Obesity News Source

Thursday 27-Nov-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

FDA Ruling Provides Consumers with Calorie Labeling Information to Make Informed Food Choices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took a step to help consumers make informed food selections with two rules issued Nov. 25, 2014 that require calorie information to be listed on menus in chain restaurants. The Obesity Society commends efforts to provide more information to consumers so they are better able to make informed decisions regarding their food choices and their health.

–Obesity Society|2014-11-25

Obese Children Burdened by More Than Weight

High blood pressure and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) are two emerging health problems related to the epidemic of childhood obesity. In a recent study, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine sought to determine the prevalence of high blood pressure in children with NAFLD, which places them at risk for premature cardiovascular disease.

–University of California, San Diego Health Sciences|2014-11-24

Columbia Honors Research on the Genetics of Diabetes

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Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) has presented Andrew Hattersley, DM, and Mark McCarthy, MD, with the 16th Naomi Berrie Award for Outstanding Research in Diabetes, for their work on the genetics of the disease. Their research has contributed to the discovery of new forms of the disease, improvements in diagnostic methodology, and the development of more effective treatments. The award, presented annually by CUMC’s Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at its Frontiers in Diabetes Conference, is Columbia’s top honor for excellence in diabetes research.

–Columbia University Medical Center|2014-11-24

Sleep Apnea Linked to Poor Aerobic Fitness

People with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea may have an intrinsic inability to burn high amounts of oxygen during strenuous aerobic exercise, according to a new study led by researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

–University of California, San Diego Health Sciences|2014-11-24

Psychologist Says Social Validation, Meeting Expectations Among Reasons We Overeat on Thanksgiving

A Kansas State University psychological sciences professor looks at reasons for overeating on Thanksgiving Day.

–Kansas State University|2014-11-24

Holiday Overeating Can Be Big Problem for People with Type 2 Diabetes

Overindulging at a holiday party or two this season isn’t going make a big difference in someone’s health. But it could be a much different story for people with type 2 diabetes.

–Houston Methodist|2014-11-21

Exercise Regimens Offer Little Benefit for One in Five People with Type 2 Diabetes

As many as one in five people with Type 2 diabetes do not see any improvement in blood sugar management when they engage in a supervised exercise regimen, according to a new scientific review published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

–Endocrine Society|2014-11-20

Obesity Fuels Silent Heart Damage

Using an ultrasensitive blood test to detect the presence of a protein that heralds heart muscle injury, researchers from Johns Hopkins and elsewhere have found that obese people without overt heart disease experience silent cardiac damage that fuels their risk for heart failure down the road.

–Johns Hopkins Medicine|2014-11-20

Talking Turkey With A Loyola Dietitian

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Food coma” is a term that comes to mind for many when it comes to celebrating Thanksgiving. But with mindful practices, the harvest holiday doesn’t have to be the husky holiday.

–Loyola University Health System|2014-11-19

New School Meal Requirements: More Harm Than Good?

New federal regulations requiring school meals to contain more whole grains, less saturated fat and more fruits and vegetables, while perhaps improving some aspects of the food being served at schools across the United States, may also be perpetuating eating habits linked to obesity, diabetes and other diet-related diseases, an analysis by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers has found.

–Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health|2014-11-18

Novel Theory Connects Mothers to Childhood Obesity: Evolution Is the Cause, and Moms Are the Cure

A UAB School of Public Health researcher has published a theory that suggests a mother’s activity and metabolism can influence her child’s likelihood of being obese.

–University of Alabama at Birmingham|2014-11-17

Fat Around the Heart May Cause Irregular Heartbeat

The layer of fat that surrounds the heart may be a better predictor of atrial fibrillation than body mass index, the most common measure of obesity, a study has found.

–Loyola University Health System|2014-11-17

Ten Easy Tips to Keep Kids Healthy During the Holidays

Montefiore Dietitians Share Tips on How to Keep Kids Active and Healthy This Winter

–Montefiore Medical Center|2014-11-17

Newly Discovered Hormone Points to Potential Treatment for Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, Fatty Liver Disease

Researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered how a previously unknown hormone serves as a messenger from fat cells to the liver and are investigating the potential of developing a new treatment for metabolic disorders

–University of Michigan |2014-11-17

Teens with Disabilities May Face Greater Obesity Risk

Embargoed research from APHA's 142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition, Nov. 15-19.

