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Diabetes & Sweetener Link Scrutinized
November 27, 2012, New York Times

High Fructose Corn Syrup Consumption Linked with Type 2 Diabetes
November 27, 2012, HuffPost | Los Angeles Times

Study: Countries that use more High Fructose Corn Syrup Have more Diabetes
November 27, 2012, The Atlantic

Some health experts sour on fructose
September 19, 2012, Chicago Tribune

Some health experts sour on fructose
Different sugars may have different effects on the body; advocates seek labeling
September 19, 2012

Obesity and Liver Disease in the Hispanic Community.
September 14, 2012
A combination of heredity and diet is driving a potential health crisis of liver disease in the Hispanic community. Read more...

Are Children Prey for Fast Food Companies?
November 8, 2010
Food companies have been in a headlong rush to prevent government from enacting policies that would affect sales of items such as sugar-sweetened beverages and fast food. More...

The World Is Fat
September 23, 2010
Developed country populations are expected to get even heavier in the near future, and in some countries two out of three people are projected to be obese within 10 years.
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Obesity Rates Hit Plateau in U.S., Data Suggest
January 13, 2010
Americans, at least as a group, may have reached their peak of obesity, according to data the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Wednesday.
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LA supervisors adopt sweeping health measures, back off soda ban
November 17, 2009
County leaders enacted sweeping new measures designed to curb obesity and smoking Tuesday, but stopped short of a controversial ban on soda at all county venues.
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CORC in the News

Bitter battle over high fructose corn syrup claims
USA Today article
Sept. 13, 2011

Getting kids to eat healthy foods can be a huge task.
NBC Los Angeles
March 6, 2011

The Fatty Liver Dilemma
Fox News Latino
November 20, 2010
Hispanics children and adolescents are genetically predisposed to developing fatty liver disease, which could trigger cirrhosis, cardiovascular problems and diabetes, two recent studies show. Read more...

Hispanic Children Are Genetically Predisposed To Developing Fatty Liver Disease
November 17, 2010
Two studies from the Childhood Obesity Research Center at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) have found evidence that Hispanic children and adolescents are genetically predisposed to developing fatty liver disease—a condition that can lead to cirrhosis, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Read more...

November 15, 2010
We know sugar is bad for you. But now a new study shows that it is even worse for many Latinos. Read more...

Latinos Are Genetically Predisposed to Fatty Liver Disease
LA Times
November 15, 2010
We know sugar is bad for you. But now a new study shows that it is even worse for many Latinos. Read more...

Study Claims Beverages Have Too Much Sweetener
October 28, 2010
Health researchers have sharpened their focus on beverages as a contributor to the rising obesity rate, with a new study now suggesting the high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) used to sweeten most popular beverages is delivering a megadose of fructose, far higher than previously thought. Read more...

Study: Hey, Hipsters, Mexican Coke Might Be a Myth
October 28, 2010
A study released on Oct. 27 in the journal Obesity looked at the chemical structure of sweeteners in Coca-Cola, Pepsi and other sodas. Read more...

Sodas Sweetened With HFCS Deliver Unexpected Jolt of Unhealthy Fructose
October 27, 2010
While soda reigns as the single largest contributor to America's rapidly expanding waistlines, research released today shows that the high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) used to sweeten America's most popular beverages is delivering a megadose of fructose (a sweeter and more harmful form of sugar), far higher than previously thought.

High-fructose corn syrup in soda has much more fructose than advertised, study finds
October 26, 2010
High-fructose corn syrup is often singled out as Food Enemy No. 1 because it has become ubiquitous in processed foods over about the last 30 years – a period that coincides with a steep rise in obesity. Read more...

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Fight against fat goes high-tech with new devices
January 6, 2009
The fight against fat is going high-tech. To get an inside look at eating and exercise habits, scientists are developing wearable wireless sensors to monitor overweight and obese people as they go about their daily lives.
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Alhambra Pushes for Good Health
Galvanized for years by how difficult it is for many people to care for themselves, Donna Spruijt-Metz ventured into a career where she could do something to help change the lives of children in healthy ways.
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Scientists Hope Text Messages Will Help Obese Teens Get Active Scientists at the University of Southern California are planning a study this Fall to determine if text message reminders can help obese teenagers become more active.
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Rising obesity rates imperil health gains December 3, 2009
The increase in overweight Americans offsets the decline in smoking and threatens greater life expectancy, a study finds.
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Expert panel examines obesity crisis in U.S. November 13, 2009
Lifestyle, environment and evolutionary cues to pack on calories even when food is plentiful were among the factors blamed for sharp increases in obesity and obesity-related problems in Americans when the Southern California Leadership Panel...
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KNOWME Network Presentation Wins Body Computing Slam Prize November 4, 2009
A team led by Donna Spruijt-Metz won co-honors with Viterbi faculty at the recent USC Body Computing Slam, a competition of presentations the day before the annual USC Body Computing Conference 3.0, which took place in mid-October 2009 at the University Park campus.

An uphill battle to combat Latino childhood obesity October 21, 2009
"You can't just try to change someone's behavior necessarily without trying to change their environment," said Dr. Michael Goran, director of the University ...
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Decreasing sugar and increasing fiber reduces diabetes risk Thursday, April 9, 2009
Increasing fiber intake and reducing sugar consumption can help reduce type 2 diabetes risk factors in Latino teens, a new study shows.
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Pre-diabetes in Hispanic adolescents Tuesday, August 12, 2008
A study by researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) found that overweight Hispanic children are at significant risk for pre-diabetes, a condition marked by higher than normal blood glucose levels that are not yet high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes.

Discussing Diabetes Friday, April 18, 2008
USC News The USC Obesity Research Center hosted “Childhood Obesity: Genes, Brains and Behavior” on April 10, featuring 11 nationally recognized diabetes experts and authors. The daylong event at the...

USC Officials Attend Obesity Workshop Friday, January 4, 2008
A workshop on childhood obesity with National Institutes of Health officials in December brought a raft of USC researchers to Washington, D.C., from the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the USC Davis...

Your child's diabetic clock is ticking...
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Liberal parenting, junk food craze and sedentary lifestyle - all have contributed to the rapid increase in the incidence of diabetes in children. It is time we took action, says Annam Suresh.
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