lead the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, the system announced today.
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04.29.10 - Pennington names new executive director
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Pennington Biomedical Research Center named a new executive director Thursday morning. Dr. Steven B. Heymsfield, global director for scientific affairs and obesity at Merck & Co., will head the facility, Pennington reported through a news release.
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04.29.10 - Heymsfield to get Pennington post
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Steven Heymsfield is expected to be named the new executive director of LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center at an 11 a.m. press conference today.
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04.23.10 - Is All That Sitting Really Killing Us?
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Yes, we all sit too much, but will our sedentary ways reduce our lifespans? Olivia Judson, in a recent online Op-Ed column in The Times, told readers to "Stand Up While You Read This," and an article in The Times's business section renewed different models of standing desks.
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04.22.10 - Engery drink bill falls flat
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Legislation to ban the sale of energy drinks to children younger than 16 was voted down Wednesday in a Senate committee.
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04.22.10 - Ban on energy drinks to kids fizzles in Senate
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A Senate bill to ban the sale of some high-caffeine beverages to youths did not have the energy boost necessary to survive its first committee hearing Wednesday.
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04.22.10 - Committee blocks limiting sale of engery drinks
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A Senate committee said Wednesday that parents, not the state, should decide whether children under age 16 should be able to buy energy drinks.
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04.13.10 - A New Way to Lose Weight?
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In the quest to fight obesity, scientists are looking at an intriguing question: Is it possible for adults to lose weight by having more baby fat?
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04.12.10 - Weighing the Evidence on Exercise
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How exercise affects body weight is one of the more intriguing and vexing issues in physiology. Exercise burns calories , no one doubts that, and so it should, in theory, produce weight loss, a fact that has prompted countless people to undertake exercise programs to shed pounds.
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04.09.10 - Child Obesity Soaring in Rural America
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In the past 35 years, the percentage of overweight or obese children in one Louisiana town has more than tripled, new research shows.
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04.06.10 - New study set for Alzheimer's
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With more than 600 people enrolled, a long-term study of Alzheimer’s disease by the Institute for Dementia Research and Prevention, at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, is the 12th largest in the country, says director Jeffrey Keller.
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04.04.10 - New Cellulite Cream, Cellulean Cellulite Cream, Promises A 78% Reduction.
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Clinical trials showed that double the amount of fat loss occurred when combined with a healthy diet and moderate exercise. Nine clinical trials have been conducted at UCLA, LSU and the Pennington Biomedical Research Centre proving the effectiveness of this revolutionary treatment. The Cellulean cellulite treatment is proving to be a godsend for long time cellulite sufferers.
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04.04.10 - Stave off weight gain after menopause
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Many women say losing or even maintaining weight after menopause is difficult, and now a study from Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge sheds light on why. Scientists have found that women have a lower metabolism after menopause.
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04.02.10 - Esperance, LSU work on cancer drug
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Venture capital funds in Louisiana and Arizona invested $9 million in financing to bring the drug out of early development at Pennington Biomedical Research Center and into later phases at the Louisiana Emerging Technology Center on LSU’s main campus.
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03.22.10 - Pennington Researcher Launches Body Image Web Site
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Tiffany Stewart, a psychologist and faculty member at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, has helped to establish a Web site for people dealing with body image issues. The Body Image Project is aimed at people dealing with weight issues and eating disorders. "Regardless of size, most women perceive themselves as larger than they really are," says Stewart. The site features testimonials from people who have overcome body image issues or who are struggling with these issues. Stewart says once people become more comfortable with their own bodies, they can live a healthier, happier life. Visit the Web site here.

03.19.10 - Energy drink ban gets backing of LSU doc
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A Louisiana lawmaker who suggests banning the sale of energy drinks to kids under 16 said he just wanted to put it up for discussion Now a researcher at LSU says she thinks it's a good idea.
