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Obesity treatment breakthrough described in EurekAlert!'s No. 1 most-visited news release in 2012
Date:2/5/2013

ght intervention. The reviewers concluded that while the research showed in-person treatments typically yield the best weight-loss outcomes, online weight-loss programs appear to be an more widely used and effective method for fighting obesity.

The eighth release announces a grant awarded to Dr. Melinda Sothern, of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Public Health, to further her cutting-edge research on a variety of obesity determinants.

"With soaring obesity rates and the earlier emergence of related conditions like Type 2 diabetes, this type of research is critical. The identification of biomarkers at an early age may offer targets for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention," Dr. Sothern says in the press release. Her $675,000 grant was awarded by the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

These obesity treatments and ongoing studies will not be for naught, considering what the second most-visited press release from 2012 reported. A RAND Corporation study found that of the fast-growing number of overweight Americans, the largest proportion of that population qualifies as "severely obese," with a body mass index of 40 or higher. That's roughly equivalent to weighing 100 pounds more than the healthy average for a person's height.

Peering into the brain

Studies on mental health and neuroscience garnered significant attention from EurekAlert!'s readers in 2012. The third, fourth, and sixth most-visited releases describe findings from these fields.

The discovery of the evolutionary event that researchers believe led to the development of intelligence as well as mental illness is outlined in the third most-visited release of 2012. The findings suggest that a "genetic accident" occurred approximately 500 million years ago that generated multiple copies of brain genes in early human ancestors, and that those genes facilitate
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