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November 10, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The first head-to-head trial of four popular diet plans -- Atkins, Dean Ornish, Weight Watchers and the Zone -- has found that people who stick with any of them for a year lose about 5% of their body weight, fewer pounds than most dieters hope for, and at least a third drop out before the year is up. Researchers announced the results at the American Heart Assn.'s annual meeting in Orlando.
November 6, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Brigham and Women's Hospital has stopped performing a type of stomach-stapling surgery after a staple gun apparently misfired during an operation and the patient died, officials said. Chief medical officer Andy Whittemore said the hospital is reviewing all factors that may have contributed to the death of Ann Marie Simonelli, including the staple gun. Simonelli, 38, died at the hospital Oct.
September 6, 2003 | From Reuters
A protein found naturally in the body could bring scientists a step closer to developing a natural and effective diet pill, according to a new British study. Volunteers injected with the protein PYY two hours before mealtime consumed 30% fewer calories when they sat down to eat, without experiencing any difference in the taste of the food or other apparent side effects.
July 17, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
AND FINALLY ... New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler will have a second round of stomach-reduction surgery to speed up his weight loss. The Democrat, who at 5 feet 4 inches once weighed 338 pounds, underwent the first procedure almost a year ago and has since shed about 75 pounds. From Times Wire Reports
April 21, 2003 | Shari Roan, Times Staff Writer
While testing a drug for Lou Gehrig's disease in the mid-1990s, scientists noticed that people receiving the drug were losing weight. It was an unexpected and unwanted side effect. They eventually concluded that the medication wasn't helpful for people with the degenerative motor neuron disease, but they didn't forget their finding. Today, the drug, Axokine, is poised to become the next prescription weight-loss medication.
January 25, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
U.S. regulators will appeal a court ruling that cleared ex-baseball player Steve Garvey of false advertising charges for telling consumers that they could eat fatty foods and still lose weight with "Fat Trapper" pills. The Federal Trade Commission said it had authorized its staff to appeal last year's ruling by U.S. District Judge Allen Feess. The agency claimed that Garvey made "flagrantly wrong" claims and played an "active role" in developing infomercials for Enforma Natural Products Inc.'
January 25, 2003 | From Associated Press
The federal government filed a lawsuit alleging deceptive advertising by companies that make or market a diet pill promoted as a "powerful, all-natural fat magnet." The public spent about $30 million on the diet products containing D-glucosamine that were sold via infomercials on cable television channels, the Federal Trade Commission said. The suit contends Slim Down Solution of West Palm Beach, Fla., and related companies marketed the pills without substantiating the claims.
November 11, 2002 | Dianne Partie Lange
For the first time, researchers have a likely explanation for why even modest calorie restriction is so beneficial for overweight people. At Emory University in Atlanta, scientists found that even losing less than 10% of one's body weight can significantly reduce the activity of an enzyme that affects blood pressure. The enzyme, called ACE for angiotensin-converting enzyme, is found in the cells lining blood vessels.
The key to maintaining a normal body weight may not be a specific diet, whether it's high in protein, low in fat or rich in fiber. Instead, Tufts University researchers say, it may depend on your level of "disinhibition" around food. People with low disinhibition simply are not tempted by the sights and smells of great-looking, lip-smacking morsels unless they're actually hungry, the scientists have found.
July 15, 2002 | Bob Condor
If you are planning to reach your own "playing weight," both the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Dietetic Assn. recommend losing no more than 2 pounds per week. Dropping pounds at a faster rate typically means you are losing water weight and breaking down muscle mass; neither outcome will boost your energy levels. Besides, pounds you lose too fast will be hard to keep off. To lose 1 pound each week, subtract 500 calories a day by consuming less and being more active.
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