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03.17.10 - 5 Key Questions About Weight Loss
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With all the studies, surveys, diets and weight-loss claims pummeling you with advice everywhere you turn, it's no wonder that so many myths and misperceptions about weight loss persist. To help clarify the fact from fiction, TIME put a few pressing questions to the experts.
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03.02.10 - Nutrition experts battle industry groups over sugar
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Before you chug down another regular soda, or spoon sugar into your tea or coffee, consider this: There's a heated debate going on over the health risks of consuming too much sugar, high-fructose corn syrup and other caloric sweeteners.
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03.01.10 - Middle-aged dieters hit a brick wall after 10 pounds or so
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Some of the USA TODAY readers who participated in the seventh annual Weight-Loss Challenge, especially those who are middle-aged or older, know it well. After losing 10 pounds or so, they hit a brick wall and their weight loss stalled.
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02.25.10 - Sitting at Work: A Health Hazard
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Many of us spend large chunks of our day sitting, especially when we're at work. If we're not glued to a computer screen or tethered to a phone, then we're stuck in seats around tables in meetings. And that's on top of the hours we spend sitting in cars, buses or trains getting to and from work
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02.22.10 - Wellness Day for Women Set at Pennington
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The Pennington Biomedical Research Center will hold a free health expo, the Irene W. Pennington Wellness Day for Women, Saturday in the C.B. Pennington Jr. Building on the Pennington campus. The event is open to the public.
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02.05.10 - Genes for 1 in 5 mean exercise won't improve endurance
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About one in five people can train all they want but, because of their genetic makeup, are not likely to see much improvement in their endurance levels, an international team of researchers reported Thursday.
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02.04.10 - Is it worth your time? Genes tell
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When you put in hours at the gym, you expect to get fitter. It turns out, that assumption doesn't hold true for everyone. A new study suggests specific genes may determine, at least in part, how much we really benefit from exercise.
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01.12.10 - Wireless sensors mobile phones aid obesity battle
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In Louisiana, where obesity is rampant, study participants at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center put wireless pedometers on their shoes and have been given Blackberry Curves to take pictures of what they eat. Data and photos get sent to weight counselors, who then prepare personalized health advice for their changes.
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01.12.10 - Watching TV Linked to Higher Risk of Death
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Dr. Hamilton of the Pennington research center cautions that such population-based studies can only show correlations, but his own study of what happens when people and animals become inactive offers support for the connections.
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01.12.10 - Too much TV may mean death earlier
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The amount of television a person watches is a good index of the overall time they spend sitting, Dunstan says. But there’s also some evidence that watching TV may be unhealthier than other sedentary activities, says Peter Katzmarzyk, Ph.D., an exercise scientist at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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01.10.10 - Pedometers can motivate users to get in step
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"People describe them as being like little personal trainers," says Catrine Tudor-Locke, associate professor and director of the Walking Behavior Laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La. "They provide ready, real-time data so you can make decisions about how you're going to spend the rest of your day and make adjustments as needed."
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01.09.10 - What's the Secret to Losing Weight and Keeping It Off?
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In an elegant 2007 essay in the International Journal of Obesity, Dr. Claude Bouchard of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., points out a number of factors that are related to weight gain, including...
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01.07.10 - 7 Secret Benefits of Exercise
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According to Peter Katzmarzyk, an epidemiologist at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, people who spend most of the day sitting down have much higher mortality rates than those who don't, even if they are physically active during another part of the day.
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01.06.10 - Pennington Getting High Tech in the Fight Against Fat
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A federally funded pilot project at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center is exploring whether people can increase weight loss when tracked by technology.
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01.06.10 - Fight Against Fat Goes High-Tech With New Devices
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A federally funded pilot project by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana is exploring whether people can lose more weight when tracked by technology.
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01.03.10 - STEPS We Take
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Dr. Tim Church, of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., called inactivity at work "a big player in the obesity epidemic," and if a recent experiment by the Chattanooga Times Free Press is any indication, a person's walk of life has a lot to do with that level of activity.
