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Monday, April 13, 2015

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Newswise + UAB Medicine Obesity News Source 13-Apr-2015

Newswise + UAB Medicine Obesity News Source

The Obesity News Source wire contains research and experts on obesity, related health conditions cause by obesity, healthy eating, diet, and exercise.

More information can be found at the Obesity News Source

Major Paper Shows How Melligen Cell Line Derived from Human Liver Cells Can Reverse Diabetes

New paper in the journal, Molecular Therapy – Methods & Clinical Development, describes how Melligen cell lines coupled with a live cell encapsulation technology such as Cell-in-a-Box® can reverse Type I Diabetes per a team at the University of Technology Sydney and the University of Sydney in Australia.

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Molecular Therapy – Methods & Clinical Development

– PharmaCyte

One in Three Teenage Boys Experiencing Sexual Assault Tries to Take His Own Life, Study Finds

A study has found that one of three male teens who experienced sexual assault had attempted suicide in the previous year.

Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior

– University at Buffalo

Trending Stories Report for 10 April 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: Astronomy, Cardiology, Nephrology, Neurology, Neutrinos, oil spills, Toxicology, Cancer, and Nutrition

– Newswise Trends

Trending Stories Report for 9 April 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: Cancer treatment, meditation, careers in engineering, astronomy, marine conservation, effective dieting, internet marketing, Ebola treatments, and exercise as preventive health for seniors.

– Newswise Trends

Choice of Protein- and Carbohydrate-Rich Foods May Have Big Effects on Long-Term Weight Gain

Small changes to the types of protein- and carbohydrate-rich foods that we eat may have a large impact on preventing long-term weight gain. The study also suggests that changes in refined carbohydrates can enhance – or offset – the weight-gain or weight-loss effects of certain protein-rich foods.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; R01HL115189

– Tufts University

Pesticide Exposure Contributes to Heightened Risk of Heart Disease

Pesticide exposure, not obesity alone, can contribute to increased cardiovascular disease risk and inflammation in premenopausal women, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

(Embargo expired on 08-Apr-2015 at 13:00 ET)

Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

– Endocrine Society

Research Finds Commercial Diets Effective for Weight Loss, Tied to Better Health

New research led by Kimberly A. Gudzune, MD, MPH, and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds that commercial weight-loss programs can offer significant weight loss after one year of participation when compared to a control group, which could be medically significant for many people with obesity or excess weight. According to the authors, many commercial programs show promising weight-loss results, but additional research is needed to better understand the long-term outcomes. Further, given that the programs were not compared directly against one another using the same study and evaluation methods, this research should not be used to rank one program over another.

Ann Intern Med. 2015;162(7):501-512. doi:10.7326/M14-2238

– Obesity Society

Does a Person's Sense of Smell Reveal a Weight Bias?

Researchers discovered that visual cues associated with overweight or obese people can influence one’s sense of smell, and that the perceiver’s body mass index matters, too.

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International Journal of Obesity

– Swarthmore College

Trending Stories Report for 7 April 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: education, children's health, autism, obesity, smoking, weight loss, LHC re-start, malaria, food safety, kidney disease, and avian flu.

– Newswise Trends

Defect Found in Pancreatic Cells Could Lead to New Diabetes Treatment

Researchers have found a cellular defect that can impair the body’s ability to handle high glucose levels, pointing the way to new treatments for diabetes.

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– Columbia University Medical Center

Few Commercial Weight-Loss Programs Show Reliable Evidence of Effectiveness, Johns Hopkins Researchers Report

In a bid to help physicians guide obese and overweight patients who want to try a commercial weight-loss program, a team of Johns Hopkins researchers reviewed 4,200 studies for solid evidence of their effectiveness but concluded only a few dozen of the studies met the scientific gold standard of reliability.

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Annals of Internal Medicine

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

New Medicaid Data Show Antipsychotic Use May Increase the Risk for Diabetes in Some Children

In the largest study to date documenting the significant risks to children’s health associated with prescription antipsychotics, results suggest that initiating antipsychotics may elevate a child’s risk not only for significant weight gain, but also for Type II diabetes by nearly 50 percent.

(Embargo expired on 06-Apr-2015 at 00:05 ET)

JAMA Pediatrics

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Two Compounds Target the Gut to Lower Blood Sugar – in Obese or Diabetic Rats

Researchers at the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute have discovered metformin (the most widely prescribed type 2 diabetic medication) and resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, trigger novel signaling pathways in the small intestine to lower blood sugar.

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Nature Medicine

– University Health Network (UHN)

Treatment of Sleep Apnea Results in Greater Blood Pressure Reduction in Those with Resistant Hypertension

The use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy can help people who have both obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and hypertension lower their blood pressure, which in turn could possibly reduce their risk of suffering a deadly heart attack or stroke in the future. However, the data is unclear on the impact of CPAP use in millions of OSA-sufferers who have a resistant form of hypertension that doesn’t significantly improve despite multi-drug therapy. A global research team recently looked at a set of pooled data and determined that untreated OSA may be one reason why resistant hypertension doesn’t respond to traditional therapy, and that CPAP use may yield even greater blood pressure reductions in this difficult to treat population than expected.

Journal of Hypertension; P01 HL094307; HL093463; UL1TR000090

– Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science

UF/IFAS, Immokalee Officials Are Working Together to Get Residents Moving and Eating Healthy to Combat Area Obesity

Each first Saturday of the month, health workers, athletes gather in Immokalee Community Park to teach people about exercising and eating more fruits and vegetables to combat obesity.

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– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

The Brain-Belly Connection: Scientists Find Key Genetic Triggers in Weight-Regulating Brain Cells

The little voice inside your head that tells you to eat, or stop eating, isn’t a little voice – it’s actually a cluster of about 10,000 specialized brain cells. And now, scientists have found tiny triggers inside those cells that give rise to this “voice”, and keep it speaking throughout life.

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PNAS doi:10.1073/pnas.1500672112; PLoS Genetics: DOI:10.1371/journal.pgen.1004935; DK068400

– University of Michigan Health System

Slim by Chocolate

Article in International Archives of Medicine on Chocolate with high Cocoa content as a weight-loss accelerator.

International Journal of Medicine Vol 8 (2015)

– Institute of Diet and Health

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Designates Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital As Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey has selected Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJ) as one of just six healthcare facilities in New Jersey for inclusion in the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program. Healthcare facilities earning this status have been designated as Blue Distinction Centers for delivering quality care resulting in better overall outcomes for ‪bariatric‬ patients.

– Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

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.

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– Voices for Healthy Kids


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