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Wednesday 1-Apr-2015

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

Iowa's "Sledding" Bill Signed into Law


Supporters of a bill known both as “Community Use” and “The Sledding” Bill gathered today in Gov. Terry Branstad’s office to witness the signing of the bill into law.

–Voices for Healthy Kids|2015-04-01

Night Owls Face Greater Risk of Developing Diabetes than Early Risers

Night owls are more likely to develop diabetes, metabolic syndrome and sarcopenia than early risers, even when they get the same amount of sleep, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

–Endocrine Society|2015-04-01

New Clues to Why Poor Nutrition in the Womb Leads to Obesity Later in Life

Babies receiving poor nutrition in the womb tend to be smaller at birth, which has been linked to the development of obesity and other health problems later in life. Researchers continue to discover other consequences related to undernutrition during pregnancy. A new study examines how poor fetal nutrition affects protein expression in the fat tissue of adult rats, revealing key differences between males and females.

–Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)|2015-03-31

Mother's Diet Influences Weight-Control Neurocircuits in Offspring

Maternal diet during pregnancy and lactation may prime offspring for weight gain and obesity later in life, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers, who looked at rats whose mothers consumed a high-fat diet and found that the offspring's feeding controls and feelings of fullness did not function normally.

–Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center|2015-03-30

Consuming Eggs with Raw Vegetables Increases Nutritive Value

There is burgeoning research showing that co-consuming cooked whole eggs with your veggies can increase carotenoids absorption. With the recent scientific report from the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee lessening past concern over cholesterol in eggs, this is particularly good news.

–Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)|2015-03-29

Prebiotic Shows Promise in Regulating Kids’ Appetites

The obesity epidemic among children has caused alarm throughout the United States and Canada. Achieving healthy energy intake among this age group is a widespread health concern. A new method of appetite regulation in children was recently investigated by graduate student Megan Hume from University of Calgary.

–Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)|2015-03-28

Researchers Discover How Body’s Good Fat Tissue Communicates With Brain


Brown fat tissue, the body’s “good fat,” communicates with the brain through sensory nerves, possibly sharing information that is important for fighting human obesity, such as how much fat we have and how much fat we’ve lost, according to researchers at Georgia State University.

–Georgia State University|2015-03-27

Weight-Loss Surgery Before Joint Replacement Can Improve Outcomes in Severely Overweight Patients


Two new studies at Hospital for Special Surgery find that bariatric surgery prior to joint replacement is a cost-effective option to improve outcomes in severely overweight patients.

–Hospital for Special Surgery|2015-03-26

Sense of Smell May Reveal Weight Bias


A new study suggests that a person’s sense of smell may reveal a weight bias, one that is likely more pervasive than previously believed.

–Swarthmore College|2015-03-26

Work Site Wellness Centers Equate to Weight Loss and Health Care Savings, Mayo Expert Says

As employees and employers face higher health care costs, work site wellnessMale and females cycling in a fitness class centers are becoming increasingly more important to help control the costs of health care and encourage healthy lifestyle behaviors among the workforce, a Mayo Clinic study says.

–Mayo Clinic|2015-03-25

Incorporating Exercise Into Classroom Lessons Increases Children's Physical Activity Levels

Short-burst exercise program CHAM JAM increase children’s activity levels during lessons.

–Montefiore Medical Center|2015-03-25

Fat Turns From Diabetes Foe to Potential Treatment

A new weapon in the war against type 2 diabetes is coming in an unexpected form: fat. Researchers have discovered a new class of potentially therapeutic lipids, called FAHFAs, that are at low levels in people with insulin resistance, a risk factor for diabetes. FAHFAs improved glucose metabolism and insulin secretion in diabetic mice. The team will describe their approach at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

–American Chemical Society (ACS)|2015-03-24

Overeating and Overweight? The Weight-Loss Game May Be Rigged Against You

Stacey Cahn, PhD, offers her thoughts on how food engineering has made it increasingly difficult for some to curb overeating and lose weight.

–Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine|2015-03-23

Penn Medicine Experts Offer Suggestions for Nudging Children toward Healthier Food Choices

Strategies aimed at reducing childhood obesity should acknowledge individuals’ rational taste preferences and apply insights from behavioral economics to design choice architecture that increases their likelihood of success, say two physician-scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics in an editorial published in JAMA Pediatrics.

–Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania |2015-03-23

New Low-Calorie Rice Could Help Cut Rising Obesity Rates


Scientists have developed a new, simple way to cook rice that could cut the number of calories absorbed by the body by more than half, potentially reducing obesity rates, which is especially important in countries where the food is a staple.

–American Chemical Society (ACS)|2015-03-23

Special Microbes Make Anti-Obesity Molecule in the Gut

Microbes may just be the next diet craze. Researchers have programmed bacteria to generate a molecule that, through normal metabolism, becomes a hunger-suppressing lipid. Mice that drank water laced with the programmed bacteria ate less, had lower body fat and staved off diabetes — even when fed a high-fat diet — offering a potential weight-loss strategy for humans. The team will describe their approach at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

–American Chemical Society (ACS)|2015-03-22

Food TV Could Be Harmful to Your Health


Women who watched food television and cooked frequently from scratch had a higher body-mass-index, or BMI – weighing on average 10 more pounds – than those who obtained information from sources like family and friends, magazines and newspapers, or cooking classes. Women who watched food television but didn’t cook from scratch failed to see their viewing habits translate to a higher BMI.

–University of Vermont|2015-03-17

Babies' Body Mass Index May Predict Childhood Obesity


Body mass index during infancy may help predict if a child will be obese by age 4. A study in a cohort with a majority of African-American children suggests that better understanding of infant growth patterns may lead to more effective early obesity prevention.

–Children's Hospital of Philadelphia|2015-03-11

Genes That Increase the Risk of Type 1 Diabetes Have Lost Their Hiding Place


A research group that includes a University of Florida genetics expert has located and narrowed down the number of genes that play a role in the disease, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature Genetics. Knowing the identities and location of causative genes is a crucial development: Other researchers can use this information to better predict who might develop Type 1 diabetes and how to prevent it.

–University of Florida|2015-03-09

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