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01.02.10 - Hungary After that workout?
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An individual's tendency to compensate has direct bearing on how easy -- or difficult -- it will be for that person to lose weight by exercising, says Timothy Church, a professor at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, whose research has focused on compensation.
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12.28.09 - 10 Questions: Timothy Church

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Officially, Timothy Church is the John S. McllHenny Endowed Chair in Health Wisdom at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. His own self-description is less grandiose: He’s an “exercise guy.”
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12.20.09 - Cholesterol's Too High? Eat Lots of Eggs
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High intake of dietary phytosterols can help the body better rid itself of cholesterol, a new study found. The study, published in January 2010, shows that daily intake of dietary phytosterols in the dose of 2059 mg per day significantly reduces serum low density cholesterol in adults.
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12.19.09 - 5 Habits That Put You At Risk for Diabetes
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“Most people assume that you have to be really obese to get diabetes, but being overweight is not the only qualifier,” says Timothy Church, M.D., author of “Move Yourself,” and professor of preventative medicine at Pennington Biomedical Research.
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12.17.09 - Pennington Biomedical Research Center Preventative Medicine Expert Speaks at Standard Functional Foods Group Expo West Event
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Standard Functional Foods Group will be hosting an invitation only cocktail event at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim on March 12. The guest speaker will be Dr. Timothy Church, medical doctor and professor of Preventative Medicine at Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University.
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12.13.09 - Pennington close to choosing finalists
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The finalists to become the next executive director of LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center are expected to be chosen Monday at the next search committee meeting.
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12.10.09 - 13 apply for job as Pennington's executive director
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Thirteen applicants have applied for the job as executive director of Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
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11.25.09 - Paid to eat... a lot
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T Acclis, a Southern University engineering senior from Opelousas, is participating in a study being conducted at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. The study aims to determine how rapid weight gain affects future health.
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11.11.09 - Patients shed dozens of pounds in free program
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In a landmark national study, people who lowered their calories, fat intake and increased physical activity were able to prevent the onset of diabetes better than with medicine.
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11.06.09 - Obesity linked to specific cancers
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About 100,500 new cases of cancer are caused by obesity every year, according to the most comprehensive attempt ever to estimate the cancers attributed to extra weight.
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11.06.09 - Alzheimer's Education
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More than 500 people showed up at a forum on dementia research at Pennington Biomedical Research Center looking for information — and they got it. A panel of researcher physicians succinctly laid out the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease, the various hypotheses of causes and what researchers are trying to do to stop the disease.
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11.06.09 - Pennington nets millions to study exercise, elderly
The Pennington Biomedical Research Center is receiving about $6 million to study the effects of exercise that prevents elderly people from losing the ability to walk.
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11.05.2009 - Pennington receives $6 million to study exercise, age
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The Pennington Biomedical Research Center is getting about $6 million over the next two years to study whether a specific exercise program can stave off disability in older people.
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11.04.2009 - What Can Prevent Walking Disability in Older People?
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The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, today announced the award of $29.5 million in grant support over the next two years to determine whether a specific physical activity program can stave off disability in older people.
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11.02.2009 - First lady, La. program promote healthy living
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First lady Michelle Obama is encouraging American youth to eat right and enjoy a healthy lifestyle of fun through exercise... In Louisiana, BlueCross Blue Shield of Louisiana and LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center have teamed to spread a similar message through the Louisiana 2 Step program.
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11.02.2009 - New LSU study looks to pack on the pounds
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Johnathan Acclis has gained three pant sizes in the past four weeks — and is getting paid nearly $4,000 to do it. Acclis, a Southern University engineering senior from Opelousas, is participating in a study being conducted at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. The study aims to determine how rapid weight gain affects future health.
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10.28.2009 - Public event on dementia to allow dialogue
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A first-time public forum on dementia research on Nov. 3 at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center will feature experts from across the country — and plenty of time for questions.
