Crisis can force re-evaluation and derail efforts to reach goals

Setbacks are to be expected when pursuing a goal, whether you are trying to lose weight or save money. The challenge is getting back on track and not giving up after a difficulty or crisis, says a marketing professor working on practical ways to help people stick to health-related goals.

Normalization of ‘plus-size’ risks hidden danger of obesity

New research warns that the normalization of 'plus-size' body shapes may be leading to an increasing number of people underestimating their weight – undermining efforts to tackle England's ever-growing obesity problem. Analysis of data from almost 23,460 people who are overweight or obese revealed that weight misperception has increased in England. Men and individuals with lower levels of education and income are more likely to underestimate their weight status and consequently less likely to try to lose weight.

Possible anti-aging intervention

New research demonstrates that Na/K-ATPase oxidant amplification loop (NAKL) is intimately involved in the aging process and may serve as a target for anti-aging interventions.

Progress toward improved Wilson’s disease drug

Researchers report that they have conducted promising preclinical experiments on a compound that could be used to treat Wilson's disease and possibly other disorders — including certain types of cancer — in which levels of copper in the body are elevated, causing or contributing to pathology.

Obesity + aging linked to Alzheimer’s markers in the brain

A new study suggests that when a high-fat, high-sugar diet that leads to obesity is paired with normal aging, it may contribute to the development of Alzheimer's disease. In addition, researchers discovered that certain areas of the brain respond differently to risk factors associated with Alzheimer's.

The impact of the sugar tax in Chile: A bittersweet success?

A new sugar tax introduced on soft drinks in Chile has been effective in reducing consumption of sugary drinks, new research carried out in the country has revealed. However, the international research team say although consumption may have dropped, it may not be enough to reduce socioeconomic inequalities in diet-related health.

A diet rich in nuts improves sperm count and motility

The inclusion of nuts in a regular diet significantly improves the quality and function of human sperm, according to results of a randomized trial which measured conventional semen parameters and molecular changes over a 14-week study period. The findings, say the investigators, 'support a beneficial role for chronic nut consumption in sperm quality' and reflect a research need for further male-specific dietary recommendations.