Azedra injection – first treatment approved for rare adrenal tumors

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Azedra (iobenguane I 131) injection for intravenous use for the treatment of adults and adolescents age 12 and older with rare tumors of the adrenal gland (pheochromocytoma or paraganglioma) that cannot be surgically removed (unresectable), have spread beyond the original tumor site and require systemic anticancer therapy. This … Read more

Biggest Loser winners regain the weight they lost

Most ‘Biggest Loser’ winners regain the weight they lost – and it reveals a disturbing truth. A central problem of most weight loss plans is that they’re designed simply to help you lose weight quickly, not to keep it off for longer. The Biggest Loser, a reality TV show in which contestants compete to shed … Read more

Walnut-rich diet improves cholesterol levels & weight loss

A diet containing unsaturated fats, such as those found in walnuts and olive oil, has similar weight loss effects as a lower fat, higher-carbohydrate diet. The research led by Dr. Cheryl Rock of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Researchers also showed that a diet containing walnuts, which are primarily comprised of … Read more

Reducing added sugar improves health in obese kids in 9 days

Reducing consumption of added sugar has the power to reverse a cluster of chronic metabolic diseases, including high cholesterol and blood pressure, in children in as little as 9 days. Sugar is metabolically harmful not because of its calories or its effects on weight; rather sugar is metabolically harmful because it’s sugar. The study is … Read more

Reducing dietary fat reduces body fat more

Restricting dietary fat led to body fat loss at a rate 68 percent higher than cutting the same number of carbohydrate calories when adults with obesity ate strictly controlled diets. Carb restriction lowered production of the fat-regulating hormone insulin and increased fat burning as expected, whereas fat restriction had no observed changes in insulin production … Read more

New Compound 14 may mimic exercise & help treat type 2 diabetes and obesity

Scientists from the University of Southampton have developed a molecule that acts as an exercise mimic, which could potentially help treat type 2 diabetes and obesity. The new molecule, called ‘compound 14’, inhibits the function of a cellular enzyme called ATIC, which is involved in metabolism, leading to the build-up of a molecule called ZMP … Read more

ReShape balloon device to treat obesity approved in US

The ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System (ReShape Dual Balloon) – A new balloon device to treat obesity without the need for invasive surgery is approved by US FDA. This is intended to facilitate weight loss in obese adult patients. The device likely works by occupying space in the stomach, which may trigger feelings of fullness, … Read more

Preventing disparities in colon cancer screening

How to prevent disparities in colon cancer screening – People living in poverty are less likely to be screened regularly for colorectal cancer — and more likely to develop the disease and die from it. How to end these disparities — and raise screening rates, lower disease rates, and prevent deaths?

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