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10.24.2009 - Diabetes drug may also help in weight loss
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A medication under review by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of type 2 diabetes may also promote weight loss, according to a study published online Thursday in the Lancet.
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10.22.2009 - Investigational drug may promote weight loss
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A medication that is under review by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes may also promote weight loss, according to a study published online today in the Lancet.. The drug, liraglutide, was approved earlier this year in Europe for the treatment of diabetes. It is marketed under the brand name Victoza.
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10.22.2009 - 3 new diet pills race to hit the market
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Three pharmaceutical companies are racing to get their new diet pills to market first, drug company scientists said.
In the drugs' trials, some patients showed improvements in cholesterol, blood pressure, triglycerides and blood-sugar control, USA Today reported Thursday.
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10.19.2009 - Exercise? A lot of good that is for weight loss
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Two separate studies, one by the Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Centre at the University of Pittsburgh, another by Timothy Church, director of the Laboratory of Preventive Medicine at the Pennington Biomedical Research Centre in Louisiana, came to the same conclusion. Both took groups of hundreds of sedentary women, and randomly assigned them different amounts of exercise for a year. In both studies the results were surprising..
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10.11.2009 - 1500 Calorie Diet Plan for Women
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Eating only 1,500 calories can help you lose weight no matter what you eat, according to a study done by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center and the Harvard School of Public Health. This worked no matter what the participants ate as long as they ate around 1,500 calories (cutting around 750 calories from their diet) and no less than 1,200 calories.
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10.07.2009 -The Calorie-Restriction Experiment
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As Americans become fatter and fatter - a study published in July revealed that obesity rated increased in 23 states last year and declined in none - a select group of men and women under the watchful care of medical professionals have spent the past few years becoming thinner and thinner.
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10.01.2009 - Counting Calories
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Will the centuries-old search for the fountain of youth end in Baton Rouge? The answer may be as close as a familiar building on Perkins Road. In 2002, Pennington Biomedical Research Center (PBRC), Washington University in St. Louis and Tufts University in Boston shared a $30 million National Institute on Aging grant to establish a study called the Comprehensive Assessment of Long-term Effects of Reducing Intake of Energy, or CALERIE. Pennington’s portion of the funding—$12.4 million—was the largest grant ever received in Louisiana from the National Institutes of Health.
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09.30.09 - Pennington quotes spark exercise debate
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When Time magazine ran a cover story in mid-August headlined, “The Myth About Exercise,” it raised a bit of a ruckus in the world of exercise and/or weight loss research.
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09.30.09 - Sneaky Calories - Enforcing law on school snacks part of the battle against teenage obesity
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Thirty-one percent of 15-year-olds in the U.S. eat french fries every day. Here's another unappetizing statistic: Chips and fries make up one-third of teenagers' vegetabel intake. Catherine Champagne with the Pennington Biomedical Research Center presented these statistics at a recent conference on childhood obesity.
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09.28.09 - Exercise vs. counting calories as weight-loss strategy
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Moreover, even if exercise doesn't help much in the battle to lose weight, it is essential to maintain weight loss, says Dr. Timothy Church, director of preventive medicine research at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La.
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09.21.09 - Pennington project photographs portions
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What exactly constitutes a bite of food is the root of a joint LSU and Pennington Biomedical Research Center research project.
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09.20.09 - Editorial: 'No child left on their behind'
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The health experts assembled by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge had three major recommendations along with their report card.
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09.18.09 - Our Views: Poor choices shape health
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Katzmarzyk, who works at LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center, was at the Press Club to unveil Pennington’s second annual report card on the state of children’s health in Louisiana.
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09.17.09 - Super-size healthy-kid efforts
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The Pennington Biomedical Research Center is the latest to sound the warning: Our kids are too heavy. They eat too much and too much of the wrong foods. They spend too much time in front of the TV and the computer. They don't exercise enough.
