21, 2015 – – Weight problems still plagues an incredible number of Americans, as prices remain high in most states, a new report finds. The Midwest and South have the highest adult obesity rates, creating 23 of the 25 states with rates now topping thirty %. In 42 states, blacks have obesity rates of thirty % or even more, as do Hispanics in 30 states. Obesity rates of 30 % or more among whites are within 13 states, the results showed. ‘The obesity epidemic is among the nation’s most serious health crises,’ Jeff Levi, executive director of Trust for America’s Health, mon morning media briefing said during a. Levi said that stemming the obesity issue is a complex problem. On the main one hand, weight problems consists of personal responsibility, he said. On the other hand, the scope of the issue helps it be clear that it can not be treated as a issue of personal failing, he added.Gene therapy strategies, possibly, could compensate for the causative genetic defect, providing a more effective type of treatment. The Asklepios researchers plan to insert a proprietary miniaturized edition of the dystrophin gene into an adeno-connected viral vector designed to deliver the gene to individual muscles. MDA-funded experts at the University of Florida in Gainesville are developing approaches for gene therapy of limb-girdle MD in parallel with the Asklepios DMD research.. $1.6 million to develop gene therapy approaches for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a fatal, childhood-onset disease The Muscular Dystrophy Association has announced it has awarded $1.6 million to Asklepios, a biotechnology company closely allied with the University of NEW YORK at Chapel Hill, to build up gene therapy approaches for Duchenne muscular dystrophy , a fatal, childhood-onset disease.