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Friday 25-Jul-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

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

When You Clean Your Plate, You Just Add Weight

If you’re a member of the Clean Plate Club – you eat pretty much everything you put on your plate – you’re not alone. A new Cornell University study shows that the average adult eats 92 percent of whatever is on his/her plate.

–Cornell University|2014-07-23

Obesity Linked to Low Endurance, Increased Fatigue in the Workplace

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New engineering study conducted at Virginia Tech investigates ergonomic effects of obesity-related functional performance impairment

–Virginia Tech|2014-07-23

As Kids Head Back to School, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Says Students Should Expect Healthy Meals

Significant improvements in school meals designed to improve the health of 32 million schoolchildren are taking place nationwide thanks to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, championed by the First Lady Michelle Obama and implemented through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During Kids Eat Right Month this August, as children head back to the classroom, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says more school meal changes are in store.

–Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics|2014-07-22

Study Compares Cost-Effectiveness of Weight-Loss Programs and Drugs

In a cost-effectiveness analysis of commercial diet programs and pills, the Weight Watchers program and the drug Qsymia showed the best value for the money. The Jenny Craig regimen generated the greatest weight loss, but was also the most expensive option tested, according to researchers at Duke-National University of Singapore (NUS) Graduate Medical School.

–Duke Medicine|2014-07-22

Parents Rank Their Obese Children as “Very Healthy”

A University of California, San Diego School of Medicine-led study suggests that parents of obese children often do not recognize the potentially serious health consequences of childhood weight gain or the importance of daily physical activity in helping their child reach a healthy weight.

–University of California, San Diego Health Sciences|2014-07-21

School Leaders Report Students Accept Healthier Lunches

Seventy percent of elementary school leaders nationwide reported that students generally like the healthier school lunches that rolled out in fall 2012, according to a first-of-its-kind national study whose lead author is now a research associate professor at Boise State University.

–Boise State University|2014-07-21

Researchers Discover New Link Between Obesity, Inflammation, and Insulin Resistance

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Study finds that the NBR1 protein plays a critical role in regulating obesity-induced inflammation that leads to metabolic disease. The findings suggest a new approach to targeting the inflammatory links between obesity and metabolic disease to prevent and treat type 2 diabetes.

–Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute|2014-07-17

Weighty Issue: Stress and High-Fat Meals Combine to Slow Metabolism in Women

A new study in women suggests that experiencing one or more stressful events the day before eating a single high-fat meal can slow the body’s metabolism, potentially contributing to weight gain.

–Ohio State University|2014-07-14

Does This Trunk Make Me Look Fat? Overweight Zoo Elephants No Laughing Matter

The birthrate for African elephants in zoos is declining, and UAB researchers look for a link between inflammation and obesity that may be connected to the increase in infertility.

–University of Alabama at Birmingham|2014-07-11

Omega 3 Fatty Acids Lessen Severity of Osteoarthritis in Mice

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Mice consuming a supplement of omega 3 fatty acids had healthier joints than those fed diets high in saturated fats and omega 6 fatty acids, according to Duke Medicine researchers.

–Duke Medicine|2014-07-11

Inherited ‘Memory’ of Environmental Impact on Health May Be Limited

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When a pregnant mother is undernourished, her child is at a greater than average risk of developing obesity and type 2 diabetes, in part due to so-called ‘epigenetic’ effects.

–Joslin Diabetes Center|2014-07-10

Study Looks at How Twitter Can Be Used to Address Specific Health Issues

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A new study, led by Jenine K. Harris, PhD, assistant professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, examined the use of the hashtag #childhoodobesity in tweets to track Twitter conversations about the issue of overweight kids.

–Washington University in St. Louis|2014-07-10

Think Fun While Exercising, You’ll Eat Less Later

Think of your next workout as a fun activity or as a well-deserved break – not exercise – and you’ll eat less and lose more weight, according to a new study from Cornell University Food and Brand Lab.

–Cornell University|2014-07-09

Neighborhoods with Healthy Food Options Less Likely to Have Overweight Kids

Children with a greater number of healthy food outlets near their homes had a reduced likelihood of being overweight or obese, finds an Australian study published in American Journal of Health Promotion.

–Health Behavior News Service|2014-07-08

Scripps Florida Scientists Uncover New Compounds that Could Affect Circadian Rhythm

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Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute have discovered a surprising new role for a pair of compounds that have the potential to alter circadian rhythm, the complex physiological process, present in most living things, that responds to a 24-hour cycle of light and dark.