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09.15.09 - Survey: 22 percent of Louisiana's youth don't eat any fruit in a week
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More than 20 percent of children surveyed said they hadn’t eaten a single piece of fruit in the week before responding, according to a study released Monday that painted a dim picture of the health of Louisiana’s young people.
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09.15.09 - State gets ‘D’ grade in caring of young
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A Pennington Biomedical research team gave Louisiana children’s health a “D” for the second year in a row.
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09.14.09 - Louisiana fares poorly in children's health survey
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A new report card gives Louisiana a "D'' in children's health, saying too many kids are overweight and too few get enough physical activity, spending more time parked in front of a TV set than children in other states.
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09.14.09 - LA kids receive "D" on health report card
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The Pennington Biomedical Research Center (PBRC) in Baton Rouge released its second statewide report card on children's health Monday, but the grade was the same as last year.
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09.08.09 - Obesity top concern in BREC survey
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Dr. Peter Katzmarzyk, head of population studies at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, said Louisiana is ranked fifth in the nation for childhood obesity. Katzmarzyk said data show there are lower numbers of obese children in neighborhoods that have more recreational facilities.
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08.25.09 - Delegates prepare for International Egg Conference in Canada
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At the IEC conference, Dr Dhurandhar will discuss the power of protein, including how eggs can help combat obesity. Dr. Dhurandhar is an associate professor at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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08.24.09 - Interval Training: Good Exercise For All Ages
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"The benefit of interval training is that it's a very efficient way to increase your fitness quickly," says researcher Tim Church of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
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08.20.09 - Eat less, live longer?
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“There’s something magic in calorie restriction,” said another researcher, Eric Ravussin, a professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, who is also involved in the study of calorie restriction on humans. “You can move the (life span) curve to the right.”
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08.20.09 - Nutritionists debate ill effects of high-fructose corn
syrup

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"It's the dishonesty of sugar that kept it out of trouble," says Dr. George Bray, a professor of medicine at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La.
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08.17.09 - A family history of Alzheimer's disease
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For more than 60 cousins, sorrow has added a mission to kinship. They are the children of 12 brothers and sisters, 10 of whom have or died of Alzheimer's disease... For the next 15 years or more, the 60-plus first cousins and their children will get annual assessments as part of a study by the Institute for Dementia Research and Prevention at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
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08.05.09 - To care for dementia
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The purpose of the public forums is “to find out from the citizens here in the state their major needs … how (dementia) impacts your life and what you see is the biggest priority,” said Jeffrey Keller, the director of Pennington’s Institute for Dementia Research and Prevention and a member of the task force.
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08.03.09 A Family Strikes Back
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To strike back at the disease, more than 60 first cousins — the children of those 12 Bourgeois siblings — and their own children will be participating for the next 15 years or more in a study of the Institute for Dementia Research and Prevention at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
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07.29.09 - Creating Fat That Makes You Fit
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Leslie Kozak, a molecular geneticist at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, calls the experiment "elegant," but he says that "the application is really a long way off--if ever."
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07.29.09 - Creating Fat That Burns Calories
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Researchers have whipped up a batch of calorie-burning brown fat cells, a feat which may ultimately lead to new ways to treat obesity and metabolic disorders such as diabetes, a paper published online July 29 in Nature reports.
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07.13.09 - Restricting calories leads to a longer life
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Another study by a team of researchers from Pennington Biomedical Research Center came up with similar results. Anthony Cicitarese, Eric Ravussin and their colleagues have found that oxidative damage that has been linked to aging might explain how nutritious, but calorie limited intake can extend life.
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07.03.09 - Practicing what they preach - Pennington employees take steps to get healthy, too
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Barbara Cerniauskas, Katherine Lastor and Michelle Begnaud advise people how to achieve a healthy weight as dietitians at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. So what do they do to stay slim themselves? They exercise regularly. And, Pennington makes it convenient for them to do so.
