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Friday 27-Mar-2015

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

Researchers Discover How Body’s Good Fat Tissue Communicates With Brain


Brown fat tissue, the body’s “good fat,” communicates with the brain through sensory nerves, possibly sharing information that is important for fighting human obesity, such as how much fat we have and how much fat we’ve lost, according to researchers at Georgia State University.

–Georgia State University|2015-03-27

Weight-Loss Surgery Before Joint Replacement Can Improve Outcomes in Severely Overweight Patients


Two new studies at Hospital for Special Surgery find that bariatric surgery prior to joint replacement is a cost-effective option to improve outcomes in severely overweight patients.

–Hospital for Special Surgery|2015-03-26

Sense of Smell May Reveal Weight Bias


A new study suggests that a person’s sense of smell may reveal a weight bias, one that is likely more pervasive than previously believed.

–Swarthmore College|2015-03-26

Work Site Wellness Centers Equate to Weight Loss and Health Care Savings, Mayo Expert Says

As employees and employers face higher health care costs, work site wellnessMale and females cycling in a fitness class centers are becoming increasingly more important to help control the costs of health care and encourage healthy lifestyle behaviors among the workforce, a Mayo Clinic study says.

–Mayo Clinic|2015-03-25

Incorporating Exercise Into Classroom Lessons Increases Children's Physical Activity Levels

Short-burst exercise program CHAM JAM increase children’s activity levels during lessons.

–Montefiore Medical Center|2015-03-25

Fat Turns From Diabetes Foe to Potential Treatment

A new weapon in the war against type 2 diabetes is coming in an unexpected form: fat. Researchers have discovered a new class of potentially therapeutic lipids, called FAHFAs, that are at low levels in people with insulin resistance, a risk factor for diabetes. FAHFAs improved glucose metabolism and insulin secretion in diabetic mice. The team will describe their approach at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

–American Chemical Society (ACS)|2015-03-24

Overeating and Overweight? The Weight-Loss Game May Be Rigged Against You

Stacey Cahn, PhD, offers her thoughts on how food engineering has made it increasingly difficult for some to curb overeating and lose weight.

–Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine|2015-03-23

Penn Medicine Experts Offer Suggestions for Nudging Children toward Healthier Food Choices

Strategies aimed at reducing childhood obesity should acknowledge individuals’ rational taste preferences and apply insights from behavioral economics to design choice architecture that increases their likelihood of success, say two physician-scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics in an editorial published in JAMA Pediatrics.

–Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania |2015-03-23

New Low-Calorie Rice Could Help Cut Rising Obesity Rates


Scientists have developed a new, simple way to cook rice that could cut the number of calories absorbed by the body by more than half, potentially reducing obesity rates, which is especially important in countries where the food is a staple.

–American Chemical Society (ACS)|2015-03-23

Special Microbes Make Anti-Obesity Molecule in the Gut

Microbes may just be the next diet craze. Researchers have programmed bacteria to generate a molecule that, through normal metabolism, becomes a hunger-suppressing lipid. Mice that drank water laced with the programmed bacteria ate less, had lower body fat and staved off diabetes — even when fed a high-fat diet — offering a potential weight-loss strategy for humans. The team will describe their approach at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

–American Chemical Society (ACS)|2015-03-22

Food TV Could Be Harmful to Your Health


Women who watched food television and cooked frequently from scratch had a higher body-mass-index, or BMI – weighing on average 10 more pounds – than those who obtained information from sources like family and friends, magazines and newspapers, or cooking classes. Women who watched food television but didn’t cook from scratch failed to see their viewing habits translate to a higher BMI.

–University of Vermont|2015-03-17

Babies' Body Mass Index May Predict Childhood Obesity


Body mass index during infancy may help predict if a child will be obese by age 4. A study in a cohort with a majority of African-American children suggests that better understanding of infant growth patterns may lead to more effective early obesity prevention.

–Children's Hospital of Philadelphia|2015-03-11

Genes That Increase the Risk of Type 1 Diabetes Have Lost Their Hiding Place


A research group that includes a University of Florida genetics expert has located and narrowed down the number of genes that play a role in the disease, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature Genetics. Knowing the identities and location of causative genes is a crucial development: Other researchers can use this information to better predict who might develop Type 1 diabetes and how to prevent it.

–University of Florida|2015-03-09

Liraglutide May Help Overweight and Obese Adults Lose Weight Safely and Effectively

A recent study found that patients who received liraglutide 3.0 mg, combined with fewer calories and more physical activity, were more than twice as likely to achieve at least that level of weight loss, compared to patients on placebo who made similar lifestyle changes. The results will be presented Saturday, March 7, at ENDO 2015, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in San Diego.

–Endocrine Society|2015-03-07

Experimental Drug Turns “Bad” White Fat into “Good” Brown-Like Fat

An experimental drug causes loss of weight and fat in mice, a new study has found. The study results will be presented Friday at the Endocrine Society’s 97th annual meeting in San Diego.

–Endocrine Society|2015-03-07

Endocrine Disruptors Cause Fatty Liver

Exposure to low doses of hormone-disrupting chemicals early in life can alter gene expression in the liver as well as liver function, increasing the susceptibility to obesity and other metabolic diseases in adulthood, a new study finds. Results of the animal study will be presented Friday at the Endocrine Society’s 97th annual meeting in San Diego.

–Endocrine Society|2015-03-06

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