Obesity News Source

Monday 14-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

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

Fruits and Vegetables: Good for Health, Not Necessarily a Weight Loss Method

People trying to lose weight are often told to eat more fruits and vegetables, but new UAB research shows this bit of advice may not be true.

–University of Alabama at Birmingham|2014-06-25

Are Hormones Causing My Child’s Weight Gain?

The number of children who are obese remains alarmingly high in the U.S. and, unfortunately, diseases associated with obesity are on the rise. Worried about their overweight children, many parents wonder if other diagnoses, such as hypothyroidism, could be the reason behind their child’s weight gain.

–Loyola University Health System|2014-06-25

Diet or Exercise? “Energy Balance” is Real Key to Disease Prevention

USDA, ACSM, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics join forces to announce action steps to combat obesity crisis.

–American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)|2014-06-25

Inconsistent Sugar Recommendations Raise Questions

Sugar has been a part of the human diet since sugarcane was domesticated in 8000 B.C., but today myths and misunderstandings about sugar and the role it plays in health abound. In the media, sugar has been linked to obesity, toxicity, addiction, and fatty liver disease, among a host of other health outcomes, but with little, no or poor research to back up such claims, according to a June 24 panel discussion at the 2014 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo® in New Orleans.

–Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)|2014-06-24

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery May Reduce Heart Disease Risk for Obese Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

Obese patients with Type 2 diabetes who don't have excessive surgical risk may find that Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) surgery can help them reduce their risk of heart disease, a new clinical trial shows. The results were presented Tuesday at ICE/ENDO 2014, the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society in Chicago.

–Endocrine Society|2014-06-24

Sleep, Mood Improves after Substantial Weight Loss

Obese adults who lose at least 5 percent of their body weight report that they sleep better and longer after six months of weight loss, according to a new study. The results were presented Tuesday at the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society: ICE/ENDO 2014 in Chicago.

–Endocrine Society|2014-06-24

BMI Measurement May Be Missing 25 Percent of Children Who Could Be Considered Obese

Physicians using body mass index (BMI) to diagnose children as obese may be missing 25 percent of kids who have excess body fat despite a normal BMI, which can be a serious concern for long-term health, according to a Mayo Clinic study published online today in Pediatric Obesity.

–Mayo Clinic|2014-06-24

UAB Study Says It Is Time to Abandon Obesity Myths

Researchers at UAB say it is time to abandon some popular but erroneous obesity myths. In an article in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, the team presents nine obesity myths and 10 commonly held but unproven presumptions that the authors suggest lead to poor policy decisions, inaccurate public health recommendations and wasted resources.

–University of Alabama at Birmingham|2014-06-23

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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!


    National Geographic profiles Birmingham as 'a modern city that has retained its pace and charm'
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    Officials say stories like this one have great impact for the Birmingham area....

  • 5:42 PM July 11, 2014

    National Geographic Traveler visits Birmingham in its August/September issue and...

    National Geographic Traveler visits Birmingham in its August/September issue and came away impressed by the "texture of a major city" without the "shiny facelessness common to too many cities around the region."


    Steel Magnolia -- National Geographic Traveler
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    I find Niki's West on Birmingham's industrial north side, maybe a mile from an old pig-iron foundry. It's a windowless room with linoleum floors that has been serving meat-and-threes-an entrée and a choice of sides-since before George Wallace first ran for Alabama governor....

  • 3:22 PM July 11, 2014

    #Magic_Chromacity in action!

    #Magic_Chromacity in action!

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    Some new building-sized works of art are coming to UAB. Soon these huge pieces of colorful fabric will drape the Alys Stephens Center & the AEIVA buildings. Yesterday, WBHM stopped by to watch volunteers stitch the gigantic pieces of fabric together quilt-style....

  • 1:02 PM July 11, 2014

    Want to study cyber security? The top national agencies say UAB is the place to...

    Want to study cyber security? The top national agencies say UAB is the place to be. For the second year in a row, UAB is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Research.


    UAB News - Top national security agencies recognize UAB’s cybercrime research
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    UAB is reaffirmed as National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Research. For the second year in a row, the Nat......

  • 10:30 AM July 11, 2014

    UAB is the only hospital in the state to offer the minimally invasive MitraClip...

    UAB is the only hospital in the state to offer the minimally invasive MitraClip procedure to aid patients suffering from mitral regurgitation.


    UAB News - Breakthrough MitraClip procedure repairs one heart structurally, another emotionally
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    UAB is the only hospital in the state to offer the minimally invasive MitraClip procedure to aid patients suffering from mitral regurgitation. Mary Yo......

  • 3:54 PM July 10, 2014


    Magic Chromacity
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  • 3:54 PM July 10, 2014


    Magic Chromacity
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  • 2:01 PM July 10, 2014

    Among the Birmingham Business Journal Most Influential 2014: Will Ferniany, CEO...

