Obesity News Source

Tuesday 2-Sep-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

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

Training Your Brain to Prefer Healthy Foods

It may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthy low-calorie foods over unhealthy higher-calorie foods, according to new research from Tufts University and Massachusetts General Hospital.

–Tufts University|2014-09-01

Options for Weight Loss Your Primary Care Doctor Might Not Know About

Despite US Preventive Services Task Force recommendations for screening and treating obesity, there are many barriers, several of which may be ameliorated through technological approaches according to a new study by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center published online August 21, 2014 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine (JGIM).

–NYU Langone Medical Center|2014-08-29

Obese or Overweight Teens More Likely to Become Smokers

A study in American Journal of Health Behavior examining whether overweight or obese teens are at higher risk for substance abuse finds weight status has no correlation with alcohol or marijuana use but is linked to regular cigarette smoking.

–Health Behavior News Service|2014-08-28

No-Calorie Sweeteners May Lead to Diet-Sabotaging Choices

Do diet drinks help or hinder those trying to lose weight? New research from Texas Christian University (TCU) suggests that no-calorie sweeteners may lead to diet-sabotaging choices.

–Dick Jones Communications|2014-08-28

Brain Benefits From Weight Loss Following Bariatric Surgery

Weight loss surgery can curb alterations in brain activity associated with obesity and improve cognitive function involved in planning, strategizing and organizing, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

–Endocrine Society|2014-08-26

High Insulin Levels Tied to Obesity Pathway

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UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have identified a crucial link between high levels of insulin and pathways that lead to obesity, a finding that may have important implications when treating diabetes.

–UT Southwestern Medical Center|2014-08-25

Racial and Ethnic Stereotypes May Contribute to Obesity Among Minorities

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For members of minority groups, maintaining a healthy weight can be especially difficult according to new research led by Luis Rivera, an experimental social psychologist at Rutgers University-Newark. Rivera says it is common for minorities in the United States to endure negative stereotypes, pervasive messages that suggest those groups are inferior, and that these attitudes can prevent people from doing what is needed to care for their health.

–Rutgers University|2014-08-25

Ready to Help Your Family Get Healthy? Take the EmpowerMEnt Challenge!

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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and to help raise awareness with families across the country, the American Heart Association (AHA) has an easy and fun way to help you with the No. 1 health concern among parents – childhood obesity.

–Voices for Healthy Kids|2014-08-24

Losing Weight Lowers Health Care Costs for Adults with Type 2 Diabetes

Overweight individuals with diabetes who lose weight by dieting and increasing their physical activity can reduce their health care costs by an average of more than $500 per year, according to a new study.

–Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center|2014-08-21

Two Chicago School Cafeterias to Use Technology to Create a Healthy Eating “Report Card” on Students’ Food Choices and Eating Habits to Help Prevent Childhood Obesity

Preventive medicine experts at Rush University Medical Center and Canyon Ranch Institute have teamed up to design and test a new program that tracks what students are actually choosing to eat at school meals and supports parents and caregivers in helping their child achieve a healthy lifestyle. The program is called, “Healthy School Meals Realized through Technology (SMART) Schools.”

–Rush University Medical Center|2014-08-21

Fruit and Vegetable Intake Still Too Low; Human Nutritionist Says to Focus on Lunch

Recent changes to the WIC program have improved fruit intake in children, says a Kansas State University human nutritionist.

–Kansas State University|2014-08-19

Do Gut Bacteria Rule Our Minds?

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It sounds like science fiction, but it seems that bacteria within us — which outnumber our own cells about 100-fold — may very well be affecting both our cravings and moods to get us to eat what they want, and often are driving us toward obesity.

–University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)|2014-08-15

UH Case Medical Center Begins Offering New Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center is among the first in the United States to begin offering a new FDA-approved treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. This first-of-its-kind treatment consists of a small implantable system called Inspire™ Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) therapy. It has been clinically proven to significantly reduce sleep apnea events and improve quality of life for people who cannot tolerate continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP).

–University Hospitals Case Medical Center|2014-08-15

Message to Parents: Babies Don't "Start From Scratch"

There's now overwhelming evidence that a child's future health is influenced by more than just their parents' genetic material, and that children born of unhealthy parents will already be pre-programmed for greater risk of poor health, according to University of Adelaide researchers.

–University of Adelaide|2014-08-14

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  • 11:26 AM September 2, 2014

    The UAB Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation and Sight Savers America recently h...

    The UAB Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation and Sight Savers America recently held a clinic to help children who struggle with visual impairment. The children received high-tech visual aids that will assist them in reading, writing, doing their homework and other everyday tasks.

    Visit www.uab.edu/medicine/ophthalmology/clvr for more info.


    UAB and Sight Savers help visually impaired kids

    The UAB Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation and Sight Savers America recently held a clinic to help children who struggle with visual impairment. The childr......

  • 8:15 PM September 1, 2014

    How was your first week on campus, Blazers? We hope it was great!

    How was your first week on campus, Blazers? We hope it was great!