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07.02.09 - Small Changes to Get Healthier
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"You're more likely to succeed by making small changes," says Catherine Champagne, Ph.D., professor of research at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University System. "If you totally overhaul your diet or start an ambitious exercise program, you're less likely to stick with it."
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05.22.09 - Pennington begins search for director
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A new Pennington Biomedical Research Center executive director should be hired by year’s end with public advertising beginning in June, a search consultant said Thursday.
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05.19.09 - Eat less, live longer?
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...Knox enrolled in a study at Pennington Biomedical Research Center that aims to determine if eating fewer calories can slow down human aging. Although not designed as a weight loss study, Knox and other participants are dropping pounds as a result of the prescribed calorie restrictions.
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05.18.09 - State benefits from broader view
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Pennington is a world-renowned research facility in nutrition, fitness, obesity and diabetes. It brings in hundreds of millions in research dollars and some of the world's top researchers in the field. It's not just good for Baton Rouge or for LSU, it's good for the entire state...
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05.17.09 - US: Over-eating alone explains obesity epidemic
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Professor Boyd Swinburn worked with researchers from Pennington Biomedical Research Center in the US to determine how much of the obesity epidemic was caused by excess calorie intake and how much by reductions in physical activity.
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05.15.09 - More sitting time linked to early death, study says
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Exercising for more than an hour each day may not make up for all the sitting done the rest of the day, according to a study by Pennington Biomedical Research Center researchers published this month in the journal, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
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05.14.09 - Experts say artificial sweeteners pose few risks
Featured on www.2theadvocate.com“I’m on record as saying artificial sweeteners are a good thing for people who need to cut calories,” said Catherine Champagne, a registered dietitian, professor of dietary assessment and food analysis, and professor of nutritional epidemiology at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
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05.09.09 - Study finds danger in too much sitting
Featured on www.kansascity.com“This is an important observation because it suggests that high amounts of sitting cannot be compensated for with occasional leisure time physical activity even if the amount exceeds the current minimum physical activity recommendations,” wrote researchers from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., and the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute in Ottawa. The study appears in the May issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
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05.08.09 - Intensive Medical Intervention Successful in Primary Care Setting for Patients With Extreme Obesity: Presented at ECO
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Lead author Donna Ryan, MD, Associate Director for Clinical Research, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, presented the results of this 2-year, randomised, pragmatic clinical trial here on May 7.
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04.24.09 - Our Views: Holden touts exercising
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The mayor has joined with a coalition of businesses and organizations, including area universities and the LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center, to promote healthier lifestyles. The Healthy BR campaign over the course of the year will be one of a number around the country sponsored by Holden’s fellow mayors.
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04.21.09 - Chewing Gum Touted as Diet Strategy
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"This research supports the role of chewing gum as an easy, practical tool for managing snack, especially sweet snack, intake and cravings," said lead researcher Paula J. Geiselman, chief of women's health and eating behavior at Pennington Biomedical Research Center and Louisiana State University.
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04.08.09 - Calorie Burning Fat? Studies Say You Have It
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...The best evidence for the effects of brown fat is from earlier studies in mice, said Leslie P. Kozak, a professor of molecular genetics at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center of Louisiana State University.
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04.08.09 - US panel partly backs wider use of AstraZeneca drug
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"I think this represents a second-line therapy," said panel member Frank Greenway, an endocrinologist at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana.
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04.03.09 - 13 Things You Never Knew About Your Weight
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...Scientists now suspect that there are lots of fat genes. "There could be as many as 100 of them," says Claude Bouchard, PhD, executive director of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University System, "each adding a couple of pounds here and a pound or two there. That's a noticeable difference when it comes to how much more fat we need to burn off."
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04.02.09 - Mayor’s family bike ride focuses on obesity threat
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Mayor-President Kip Holden announced plans Wednesday to kick off a parishwide health-awareness campaign by leading a family bike ride along the levee on Saturday, April 18... Partners involved in the mayor’s Healthy BR initiative include...Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation...
