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Friday 30-Jan-2015

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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

Added Sugars Just Add to Your Risk of Dying From Heart Disease. Available Expert Dr. Rachel Johnson

–Voices for Healthy Kids|2015-01-29

Pioneer of Infectobesity Movement Continues Groundbreaking Research at Texas Tech

Nikhil Dhurandhar, who discovered a strain of virus that appears to cause obesity while also causing low cholesterol and low triglycerides, is the chairman of the Nutritional Sciences department

–Texas Tech University|2015-01-29

Patient Preferences Considered for the First Time in FDA Decision to Approve First-of-Kind Obesity Device

RTI Health Solutions (RTI-HS), a business unit of RTI International, partnered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to conduct a study on patients' preferences which contributed to the Agency's regulatory decision to approve the Maestro Rechargeable System, a first-of-kind device to treat obesity.

–RTI International|2015-01-29

New Deep-Brain Imaging Reveals Separate Functions for Nearly Identical Neurons


New deep-brain imaging shows activity of individual, genetically similar neurons to particular behaviors of mice. Scientists watched as one neuron was activated when a mouse searched for food while a nearly identical neuron next to it remained inactive until the mouse began eating.

–University of North Carolina School of Medicine|2015-01-29

Fight Fat with Favorable Feedback, Not Fear


Is it better to tell people about the harms of certain health decisions or about the benefits of positive health related decisions? That depends on who you are talking to, according to recent research by the Cornell Food & Brand Lab. Published in the journal Nutrition Reviews, the paper finds that the type of health messaging that is most effective might vary depending on certain characteristics of the target audience.

–Cornell University|2015-01-29

Facelift Surgery after Massive Weight Loss Poses Challenges, Reports Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Patients undergoing bariatric surgery for severe obesity are often left with excess, sagging skin affecting all areas of the body—including the face. The unique challenges of facelift surgery in this group of patients—and effective techniques for addressing them—are presented in a paper in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

–Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins|2015-01-29

Is Obesity a Disability? Experts Weigh In

Leading obesity organizations release a joint position statement supporting disability protections for obesity under certain circumstances and call for these protections to be enacted in the United States.

–Obesity Society|2015-01-27

Where You Can Find New Labels and Why It's Not All About the Numbers

A Kansas State University nutritionist explains a new regulation requiring calorie labeling at restaurants and why it's not just the numbers that put weight on your waistline.

–Kansas State University|2015-01-27

Gluten-Free Diet Is Treatment, Not Trend, for Those with Celiac Disease

For people who have celiac disease, going gluten-free isn't a lifestyle choice, it's a necessity. For everyone else, steering clear of gluten isn't necessarily a good idea.

–Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center|2015-01-27

Viruses May Play Unexpected Role in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases


Inflammatory bowel diseases are associated with a decrease in the diversity of bacteria in the gut, but a new study led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has linked the same illnesses to an increase in the diversity of viruses.

–Washington University in St. Louis|2015-01-22

Taking It to the Streets


Original news and feature stories from heart.org are available to the media for linking, quoting and excerpting. Copyright is owned or held by the American Heart Association and we reserve all rights, but you are granted permission, at no cost and without need for further request, to link to, quote or excerpt from these stories in any medium anywhere as long as you do not alter the text used and provide proper attribution to the American Heart Association.

–Voices for Healthy Kids|2015-01-21

New Fat-Fighting Tactics Show Promise for Combatting Global Obesity Epidemic

More than 2.1 billion people worldwide are now overweight or obese and at risk for major chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes and heart problems, reported McKinsey & Co. in a November 2014 analysis using data from the World Health Organization (WHO). But new types of evidence-based interventions, such as targeted drug treatments and foods created to be more satiating, may be able to help reverse the upward trajectory of global obesity rates, according to the latest series of interviews from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) FutureFood 2050 publishing initiative.

–Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)|2015-01-21

Hunger Hormone in Infancy May Link to Lifelong Obesity Risk


Researchers at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles now reveal an unexpected role for ghrelin in early brain development and show its long-term impact on appetite regulation. Their study will be published online January 20 by The Journal of Clinical Investigation.

–Children's Hospital Los Angeles Saban Research Institute|2015-01-20

Superbowl 2015 Tips from UT Southwestern

If you have resolved to eat healthier to manage your diabetes, blood pressure, or cholesterol, parties can present a challenge to that resolution, so it’s important to have a game plan before tackling the Super Bowl spread, UT Southwestern Medical Center dieticians say.

–UT Southwestern Medical Center|2015-01-20

Social Media Can Provide the Support Needed to Maintain Weight Loss

According to recent research from the Arnold School of Health at the University of South Carolina, use of social media sites like Facebook can be associated with a significant drop in pounds, especially during the critical maintenance period of a weight loss journey.

–University of South Carolina|2015-01-20

First Pharmacological Guideline for Obesity Treatment Provides Clinical Roadmap for Anti-Obesity Drug Treatment

The first-ever clinical practice guideline for the drug treatment of obesity offers a new tool for health practitioners looking to the latest pharmacotherapy strategies as a means of treating patients with obesity. The Obesity Society says the guideline supplements the TOS/AHA/ACC Obesity Treatment Guidelines to fill a gap in treatment.

–Obesity Society|2015-01-16

Obesity Experts Recommend Weight Loss Drugs, Surgery as Supplement to Lifestyle Interventions

The Endocrine Society today issued a Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) on strategies for prescribing drugs to manage obesity and promote weight loss.

–Endocrine Society|2015-01-15

FDA Approves First Medical Device for Obesity Treatment Targeting Brain-to-Stomach Signaling

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved EnteroMedic’s VBLOC® vagal blocking therapy, delivered via the Maestro® System, which is the first medical device approved for obesity treatment that targets the nerve pathway between the brain and the stomach. The Obesity Society calls this a "a novel device that interrupts signals from the stomach to the brain that are believed to be involved with stomach emptying and feelings of fullness."

–Obesity Society|2015-01-15

The Medical Minute: Lifestyle Determines Success After Surgical Weight Loss

With many people staring down New Year’s resolutions related to losing weight, some may be wondering if surgical weight loss is right for them. Dr. Ann Rogers, director of Penn State Hershey Surgical Weight Loss, says surgery is only a long-term solution for patients who also resolve to enact some important lifestyle changes.

–Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center|2015-01-15

For Obesity Research, Self-Reported Diet and Physical Activity Data Too Inaccurate, Expert Report Says

New strategies for acquiring objective data are in their infancy, and support for better tools is needed, say experts in the International Journal of Obesity.

–University of Alabama at Birmingham|2015-01-13

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