South Africa: Why Fixing Primary Health Care Is Crucial to Making South Africa Healthier
[The Conversation Africa] By some measures - healthy life expectancy, obesity and depression, among others - South Africa is the unhealthiest country on earth. That's a sobering fact to consider. How has the country got here? To what extent can its unenviable position be regarded as a failure of primary health care? (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 15, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

CPAP Brings Longer Life for Obese People With Sleep Apnea: Study
MONDAY, April 15, 2019 -- There's good news for the millions of obese Americans with sleep apnea: Researchers report the use of the CPAP mask may greatly increase their chances for a longer life. Use of the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 15, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

CPAP Brings Longer Life for Obese People With Sleep Apnea: Study
Title: CPAP Brings Longer Life for Obese People With Sleep Apnea: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 4/15/2019 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 4/15/2019 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Sleep General)
Source: MedicineNet Sleep General - April 15, 2019 Category: Sleep Medicine Source Type: news

International Neuromodulation Society announces 14th World Congress
(International Neuromodulation Society) Researchers from 22 countries will present plenary lectures and nearly 400 abstracts top international research in neuromodulation therapies. New lines of inquiry will be presented about potentially aiding stroke recovery, heart failure, depression, paralysis, cognitive or memory issues, addiction, obesity, and anorexia. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study: Phenols in purple corn fight diabetes, obesity, inflammation in mouse cells
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Scientists at the University of Illinois developed new purple corn hybrids with differing combinations of phenols in the pericarp that fight obesity, inflammation and insulin resistance, a new study in mice suggests. The pericarp also provides the food industry with a new source of colorants and farmers with a new value added product for their crops. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A Diabetes Drug Called Invokana May Prevent or Slow Kidney Disease, a New Study Says
A drug that’s used to help control blood sugar in people with diabetes has now been shown to help prevent or slow kidney disease, which causes millions of deaths each year and requires hundreds of thousands of people to use dialysis to stay alive. Doctors say it’s hard to overstate the importance of this study, and what it means for curbing this problem, which is growing because of the obesity epidemic. The study tested Janssen Pharmaceuticals’ drug Invokana. Results were discussed Sunday at a medical meeting in Australia and published by the New England Journal of Medicine. About 30 million Americans and...
Source: TIME: Health - April 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MARILYNN MARCHIONE / AP Tags: Uncategorized medicine onetime overnight Source Type: news

Gelesis Granted FDA Clearance to Market Plenity - a New Prescription Aid in Weight Management
BOSTON, April 14, 2019 — Gelesis, a biotechnology company developing first-in-class hydrogel therapeutics to treat obesity and other chronic diseases related to the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, today announced that the United States Food and Drug... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 15, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

After pushing "toxic masculinity" nonsense on men, PG is now celebrating morbid obesity in Gillette Venus marketing to women
(Natural News) Leave it to a soulless, multinational corporation like Procter & Gamble (P&G), which was kicked out of Argentina back in 2016 for committing major tax fraud, to once again hop on the virtue signaling bandwagon here in the United States with a ridiculous new marketing campaign that pushes the idea that being really... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The disturbing links between too much weight and several types of cancer
Being overweight or obese — long implicated in heart disease and diabetes — is now associated with getting at least 13 types of cancer. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Gelesis Granted FDA Clearance to Market Plenity - a New Prescription Aid in Weight Management
BOSTON, April 14, 2019— Gelesis, a biotechnology company developing first-in-class hydrogel therapeutics to treat obesity and other chronic diseases related to the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, today announced that the United States Food and... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals - April 14, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Obalon Explores Financial and Strategic Alternatives
Obalon Therapeutics said it has retained Cowen as an independent financial advisor to assist in exploring financial and strategic alternatives. The move comes about a week after the San Diego-based company announced a restructuring measure that would see it cut half of its workforce. The obesity-treatment specialist said the bulk of the cuts would come from it eliminating its salesforce and switching to a new sales model. Obalon said with Cowen’s assistance it plans to explore a wide range of financial and strategic alternatives that could enhance stockholder value and enable the company to continue servi...
Source: MDDI - April 12, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Business Source Type: news

