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Wednesday 1-Oct-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

Gene Interacts with Stress and Leads to Heart Disease in Some People

– A new genetic finding from Duke Medicine suggests that some people who are prone to hostility, anxiety and depression might also be hard-wired to gain weight when exposed to chronic stress, leading to diabetes and heart disease.

–Duke Medicine|2014-10-01

Asking Parents Smart Questions Can Help Obese Kids Lose Weight

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Preventing childhood obesity may begin at home, but there’s plenty nurses can do to help parents embrace healthy lifestyle choices, says Rita John, DNP, EdD, CPNP-PC, DCC, director of the pediatric primary care nurse practitioner program at Columbia University School of Nursing.

–Columbia University School of Nursing|2014-09-29

Gastric Bypass Bests Banding for Weight Loss, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, and Cholesterol Control, UT Southwestern Bariatric Surgeons Find

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Gastric bypass surgery has better outcomes than gastric banding for long-term weight loss, controlling type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, and lowering cholesterol levels, according to a new review by UT Southwestern Medical Center surgeons of nearly 30 long-term studies comparing the two types of bariatric procedures.

–UT Southwestern Medical Center|2014-09-25

Only Half of U.S. Adults Over 45 Are Screened for Diabetes

A new cross-sectional study in American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that only half of adults in the U.S. were screened for diabetes within the last three years, less than what is recommended by the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

–Health Behavior News Service|2014-09-25

Massive Weight Loss Increases Risk of Complications in Body-Shaping Surgery

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Patients who lost more than 100 pounds and those who shed weight through bariatric surgery had the highest risk of complications from later surgical procedures to reshape their leaner bodies, a new study from UT Southwestern Medical Center shows.

–UT Southwestern Medical Center|2014-09-25

Obesity in America: What It Means for Our Economy

On Thursday October 2, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) will host a VIP Reception for local health care, business, and government leaders of the greater Seattle area to discuss the grave implications obesity has on our economy. This event will be led by key note speaker, former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson, who will discuss issues associated with chronic disease and the economic impact obesity has in Washington state.

–Nyhus Communications|2014-09-24

States Need to Assume Greater Role in Regulating Dietary Supplements for Weight Loss and Muscle Building

Because of lax federal oversight of dietary supplements, which are marketed to adults and adolescents for weight loss and muscle building, but usually do not deliver promised results and can actually cause severe health issues, state governments need to increase their regulation of these products to protect consumers.

–Temple University|2014-09-24

Recession Shrank the Economy but Waist Size Ballooned, CDC Research Reveals

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American women, on average, can pinch an extra inch and a half of flesh around their middles, and men just under an extra inch, proof that many continue to lose in the Battle of the Bulge. The average waist size increased from 37.6 inches to 38.8 inches according to a survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documenting Americans between 1999 and 2012. "While the recession may have shrunk the economy, Americans’ waist size continued to balloon during this period," says Jessica Bartfield, MD, Loyola University Center for Bariatric Surgery & Metabolic Health.

–Loyola University Health System|2014-09-22

New Discovery in the Study of the Brain and Memory

a functional link between the brain region responsible for taste memory and the area responsible for encoding the time and place we experienced the taste had been found.

–University of Haifa|2014-09-22

The Obesity Society: Reduced Energy Density in Foods Can Create Healthier Food Environment and May Help to Reduce Obesity

The Obesity Society (TOS) issues an official position statement pointing to the pervasive availability of foods high in energy density as a contributing factor for weight gain and obesity.

–Obesity Society|2014-09-17

Waistlines of U.S. Adults Continue to Increase

The prevalence of abdominal obesity and average waist circumference increased among U.S. adults from 1999 to 2012, according to a study in the September 17 issue of JAMA.

–JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association|2014-09-16

Weight Loss Expert Can Discuss Science, Safety of Fad Diets

Although it can be a struggle to make sense of competing claims, scientific research indicates that a number of dieting approaches can help people reach and maintain a goal weight through slow and steady weight loss.

–Endocrine Society|2014-09-16

National Study Examines Ways Federal Policy Can Impact Childhood, Adolescent Obesity

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A tax on sugar-sweetened beverages such as sodas, energy drinks, sweet teas and sports drinks could reduce obesity in adolescents, and exercise promotion, such as after-school physical activity programs, could impact younger children in the fight against fat. That’s the findings of a new national study co-authored by Ross Brownson, PhD, professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

–Washington University in St. Louis|2014-09-15

Poverty-Obesity Link is More Prevalent for Women Than Men, Study Shows

New UT Austin study shows women are more likely than men to become obese in midlife due to socioeconomic disadvantage

–University of Texas at Austin|2014-09-15

This Is Your Brain on Snacks—Brain Stimulation Affects Craving and Consumption

Magnetic stimulation of a brain area involved in "executive function" affects cravings for and consumption of calorie-dense snack foods, reports a study in the September issue of Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the official journal of the American Psychosomatic Society. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

–Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins|2014-09-15

@ObesitySociety Experts Discuss Implications of New FDA-Approved #Obesity Drug, #Contrave

–Obesity Society|2014-09-11

When Talking About Body Size, African American Women & Doctors May Be Speaking Different Languages

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African American women and their female children have the highest obesity prevalence of any demographic group and are more likely to underestimate their body weight than white women. Yet, according to new research from Rush University Medical Center, cultural norms for body size may prevent awareness among many African American women about the potential health benefits they and others in their cultural group might achieve through weight loss.

–Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior |2014-09-10

Smartphones May Aid in Dietary Self-Monitoring

Smartphones have seen wide adoption among Americans in recent years because of their ease of use and adaptability. With that in mind, researchers from Arizona State University examined how smartphone use affected weight loss goals and determined that smartphones may offer users an advantage over traditional methods when tracking diet data.

–Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior |2014-09-10

Most Consumers Don’t Know Their Daily Calorie ‘Budget’

Many people are unaware that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s mandated nutrition labels are based on a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet, but a simple weekly text message reminder can greatly improve that awareness, according to a new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

–Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health|2014-09-09

Parents Support Healthier School Food Policies by 3-to-1 Margin

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The vast majority of parents of school-age children support strong national nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold to students during school, according to a poll released today by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the American Heart Association (AHA).

–Voices for Healthy Kids|2014-09-08

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