    Among the Birmingham Business Journal Most Influential 2014: Will Ferniany, CEO of UAB Medicine and graduate of the UAB School of Health Professions MSHA (Class 9) and PhD Administration Health Services programs.


    Meet the Most Influential: UAB Health System's Will Ferniany - Birmingham Business Journal
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    In this week's edition, the Birmingham Business Journal will unveil its list of Birmingham's Most Influential Executives for 2014. Throughout the week, we'll be introducing you to several executives you will see on the List....

  • 11:00 AM July 10, 2014

    Want another chance to be a part of Brooklyn artist Amanda Browder’s upcoming Ma...

    Want another chance to be a part of Brooklyn artist Amanda Browder’s upcoming Magic Chromacity project? Head over to Birmingham Museum of Art's Art on the Rocks this Friday!


    Birmingham Museum of Art | » Art On The Rocks! – Kopecky Family Band
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    ALL NIGHT // Jemison Galleries Celebrate Japanese culture with the Museum as we welcome our newest exhibition, Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor. Art On The Rocks is the perfect time to see Lethal Beauty, where you can visit the exhibition through the night for free (included with Art On The…...

  • 5:43 PM July 9, 2014

    IBM personnel are in town this week to begin work with the UAB Sustainable Smart...

    IBM personnel are in town this week to begin work with the UAB Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center and the city of Birmingham on addressing the community's "food deserts."


    Working smarter: IBM team arrives in Birmingham for three-week initiative to tackle 'food deserts'
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    The IBM team in Birmingham team will focus primarily on 'food deserts,' or neighborhoods lacking adequate access to fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthy food. The initiative will help to bring healthy and affordable options to residents....

  • 2:44 PM July 9, 2014

    Discover how a biologist has helped transform classrooms, construction sites, an...

    Discover how a biologist has helped transform classrooms, construction sites, and more into a creative proving ground for sustainability, and learn how UAB’s successes could impact all of Birmingham, at www.uab.edu/uabmagazine/2014/july/garden-of-ideas.


    Timeline Photos
    Julie Price has crawled on hot roofs and through algae-clotted streams, collecting and testing clever ideas to make UAB greener and more efficient. Discover how the biologist has helped transform classrooms, construction sites, and more into a creative proving ground for sustainability, and learn how UAB’s successes could impact all of Birmingham, at http://www.uab.edu/uabmagazine/2014/july/garden-of-ideas....

  • 12:17 PM July 9, 2014

    Weld for Birmingham: The Baseball Project, fronted by Dream Syndicate frontman S...

    Weld for Birmingham: The Baseball Project, fronted by Dream Syndicate frontman Steve Wynn, is a side project comprised of R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, touring R.E.M. percussionist and guitarist Scott McCaughey and drummer Linda Pitmon (Wynn’s wife). The group opens its latest tour at the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center on Thursday, July 10.

    Get your tickets: alysstephens.org/


    Hitting for the cycle
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    Supergroup the Baseball Project will perform at Alys Stephens on July 10....

  • 10:09 AM July 9, 2014

    In continuation of the first joint project for UAB’s Cultural Corridor, the UAB...

    In continuation of the first joint project for UAB’s Cultural Corridor, the UAB Department of Art & Art History, the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, and the new UAB's Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, AEIVA together present a series of July Community Sewing Days for Amanda Browder's “Magic Chromacity” project, a large-scale collaborative fabric art installation.

    Come sew!


    Photos from UAB Department of Art & Art History's post in MAGIC CHROMACITY JULY COMMUNITY SEWING DAYS
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  • 5:40 PM July 8, 2014

    Have you voted for your favorite t-shirt yet?

    Have you voted for your favorite t-shirt yet?


    Be Seen In Green

    Vote now for your favorite design! The winner will be the 2014 Official Be Seen in Green T-shirt! The front and back with the most likes, shares and comments wins!...

  • 1:58 PM July 8, 2014

    Go Blazers!

    Go Blazers!


    Timeline Photos
    We love this picture of Millie Opper, GCL President, having a great time studying abroad in Granada, Spain! (In her UAB Honors College shirt! ;)...

  • 11:27 AM July 8, 2014

    Check out UAB's first all-electric maintenance truck! Go Green!

    Check out UAB's first all-electric maintenance truck! Go Green!


    Twitter / UABSustain: UAB's first all-electric ...
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    Connect with your friends — and other fascinating people. Get in-the-moment updates on the things that interest you. And watch events unfold, in real time, from every angle....

  • 11:17 AM July 8, 2014

    It's blood drive time! Click below for the schedule and sign up to donate.

    It's blood drive time! Click below for the schedule and sign up to donate.


    UAB News - UAB holds Great Summer Blood Drive
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    UAB and Red Cross host a blood drive to combat summer shortages. The University of Alabama at Birmingham is holding a blood drive in conjunction with......

  • 11:43 AM July 7, 2014

    What says summer more than baseball? See "The Baseball Project" at the Alys Step...

    What says summer more than baseball? See "The Baseball Project" at the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center July 10.


    Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center - The Baseball Project
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    This supergroup, formed in 2007 by Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, The Minus 5, R.E.M.) and Steve Wynn (The Dream Syndicate, Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3, Gutterball), began as a way for a couple of fans to pay musical tribute to our national pastime. The Baseball Project has since blossomed i…...

  • 10:14 AM July 7, 2014

    In case you missed it: How strangers are giving each other the gift of life thro...

    In case you missed it: How strangers are giving each other the gift of life through #UAB's kidney transplant chain: http://abcn.ws/1orMW2a #uabkidneychain


    Strangers Donate Kidneys to Keep Country's Longest Donor Chain Going
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    More than 100,000 Americans are currently in need of a kidney transplant....

  • 9:00 PM July 6, 2014

    Two incredible performers will be together at the Alys Stephens Performing Arts...

    Two incredible performers will be together at the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center July 17. Get your tickets today!


    UAB News - UAB’s Alys Stephens Center presents Lalah Hathaway and Ruben Studdard
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    The pair, at the ASC on July 17, will present one elegant show with a seamless blending of classic duets, fan favorites and selections from each artis......

  • 11:17 AM July 4, 2014

    Watch the story of some of the amazing people who make up the kidney chain on la...

    Watch the story of some of the amazing people who make up the kidney chain on last night's Nightline.


    Video: Strangers Give a Kidney So Loved Ones Can Receive a Kidney

    Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham has the US's longest on-going single-institution kidney donation chain....

  • 11:00 AM July 4, 2014

    Come hear the UAB Bands and watch the fireworks from Vulcan Park and Museum toni...

    Come hear the UAB Bands and watch the fireworks from Vulcan Park and Museum tonight at 7 p.m. http://ow.ly/yHznu


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  • 10:00 PM July 3, 2014

    Don't miss Paula Kok's incredible story tonight on Nightline! http://abcn.ws/1or...

    Don't miss Paula Kok's incredible story tonight on Nightline! http://abcn.ws/1orMW2a

    Visit bit.ly/UABkidney to learn more about how you can help!


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  • 7:00 PM July 3, 2014

    Tune in to Nightline at 11:35 p.m. CDT tonight for the UAB Kidney Chain story....

    Tune in to Nightline at 11:35 p.m. CDT tonight for the UAB Kidney Chain story.

    Visit bit.ly/UABkidney to learn more about how you can help!


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  • 2:00 PM July 3, 2014

    Isn't this more spectacular than a trip to eye hospital? Leave the fireworks to...

    Isn't this more spectacular than a trip to eye hospital? Leave the fireworks to the pros! http://ow.ly/yHA9d Photo via The Birmingham News.


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  • 11:34 AM July 3, 2014

    UAB Medicine is home to the South's leading incompatible kidney transplant progr...

    UAB Medicine is home to the South's leading incompatible kidney transplant program. Now the nation's longest single-center paired kidney transplant chain is ongoing thanks to our doctors' expertise and the selflessness of 21 living kidney donors so far.

    Tonight, Nightline will tell the story of how one woman giving something changed everything for the lives of 41 others. Tune in at 11:35 CDT.


    UAB News - Nation’s largest single-site kidney transplant chain, underway at UAB, on “Nightline”...
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    Since December, 21 living donor kidney transplants that have taken place at UAB are connected as donors “pay it forward” for a recipient to keep the c......

  • 10:45 AM July 3, 2014

    Does the language of "fighting" or "battling" obesity lead to more myths than fa...

    Does the language of "fighting" or "battling" obesity lead to more myths than facts? A UAB team investigated the merits of obesity presumptions and say it's time to abandon many of them.


    UAB News - UAB study says it is time to abandon obesity myths
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    UAB researchers lay out the facts on commonly held but often erroneous obesity myths. Their conclusion? It’s time to move on. Researchers at the Unive......

  • 8:00 PM July 2, 2014

    After hearing many adult children of his older patients wondering if dementia wa...

    After hearing many adult children of his older patients wondering if dementia was in their future too, a UAB physician developed a personalized dementia risk assessment for people concerned about their risk for developing memory problems as they age.


    UAB News - Will I have Alzheimer’s? Personalized dementia risk assessment now available at UAB
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    A new UAB clinic can predict risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease and offer strategies to reduce that risk. Neurologist David Geldmacher, M.D., who......

  • 5:00 PM July 2, 2014

    Need a doctor downtown? UAB's new 2,756-square-foot downtown urgent care clini...

    Need a doctor downtown?

    UAB's new 2,756-square-foot downtown urgent care clinic features seven exam rooms, a digital X-ray machine and a moderate complexity lab, and it will employ the UAB electronic health record.


    UAB News - Downtown Birmingham’s urgent care gap filled with new UAB Medicine clinic
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    UAB Medicine Urgent Care clinic will treat non-emergency conditions in patients ages 18 and older seven days a week. UAB Medicine Urgent Care, a conve......