Newborn's'Microbiome' Could Give Clues to Weight Later
FRIDAY, April 12, 2019 -- A newborn's first stool holds telltale clues about his risk for becoming an overweight 3-year-old, according to a European study. The clues come from the population of bacteria (microbiome) in the baby's gut. Finnish... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 12, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

NHS prescriptions for diabetes drugs have soared by 70% in a DECADE
Experts warned the escalating cost – up from £593,000 a decade ago – is being driven up by Britain's spiralling obesity crisis. One in every 15 adults now has the condition. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Colchicine May Improve Obesity-Induced Inflammation
FRIDAY, April 12, 2019 -- Colchicine is safe and effective at improving obesity-associated inflammatory measures among adults with obesity and metabolic syndrome (MetS) without diabetes, according to a pilot study published online March 14 in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 12, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Overweight women's breast milk may have obesity promoting content
According to research, published inThe American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, breast milk from obese women contains more metabolites that may increase the risk of childhood obesity.Science Daily (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - April 12, 2019 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Scientists find a way to make crisps taste salty with less of the salt that causes obesity
Carolyn Ross, a food science professor at Washington State University, created the salt mix, which contains less sodium chloride, with a team of colleagues. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Experts warn of fatty liver disease 'epidemic' in young people
Study finds substantial numbers of young people at risk of liver cancer, diabetes and heart attacksExperts are warning that high levels of fatty liver disease among young people, caused by being overweight, could signal a potential public health crisis.Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is fairly common among older adults, detectable in about a quarter of the population. But a study has found that substantial numbers of 24-year-olds are also affected, putting them at risk of serious later health problems, such as liver cancer, type-2 diabetes and heart attacks.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 12, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health editor Tags: Obesity UK news Medical research Diets and dieting Health Society Life and style Science Source Type: news

Researchers of the University of Malaga relate DNA methylation levels to obesity
(University of Malaga) A multidisciplinary study performed at the University of Malaga (UMA) has related DNA methylation levels to the development of the metabolic disease associated with obesity. A multidisciplinary work that has been carried out by biologists, surgeons and endocrinologists and conducted in patients with metabolic risk factors such as high levels of glucose (hyperglycemia), triglycerides (hypertriglyceridemia), blood pressure (hypertension), abdominal obesity and low levels of good cholesterol (HDL). (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - April 12, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Obesity a Key Driver of Multiple Sclerosis Risk Obesity a Key Driver of Multiple Sclerosis Risk
Ties between early puberty and an increased risk for multiple sclerosis appear to be largely driven by increased body weight, supporting the need for obesity prevention efforts.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines)
Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines - April 12, 2019 Category: Endocrinology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Is Your Smartphone Making You Fat?
Researchers believe the findings suggest a link between multitasking and obesity risk -- the connection being the part of the brain that responds to temptation. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - April 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Adult Obesity in the United States: CDC's Tracking to Inform State and Local Action
(Source: CDC Preventing Chronic Disease)
Source: CDC Preventing Chronic Disease - April 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Public Health Source Type: news

Obalon taps Cowen to explore ‘ strategic alternatives ’
Obalon Therapeutics (NSDQ:OBLN) today tapped an advisory firm to explore “strategic alternatives,” a week after revealing plans to cut its workforce in half. The Carlsbad, Calif.-based company, which makes a gas-filled balloon designed to treat obesity, said April 3 that it would lay off 49 of its 100 employees, including all of its direct sales force, in a pivot toward retail. Today the company said it hired investment bank Cowen “as an independent financial advisor to assist in exploring financial and strategic alternatives” to explore “a wide range of financial and strategic alternativ...
Source: Mass Device - April 11, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Business/Financial News Mergers & Acquisitions Wall Street Beat Weight loss Obalon Therapeutics Source Type: news

