Posts Tagged ‘research’

Better Sleep, Better Health, Less Obesity

July 30, 2017 — Seven to nine hours of sleep per night might significantly improve health and reduce obesity risk. A new study published in PLOS ONE finds that people who sleep only six hours per night have a waist that’s three centimeters bigger than people who get nine hours. With better sleep, the odds of diabetes drop as […]

Six Hard Questions to Ask About Obesity Cause and Effect

July 25, 2017 — Yesterday, Kevin Fontaine and David Allison opened their third conference on causality in obesity research at the UAB Nutrition and Obesity Research Center. They explained the growing urgency to ask hard questions about cause and effect in obesity. Targeting Elusive Causes for Obesity For three decades, obesity prevalence has been growing relentlessly. And yet, we […]

Rich and Poor in Opportunities to Walk

July 13, 2017 — Here’s a fascinating new way to look at health disparities. How much disparity does a place have in walking? Does everyone take many steps per day? Or do some take a lot while others take very few? A new study in Nature finds that disparities in opportunities to walk predict higher obesity rates.  Big Data […]

The Healthy Halo of Coffee Is Glowing Brighter

July 12, 2017 — Coffee just traded up to a brighter halo of health. In Annals of Internal Medicine yesterday, two studies found an association between drinking the brew and living a little bit longer. Should everyone drink deeply of this “elixir”? Our advice? Drink it if you like it. A Modest Benefit These two studies cover diverse populations. […]

Just How Bad Are Those TV Dinners?

July 8, 2017 — Here’s a bit of simple advice for eating healthy. Don’t eat in front of the TV. The advice is simple enough. But reality is not so simple. In a new study, Holly Raynor and Rachel Rosenthal found – to their surprise – that watching TV during a meal did not lead people to eat more. […]

Leptin and the OB Gene: A Toehold for Obesity Science

July 5, 2017 — More than 20 years ago, discovery of the ob (obesity) gene and the protein that it encodes – leptin – was a breakthrough for obesity science. Mice that lack the gene develop extreme obesity. And giving them the protein reverses it. Some people misleadingly dubbed it a satiety hormone. In Cell Metabolism, a new commentary by Jeffrey […]

Publishing Science: Impressive Profits from Intellectual Property

June 27, 2017 — Think of an industry reaping boundless profits from intellectual property. In the midst of constant change, a few strong competitors defy the odds and continue to dominate. You might be thinking of software or pharmaceuticals. But in fact, these words describe the business of publishing science. Perhaps you’ve noticed that things are a little pricey […]

More Steady Progress on Obesity Drugs

June 25, 2017 — This past week saw three bits of steady progress on the new generation of obesity drugs: lorcaserin, liraglutide, and semaglutide. It’s all movement in the right direction. Lorcaserin Cardiovascular Outcomes Study Progressing Nicely A huge cardiovascular outcomes study is underway with 12,000 patients receiving either lorcaserin (Belviq) or a placebo. The goal is to learn […]

David Allison Appointed to Lead the IU School of Public Health

June 19, 2017 — A leading voice for scientific rigor in public health, nutrition, and obesity research will soon lead the Indiana University School of Public Health in Bloomington. David Allison becomes dean of the school on August 15. A Passion for Science People who know Allison cannot miss his passion for scientific rigor and integrity. He explained to […]

Light at the End of the Obesity Tunnel?

June 14, 2017 — Obesity has many complications, but here’s one that’s entirely unnecessary – whiplash. Health reporters routinely take the public through wild gyrations of hope and despair in describing obesity trends. This week we have another round of such reporting on a new study and commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine. Spoiler alert: the light at […]