Body Mass Index Impacts Ovarian Cancer Chemotherapy Dosages
Ovarian cancer patients who are overweight or obese are often given less chemotherapy per pound of body weight in order to reduce the toxic side effects associated with higher doses, and this in turn may lower their chances of survival, according to a study by researchers at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research. • Image(s) embedded • (Embargo expired on 02-Jul-2015 at 11:00 ET)
JAMA Oncology, July 2015
– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Genetic Variation Determines Protein’s Response to Anti-Diabetic Drug
In the first study of its kind, researchers have shown how an anti-diabetic drug can have variable effects depending on small natural differences in DNA sequence between individuals. They aim to apply this knowledge to develop personalized approaches to treating diabetes and other metabolic disorders. • Image(s) embedded •
Cell; Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (R01-DK49780, K08-DK094968), and the JPB Foundation.
– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Thin Colorectal Cancer Patients Have Shorter Survival Than Obese Patients
Although being overweight with a high body-mass index (BMI) has long been associated with a higher risk for colorectal cancer, thinner patients might not fare as well after treatment for advanced cancer, according to a new study from Duke Medicine. • Video / Image(s) embedded • (Embargo expired on 01-Jul-2015 at 09:00 ET)
ESMO 17th World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer
– Duke Medicine
Promising New NSAID-Derivative May Be Well-Tolerated by Chronic Pain Sufferers
Long-term use of naproxen (ALEVE), a type of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), is often prescribed for chronic pain conditions such as osteoarthritis. However, because of NSAID-related gastrointestinal problems including stomach and intestinal inflammation and ulcers, many are unable to tolerate ongoing use. A new study, published in the American Journal of Physiology–Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, finds that a naproxen-derivative may provide both symptom relief and gastrointestinal protection. The research is highlighted as one of this month’s “best of the best” as part of the American Physiological Society’s APSselect program.
American Journal of Physiology–Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
– American Physiological Society (APS)
Initial Weight Loss Could Predict Long-Term Success
New research using data from the reputable Look AHEAD study suggests doctors may want to look at results from a patient’s first two months of intensive lifestyle intervention (ILI) to help predict his or her long-term success. These secondary analyses conducted by Unick and colleagues published in the July issue of Obesity, the scientific journal of The Obesity Society examined the association between initial weight loss (first two months of treatment) and long-term weight loss (eight years after initial treatment).
Obesity Journal, July 2015
– Obesity Society
Alabama’s New Grocery Access Program
The following statement from Jill Birnbaum, Executive Director, Voices for Healthy Kids in support of a new financing program established in Alabama to support access to healthier foods. Governor Robert Bentley held a ceremonial signing of the Healthy Food Financing Act on July 1, 2015. • Video embedded •
– Voices for Healthy Kids
What Effect Does Marijuana Really Have on Weight Gain?
While cannabis alters the functions of neurobiological circuits controlling appetite, its effect on weight gain is complex since several factors appear to be involved, says Didier Jutras-Aswad, University of Montreal professor and researcher at the CHUM Research Centre. • Image(s) embedded •
Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior
– Universite de Montreal
Alcohol Sensitizes Brain Response to Food Aromas and Increases Food Intake in Women, Research Shows
The first study of its kind measuring the brain’s role in mediating caloric intake following alcohol consumption among women shows that alcohol exposure sensitizes the brain’s response to food aromas and increases caloric intake.
Obesity Journal, July 2015
– Obesity Society
Offering Healthier Options at Carryout Stores Improves Bottom Line
A pilot program designed to encourage mom and pop carryout shops in Baltimore to promote and sell healthier menu items not only improved eating habits, but also increased the stores’ gross revenue by an average 25 percent, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research found.
American Journal of Health Promotion, July/August
– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Eat Healthy This Fourth of July
As the Fourth of July quickly approaches, people are preparing delicious side dishes to take to backyard cookouts. Unfortunately, these high-calorie side dishes can create a challenge for people who want to maintain or lose weight while still enjoying summer festivities.Expert(s) available
– Houston Methodist
The Academy for Eating Disorders Opposes Mandatory Employee Participation in Workplace Wellness Programs
The Academy for Eating Disorders has joined with significant national and international medical associations opposing a proposed Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) policy interpretation that would allow employers to inquire about employees’ private genetic or medical data. Such requested information is unrelated to an employee’s ability to do his or her job and penalizes the employee who chooses to keep this information private. A letter expressing grave concern about the interpretation, and signed by 68 organizations, was sent to the EEOC.
– Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)