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Fat mass contributes to musculoskeletal pain risk

Fat mass contributes to musculoskeletal pain risk

People with high fat mass could be at an increased risk of musculoskeletal pain, say researchers. [More]
Catecholamine polymorphism influences opioid use

Catecholamine polymorphism influences opioid use

The catechol-O-methyltransferase rs4680 single nucleotide polymorphism could affect postoperative opioid consumption, study findings show. [More]
Prevalence of abdominal obesity, waist circumference continues to increase among U.S. adults

Prevalence of abdominal obesity, waist circumference continues to increase among U.S. adults

The prevalence of abdominal obesity and average waist circumference increased among U.S. adults from 1999 to 2012, according to a study in the September 17 issue of JAMA. [More]
New study examines potential impact of breast density notification legislation in U.S. women

New study examines potential impact of breast density notification legislation in U.S. women

Mammographically-dense breasts - those that show more breast and connective tissue versus fat in a mammogram image - are recognized as a risk factor for developing breast cancer and can also hamper an accurate reading of a mammogram. National legislation currently under consideration would require the disclosure of mammographic breast density information to women with dense breasts, as well as encourage the consideration of supplemental screening for those women. [More]
FDA approves Contrave extended-release tablets for chronic weight management

FDA approves Contrave extended-release tablets for chronic weight management

Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. and Orexigen® Therapeutics, Inc. jointly announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Contrave® extended-release tablets as an adjunct to a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity for chronic weight management in adults with an initial body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or greater (obese), or 27 kg/m2 or greater (overweight) in the presence of at least one weight-related comorbid condition. [More]
Non-sodium dietary factor related to increases in systolic blood pressure than sodium intake

Non-sodium dietary factor related to increases in systolic blood pressure than sodium intake

A new study published in American Journal of Hypertension finds evidence that increased Body Mass Index, age, and non-sodium dietary factors are much more closely related to increases in systolic blood pressure than sodium intake. [More]
Social networking programmes can help fight obesity epidemic

Social networking programmes can help fight obesity epidemic

Social networking programmes designed to help people lose weight could play a role in the global fight against obesity, according to research. [More]
Regular consumption of mango by obese adults may lower blood sugar levels

Regular consumption of mango by obese adults may lower blood sugar levels

Research published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolic Insights found that regular consumption of mango by obese adults may lower blood sugar levels and does not negatively impact body weight. [More]
Researchers examine which condition comes first - childhood obesity or asthma?

Researchers examine which condition comes first - childhood obesity or asthma?

For years, doctors have known that there is a link between childhood obesity and asthma, but have found it difficult to determine which condition tends to come first, or whether one causes the other. [More]
CAT score useful for predicting COPD exacerbations

CAT score useful for predicting COPD exacerbations

The likelihood and imminence of a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbation in high-risk patients could be predicted using the COPD assessment test score, study findings indicate. [More]
Distinct features of COPD–asthma overlap syndrome identified

Distinct features of COPD–asthma overlap syndrome identified

US researchers have shown that patients with both chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma have more exacerbations, less emphysema and more airway disease than patients with COPD alone. [More]
Researchers examine role of blocking vagus nerve in weight loss

Researchers examine role of blocking vagus nerve in weight loss

Among patients with morbid obesity, blocking the vagus nerve, which plays a role with appetite and metabolism, did not meet pre-specified efficacy objectives compared to a control group, although the intervention did result in greater weight loss, according to a study in the September 3 issue of JAMA. [More]
Quality of U.S. diet shows improvement, but expands gap in overall diet quality between rich and poor

Quality of U.S. diet shows improvement, but expands gap in overall diet quality between rich and poor

The quality of the U.S. diet showed some modest improvement in the last decade in large measure because of a reduction in the consumption of unhealthy trans fats, but the gap in overall diet quality widened between the rich and the poor. [More]
Low-carb trumps low-fat for weight loss and cardiovascular risk

Low-carb trumps low-fat for weight loss and cardiovascular risk

A low-carbohydrate diet is more effective for weight loss and reducing cardiovascular risk factors than a low-fat diet, according to an article being published in Annals of Internal Medicine. [More]
Abdominal fat more strongly associated with high blood pressure risk

Abdominal fat more strongly associated with high blood pressure risk

People with fat around their abdominal area are at greater risk of developing hypertension when compared to those with similar body mass index but fat concentrations elsewhere on the body, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. [More]
Obese boys are at 6 fold increased risk of hypertension compared to normal weight boys

Obese boys are at 6 fold increased risk of hypertension compared to normal weight boys

Obese youths have a nearly six fold risk of hypertension, according to research in more than 22 000 young people from the PEP Family Heart Study presented at ESC Congress today by Professor Peter Schwandt from Germany. [More]
Statistical analysis finds correlation between high BMI, cigarette smoking in teens

Statistical analysis finds correlation between high BMI, cigarette smoking in teens

A study examining whether overweight or obese teens are at higher risk for substance abuse finds both good and bad news: weight status has no correlation with alcohol or marijuana use but is linked to regular cigarette smoking. [More]
Conventional weight loss techniques help obese women reduce weight gain during pregnancy

Conventional weight loss techniques help obese women reduce weight gain during pregnancy

A new study finds that women who are obese can limit their weight gain during pregnancy using conventional weight loss techniques, including attending weekly group support meetings, seeking advice about nutrition and diet, and keeping food and exercise journals. [More]
Alpha-adrenergic treatment improves QoL in obese LUTS men

Alpha-adrenergic treatment improves QoL in obese LUTS men

Alpha-adrenergic medication can significantly improve the quality of life of obese men with lower urinary tract symptoms, show study findings. [More]
Lifestyle intervention shows kidney benefits in diabetic patients

Lifestyle intervention shows kidney benefits in diabetic patients

A lifestyle intervention focused on weight loss and increasing physical activity should be considered as additional treatment to prevent advanced kidney disease in overweight or obese people with Type 2 diabetes, say researchers. [More]