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Kurbo program launched to tackle childhood obesity epidemic using mobile tools

Kurbo program launched to tackle childhood obesity epidemic using mobile tools

Kurbo Health today announced the launch of Kurbo, the first safe and effective program to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic using mobile tools. For the first time, children, teens and their parents have access to a safe, effective and proven mobile platform for losing weight. [More]
Childhood obesity linked to early puberty

Childhood obesity linked to early puberty

A new link has been identified between obesity in childhood and the lowering of the age of puberty. [More]
RI Defeats Hepatitis C project aims to eliminate HCV in Rhode Island

RI Defeats Hepatitis C project aims to eliminate HCV in Rhode Island

Lynn E. Taylor, M.D., director of The Miriam Hospital's HIV/Viral Hepatitis Coinfection program, states in the July, 2014 Rhode Island Medical Journal special edition, "RI Defeats Hep C" that eliminating hepatitis c virus infection (hep c or HCV) is feasible, can provide economic benefits, enhance capacity to address other health challenges, and improve health care disparities. [More]
Parent involvement in primary care setting results in sustained weight loss for parent and child

Parent involvement in primary care setting results in sustained weight loss for parent and child

Primary care treatment of overweight and obese preschoolers works better when treatment targets both parent and child compared to when only the child is targeted, according to research published this week in Pediatrics and conducted at the University at Buffalo and Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo. [More]
Weight-gain prevention intervention also reduces depression in black women

Weight-gain prevention intervention also reduces depression in black women

An intervention program aimed at helping obese women maintain their weight without adding pounds also significantly reduced depression in nearly half the participants, according to a new study from Duke University. [More]
Study: People with mobility impairments under age 65 have higher rates of smoking

Study: People with mobility impairments under age 65 have higher rates of smoking

Researchers from The Miriam Hospital have found that people with mobility impairments under age 65 have significantly higher rates of smoking than those without mobility impairments. [More]
Depressed COPD patients have difficulty in sticking to pulmonary rehabilitation program

Depressed COPD patients have difficulty in sticking to pulmonary rehabilitation program

Researchers from The Miriam Hospital have found that people with Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who are also depressed have difficulty sticking to a pulmonary rehabilitation program. [More]
New smartphone app can reduce sedentary behavior in obese adults

New smartphone app can reduce sedentary behavior in obese adults

Even individuals who exercise a lot can be at risk for health problems if they also spend a lot of time in sedentary behaviors, such as sitting. [More]
Adding evidence-based weight loss strategies enhances statewide wellness campaign

Adding evidence-based weight loss strategies enhances statewide wellness campaign

Researchers from The Miriam Hospital have found that adding evidence-based weight loss strategies to a statewide wellness campaign improves weight loss outcomes among participants. The study and its findings are published online in advance of print in the American Journal of Public Health. [More]
Medifast to deliver presentation at Jefferies 2014 Global Consumer Conference

Medifast to deliver presentation at Jefferies 2014 Global Consumer Conference

Medifast, Inc., a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven, portion-controlled weight-loss products and programs, announced today that Timothy Robinson, Chief Financial Officer, and Meg Sheetz, President and Chief Operating Officer, will present at the Jefferies 2014 Global Consumer Conference on Thursday, June 19, 2014 in Nantucket, MA. [More]
Prunes consumption can improve weight loss

Prunes consumption can improve weight loss

Research by the University of Liverpool has found that eating prunes as part of a weight control diet can improve weight loss. [More]
Clinical dietitian comments on documentary highlighting obesity epidemic

Clinical dietitian comments on documentary highlighting obesity epidemic

"The movie seeks to remove blame from the individual who is obese and overweight," says Lisa Cimperman, RD, clinical dietitian at University Hospitals Case Medical Center about "Fed Up," a documentary on the obesity epidemic currently in theaters. "The overriding theme is the food industry and sugar are responsible for driving the obesity epidemic." [More]
New study confirms that drinking diet beverages helps people lose weight

New study confirms that drinking diet beverages helps people lose weight

A groundbreaking new study published today in Obesity, the journal of The Obesity Society, confirms definitively that drinking diet beverages helps people lose weight. [More]
Vestiage launches new product designed specifically to women having low sex drive

Vestiage launches new product designed specifically to women having low sex drive

Vestiage™, Inc., the healthy-aging company, is proud to announce the completed development and forthcoming launch of a new product designed specifically to address the issue of women's decreased libido and low sex drive. [More]
Navy asks Rice synthetic biologist to tweak gut bacteria for mood, weight control

Navy asks Rice synthetic biologist to tweak gut bacteria for mood, weight control

The motto "no guts, no glory" may need rewriting if Rice University synthetic biologist Jeff Tabor succeeds in his quest to help the Navy create an edible probiotic bacterium that can help protect sailors and marines from obesity and depression. [More]
Snacking quality declines with age, confirms new data

Snacking quality declines with age, confirms new data

The average U.S. child snacks three times a day. Concerned about the role of snacking in obesity, a team of researchers set out to explore how eating frequency relates to energy intake and diet quality in a sample of low-income, urban schoolchildren in the Boston area. [More]
Glaucoma drug may help reverse obesity-related vision loss in women

Glaucoma drug may help reverse obesity-related vision loss in women

An inexpensive glaucoma drug, when added to a weight loss plan, can improve vision for women with a disorder called idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. [More]

Weight Watchers chooses Wieden+Kennedy to redefine its brand strategy

Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW) today announced that Wieden+Kennedy has been selected in the U.S. to take the lead in redefining the brand, building the brand strategy and developing creative ideas to be executed across channels. [More]
Novel discovery could lead to new therapy to combat obesity, diabetes

Novel discovery could lead to new therapy to combat obesity, diabetes

By manipulating a biochemical process that underlies cells' energy-burning abilities, investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have made a novel discovery that could lead to a new therapy to combat obesity and diabetes. [More]
Study: Indoor tanning may be marker of eating disorder-related behaviors

Study: Indoor tanning may be marker of eating disorder-related behaviors

High school students who use indoor tanning also have higher rates of unhealthy weight control behaviors-such as taking diet pills or vomiting to lose weight, reports a study in the April Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, the official journal of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. [More]