Archive for November, 2012

Visual Diet for Weight Bias

November 20, 2012 — November 20, 2012 — A study just published in PLOS One shows that the images we’re fed have a significant impact on our attitudes about body weight. 

New Study Says Active Life Extends Life

November 19, 2012 — November 19, 2012 — What would you do to live an extra 4 years or so? It might be easier than you think.

Farewell to Twinkies?

November 18, 2012 — November, 18, 2012 — It was hard to ignore reports of the demise of Twinkies® this week. When Hostess, the manufacturer of Twinkies, Ho Hos, and Wonder Bread declared bankruptcy this week, politicians, pundits, and experts of all kinds poured out their feelings. 

OTC Asthma Treatment Stirs ACAAI Controversy

November 17, 2012 — November 17, 2012 — A proposal from FDA for an expansive approach to OTC drugs spurred the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) to hold a symposium on the subject and to hotly debate the topic throughout the course of its annual meeting this week.

Rising Need for Advanced Obesity Treatment

November 16, 2012 — November 16, 2012 — Rapidly increasing numbers of people with extreme obesity are creating a new level of treatment complexity for managing this disease.

Biology Trumps Motivation in Bariatric Surgery

November 14, 2012 — November 14, 2012 — A recent study in Surgical Endoscopy examined whether payment sources (public-pay versus self-pay) resulted in different outcomes for patients receiving laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) weight loss surgery. Self-funding was used as a potential indicator of higher motivation.

Slow Build for New Obesity Drug (Good News)

November 13, 2012 — November 13, 2012 — The first quarter in which new obesity drug, Qsymia, has been available ended October 31, and sales, unsurprisingly, are nowhere near the eventual level expected.

Obesity Link – More Reason for Caution with Antibiotics

November 12, 2012 — November 12, 2012 — According to two new studies , one in mice and one in humans, the use of antibiotics in young children may be linked to obesity later on. The researchers suggest the correlation may be due to the effects antibiotics have on the mix of bacteria in the intestines, altering a complex […]

Nasal Allergies Burden Health and Sleep

November 11, 2012 — November 11, 2012 — Allergic rhinitis imposes a serious burden on the health and sleep patterns of Americans, according to data presented and the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI).

Eating Out Loads Teens with Calories

November 10, 2012 — November 10, 2012 — Think that a fast-food meal or a meal at a restaurant is okay occasionally for your child or teen? Better think again. According to a study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, the increase in calories associated with a meal eaten out versus one at home ranged from […]