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May 10, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots Blog
The proposed weight-loss drug Lorcaserin, rebuffed in its bid for Food and Drug Administration approval last October, on Thursday won a recommendation of approval from the agency's advisory committee, a major step toward winning the FDA's go-ahead to enter the U.S. market. If the agency follows the advice of the panel of independent experts--which is common but not routine-- Lorcaserin would become the first new prescription weight-loss drug to go on the U.S. market since Orlistat (now marketed over-the-counter as Alli)
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August 8, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Obese men who want to improve their sexual health might have another solution besides their erectile dysfunction drugs. A study finds that overweight men who lost just 5% of their weight over eight weeks saw improvements in erectile dysfunction, sexual desire and urinary tract symptoms. The small study focused on 31 obese men with a body mass index of 30 or greater and who had Type 2 diabetes. Some were put on a low-calorie diet that included liquid meal replacements and others were assigned to a high-protein, low-fat diet that decreased their calorie intake by 600 calories a day. For 42 weeks afterward the participants stayed on the high-protein diet, or were switched to it. Those on the low-calorie diet lost 10% of their body weight and 10% off their waist circumference, and those on the high-protein diet lost 5% of their weight and waist circumference.
NEWS
December 27, 2010 | By Tami Dennis / Tribune Health
Let's hope that resolution to shed excess pounds doesn't rely too heavily on saccharin-sweetened food. If it does, you might want to rethink your approach to dieting -- but not necessarily because saccharin is going to do you harm. The belief that saccharin is risky has persisted for decades now. That is, it's persisted outside the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, both of which have offered up figurative "to your health" toasts with the stuff.
HEALTH
August 16, 2010 | By Chris Woolston, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Like all industries, the herbal weight-loss business moves in cycles. Less than a decade ago, the stimulant herb ephedra was one of the stars of the scene. It sped up metabolism and weight loss, but it also raised the heart rate and, in some cases, caused strokes and heart attacks. The Food and Drug Administration banned ephedra supplements in 2004, setting off an industrywide scramble to find another herb that could take its place. For now, the winner seems to be green tea. Its reputation as a healthful, revitalizing beverage goes back thousands of years, and it has recently started showing up in a wide range of weight-loss supplements.
NEWS
August 16, 2010
In its potential to fight Type 2 diabetes, bariatric surgery is looking good -- very good. Bariatric surgeons themselves noticed the operation's potential some time ago, as these earlier stories noted: Gastric bypass: Is it a diabetes fix? Weight-loss surgery may soon be widely used Then other studies began to confirm the operation's ability to help patients quickly get control of their disease. Now we have a study, published Monday in Archives of Surgery, analyzing diabetes-drug use and healthcare costs in the wake of bariatric surgery.
SCIENCE
November 15, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
The weight loss that follows a successful bariatric surgery makes most patients feel younger. But a new study suggests that following bariatric surgery, some patients show signs of being biologically younger, as well. At Stanford University, researchers looked for evidence of change in bariatric surgery patients by measuring their telomeres -- regions of repeating DNA sequences at the end of a chromosome that grow a little shorter with age and chronic illness. Telomeres are considered a biomarker of the aging process.
NEWS
February 18, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
"Django Unchained" star Leonardo DiCaprio appears in a Jim Beam bourbon ad for the Japanese market. Wearing a crisp white shirt and wielding an ice pick, he carves a perfectly round ice cube the size of a grapefruit, then snaps and it magically turns into crushed ice. He says four words in the 17-second spot: "Cool bourbon. Jim Beam. " [via Daily Mail ] "I love that the size of my ass is trending worldwide!" posts Boy George to Twitter . The 51-year-old British singer has been shedding pounds, and his dramatic weight loss has captured media attention, at least partly because he regularly tweets about his diet.
NEWS
March 28, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
For kids trying to lose weight and get in shape, parent involvement may be essential. A study released today in the journal Pediatrics found that a parent-driven diet program was best at helping kids shed pounds and gain other health benefits. The study involved 165 overweight children ranging in age from about 6 to 10 years old. Each was randomly assigned to one of three interventions: a diet program taught to parents by dietitians that focused on goal setting, problem solving and positive reinforcement from parents; an activity program for kids taught by physical education teachers, with parents taking part early on and encouraged to do more at home with their kids; and a combination of the two programs, with parents and children both participating.
NEWS
January 15, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
People who cut down on added sugars in their diets lost an average of about 1.7 pounds - a result researchers called small but significant. The result was in a paper published online Tuesday in the British Medical Journal that analyzed 71 studies of sugar intake and weight. The World Health Organization recommended in 2003 that sugar intake be limited to 10% of calories; the agency commissioned this study as part of its intention to update its recommendation. The studies also showed that increasing consumption of added sugars led to gaining about 1 1/2 pounds, the researchers from the University of Otago and Riddet Institute in New Zealand wrote.
HEALTH
January 31, 2011 | By Karen Ravn, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Ten pounds can seem like a hundred when you're trying to lose weight. So just think how Oklahoma City residents must feel. They're looking to lose a million. Across the country, mayors have been urging their citizens to downsize themselves. The goal in Philadelphia: Drop 76 tons of rotundity in 76 days. (Didn't happen.) In Louisville, Ky.: Pare off 100,000 pounds of pudge over a summer. (Didn't happen.) In Corpus Christi, Texas: Dispose of 50,000 pounds of avoirdupois in a year.
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