Posts Tagged ‘evidence based medicine’

Growing Gaps in Pediatric Obesity Care

February 7, 2017 — As the prevalence of severe childhood obesity continues to grow, the gap in resources and guidelines for pediatric obesity care is reaching a crisis. In Clinical Obesity this month, Timothy Nissen and colleagues published an analysis of the evidence for current pediatric obesity guidelines. They found existing guidelines are out of date. The evidence supporting them is […]

Dietary Supplements: Sometimes a Placebo Is Better

January 31, 2017 — Dietary supplements live in a unique regulatory space. That space lies somewhere between food and drugs. Sometimes that’s just fine. Vitamins and minerals that your body really needs can be well-regulated for purity and safety. But therapeutic agents also squeeze into this space. For example, glucosamine and chondroitin supplements advertise benefits like “joint mobility.” People with […]

Health Guidance in an Age of Low Public Trust

January 19, 2017 — Perhaps you’ve noticed that public trust has evaporated this year. Recently, Edelman reported that trust in government, business, nonprofits, and the media dropped across the board and around the world in 2016. In nearly two decades of tracking public trust, Edelman has never before seen such a broad and dramatic drop. A vigorous discussion about the […]

Where Do Obesity Medicine Physicians Learn the Specialty?

January 6, 2017 — Today’s post comes with our gratitude from Katherine Duncan, the first fellow in obesity medicine in the  McGovern Medical School of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She offers a personal perspective on obesity medicine physicians learning to practice this emerging specialty. I discovered early in my medical training that I wanted to […]

Inspiring Weight Loss Meets Stubborn Biology and Daily Life

January 4, 2017 — Inspiration season has arrived. So for the next few weeks, health and lifestyle reporters will bury us with inspiring weight loss stories. These stories feature people who turn their lives and health around through force of will and strength of character. Of course, most of these people have been at it for less than a year. First […]

Fake News Headlines About Saturated Fat

December 13, 2016 — Please, someone hit the pause button on all the fake news headlines about saturated fat. They’ve been burying us all year long, with no sign of a respite. Presently, you can find a fresh batch of such headlines telling you: Saturated Fat Could Be Good for You Saturated Fat Is Actually Good for You Fat […]

A Real Celebrity Weight Loss Secret: Evidence-Based Care

December 12, 2016 — Ever watch a movie and wonder: what did it take for an actor or actress to get rock hard, 6-pack abs? Certainly, special effects have their role. But if you were to believe the magazines in the grocery store checkout line, you would find the secret to Hugh Jackman’s “Wolverine” look is hydration, Gingko, and […]

Five Doses of Good News on Type 2 Diabetes in 2016

December 11, 2016 — It’s been a long slog, but this year brought at least five doses of good news on the subject of type 2 diabetes. Here’s our take. Preventing Cardiovascular Deaths. This year brought windfall of good news on cardiovascular outcomes with three of the newest drugs for type 2 diabetes. Just last week, empagliflozin (Jardiance) was […]

Are Randomized Controlled Trials Overrated?

November 27, 2016 — Randomized controlled trials are either a nuisance or a godsend – just depending on the question at hand and the questioner. A recent kerfuffle about flossing has people (like Jamie Holmes at New America) suggesting that they might be overrated. Writing in the New York Times Holmes says: Experiments, of course, are invaluable and have, in the past, shown the consensus […]

Weight Regain, Microbes, and Yo-Yo Reporting

November 25, 2016 — How does a mouse study about the role of gut microbes in weight regulation become a study of “yo-yo dieting?” The answer, unfortunately, is heavy-handed academic public relations and sloppy health reporting. The case in point is a perfectly good mouse study published yesterday in the journal Nature. The authors found evidence in mice that […]