UT Southwestern Medical Center — in collaboration with Parkland Health and Hospital System, Texas Health Resources, VA North Texas Health Care System, and ProHealth Physicians, Inc. of Connecticut — will lead the first National Institutes of Health-funded, multicenter, clinical trial to address interventions for patients with multiple chronic conditions centered around kidney disease.
–UT Southwestern Medical Center|2014-12-19
Parents of children involved in an elementary school-based community intervention to prevent obesity appear to share in its health benefits. A new analysis shows an association between being exposed to the intervention as a parent and a modest decrease in body mass index (BMI) compared to parents in two similar control communities.
The countdown for the holidays is on and so is the calorie-counting. “For many, the fear of gaining weight is significantly greater than the actual number of pounds that may accrue at holiday time,” says Lauren Zuro, registered dietician at Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery & Bariatric Care. “Many of my patients are on long-term weight-loss programs and have become accustomed to the eating and exercise routine and the regular weigh-in that shows a loss.”
–Loyola University Health System|2014-12-17
In a study that included overweight and obese participants, those with diets with low glycemic index of dietary carbohydrate did not have improvements in insulin sensitivity, lipid levels, or systolic blood pressure, according to a study in the December 17 issue of JAMA.
–JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association|2014-12-16
The United States Senate took long-awaited action to confirm Vivek Murthy, MD, as United States Surgeon General, a step The Obesity Society (TOS) calls promising for the future of obesity research and treatment.
“You can enjoy the holidays and not get swept away by the many high-calorie tempting treats,” says Allison Grupski, PhD, psychologist at Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery & Bariatric Health who offers the following tips. “Participating in the festivities can include taking a bite out of the holidays and savoring the seasonal flavors, without ringing in the New Year with a tighter waistband.” Dr. Grupski regularly counsels weight-loss patients at Loyola and is certified in bariatrics, or weight-loss medicine.
–Loyola University Health System|2014-12-16
A new study led by researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine finds that the brains of obese children literally light up differently when tasting sugar.
–University of California, San Diego Health Sciences|2014-12-11
A new NIH Working Group report published in the journal Obesity identifies differences between individuals as one of the key challenges associated with weight loss and long-term weight control.
Sleep-related breathing problems and chronic lack of sleep may each double the risk of a child becoming obese by age 15, according to new research from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. The good news is that both sleep problems can be corrected. The study, which followed nearly 2,000 children for 15 years, published online today in The Journal of Pediatrics.
–Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University|2014-12-11
Looking to avoid gaining weight this holiday season? One key could be the company you keep during holiday parties, and what they eat.
Patients suffering from the world's most common heart rhythm disorder can have their long-term outcomes significantly improved with an aggressive management of their underlying cardiac risk factors, according to University of Adelaide researchers.
–University of Adelaide|2014-12-10
A simple potato extract may limit weight gain from a diet that is high in fat and refined carbohydrates, according to scientists at McGill University. The results of their recent study with mice were so surprising that the investigators repeated the experiment just to be sure.
A new treatment for adult-onset diabetes and obesity developed by researchers at Indiana University and the German Research Center for Environmental Health has essentially cured lab animals of obesity, diabetes and associated lipid abnormalities through improved glucose sensitivity, reduced appetite and enhanced calorie burning.
Brown adipose tissue, widely known as brown fat, is located around the collarbone and acts as the body’s furnace to burn calories. It also keeps the body warm. Obese people have less of it, and its activity is decreased with age. Until now, researchers haven’t understood why.
Several states and cities have and continue to propose a tax on soft drinks to curb obesity. In November, voters in Berkeley, California, were the first to approve such a tax. But Iowa State University researchers question whether it will have the desired effect.
–Iowa State University|2014-12-03
Salk researchers tinker with a time-restricted diet in mice and find that it is remarkably forgiving.
–Salk Institute for Biological Studies|2014-12-02
Researchers discover that moderate exercise following bariatric surgery reduces specific metabolic risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes. The findings suggest that moderate exercise may provide additional benefits to health beyond weight loss in these patients.
–Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute|2014-12-01
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Occupational sitting is associated with an increased likelihood of obesity, especially among black women, independent of occupational and leisure time physical activity, finds a new study from the School of Medicine and the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.
–Washington University in St. Louis|2014-12-01
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took a step to help consumers make informed food selections with two rules issued Nov. 25, 2014 that require calorie information to be listed on menus in chain restaurants. The Obesity Society commends efforts to provide more information to consumers so they are better able to make informed decisions regarding their food choices and their health.
High blood pressure and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) are two emerging health problems related to the epidemic of childhood obesity. In a recent study, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine sought to determine the prevalence of high blood pressure in children with NAFLD, which places them at risk for premature cardiovascular disease.
–University of California, San Diego Health Sciences|2014-11-24