–American Public Health Association (APHA)|2014-11-17

Study Suggests Home Cooking Is a Main Ingredient in a Healthier Diet

People who frequently cook meals at home eat healthier and consume fewer calories than those who cook less, according to new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research.

–Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health|2014-11-17

Very Low or High BMI Makes it More Difficult for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients to Remain in Remission

Hospital for Special Surgery researchers found that body mass index (BMI) plays a role in rheumatoid arthritis patients’ ability to achieve a sustained remission. Those who were significantly underweight or overweight/obese were the least likely to remain in remission.

–Hospital for Special Surgery|2014-11-16

Poor-Quality Weight Loss Advice Often Appears First in an Online Search

More than 40 percent of U.S. Internet users use online search engines to seek guidance on weight loss and physical activity. A new study in the American Journal of Public Health finds that high-quality weight loss information often appears after the first page of search engine results.

–Health Behavior News Service|2014-11-14

Healthy for the Holidays: Tips for People with Diabetes

From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, the holidays can be fun and heartwarming. They can also be exhausting and stressful... especially for people with diabetes. AADE offers some self-care tips to help people with diabetes keep the condition under control during the holidays.

–American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE)|2014-11-13

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  • 12:30 PM November 26, 2014

    Nightline will re-air the UAB Kidney Chain story on Thanksgiving night! Learn mo...

    Nightline will re-air the UAB Kidney Chain story on Thanksgiving night! Learn more at www.uab.edu/kidneychain.


    The Reporter - "Nightline" to re-air UAB kidney chain segment Thanksgiving night
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    ABC’s Nightline, which airs weekdays at 11:35 p.m., CT, will re-air its July story on UAB's kidney chain Thanksgiving night. The program can be seen l......

  • 5:07 PM November 25, 2014


    UAB News - New exhibition shows works by graduating BFA students at UAB’s AEIVA
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    Mixed-media, design and sculptural works by Department of Art and Art History students Rob Clifton, Alejandra Garbutt and Nathan Truitt will be on dis......

  • 12:06 PM November 25, 2014

    → UAB Kidney Chain: Nightline will re-air the UAB Kidney Chain story on Thanksgiving night! Learn mo...

    Nightline will re-air the UAB Kidney Chain story on Thanksgiving night! Learn more at www.uab.edu/kidneychain.


    The Reporter - "Nightline" to re-air UAB kidney chain segment Thanksgiving night
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    ABC’s Nightline, which airs weekdays at 11:35 p.m., CT, will re-air its July story on UAB's kidney chain Thanksgiving night. The program can be seen l......

  • 9:00 AM November 25, 2014

    Meet UAB's third Rhodes Scholar, Ameen Barghi, in this video for the UAB Honors...

    Meet UAB's third Rhodes Scholar, Ameen Barghi, in this video for the UAB Honors College made by UAB Digital Media.

    Read more about Ameen's Rhodes award here: http://ow.ly/EPaT9


    UAB Honors College: Meet Ameen Barghi

    Ameen Barghi is a senior majoring in Neuroscience and Translational Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (Individually Designed). This is Amee......

  • 3:39 PM November 24, 2014

    Congratulations Ameen!

    Congratulations Ameen!


    UAB News - Third UAB student named Rhodes scholar
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    Barghi is one of just 32 Rhodes scholars across the U.S., and he is UAB’s third Rhodes winner since 2000. Ameen Barghi of the University of Alabama at......

  • 11:55 AM November 24, 2014

    Thanksgiving came early to the Equal Access Birmingham Community Breakfast!

    Thanksgiving came early to the Equal Access Birmingham Community Breakfast!


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    We are thankful for our wonderful community partners and enjoyed showing our appreciation this morning at the annual EAB Community Breakfast! Thanks to @[643863388991667:274:The Egg and I of Vestavia Hills] for providing a delicious breakfast and @[145463922153975:274:Starbucks] for the coffee! — at Church of the Reconciler....

  • 2:45 PM November 23, 2014


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    Did you know the risk of developing #Alzheimers doubles every 5 years after age 65? Schedule an appointment with our assessment clinic to find out if you are at risk: http://bit.ly/1BQUepM...

  • 12:30 PM November 21, 2014

    UAB has launched its 21st annual toy drive benefiting Marine Toys for Tots Found...