Adiposity may reduce acne in young adults
Being overweight or obese as a teenager, and having metabolically active fat cells as a result, may be prevent acne, according to a study published in theJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology.Healio (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - April 11, 2019 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Exercise during pregnancy linked to lower risk of obesity in children
Children of non-obese women who exercised during pregnancy may have a reduced risk of obesity, according to mouse data presented at the 2019 Experimental Biology meeting.Independent (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - April 11, 2019 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Body mass index may play a significant role in the progression of multiple sclerosis
(Advanced Science Research Center, GC/CUNY) A newly published paper in the Lancet journal EBioMedicine identifies a link between high levels of blood lipids and worsening of disease in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients who are overweight or obese. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Obese mothers' breast milk may contribute to child's weight gain, study says
New findings show that the molecular makeup of the breast milk of an expecting mother who is obese could affect the weight of her child. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

People With Obesity Are Blatantly Dehumanized
WEDNESDAY, April 10, 2019 -- People with obesity are not only commonly stigmatized, but are blatantly dehumanized, according to research published online April 2 in Obesity. Inge Kersbergen, Ph.D., and Eric Robinson, Ph.D., from the University of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 10, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Government's plan to ban junk food adverts before 9pm 'will cut just TWO calories a day'
Health ministers revealed plans to ban adverts with foods high in salt, fat and sugar in March as childhood obesity rates have reached a record high in Britain. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mindfulness Improves Eating Behavior and Weight Loss Mindfulness Improves Eating Behavior and Weight Loss
A new study examines the beneficial effects of mindfulness-based eating behavior strategies among patients who attended an obesity service.Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology Journal Article Source Type: news

Breast milk analyses show new opportunities for reducing risk of childhood obesity
(Joslin Diabetes Center) The composition of breast milk in normal weight mothers differs from that of overweight mothers, and variations in small molecule metabolites found in breast milk are possible risk factors for childhood obesity. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Yet another reason to lose belly fat: Carrying it around increases your risk of dementia
(Natural News) General obesity is an epidemic, but it is possible to have excess belly fat without being generally obese. Still, unwanted belly fat is bad news for overall health. Researchers even found that waist-to-hip ratio, and not body mass index (BMI), can increase your risk of dementia. Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Weight Loss Surgery Gives Former Football Player His Life Back
Treatment TermsWeight Loss Surgery Information SessionsDuodenal switchBMI CalculatorWeight loss surgery Overview Ronald Utley of Wendell weighed 635 pounds and was suffering from leg ulcers, gout, and other serious health issues when he decided it was time to consider weight loss surgery. Nearly one year after undergoing a duodenal switch at Duke, he ’s down to 389 and feeling good about his journey toward his goal weight. Hero Image2019_ronaldutley_01.jpg Preview Image Content Blocks CTA Header Are You a Candidate? CTA ButtonCalculate Your BMI Patient Name Ron Utley Patient Photo Gender Male Patient St...
Source: dukehealth.org: Duke Health News - April 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dg62 at duke.edu Source Type: news

Epitomee Medical raises $8m for novel weight-loss device
Early-stage medical device developer Epitomee Medical said today that it raised $8 million in a new round of equity financing to support its novel Epitomee Capsule “shapeshifting” pill intended to prevent diabetes and promote weight loss. The Israel-based company said that its Epitomee Capsule contains a shape-shifting scaffold that, after it is ingested, helps the body have an early sensation of fullness and prolonged gastric emptying through direct mechanosensory stimulation. The pills are designed to be taken twice a day to lower caloric intake and promote weight loss, Epitomee Medical said. “The Epito...
Source: Mass Device - April 9, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Diabetes Wall Street Beat Weight loss epitomeemedical Source Type: news

UConn and Foundation for Prader Willi Research create stem cell biobank
(University of Connecticut) A new collaboration between UConn Health and the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research will create a centralized, high quality biobank of stem cells to help researchers better understand Prader-Willi syndrome, a rare genetic disease that may hold insights into obesity, developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, and many other conditions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 9, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

To lower childhood obesity, don't sugarcoat the facts about sweet drinks
(Columbia University Irving Medical Center) A new study at Columbia University suggests that giving pregnant women and new mothers the facts about the health risks of drinking sugary beverages may help reduce childhood obesity. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 9, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Centene Commits $100M To Personalized Medicine Research
Centene will contribute $100 million over the next decade to a partnership with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis to “accelerate research into treatments for Alzheimer's disease, breast cancer, diabetes and obesity. ” (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - April 8, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Source Type: news

