Obesity News Source

Friday 21-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

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

Obesity-Related Work Absences Are 'Financial Drain' for States

Obese workers miss more work days, and those absences carry high costs at the state and national level, according to a study in the November Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).

–Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine|2014-11-13

‘Nudges’ Try to Help College Students Live Healthier

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Here's one way to try to get college students to live healthier lifestyles: They log onto their computer and get lessons and emails, telling them why they should eat better, exercise and sleep right. That's what researchers at 13 universities discovered.

–University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences|2014-11-12

Preschoolers Eat Healthy When Parents Set Rules About Food

Preschoolers whose parents have rules about what their children can and cannot eat have healthier eating habits than those raised without such rules, according to a new study by pediatrics researchers at the University at Buffalo.

–University at Buffalo|2014-11-10

How Brown Fat Fuels Up to Combat Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity

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A newly identified signaling pathway that stimulates glucose uptake in brown fat cells might be useful for treating type 2 diabetes and obesity.

–The Rockefeller University Press|2014-11-10

Study Shows Employees Offered Financial Incentives Were 33 Times More Likely to Participate in Wellness Programs

Employers increasingly offer financial incentives to employees for participation in wellness activities; however whether these incentives lead to improved health behaviors and outcomes is unclear. This study gathered data on adult health plan members for three years, and compared the uptake of telephone health coaching among members who received employee incentives to those who did not. Results show those offered incentives were 33 times more likely to use the health coaching, and also did so sooner.

–Obesity Society|2014-11-07

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.


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  • 12:09 PM November 13, 2014

    Hand in Paw's therapy dogs are always a welcome sight at UAB Medicine and on cam...

    Hand in Paw's therapy dogs are always a welcome sight at UAB Medicine and on campus! CNN tagged along as volunteers visited patients.


    Hand in Paw

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  • 10:37 AM November 13, 2014

    “The idea is that, in view of the unequal burden of cancer borne by African-Amer...

    “The idea is that, in view of the unequal burden of cancer borne by African-Americans, the locations of Alabama State University and the UAB Cancer Center place this partnership in an ideal geographic region to address cancer health disparities within the state of Alabama by developing a pipeline of students, scientists and health care professionals from minority and medically underserved populations,” said Upender Manne, Ph.D., M.S., lead principal investigator on the grant and a senior scientist at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.

    “Both institutions possess unique strengths that supplement each other.”


    UAB News - UAB Cancer Center and ASU receive grant to address cancer health disparities
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  • 7:30 PM November 12, 2014

    UAB art historian Cathleen Cummings has cracked a 1,300-year-old code, revealin...

    UAB art historian Cathleen Cummings has cracked a 1,300-year-old code, revealing the meanings behind the hand-carved sculptures at India’s landmark Virupaksha Temple.

    She shares some of her discoveries, which shed light on an ancient dynasty’s royalty and religion—and the powerful role of women in UAB Magazine.


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    Art historian cracks the code of an ancient temple By Williesha Morris • Article photos and captions by Cathleen Cummings For 13 centuries, the Virupa......

  • 1:50 PM November 12, 2014

    "Is It Wrong to Live to 100?" Hear how Dr. Gregory Pence, Chair of the UAB Depar...

    "Is It Wrong to Live to 100?" Hear how Dr. Gregory Pence, Chair of the UAB Department of Philosophy, answers that question, then share your thoughts at Thursday night's Big Ideas Lecture at 6 p.m. at Spencer Honors House.


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    Is It Wrong to Live to 100? Hear how Dr. Gregory Pence, Chair of the Department of Philosophy, answers the question, then share your thoughts at tomorrow night's Big Ideas Lecture at Spencer Honors House at 6:00 p.m....

  • 9:00 AM November 12, 2014

    Everyone can play a role in making history at UAB in ways big and small. Check o...

    Everyone can play a role in making history at UAB in ways big and small. Check out the new crowdfunding platform!


    UAB News - UAB launches crowdfunding platform
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    Crowdfunding platform developed to help faculty, staff and students secure financial support for special projects. The University of Alabama at Birmin......

  • 2:48 PM November 11, 2014

    TBI is a highly prevalent condition that often results in the loss of independen...

    TBI is a highly prevalent condition that often results in the loss of independence and quality of life for many individuals; it is seen frequently in military personnel who have sustained a blast injury.

    The traditional view in the rehabilitation field was that there was a limited period of time after this type of damage to the central nervous system during which the rehabilitation of motor deficits could take place. However, UAB research has shown that stroke and also TBI survivors can regain use of their limbs even years after the brain injury occurred through the use of a novel family of therapies.


    UAB News - DOD grant to fund UAB rehabilitation therapy for wounded warriors
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    A video posted by UAB (@uabimages) on Nov 11, 2014 at 1:54pm PST Injured military personnel to benefit from unique set of therapies offered at......

  • 10:30 AM November 11, 2014

    Jeff Henson has been riding bikes for years. In 2012, he rode a bike coast to co...

    Jeff Henson has been riding bikes for years. In 2012, he rode a bike coast to coast across the United States. Before that, the Army veteran did a long bike ride in France, and several in the American Northwest, always on a tandem bike and always from the back seat. Henson was legally blind during those rides. Now, thanks to a special set of contact lenses and UAB Ophthalmology, Henson is back in the driver's seat.


    Complex contact lenses keep disabled vet rolling
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  • 6:06 PM November 10, 2014

    UAB is launching a research project that will provide therapy to wounded veteran...

    UAB is launching a research project that will provide therapy to wounded veterans and active-duty personnel at no cost through a $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense.

    The Brave Initiative will enable 80 veterans and active-duty personnel with traumatic brain injuries, or TBI, to receive free, intensive therapy to improve arm function and physical fitness through the study.


    CI Therapy at UAB: Pre- and Post-Treatment

    In the videos above, patients demonstrate major improvements in their ability to use affected limbs after Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CI Therapy) at......