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Pfizer Joins Microbiome Movement with Second Genome

May 9, 2014 by Deanna Pogorelc

Gut bacteria

Second Genome has just struck its second Big Pharma deal to explore the role of microbes in disease, and to identify potential new drug targets. Last summer, it paired up with Janssen Biotech to study ulcerative colitis. Now it’s working with Pfizer on what DiLaura called the largest microbiome study in humans to date.[read more]

Advancing Comprehensive Obesity Solutions Critical in the Fight Against Chronic Disease

April 8, 2014 by Kenneth Thorpe
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As providers and patients, policymakers and stakeholders alike, all still grapple with how to understand obesity as a disease, the recent announcement by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) asserting drug therapy as a viable solution in the treatment of obesity, is another positive step forward in the fight against costly chronic disease.[read more]

Identifying Roles and Maximizing Success in the Pursuit of Health and Wellness

December 10, 2013 by Kenneth Thorpe

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New research out of the UK emphasizes the important role physicians and other healthcare providers play in driving the lifestyle changes needed to lose weight. Specifically, the study found that appropriate weight loss advice from a physician almost doubled the likelihood of a patient’s attempting to lose weight.[read more]

PTSD Accelerates Weight Gain, Increases Obesity Risk In Women

November 24, 2013 by Susan Scutti

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Emotional eating has been linked to feelings of depression, pain, and anxiety... Could it also be triggered by PTSD? A new study suggests it might, as the results indicate women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) gain weight more rapidly and are more likely to be obese or overweight.[read more]

5 Compelling Diabetes Management Technologies in the Works

October 19, 2013 by Deanna Pogorelc

Stopping diabetes

The consensus at this year’s Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit was that changing the course of the obesity and diabetes epidemic will require a melting pot effort toward prevention by the food industry, schools, healthcare providers, consumers and the healthcare industry. It’s also going to take a while.[read more]

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New Weight Loss Drugs Come to Market as AMA Recognizes Obesity as Disease

October 11, 2013 by Jennie Bragg
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Until very recently, much of the medical community considered weight loss drugs to be vanity products. However, with the rise in obesity in the United States comes a rise in heart disease, depression, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. New weight loss drugs may have the potential to prevent the onset of some of these conditions.[read more]

New Report on Senior Obesity Contradicts Older Studies [VIDEO]

September 15, 2013 by Anthony Cirillo

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Earlier this year we published a post that essentially said that body weight does not necessarily correspond to longevity: according to a report in JAMA, those carrying extra pounds outlive their thinner peers. Timeout. Obesity does not decrease seniors' risk of death, according to a new study.[read more]

The Obesity-Cancer Connection

September 2, 2013 by Dov Michaeli

Obesity and cancer connection?

Lots of publications have been pointing out that obesity is somehow connected to cancer. But correlations don’t amount to causation, and the leap to ascribing cause-effect to these observations is a leap of faith. In all fairness, a few tantalizing observations have been made.[read more]

Americans Living Longer But Are Less Healthy

August 23, 2013 by Anthony Cirillo
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Boomers and obesity

Americans are living longer than they did two decades ago, but they are losing ground on key measures of health to people in other developed nations. Death rates from illnesses associated with obesity, such as diabetes and kidney disease, as well as neurological conditions like Alzheimer's disease, are on the rise.[read more]

We're Exercising More But Getting Nowhere!

August 10, 2013 by Anthony Cirillo

Exercising

A study in Population Health Metrics shows that while we are exercising more as a country, we are not gaining in the battle of obesity. Obesity and physical inactivity are associated with several chronic conditions, increased medical care costs, and premature death.[read more]

Obesity Recognized as Disease

July 26, 2013 by Terry Simpson

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The American Medical Association (AMA) – the largest group of physicians in the nation – has officially recognized obesity as a disease, a move that could encourage physicians to pay more attention to the importance of addressing obesity, and spur more insurers to pay for treatments.[read more]

The Importance of Being on the Same Page

July 18, 2013 by Kathy Nieder

Lose that weight!

No doctor is perfect. My guess is that orthopedic surgeons are as tired of talking about the importance of weight loss and exercise as I am to what seems to be deaf ears. Worse, it's unprofessional to complain about other specialists, but my last two weeks have been a bit frustrating.[read more]