Obesity News Source

Wednesday 20-Aug-2014

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

Fruit and Vegetable Intake Still Too Low; Human Nutritionist Says to Focus on Lunch

Recent changes to the WIC program have improved fruit intake in children, says a Kansas State University human nutritionist.

–Kansas State University|2014-08-19

Do Gut Bacteria Rule Our Minds?

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It sounds like science fiction, but it seems that bacteria within us — which outnumber our own cells about 100-fold — may very well be affecting both our cravings and moods to get us to eat what they want, and often are driving us toward obesity.

–University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)|2014-08-15

UH Case Medical Center Begins Offering New Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center is among the first in the United States to begin offering a new FDA-approved treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. This first-of-its-kind treatment consists of a small implantable system called Inspire™ Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) therapy. It has been clinically proven to significantly reduce sleep apnea events and improve quality of life for people who cannot tolerate continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP).

–University Hospitals Case Medical Center|2014-08-15

Message to Parents: Babies Don't "Start From Scratch"

There's now overwhelming evidence that a child's future health is influenced by more than just their parents' genetic material, and that children born of unhealthy parents will already be pre-programmed for greater risk of poor health, according to University of Adelaide researchers.

–University of Adelaide|2014-08-14

In Wake of New Diabetes Risk Study, Academy Highlights Value of a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Reducing Risk, Providing Treatment

A new study indicates that Americans have approximately a 40 percent risk of developing diabetes during their lifetime. Nutrition counseling provided by a registered dietitian nutritionist can help reduce the risk of diabetes and its related health problems through lifestyle and dietary changes, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

–Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics|2014-08-14

Tips for Packing Healthy School Lunches from Nutrition Experts at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Offer

Today, in America, one in three children is considered overweight or obese. Now is a good time to start the school year off right with healthy eating habits. Nutrition experts at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are offering parents tips for packing healthy school lunches.

–Vanderbilt University Medical Center|2014-08-12

Size Matters When Convincing Your Brain to Eat Healthier Foods

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Playing with the portions of good and not-so-good-for-you foods is better than trying to eliminate bad foods, according to a Vanderbilt study.

–Vanderbilt University|2014-08-11

School Violence, Gun-Related Injury Among Top 10 Child Health Concerns Nationally

Childhood obesity remains the top health concern for children in 2014, but when asked about national concerns, adults put school violence and gun-related injuries in the top 10.

–University of Michigan Health System|2014-08-11

Lead Linked to Obesity in Mice Exposed by Mothers

When we think of ill effects from lead exposure various neurologic problems usually come to mind. Now researchers at the University of Michigan say another health impact can be added to the list: obesity.

–University of Michigan |2014-08-08

Study Validates New Approach to High Blood Pressure

Trial results in a study published in Psychosomatic Medicine finds that mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) for hypertension resulted in substantial and statistically significant reductions in the primary outcomes, a -4.8-mm Hg reduction in systolic blood pressure (SBP) and a 1.9-mm Hg reduction in diastolic blood pressure (DBP) when measured in the clinic. The alternate arm of the trial involved only progressive muscle relaxation (PMR), which resulted only in a decrease of 0.7-mm in SBP and an increase of 1.2-mm Hg in DBP.

–University Hospitals Case Medical Center|2014-08-05

Removing Vending Machines From Schools Is Not Enough to Reduce Soda Consumption

Banning vending machines from schools can actually increase soda and fast food consumption among students if it’s the only school food policy change implemented, according to research conducted at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

–University of Illinois at Chicago|2014-08-01

“Rewired” Mice Show Signs of Longer Lives with Fewer Age-related Illnesses

While developing an important cancer drug, Wistar scientists discovered that mice without the TRAP-1 protein live healthier longer lives, with fewer tumors and signs of aging.

–Wistar Institute|2014-08-01

Scripps Research Institute Scientists Find New Calorie-Burning Switch in Brown Fat

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Biologists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have identified a signaling pathway that switches on a powerful calorie-burning process in brown fat cells.

–Scripps Research Institute|2014-07-31

To Combat Obesity Among US Latina Immigrants, Cultural Food Patterns Must Be Acknowledged, Says NYU College of Nursing Research

NYU College of Nursing student researcher Lauren Gerchow, BSN, RN, MSN candidate, has sought to identify the factors that contribute to this problem by compiling a systematic review of qualitative studies that focused on food patterns in Latina women recently published in Nursing Research.

–New York University|2014-07-31

Appreciation for Fat Jokes, Belief in Obese Stereotypes Linked

From movies to television, obesity is still considered “fair game” for jokes and ridicule. A new study from researchers at Bowling Green State University took a closer look at weight-related humor to see if anti-fat attitudes played into a person’s appreciation or distaste for fat humor in the media.

–Bowling Green State University|2014-07-30

Brain Response to Appetizing Food Cues Varies among Obese People

People who have the most common genetic mutation linked to obesity respond differently to pictures of appetizing foods than overweight or obese people who do not have the genetic mutation, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

–Endocrine Society|2014-07-30

UT Southwestern Researchers Uncover New Brain Pathways for Understanding Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity

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Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified neural pathways that increase understanding of how the brain regulates body weight, energy expenditure, and blood glucose levels – a discovery that can lead to new therapies for treating Type 2 diabetes and obesity

–UT Southwestern Medical Center|2014-07-25

Vanderbilt Study Examines Bacteria’s Ability to Fight Obesity

Bacteria that produce a therapeutic compound in the gut inhibit weight gain, insulin resistance and other adverse effects of a high-fat diet in mice, Vanderbilt University investigators have discovered.

–Vanderbilt University Medical Center|2014-07-25

Manipulation of Key Protein’s Action in the Brain Holds Potential for Development of Drugs to Fight Obesity and Diabetes

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A protein that controls when genes are switched on or off plays a key role in specific areas of the brain to regulate metabolism, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found.

–UT Southwestern Medical Center|2014-07-24

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    Science—not Starbucks—has the most impact on the flavor of coffee. The same goes...

    Science—not Starbucks—has the most impact on the flavor of coffee. The same goes for beer. UAB chemist Tracy Hamilton lectures around the country on the complex compounds that make these beverages so satisfying. He pours out some delicious facts, along with tips for preserving beer and coffee flavor.


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    It's almost time! Are you ready to move in? Check out The Ultimate Move-In Guide!

    It's almost time! Are you ready to move in? Check out The Ultimate Move-In Guide!


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  • 11:00 AM August 17, 2014

    The UAB School of Medicine White Coat Ceremony will stream live starting at 2 p....

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  • 11:00 AM August 15, 2014

    Have you tried out the improved Google Street View of campus? It's a lot of fun!...

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  • 2:07 PM August 14, 2014

    Recent studies suggest national dietary guidelines for sodium intake are unreali...

    Recent studies suggest national dietary guidelines for sodium intake are unrealistic, and that the recommended level of sodium could be associated with a higher risk of cardiac disease and mortality.

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    Read the UAB News story: http://ow.ly/AkGAG


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    Four student-made documentary shorts will be part of the Sidewalk Moving Picture...

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    ASC's ArtPlay is now registering for fall classes. Check out the schedule and sign up.


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  • 11:37 AM August 11, 2014

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    Students enrolled in this summer’s “Drawing: Figurative Themes” course will show...

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    It's almost move-in time! Are you ready? UAB Students' move-in guide has everything you need to know!


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