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04.02.09 - Study confirms: Don't reward yourself for calories burned
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There is a great lesson here: People generally overestimate the calories they are burning with exercise, and they may reward themselves by eating more," said
lead researcher Tim Church, director of preventive-medicine research at the
Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La.
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04.02.09 - Beverage Consumption a Bigger Factor in Weight
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Researchers examined the relationship between beverage consumption among adults and weight change and found that weight loss was positively associated with a reduction in liquid calorie consumption and liquid calorie intake had a stronger impact on weight than solid calorie intake.
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04.01.09 - Dementia conference to address how to maintain brain health
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...Jeffrey Keller, associate executive director for Basic Science Research at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, will talk about dementia and medications. Keller is also the director of Pennington’s new dementia research initiative, the Institute for Dementia Research and Prevention.
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03.23.09 - Pennington director search panel to meet
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The search for a new director for LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge begins this week. Claude Bouchard, the current executive director, said last week he will step down this summer and return to research and teaching.
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03.20.2009 - LSU creates search panel: Bouchard successor sought for Pennington
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The LSU System wasted little time in naming a 15-person search committee to replace Pennington Biomedical Research Center Executive Director Claude Bouchard.
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03.18.2009 - Executive director of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge will step down
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Dr. Claude Bouchard said today that he is stepping down as executive director of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge.
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03.17.2009 - Staying fit on the cheapFeatured on www.nationalpost.com
"Seven chronic diseases have consistently been shown to be associated with physical inactivity, including coronary artery disease, stroke, hypertension, colon cancer, breast cancer, Type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis," the authors Peter Katzmarzyk and Ian Janssen said.
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03.13.2009 - Secrets of Cinnamon
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Could a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon a day keep diabetes at bay? Maybe. Although not the most reassuring answer, “maybe” is the most conclusive answer Pennington Biomedical Research Center scientists offered during a recent public seminar about the health benefits of foods.
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03.13.2009 - BR firm hauls in capital: NuPotential gets second $1 million shot, set for conferences
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NuPotential of Baton Rouge has gotten its second $1 million payment from a syndication of venture capital firms, and the biotech startup plans to seek additional funding during two upcoming venture capital conferences.
*PBRC researcher Dr. Ken Eilertsen is a co-founder of NuPotential.
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02.26.09 - In 4-diet study, all lost weight if they watched their calories
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To get to the heart of the matter, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health financed a two-year study of hundreds of overweight people. The research was conducted by experts at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, part of the Louisiana State University system.
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02.26.09 - Low-fat? Low-carbs? Answering best diet question
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Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Pennington Biomedical Research Center put four popular diets -- high carb, high fat, low-fat and high protein -- to the test to see which of the regimens resulted in more weight-loss success.
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02.23.2009 - Pennington launches Institute for Dementia Research and Prevention
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The Pennington Biomedical Research Center has launched a new research effort into dementia called the Institute for Dementia Research and Prevention.
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02.19.09 - Pennington offers ‘Spice Is Life’ event
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Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road with entrance off Kenilworth Parkway, is sponsoring a program on spices and their potential benefits for healthy aging and combating diabetes and cancer. The program is free, but seating is limited. Preregistration is suggested. The program will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 3. To register online, see
http://www.PBRC.edu/SpiceIsLife/.

02.17.09 - Study Confirms: Don't Reward Yourself for Calories Burned
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"There is a great lesson here: People generally overestimate the calories they are burning with exercise, and they may reward themselves by eating more," says lead researcher Tim Church, director of preventive-medicine research at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge.
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02.10.09 - 2008's Biggest Deals
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...Impact: Continuing growth of Louisiana’s biotech industry, as well as Pennington’s nationally recognized research in nutrition and preventive medicine; 1,100 new direct and indirect jobs; more than $40 million in earnings a year; and economic impact of more than $110 million a year.