    UAB has launched its 21st annual toy drive benefiting Marine Toys for Tots Foundation! Boxes are located in buildings across campus for new, unwrapped toy donations. Toys will be picked up Dec. 5.


    Information Technology - UAB kicks off Toy Drive for 2014
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    UAB's 21st annual Toy Drive, benefitting Toys for Tots, is under way.UAB IT will again organize the drive, with the department's own Eric Thompson lea......

  • 9:59 AM November 21, 2014


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    In November 1960, a 15 square block area was set aside for the University of Alabama Medical Center. Today, UAB Medicine covers more than 90 city blocks and cares for 1,000,000 patients and families each year. #tbt...

  • 12:45 PM November 20, 2014

    UAB Men's Soccer hosts Furman in the first round of the NCAA Championship at 5:3...

    UAB Men's Soccer hosts Furman in the first round of the NCAA Championship at 5:30! Go Blazers!


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  • 11:14 AM November 20, 2014


    Mars ridge named for beloved late UAB teacher, scientist and NASA Rover...
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    Thomas Wdowiak, a teacher and scientist from UAB who died in 2013, has been honored by having a ridge on Mars named after him by his former......

  • 4:46 PM November 19, 2014

    Registration is open now for a new session of arts classes for all ages at ASC's...

    Registration is open now for a new session of arts classes for all ages at ASC's ArtPlay, the Birmingham community’s home for arts education.


    UAB News - New arts classes for all ages at ArtPlay, register now for 2015
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    ArtPlay offers everything from family classes for toddlers to dance, acting, sculpture, drawing, music, writing, fabric arts and more, for any age gro......

  • 1:21 PM November 19, 2014


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    New technologies are allowing researchers to study the interaction between genes and the immune system in greater detail. Find out how "immunogenomics" is offering fresh insight on autoimmune diseases, cancer and other conditions. http://themixuab.blogspot.com/2014/11/immunogenomics-advances-point-to-new.html...

  • 10:47 AM November 19, 2014

    Telemedicine eye screenings of people with diabetes in underserved communities r...

    Telemedicine eye screenings of people with diabetes in underserved communities revealed that one in five had early stage diabetic retinopathy, the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in American adults.

    The findings were part of a new study by a research consortium including UAB investigators and were published in JAMA Ophthalmology.


    UAB News - Diabetic eye screenings via telemedicine show value for underserved communities
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    A UAB study finds that minorities with diabetes have a high rate of diabetic retinopathy, a potentially blinding eye disease, and that telemedicine mi......

  • 7:15 PM November 18, 2014

    The Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center and Birmingham Mountain Radio present a...

    The Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center and Birmingham Mountain Radio present an evening with Robert Ellis on Dec. 18. Get your tickets now!


    UAB News - Alys Stephens Center, Birmingham Mountain Radio present An Evening with Robert Ellis
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    Just announced, this special performance by Ellis will create an intimate “in-studio” feel, with an artist’s chat moderated by Scott Register live on......

  • 11:17 AM November 18, 2014

    Donate a spare blanket today or tomorrow at Mervyn H. Sterne Library or the UAB...

    Donate a spare blanket today or tomorrow at Mervyn H. Sterne Library or the UAB Learning Resources Center! #warmupbirmingham


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    Take an extra minute this weekend to find that extra blanket stashed away in your closet. You can make an impact. #WarmUpBirmingham...

  • 10:04 AM November 18, 2014

    Works by legendary late artist Andy Warhol will be on display in an unprecedente...

    Works by legendary late artist Andy Warhol will be on display in an unprecedented and highly anticipated exhibition presented by the University of Alabama at Birmingham from Jan. 9-Feb. 28, 2015.


    UAB News - UAB presents “Warhol: Fabricated” exhibition Jan. 9-Feb. 28, 2015
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  • 2:44 PM November 17, 2014

    If you want to know what the UAB student experience is, who better to ask than U...

    If you want to know what the UAB student experience is, who better to ask than UAB Digital Media? Check out this terrific video made by our students!


    Let the City Be your Classroom

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  • 11:13 AM November 17, 2014

    UAB School of Health Professions students are working with students at the Alaba...

    UAB School of Health Professions students are working with students at the Alabama Institute For the Deaf And Blind's Helen Keller School to help them learn to enjoy physical activity and make healthier eating choices.