    Letter home: My first week on campus

    Students have settled in and are getting ready for the first football game of the season. Here's a look at some of the "Welcome Week" events on campus this w......

  • 2:29 PM September 1, 2014

    Welcome to UAB's largest ever incoming class of Honors College students! They co...

    Welcome to UAB's largest ever incoming class of Honors College students! They come from 21 states and the UK, and 18 percent are first-generation college students. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1un99jT


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  • 1:39 PM August 30, 2014

    Go Blazers!

    Go Blazers!


    Timeline Photos
    One hour until kickoff at Legion Field as the UAB football team takes on Troy. Go Blazers!...

  • 10:00 AM August 30, 2014

    Now making house calls...online! UAB Medicine's eMedicine provides convenient o...

    Now making house calls...online!

    UAB Medicine's eMedicine provides convenient online access to quality health care services for common illnesses. Visit www.uabemedicine.com to learn more.


    UABeMedicine.com

    Now making house calls online. UAB eMedicine provides convenient online access to quality health care services for common illnesses. Visit www.uabemedicine.c......

  • 3:10 PM August 29, 2014

    Go Blazers soccer!

    Go Blazers soccer!



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  • 2:42 PM August 29, 2014

    Are you following UAB on Instagram? Check out alternate takes on UAB's news, fun...

    Are you following UAB on Instagram? Check out alternate takes on UAB's news, fun things around campus and more from @uabimages.


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  • 9:59 AM August 29, 2014

    UAB Football Head Coach Bill Clark gets mic'd up for practice as he prepares for...

    UAB Football Head Coach Bill Clark gets mic'd up for practice as he prepares for UAB's season opener against Troy. Hear more from Coach Clark about the upcoming season: http://bit.ly/1tJEPkZ

    Get tickets to UAB Blazers football at www.uabsports.com/


    Coach Bill Clark mic'd up

    UAB Football Head Coach Bill Clark gets mic'd up for practice as he prepares for UAB's season opener against Troy. Hear more from Coach Clark about the upcom......

  • 12:05 PM August 28, 2014

    Dean Palazzo was on Good Day Alabama this morning to talk about #magic_chromacity.

    Dean Palazzo was on Good Day Alabama this morning to talk about #magic_chromacity.


    Jeh Jeh Live: Magic Chromacity (part 2)
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    Jeh Jeh is live at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center to talk about Magic Chromacity....

  • 11:12 AM August 28, 2014

    UAB's Nitesh Saxena spoke to NBC News about his research into more secure ways t...

    UAB's Nitesh Saxena spoke to NBC News about his research into more secure ways to authenticate your identity than typing in a password.


    Forget Passwords: This is the Future of Logging In - NBC News
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    Good news: you're not forgetful, your passwords are just too hard to remember. Now, researchers across the world are working on a whole raft of solutions to ......

  • 10:18 AM August 28, 2014


    Timeline Photos
    The day is FINALLY here!!! Join us for the 2014 UAB NAS Spirit Luncheon from 11:30am-1:30pm. FREE Dreamland BBQ! @[107957789224385:274:UAB Blazers football] coach Bill Clark will be here at noon....

  • 5:41 PM August 27, 2014

    UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center director Dr. Edward Partridge was challenged to...

    UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center director Dr. Edward Partridge was challenged to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by his granddaughter Mae. UAB's Claudia Hardy did the honors.




    Dr. Partridge was challenged to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by his granddaughter Mae. He now challenges Advisory Board members Danny Markstein, Joel Welker and Rick Swagler. Our own Claudia Hardy was lucky enough to do the honors!...

  • 4:39 PM August 27, 2014

    #UABSeenInGreen Go Blazers!

    #UABSeenInGreen Go Blazers!


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    Join us in the Magic City Challenge by capturing images of yourself and co-workers wearing UAB Green and post them to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! We've teamed up with Full Moon BBQ to reward the most spirited fans, with a Full Moon Tailgating Package on Fridays prior to all home games throughout this football season! Just post your pics and hashtag #UABSeenInGreen ! Don't forget to tag @UABAthletics along with @FullMoonBBQ! Go Blazers!...

  • 2:36 PM August 27, 2014

    Changes to the eyes might help diagnose the onset of frontotemporal dementia, th...

    Changes to the eyes might help diagnose the onset of frontotemporal dementia, the second most common form of dementia, according to new research from scientists at UAB, Gladstone Institutes and the University of California, San Francisco.

    A loss of cells in the retina is one of the earliest signs of frontotemporal dementia in people with a genetic risk for the disorder — even before any changes appear in their behavior.


    UAB News - Changes in the eye might predict onset of frontotemporal dementia
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  • 12:10 PM August 27, 2014

    Keb' Mo' and G. Love & Special Sauce and Blaze! Thanks for coming to the Alys St...

    Keb' Mo' and G. Love & Special Sauce and Blaze! Thanks for coming to the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center!


    Timeline Photos
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  • 11:15 AM August 27, 2014

    UAB Blazers football kicks off this Saturday. Learn more about the new face of t...

    UAB Blazers football kicks off this Saturday. Learn more about the new face of the team from UAB Magazine.