Moving Much More, Not Diet, Key to Keeping Off Excess Pounds Moving Much More, Not Diet, Key to Keeping Off Excess Pounds
' Striking'results show those who maintained weight loss ate roughly the same number of calories as overweight/obese controls but exercised more. Experts wonder what drives them.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - April 8, 2019 Category: Surgery Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Restaurants shouldn't be allowed to offer sweet treats as part of a fixed-price menu for children
One third of UK children aged two to 15 are now categorised as overweight or obese, according to Public Health England figures. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Tool Bests BMI for Assessing Obesity
-Linked Health in Kids (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - April 8, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Online tool encourages healthy weight gain during pregnancy
(Elsevier) Excessive weight gain during pregnancy increases the risk of obesity in both mothers and babies. To avoid dangerous gestational weight gain, it is important to identify effective tools for behavior change. A new study appearing in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, published by Elsevier, found online diet goal-setting helped women achieve healthy weight gain if they started the study with a normal body weight, but it was not effective for women with a higher body mass index (BMI). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Give us sugar tax funds to cut childhood obesity, councils urge government
Cash stumped up since levy ’s introduction could be used for public health, they argue Related items fromOnMedica Type 2 diabetes in 10 times more young people than realised UK lagging behind peers on child health Child type 2 diabetes is a ‘wake-up call’ to the nation Act urgently on total junk food ad ban, say doctors and public Doctors urge ban on children buying caffeinated energy drinks (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 8, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

High-fat "Western" diet increases your risk of infectious diseases and food poisoning, reveals study
(Natural News) There’s no question that the high-fat Western diet contributes to obesity – just take a look around you in any public place and you’ll find all the proof you need. However, all this unhealthy eating is affecting more than just people’s waistlines and heart health; Irish researchers have now found that it is... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New insights into how fatty liver disease progresses to cancer
(Experimental Biology) The buildup of fat in the liver known as fatty liver disease sometimes leads to hard-to-treat liver cancer. Scientists don't understand why the cancer risk is higher for fatty liver disease caused by excessive alcohol consumption than for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which is associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - April 6, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Health Issues Prevalent Across BMI Classes for Obese Children
FRIDAY, April 5, 2019 -- For children with obesity, physical and mental health issues are highly prevalent, regardless of body mass index (BMI) class, according to a study published online April 2 in The Lancet Child& Adolescent Health. Stasia... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 5, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

New Tool Bests BMI for Assessing Obesity-Linked Health in Kids New Tool Bests BMI for Assessing Obesity-Linked Health in Kids
Using body mass index (BMI) only to evaluate the severity of a child's obesity can miss other important health concerns, including mental health problems, a study found.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines)
Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines - April 5, 2019 Category: Endocrinology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Integrated Care to Reduce Atrial Fibrillation Burden Integrated Care to Reduce Atrial Fibrillation Burden
Should all overweight patients with symptomatic AF be referred to weight management programs?Europace (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Baby-Led Eating: A Healthier Approach
FRIDAY, April 5, 2019 -- With childhood obesity rates soaring, prevention should start at a very early age. One approach gaining in popularity is baby-led weaning. This means that, when solid foods are introduced, ideally at 6 months, parents let... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 5, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

2019 Innovation & Technology Awards winner: Standard Bariatrics
Standard Bariatrics is developing products to improve the consistency and clinical outcomes of sleeve gastrectomy, the surgical procedure most commonly used in the United States to treat morbid obesity. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - April 5, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Shelly Reese Source Type: news

Slim people see overweight people as 'less evolved and less human,' shocking study finds  
Amy Schumer's film, I Feel Pretty, addresses stigma around body weight. A new University of Liverpool study found that the thinner someone is, the more likely to view heavier people as 'less human.' (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Type 2 diabetes: Four ways to lower blood sugar and reduce your risk of diabetes problems
TYPE 2 diabetes is often caused by certain lifestyle choices and is also more likely to occur in people who are overweight. This does mean, however, you can help prevent the condition from developing - and reduce the risk of complications if you already have it - by making some lifestyle changes to lower your blood sugar. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - April 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news