    Learn more: www.uab.edu/shp/home/shpnews/801-uab-pt-icdi-ycdi


    PT students work with disabled kids to promote healthy lifestyle

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Physical Therapy is the first in the state of Alabama to launch the national I Can Do It, You Can Do It......

  • 5:00 PM November 16, 2014

    The UAB Gospel Choir is celebrating 19 years! See them in concert Nov. 17.

    The UAB Gospel Choir is celebrating 19 years! See them in concert Nov. 17.


    UAB News - UAB Gospel Choir to celebrate 19th anniversary with concert, new scholarships Nov. 17
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    Choir favorites old and new will be performed at the show, along with two new scholarship announcements, one in memory of G. Labron Smith. Music old a......

  • 12:00 PM November 15, 2014

    The 2014-15 season for UAB Men's Basketball tips off at 7 p.m. tonight against U...

    The 2014-15 season for UAB Men's Basketball tips off at 7 p.m. tonight against ULM. See you at Bartow Arena! Let's go Blazers!


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  • 9:00 AM November 15, 2014

    Thousands of patients with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, sickle cell...

    Thousands of patients with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, sickle cell and other life-threatening diseases need bone marrow transplants. Many of these people are unable to find matches. By joining the national bone marrow registry, you could potentially save someone’s life.

    Stop by the Mini Park today to register as a donor. It's easy!


    UAB News - UAB Band Sororities to hold Bone Marrow Donation Registration Drive
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    Thousands of patients with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, sickle cell and other life-threatening diseases need bone marrow transplants and......

  • 7:00 PM November 14, 2014

    UAB physician Stephen Russell has seen diabetes as a physician and a parent. And...

    UAB physician Stephen Russell has seen diabetes as a physician and a parent. And today, on World Diabetes Day, Russell released his second medical thriller “Command & Control.” For the next three months, all of Russell’s proceeds from the sale of the book on Amazon.com will go to the JDRF to help fund a cure for the disease.


    UAB News - Top doc pledges proceeds from second novel to diabetes research
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    In “Command & Control,” the second novel by Stephen Russell, fictional retired orthopedic surgeon Mackie McKay finds himself in the middle of an i......

  • 5:00 PM November 14, 2014

    Richard C. Shelton, M.D., director of the Mood Disorders Program for the Departm...

    Richard C. Shelton, M.D., director of the Mood Disorders Program for the Department of Psychiatry, and Marcas Bamman, Ph.D., director of the Center for Exercise Medicine, have created a Crowdfunding at UAB project to generate funding for their NexMed Program, which will investigate the benefit of prescriptive exercise as a way to combat depression.
    Check out their crowdfunding page.


    Support University of Alabama at Birmingham: Prescriptive Exercise Drives the Blues Away
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    Help University of Alabama at Birmingham raise $15,000 for the project: Prescriptive Exercise Drives the Blues Away....

  • 12:30 PM November 14, 2014

    Equal Access Birmingham is using Crowdfunding at UAB to raise money for an i-STA...

    Equal Access Birmingham is using Crowdfunding at UAB to raise money for an i-STAT system to perform lab work and get immediate results at their student run free clinic. The students provide medical care to the underserved in Birmingham. They currently run labs through the UAB Hospital, but results take about a week to process. If there’s a critical or dangerous lab value, many of their patients are unreachable until the next clinic day, which causes a delay in treatment.
    Check out their crowdfunding page.


    Support University of Alabama at Birmingham: Project I-STAT: Empowering the Underserved
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    Help University of Alabama at Birmingham raise $12,000 for the project: Project I-STAT: Empowering the Underserved....

  • 9:00 AM November 14, 2014

    The ACE (Acute Care for the Elderly) Unit at UAB Highlands and Leadership UAB ha...

    The ACE (Acute Care for the Elderly) Unit at UAB Highlands and Leadership UAB have started a Crowdfunding at UAB project. They hope to make a model of care for elderly patients available virtually. The model is generating attention across the nation!
    It has helped patients maintain mobility and reduced readmissions to the hospital. Only a small number of patients can be cared for in the unit. Taking the ACE model virtual will make it available across all hospital units.
    Check out their crowdfunding page.


    Support University of Alabama at Birmingham: A New Face for A.C.E.
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