    UAB - UAB Magazine - Leading an Evolution
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  • 10:00 PM August 26, 2014

    Help kick off Blazer football season this Thursday!

    Help kick off Blazer football season this Thursday!


    UAB - Alumni Affairs - Join us for the 2014 Spirit Lunch
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    Kickoff the Coach Bill Clark era of Blazers football with us at the 2014 UAB NAS Spirit Luncheon sponsored by TherapySouth!Alumni, students and fans are invited to help spread the Blazer spirit for the upcoming UAB football season.Enjoy FREE food from Dreamland BBQ on Thursday, August 28 from 11:30a…...

  • 5:15 PM August 26, 2014

    UAB health policy researcher Michael Morrisey, Ph.D., was on C-SPAN Monday as an...

    UAB health policy researcher Michael Morrisey, Ph.D., was on C-SPAN Monday as an invited speaker for the Rockefeller Institute National Press Club event on the progress of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in seven southern states. Morrisey shared the results of his ACA implementation research for Alabama.

    Read more about his research here: http://ow.ly/AKxop


    Michael Morrisey on CSPAN
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  • 2:54 PM August 26, 2014

    UAB Career Services has launched the UAB Career Fair Plus app to create a better...

    UAB Career Services has launched the UAB Career Fair Plus app to create a better career fair experience. http://ow.ly/AKoy7

    The part-time career fair is 10-2 Thursday in the Campus Rec Center.


    UAB - Career & Professional Development Services - Home
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    Career & Professional Development at UAB is here to help YOU reach your career goals through exploring, experiencing, preparing & succeeding. We are here to provide the resources and guidance needed so you are able to gain the experience you need then successfully navigate the competitive job market…...

  • 12:00 PM August 26, 2014

    UAB's new Student Health and Wellness Center opened earlier this month in a 23,0...

    UAB's new Student Health and Wellness Center opened earlier this month in a 23,000-square-foot space in the heart of campus. The facility is equipped to handle students' medical, counseling and developmental needs in one place, including a full range of primary care services.


    The Reporter - New facility to provide students the full range of primary care
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    The new Student Health and Wellness Center opened earlier this month in a renovated space that combines the Health Services medical clinic and Counsel......

  • 10:17 AM August 26, 2014

    Stop Googling your symptoms and see a doctor - online! UAB Medicine's eMedicine...

    Stop Googling your symptoms and see a doctor - online!

    UAB Medicine's eMedicine is the first Alabama provider to offer online diagnosis and treatment of common conditions, such as colds, allergies, bladder infections and pink eye.

    The $25 service, available to adults 18 and older in the Birmingham area, combines the expertise of UAB Medicine providers with the convenience of online access. Learn more at uabemedicine.com.


    UAB Medicine launches state’s first online service to treat common medical conditions
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    The $25 service, available to adults 18 and older in the Birmingham area, combines the expertise of UAB Medicine providers with the convenience of onl......

  • 9:00 PM August 25, 2014

    Go Marching Blazers!

    Go Marching Blazers!


    UAB band marches and sings in preparation for the 20th anniversary season
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  • 4:52 PM August 25, 2014

    In the first joint project for UAB’s Cultural Corridor, the Alys Stephens Perfor...

    In the first joint project for UAB’s Cultural Corridor, the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, the UAB Department of Art & Art History, and the College of Arts and Sciences’ new UAB's Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, AEIVA commissioned artist Amanda Browder to create “Magic Chromacity.” The vast artworks Browder is creating use recycled and donated materials collected in Birmingham and Brooklyn, New York, and will adorn the AEIVA and ASC buildings for one week. #magic_chromacity


    Magic Chromacity
    In the first joint project for UAB’s Cultural Corridor, the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, the @[197352497098258:274:UAB Department of Art & Art History], and the College of Arts and Sciences’ new @[677794988931194:274:UAB's Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, AEIVA] commissioned artist Amanda Browder to create “Magic Chromacity.” The vast artworks Browder is creating use recycled and donated materials collected in Birmingham and Brooklyn, New York, and will adorn the AEIVA and ASC buildings for one week. #magic_chromacity...

  • 2:23 PM August 25, 2014

    Watching the #magic_chromacity installation this morning!

    Watching the #magic_chromacity installation this morning!



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  • 12:08 PM August 25, 2014

    Thanks to The Birmingham News for the tribute to Dr. James Caulfield, a pioneer...

    Thanks to The Birmingham News for the tribute to Dr. James Caulfield, a pioneer in heart disease research.


    'Out to save the world': UAB heart doctor researched diseases
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    Dr. Jim Caulfield was a giant in the field of heart disease research in the 1960s, one of the earliest physicians working to perfect balloon angioplasty, a method of mechanically opening up blocked arteries. Fellow doctors nicknamed him "the balloon man."...

  • 11:16 AM August 25, 2014

    #magic_chromacity

    #magic_chromacity


    Magic Chromacity
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  • 11:16 AM August 25, 2014

    #magic_chromacity

    #magic_chromacity


    Magic Chromacity
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