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02.09.09 - Quality of life improves with exercise
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...The more exercise they did, the better they felt, but even 10 minutes more exercise a day gave them some quality-of-life benefits, says Tim Church, one of the study's authors and director of preventive medicine research at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge.
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02.09.09 - America’s Diet: Too Sweet by the Spoonful
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...Dr. George Bray, a specialist in obesity and metabolism at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center of Louisiana State University, has calculated that “the current epidemic of obesity could be explained by the consumption of an extra 20-ounce soft drink each day.”
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02.04.09 - Study: Women step up their walking when it's warm outsideFeatured on www.dailyrecord.com
...Tim Church, director of preventive medicine research at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, says this study shows that your step levels "aren't written in stone. You can problem-solve and find ways to exercise during these challenging months."
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02.03.09 - Nutrition 21 Launches Breakthrough Weight Management Product: Iceland Health(R) 'Appetite Control Formula'
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...This innovative weight management product is based on the powerful results of a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of Nutrition 21's Chromax(R) Chromium Picolinate (patented for reduction of food cravings), conducted by key researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, the largest academically-based nutrition research center in the world.
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02.02.09 - Wellness Day for Women speaker focuses on stress
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Women should learn to prioritize and take better care of themselves to reduce their stress and improve their health, said Valerie Myers, a clinical psychologist at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
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01.31.09 - Our Views: New space for research
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LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center will have trouble attracting new research dollars and competing with other national research institutions if it doesn’t expand.
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01.30.09 - Letter: Researcher criticizes pay article
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Louisiana is a state that still suffers from a bad reputation of being a “good-ole-boys state” and is considered to perform well below the national levels. However, our leaders have recently made an effort to re-establish a good name for this state.
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01.29.09 - A Burden Lifted
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...Fortunately, at least one scientist didn't wait for Obama to drop the green flag to pursue extended research on obesity. His name is Nikhil Dhurandhar, and he is an associate professor at The Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La.
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01.28.09 - Can You Really Get a Great Workout in 3 Minutes?
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...We may overcompensate by eating more food when we exercise steadily, says Conrad Earnest, director of exercise biology at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La. ...
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01.26.09 - Obesity Caught Like Common Cold
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...Nikhil Dhurandhar, of Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana, and a colleague made the connection in 1997 in research presented at an annual Experimental Biology meeting.
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01.26.09 - Cutting Calories May Boost Your Memory
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...Jeffrey Keller, a professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who studies aging, metabolism, and neurodegeneration, agreed that seeing results after such a relatively short period of calorie restriction was surprising.
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01.20.09 - Alzheimer's Services Announces New 2009 Board Members and Officers
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Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area announces the new 2009 Board Members and Officers. Dr. Jeffery Keller, Professor and Executive Director for Basic Research at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, is a new 2009 Alzheimer’s Services board member.
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01.18.09 - Business Honors for Jan. 18, 2009
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The American Association for the Advancement of Science has named as Fellows LSU researchers...
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01.16.09 - Center starts expansion
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On the one-year anniversary of his inauguration, Gov. Bobby Jindal on Wednesday helped break ground for Pennington Biomedical Research Center’s $25 million expansion...
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01.14.09 - New Bio-Med Facility Could Create Hundreds Of New Jobs
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Louisiana’s premier biomedical research center has started construction on a new $25 million, state-funded clinical research building.
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01.14.09 - Groundbreaking held for new Pennington research center
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Pennington Biomedical Research Center is expanding, largely thanks to $50 million of state surplus money. Governor Bobby Jindal, along with state legislators, approved the funding last year.
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01.13.09 - Pennington investment pays off
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Twenty years ago, C.B. “Doc” Pennington had a vision for a research institute that would become “the biggest and best nutrition research center in the country.”
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01.02.09 - The best way to measure body fat
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..."Fat is more important than weight," says Peter Katzmarzyk, associate executive director for population science at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana...
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