–Scripps Research Institute|2014-07-08

New Clue Helps Explain How Brown Fat Burns Energy

Research led by investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center helps explain the heat-generating properties of brown fat, a possible to key to weight loss.

–Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center|2014-07-03

Bone Marrow Fat Tissue Secretes Hormone That Helps Body Stay Healthy

Bone marrow fat may have untapped health benefits, new research finds.

–University of Michigan Health System|2014-07-03

Soda Law Ruling Best for Consumers and Retailers, Says Economist

–Cornell University|2014-06-26

Nutrition Education Program Improves Preschoolers’ at-Home Consumption of Vegetables, Low-Fat/Fat-Free Milk

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A nutrition education program in low-income child care centers can improve a child’s at-home consumption of vegetables and low-fat/fat-free milk, according to a study by researchers from RTI International, Altarum Institute, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

–RTI International|2014-06-26

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    Welcome to UAB's Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, AEIVA, Lisa Tamiris...

    Welcome to UAB's Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, AEIVA, Lisa Tamiris Becker!


    UAB News - UAB announces first director of Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts
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  • 3:49 PM July 24, 2014

    UAB nutrition researcher Barbara Gower, Ph.D., co-authored a study that says a l...

    UAB nutrition researcher Barbara Gower, Ph.D., co-authored a study that says a low-carb diet should be first line of attack for treatment of Type 2 diabetes.


    UAB News - Low-carb diet recommended for diabetics
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  • 2:20 PM July 24, 2014

    UAB Career Services met with local employers to talk about recruiting UAB studen...

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  • 10:45 AM July 24, 2014

    UAB Medicine has enrolled the first patient in a national trial of a treatment f...

    UAB Medicine has enrolled the first patient in a national trial of a treatment for preeclampsia, an increasingly common pregnancy complication. Lead investigator Dr. Alan Tita of the UAB School of Medicine says that if successful the Phase III drug trial could significantly improve health outcomes for mothers with preeclampsia and their babies.


    UAB News - UAB enrolls nation’s first patient in Phase III drug trial for preeclampsia
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  • 3:23 PM July 23, 2014

    A $125,000 gift from Amy and Duane Donner will help the Healthcare Leadership Ac...

    A $125,000 gift from Amy and Duane Donner will help the Healthcare Leadership Academy, a joint collaboration between the UAB Collat School of Business and the UAB School of Medicine, to fulfill its mission to identify and develop future leaders of the UAB academic medical center.


    The Campaign for UAB - Creating Tomorrow's Leaders
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  • 1:23 PM July 23, 2014

    “Birmingham is a city that sparks a lot of opinions,” says Jaclyn Wells, Ph.D.,...

    “Birmingham is a city that sparks a lot of opinions,” says Jaclyn Wells, Ph.D., the assistant professor of English who teaches a course appropriately titled Writing in Birmingham. “I want to take advantage of that.”

    Read more about Writing in Birmingham in UAB Magazine:


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    Birmingham is an open book for one UAB writing course. Students discover and describe local hidden gems as they learn to write for different audiences. But they also become part of the city’s story, helping elementary students express themselves through writing. Get the full account—and read some of the UAB students’ work—at http://www.uab.edu/uabmagazine/2014/july/magic-words....

  • 10:03 PM July 22, 2014

    Among the Birmingham Business Journal's Most Influential 2014: UAB President Ray...

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    UAB President Ray Watts on his business strategy, economic development - Birmingham Business Journal
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    UAB News - UAB presents exhibition of Bloom Studio student design works
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    The Mix: Tools of the Trade: Scanning Electron Microscope
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    To better understand the link between obesity and infertility in zoo elephants, a UAB School of Health Professions doctoral student has launched a study looking at body composition and inflammation in these animals.


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  • 12:57 PM July 15, 2014

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  • 12:28 PM July 15, 2014

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    Congrats to the UAB Concert Choir!

    Congrats to the UAB Concert Choir!


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  • 11:00 AM July 12, 2014

    UAB is proud to be part of Birmingham's vibrancy!

    UAB is proud to be part of Birmingham's vibrancy!


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  • 1:02 PM July 11, 2014

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    UAB News - Top national security agencies recognize UAB’s cybercrime research
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