Obesity News Source

Monday 6-Jul-2015

UAB Medicine Wellness News

Alan Gertler, MD - Obesity and Heart Disease

Alan S. Gertler, M.D., associate professor of medicine in UAB’s Division of Cardiovascular Diseases and part of UAB’s Heart & Vascular Service.

–University of Alabama at Birmingham|2013-12-30

Anath Shalev, MD - Type 2 Diabetes

Anath Shalev, M.D., director of the UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center. Shalev is an internationally recognized authority in endocrinology, pancreatic beta-cell biology and the pathophysiology of diabetes.

–University of Alabama at Birmingham|2013-12-30

Recent Research

Genetic Variation Determines Protein’s Response to Anti-Diabetic Drug


In the first study of its kind, researchers have shown how an anti-diabetic drug can have variable effects depending on small natural differences in DNA sequence between individuals. They aim to apply this knowledge to develop personalized approaches to treating diabetes and other metabolic disorders.

–Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania |2015-07-02

Body Mass Index Impacts Ovarian Cancer Chemotherapy Dosages


Ovarian cancer patients who are overweight or obese are often given less chemotherapy per pound of body weight in order to reduce the toxic side effects associated with higher doses, and this in turn may lower their chances of survival, according to a study by researchers at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research.

–Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey|2015-07-02

Alcoholism, Marijuna, Placebo Effect, and More Top Stories 2 July 2015

Other topics include neurology, obesity, statins, and the risks of wearing high heels.

–Newswise Trends|2015-07-02

Alabama’s New Grocery Access Program

The following statement from Jill Birnbaum, Executive Director, Voices for Healthy Kids in support of a new financing program established in Alabama to support access to healthier foods. Governor Robert Bentley held a ceremonial signing of the Healthy Food Financing Act on July 1, 2015.

–Voices for Healthy Kids|2015-07-01

Initial Weight Loss Could Predict Long-Term Success

New research using data from the reputable Look AHEAD study suggests doctors may want to look at results from a patient’s first two months of intensive lifestyle intervention (ILI) to help predict his or her long-term success. These secondary analyses conducted by Unick and colleagues published in the July issue of Obesity, the scientific journal of The Obesity Society examined the association between initial weight loss (first two months of treatment) and long-term weight loss (eight years after initial treatment).

–Obesity Society|2015-07-01

Marijuana Weight Gain, Climate Change and Floods, Alcoholism Predictors, and More Top Stories 1 July 2015

Other topics include; do x-rays really cause cancer? And more.

–Newswise Trends|2015-07-01

Thin Colorectal Cancer Patients Have Shorter Survival Than Obese Patients


Although being overweight with a high body-mass index (BMI) has long been associated with a higher risk for colorectal cancer, thinner patients might not fare as well after treatment for advanced cancer, according to a new study from Duke Medicine.

–Duke Medicine|2015-07-01

Obese Teens in Study Less Likely to Use Contraception


A study of nearly 1,000 teens found that obese adolescents were significantly less likely to use contraception than normal weight peers, putting them at higher risk of unintended pregnancy.

–University of Michigan Health System|2015-07-01

Alcohol Sensitizes Brain Response to Food Aromas and Increases Food Intake in Women, Research Shows

The first study of its kind measuring the brain’s role in mediating caloric intake following alcohol consumption among women shows that alcohol exposure sensitizes the brain’s response to food aromas and increases caloric intake.

–Obesity Society|2015-06-30

Offering Healthier Options at Carryout Stores Improves Bottom Line

A pilot program designed to encourage mom and pop carryout shops in Baltimore to promote and sell healthier menu items not only improved eating habits, but also increased the stores’ gross revenue by an average 25 percent, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research found.

–Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health|2015-06-30

Athlete Safety, Smart Concrete, and the Dangers of Sugary Drinks; Top Stories for 30 June 2015

Other topics include; grape seed oil to reduce obesity, gender differences in chronic pain, workplace wellness, healthcare in rural Africa after Ebola, cancer treatment, and finding a cure for MERS.

–Newswise Trends|2015-06-30

What Effect Does Marijuana Really Have on Weight Gain?


While cannabis alters the functions of neurobiological circuits controlling appetite, its effect on weight gain is complex since several factors appear to be involved, says Didier Jutras-Aswad, University of Montreal professor and researcher at the CHUM Research Centre.

–Universite de Montreal|2015-06-30

Sugary Drinks Linked to High Death Tolls Worldwide

Consumption of sugary drinks may lead to an estimated 184,000 adult deaths each year worldwide, according to research published today in the journal Circulation and previously presented as an abstract at the American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology and Prevention in 2013.

–Tufts University|2015-06-29

The Academy for Eating Disorders Opposes Mandatory Employee Participation in Workplace Wellness Programs

The Academy for Eating Disorders has joined with significant national and international medical associations opposing a proposed Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) policy interpretation that would allow employers to inquire about employees’ private genetic or medical data. Such requested information is unrelated to an employee’s ability to do his or her job and penalizes the employee who chooses to keep this information private. A letter expressing grave concern about the interpretation, and signed by 68 organizations, was sent to the EEOC.

–Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)|2015-06-29

West Virginia University Experts Offer Commentary on Food and Drug Administration’s Trans Fat Ban

West Virginia University experts say the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s mandate to remove artificial trans fats from the country’s food supply by 2018 is a long overdue move in the right direction for public health.

–West Virginia University|2015-06-29

Muscadine Grape Seed Oil May Help Reduce Obesity

Most of the seeds and skin from grapes used for wine production winds up in waste streams. But UF/IFAS scientists have found that the oil extracted from Muscadine grape seeds produces a form of Vitamin E, which can help reduce fat.

–University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences|2015-06-29

SCOTUS Experts, New Species in Antarctica, Genetics, Cancer, and More Top Stories 25 June 2015

Other topics include weight loss, medical marijuana, smart traffic lights, diabetes, heart disease, and more.

–Newswise Trends|2015-06-25

Weight Loss, Combined with Vitamin D, Reduces Inflammation Linked to Cancer, Chronic Disease


For the first time, researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have found that weight loss, in combination with vitamin D supplementation, has a greater effect on reducing chronic inflammation than weight loss alone. Chronic inflammation is known to contribute to the development and progression of several diseases, including some cancers.

–Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center|2015-06-24

Medical Marijuana, Autoimmune Disorders, Diabetes, SCOTUS experts - Top Stories 24 June 2015

Other topics include dietary guidelines, smart traffic lights, breast cancer, and biomarker tests for cancer treatment.

–Newswise Trends|2015-06-24

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