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Friday 19-Sep-2014

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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

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

Air Pollution May Affect Levels of Obesity-Related Hormone

Higher exposure to one measure of traffic-related air pollution is associated with higher levels of the obesity-related hormone leptin in older adults, reports a study in the September Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).

–Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine|2014-09-08

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

–American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)|2014-09-04

Normal-Weight Counselors Feel More Successful Than Heavier Counselors at Helping Obese Patients Slim Down, Study Suggests

A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests that normal-weight nutrition and exercise counselors report feeling significantly more successful in getting their obese patients to lose weight than those who are overweight or obese.

–Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health|2014-09-04

For Kids with Both Asthma and Obesity, which Came First?

A new article in the September issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), examines the premise that obesity contributes to childhood asthma – rather than the other way around.

–American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)|2014-09-03

Comparison of Named Diet Programs Finds Little Difference in Weight Loss Outcomes

In an analysis of data from nearly 50 trials including about 7,300 individuals, significant weight loss was observed with any low-carbohydrate or low-fat diet, with weight loss differences between diet programs small, findings that support the practice of recommending any diet that a patient will adhere to in order to lose weight, according to a study in the September 3 issue of JAMA.

–JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association|2014-09-02

Study Finds Change in Type of Procedure Most Commonly Used for Bariatric Surgery

In an analysis of the type of bariatric surgery procedures used in Michigan in recent years, sleeve gastrectomy (SG) surpassed Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) in 2012 as the most common procedure performed for patients seeking this type of surgery, and SG became the predominant bariatric surgery procedure for patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a study in the September 3 issue of JAMA.

–JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association|2014-09-02

Researchers Examine Effectiveness of Blocking Nerve to Help With Weight Loss

Among patients with morbid obesity, blocking the vagus nerve, which plays a role with appetite and metabolism, did not meet pre-specified efficacy objectives compared to a control group, although the intervention did result in greater weight loss, according to a study in the September 3 issue of JAMA.

–JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association|2014-09-02

Taxes and Subsidies Could Encourage Healthier Diet and Lower Healthcare Costs

In a Viewpoint published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a team of Tufts University and Harvard University researchers call for the implementation of taxes and subsidies to improve dietary quality in the United States.

–Tufts University|2014-09-02

Watch the News, Lose Some Weight

Can watching dramatic television make you fat? Yes, according to a new Cornell Food and Brand Lab study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association: Internal Medicine. The study finds that fast-paced television programs might lead people to eat twice as much food.

–Cornell University|2014-09-02

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    With three little words, new ads for UAB encourage viewers to see themselves as...

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  • 3:40 PM September 17, 2014

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    "UAB Hospital started an outpatient Alzheimer Risk Assessment and Intervention C...

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