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Short Answers to Hard Questions About Weight Loss

Almost everyone who has ever dieted knows how hard it is to keep the weight off. And almost everyone, including many scientists, has wondered what works. An article on Monday about what happened to contestants from “The Biggest Loser” television show is a vivid illustration of the problem. Although there is no magic formula for weight maintenance, here are answers to some questions that arise over and over. Are you more likely to maintain weight loss if…

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A Lesson From the Biggest Losers: Exercise Keeps Off the Weight

The study was published on Tuesday in the journal Obesity. The lead author, Kevin Hall, chief of the Integrative Physiology Section at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and his colleagues also presented their work at the Obesity Society’s annual meeting. Although the study is very small and must be replicated, Dr. Hall said, it is the first to assess obese people years after they lost weight with state-of-the-art methods to measure the…

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Thanks to Wall St., There May Be Too Many Restaurants

PLAINFIELD, Ill. — The way Marcus Mooney saw it, he wasn’t just selling hot dogs — he was selling experiences. In addition to the classics — a cheese dog and a chili dog — his restaurant, Frank’s Night Out, served hot dogs topped with more exotic ingredients, like a “Surf & Turf Dog” featuring crumbles of garlic-basted Maine lobster. But the hot dog experiences Mr. Mooney offered were just one choice among hundreds for hungry…

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New Blood Pressure Guidelines for Children

Had Matthew Goodwin’s blood pressure been checked at age 3, when it should have been, he most likely would have been spared a medical emergency a year later. He spent two weeks in the pediatric intensive care unit while doctors tried to determine why his blood pressure had spiked off the charts following minor surgery. Matthew turned out to have a congenital kidney disorder that caused severe hypertension and required surgeons to remove one of…

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Santa Rosa & Northern California Fire Cause: How Did the Fires Spread So Fast?

The Santa Rosa and other Northern California fires in Napa and Sonoma County is spreading fast and leaving destruction in their wake. So far, 10 people have died and at least 1,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed from a total of 15 fires in eight counties. More than 20,000 people have been evacuated. Fifteen fires burned more than 73,000 acres since Sunday night. But what caused the fires? And why are they spreading so fast? An exact cause…

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Obama Care vs. Trump Care: For Better or For Worse?

President-elect Donald trump has already shown that repealing and replacing Obamacare was not just an empty campaign promise, he actually plans on going through with it. The decision to bring on Tom Price as the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services was the first sign that president-elect Trump really means business. Price has been a long term critic of Obamacare, and is one of few people from the Republican side to truly…

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