Fatty Acid Synthase
Inhibitor Leads to
Dramatic Weight
Loss in Mice

Exercise Without
Weight Loss
Can Reduce
Cardiovascular Risk

New Study Revisits
Heart Valve
Associated With
Diet Drugs

Dietary Calcium
and Body Fat:
Cause and Effect

Physical Activity
Lowers Stroke Risk
in Women

Focus Groups
Explore Black
Women's Thoughts
on Diet and

NIDDK Sponsors
Obesity Genetics

New WIN Publication
Materials From
Other Organizations

Meeting Notes

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