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Immune begins bertilimumab Phase II clinical trial for treatment of ulcerative colitis

Immune begins bertilimumab Phase II clinical trial for treatment of ulcerative colitis

Immune Pharmaceuticals Inc. announces today that it has initiated the screening of patients for a Phase II proof of concept clinical trial exploring the safety and efficacy of bertilimumab in the treatment of ulcerative colitis (UC). [More]
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]
UTMB researchers analyze whether monitors reflect practices used by health care providers

UTMB researchers analyze whether monitors reflect practices used by health care providers

Wearable electronic activity monitors hold great promise in helping people to reach their fitness and health goals. These increasingly sophisticated devices help the wearers improve their wellness by constantly monitoring their activities and bodily responses. This information is organized into companion computer programs and mobile apps. [More]
Benefits of blood pressure lowering drugs for low risk patients 'still open to question'

Benefits of blood pressure lowering drugs for low risk patients 'still open to question'

Dr Stephen Martin and colleagues argue that this strategy is failing patients and wasting healthcare resources. They call for a re-examination of the threshold and urge clinicians to be cautious about treating low risk patients with blood pressure lowering drugs. [More]
GILZ protein key to preventing bone loss, researchers report

GILZ protein key to preventing bone loss, researchers report

A small protein named GILZ appears to protect against the bone loss that often accompanies arthritis and its treatment, researchers report. [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]
Research shows potential for misunderstanding between doctors and patients about critical health issue

Research shows potential for misunderstanding between doctors and patients about critical health issue

African American women and their female children have the highest obesity prevalence of any demographic group and are more likely to underestimate their body weight than white women. [More]
Smartphones may offer better advantage of tracking diet data

Smartphones may offer better advantage of tracking diet data

Smartphones have seen wide adoption among Americans in recent years because of their ease of use and adaptability. [More]
Regular participation in physical activity may help reduce weight and treat diabetes

Regular participation in physical activity may help reduce weight and treat diabetes

A study of exercise habits in people with diabetes finds that women with diabetes who are trying to lose weight are far more physically active than women with diabetes who are not trying to control their weight. [More]
Positive outlook and support from people help diabetes patients cope with psychosocial challenges

Positive outlook and support from people help diabetes patients cope with psychosocial challenges

A positive outlook and support from people around them help patients with diabetes cope with psychosocial challenges of the disease, according to an international study that included researchers from Penn State College of Medicine. [More]
Companies move to make adjustments in workers' health benefits

Companies move to make adjustments in workers' health benefits

The Washington Post reports that, while few employers are likely to stop providing employee benefits, many will likely shift costs onto workers in the form of higher out-of-pocket expenses and reduced subsidies. [More]
Accreditation of bariatric surgery centers contributes to improved safety for patients

Accreditation of bariatric surgery centers contributes to improved safety for patients

Patients who underwent weight loss operations in recent years, when most bariatric surgical centers were accredited, had fewer postoperative complications and were 2.3 times less likely to die in the hospital than patients who had bariatric procedures performed before a national movement toward facility accreditation was taking place, according to new study findings. [More]
Scientists find epigenetic link between mother's diet and offspring's risk of future obesity

Scientists find epigenetic link between mother's diet and offspring's risk of future obesity

Many research studies have made it clear that a mother's eating habits prior to pregnancy, during pregnancy and during lactation have a profound impact on her offspring and their propensity for developing weight problems, including obesity. [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]
Branded or trademarked diets have similar levels of effectiveness, the key is sticking to it

Branded or trademarked diets have similar levels of effectiveness, the key is sticking to it

Branded or trademarked diets have similar levels of effectiveness; the key is sticking to it, a research study has found. [More]
Hyperproteic diets could be beneficial for bones

Hyperproteic diets could be beneficial for bones

This research, conducted at the University of Granada, also reveals that soy protein supplements are better than those with whey, since they improve calcium content in bones by as much as seven per cent. This research has been published in the journal Food & Function [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]
Researchers see benefit from behavioral weight loss program designed to curb food addiction

Researchers see benefit from behavioral weight loss program designed to curb food addiction

It may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthy low-calorie foods over unhealthy higher-calorie foods, according to new research by scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University and at Massachusetts General Hospital. [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]
Technology-assisted interventions in primary care setting help patients achieve weight loss

Technology-assisted interventions in primary care setting help patients achieve weight loss

Despite US Preventive Services Task Force recommendations for screening and treating obesity, there are many barriers, several of which may be ameliorated through technological approaches according to a new study by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center published online August 21, 2014 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. [More]