Monday, September 20, 2010

Study Links Obesity to Childhood Virus - AOL Health

"adenovirus 36 (AD36), which is the only human virus currently linked to obesity. There are more the 50 strains of adenovirus known to infect humans and they cause a host of respiratory and gastrointestinal infections.

Dr. Jeffrey B. Schwimmer, associate professor of clinical pediatrics at UC San Diego, said that the AD36-positive children weighed almost 50 pounds or more on average than kids who were AD36-negative. More than half of the children -- 67 -- in the study were obese. The researchers detected neutralizing antibodies specific to AD36 in 19 of the children, 15 percent. Within the group of obese children, those with AD36 were an average of 35 pounds heavier than obese children who were AD36-negative."

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