June 11, 2013 |
A new diet drug went on the market Tuesday. It's expensive and has to be taken the rest of the patient's life to continue to work. It comes with a long list of possible side effects, including common ones such as dizziness, fatigue and constipation, or rare ones such as hallucinations or memory loss. On average, it doesn't have much effect on a person's weight. So what is there to love about Belviq? Doctors have been clamoring for another “tool” they can use in the fight against obesity, and if Belviq, which suppresses appetite, is only a lightweight hammer of a tool, even those are of use to some people.
June 7, 2013 |
If a doctor is going to tell a patient he's obese and needs to lose weight, that patient seems more likely to trust the advice if the doctor is overweight too, scientists say. It might seem that patients want role models in their primary care doctors, but in matters of weight, that doesn't seem to be the case. Researchers from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health set out to see what effect a doctor's weight might have on patients; they published their findings in the June issue of Preventive Medicine.
June 1, 2013 |
After a dinner of pasta from Italy sauced with artichokes that had been grown here, then shipped to the East Coast for canning before being shipped back, and a salad with fennel from Mexico and lettuce from goodness-knows-where, my family and I sat down at our kitchen table to argue over a shopping list. We have agreed to purchase only local foods for the month of June, but were having second thoughts after I discovered the cost of a locally raised, pastured chicken - a steep $35. I guess we won't be eating much meat.
May 18, 2013
What is gluten? Gluten is a protein that is found in certain grains, including wheat, barley and rye and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). What problems prompt people to avoid gluten? Gluten causes inflammation of the small intestine in people with celiac disease, which is an autoimmune disease diagnosed with a blood test or biopsy; other symptoms include digestive problems, anemia, fatigue, headaches and joint pain. Avoiding gluten is the treatment, though there is no cure.
May 6, 2013 |
Attention dieters: If you want to maximize your chances of success, don't go to the grocery store on an empty stomach. So says a new JAMA Internal Medicine study from two members of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab , where researchers investigate “the psychology behind what people eat and how often they eat it,” as this website puts it. The study authors - Brian Wansink and Aner Tal - asked 68 study subjects to fast for...
April 22, 2013 |
Think of the adage that if you want something done, get the busy person to do it. People who change their diet and start exercising at the same time - as opposed to doing them one at a time - were more successful, researchers at Stanford School of Medicine found. Few studies have looked at dietary change and exercise together, and the few studies that look at how to introduce more than one healthy change into people's lives are conflicting, the researchers said in the journal Annals of Behavioral Medicine.
April 13, 2013 |
The patient in his 50s was mildly overweight, had high cholesterol and was headed down the road to diabetes. Common problems, and his doctor made the usual recommendation: medications. But the patient, Michael Mosley - a British author, journalist, TV personality and doctor himself - decided to go a different route. He traveled around his own country and ours, interviewing leading researchers, then tested some of their latest findings. The result? "The Fast Diet," a bestselling book in Britain (it has nothing to do with fast food, how fast you eat or even how fast you lose weight)
April 8, 2013 |
As a student at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Timothy Harlan was often struck by how little the medical professionals around him seemed to know about healthful eating. Doctors would tell their patients what foods to avoid, but rarely did they advise them on the foods they should embrace. It seemed strange to Harlan, who had been a foodie since childhood and opened his own French bistro, Le Petit Cafe, when he was 22. So Harlan-the-medical-student channeled Harlan-the-chef and wrote “It's Heartly Fare,” a guide to healthful eating.
April 6, 2013 |
Former track and field Olympic champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee is no stranger to the benefits of daily workouts and a healthful lifestyle. As a six-time medal winner, she lived her life always in her own best shape. But many kids and families today face challenges involving time, money and lack of education about how to stay fit. That's why Joyner-Kersee became involved in the Triple Play Fit Family Challenge with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (Joyner-Kersee is a former member of the club)
March 23, 2013 |
They call him Dr. Steelhammer, because not only could he punch you into a parallel universe, he also has a doctorate in sports sciences. Of his 62 boxing bouts, Olympic and world heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko has lost only three. For the 59 who faced him and lost, all but eight were knocked out. I just got a sympathy headache. Klitschko, who stands 6 feet, 6 inches and has an 81-inch reach, is big enough to burn diesel, and so is his older brother Vitali. Vitali, leader of the opposition party in Ukraine, stands an inch taller than Wladimir, is also a world heavyweight champ and also has a PhD. He's "Dr. Ironfist.