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Oncologists' Group Calls for Measures to Curb Obesity-Related Cancers

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 – Immediate steps need to be taken to slow the rise of obesity-related cancers in the United States, a group of cancer specialists says. These include increased awareness and education about the links between obesity and cancer, development of new tools and resources for doctors, intensified and coordinated research, and greater access to obesity screening, diagnosis and treatment. "With nearly three in four Americans obese or overweight, obesity has become a tremendous public health challenge that also impacts cancer care and prevention today," Dr. Clifford Hudis, immediate past president of Association of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), said in a news release from the group. "Cancer doctors need to play a lead role in reducing obesity's impact, both in the care of our patients and as advocates for broader action. We can't allow obesity to undo decades of progress in ... Read more

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Obesity Tied to Higher Cancer Risk for Colon Cancer Survivors

Posted 1 day 10 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 – Colon cancer patients who are overweight or obese when diagnosed appear to face a slightly higher risk for developing a second weight-related cancer, new research suggests. The finding didn't speak to the risk of colon cancer recurrence, only the potential for developing other cancers associated with obesity. "We found that colorectal cancer survivors who reported being overweight or obese prior to diagnosis had a modestly increased risk of developing an obesity-related second cancer compared to [cancer survivors] who reported a normal weight," said study lead author Todd Gibson, who conducted his research while a fellow with the U.S. National Cancer Institute. A higher obesity-driven risk was identified for kidney, pancreatic, esophageal and endometrial cancers, as well as for postmenopausal breast cancer among female colorectal cancer patients. Gibson, now ... Read more

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Antibiotic Use Before Age 2 Might Raise Obesity Risk, Study Says

Posted 1 day 15 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 – Children who are given broad-spectrum antibiotics before the age of 2 may face a slightly higher risk of becoming obese during childhood, new research suggests. Broad-spectrum antibiotics target a larger number of organisms than narrow-spectrum ones, according to the study. "It is a reason to think about whether you need antibiotics, and which antibiotic you are picking," said lead researcher Dr. Charles Bailey, attending physician at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania. Bailey and his colleagues looked at the health records of nearly 65,000 children who were seen at clinics from 2001 through 2013. The researchers followed the children from birth to age 5. They tracked the height and weight of the children, and classified them as normal weight, overweight or obese. The study ... Read more

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Obese in Adolescence, Colon Cancer in Later Life?

Posted 2 days 9 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 – Obesity and inflammation in late adolescence are associated with increased risk for colon and rectal cancer in adulthood, a new study of Swedish males suggests. The 35-year study found that 16- to 20-year-olds who were obese had more than twice the risk of developing colon or rectal cancer compared to normal-weight teens. And teens with high levels of inflammation had a 63 percent increased risk of developing colorectal cancer, compared with those with low levels of inflammation, researchers found. "These results are important because we know relatively little about the role of early life exposures in the development of colon cancer," said lead researcher Elizabeth Kantor, a postdoctoral research fellow in the department of epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. However, Kantor said this study doesn't prove that obesity and inflammation ... Read more

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Stress Might Be Even More Unhealthy for the Obese

Posted 2 days 12 hours ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 26, 2014 – Recurring emotional stress may trigger a stronger biochemical response in overweight people, possibly increasing their risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. Researchers found that overweight people repeatedly placed in a stressful situation exhibited increasing amounts of interleukin-6, a protein that promotes inflammation in the body, in their saliva. Normal weight people did not exhibit this escalation in interleukin-6 levels when exposed to repeated stress. The inflammation caused by interleukin-6 has been associated with a number of conditions for which obesity itself creates an increased risk, including hardening of the arteries, type 2 diabetes, cancer and fatty liver disease, the researchers said. "You already are at risk for these diseases by being obese, and then you have these magnified responses ... Read more

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Stress Might Be Even More Unhealthy for the Obese

Posted 2 days 12 hours ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 26, 2014 – Recurring emotional stress may trigger a stronger biochemical response in overweight people, possibly increasing their risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. Researchers found that overweight people repeatedly placed in a stressful situation exhibited increasing amounts of interleukin-6, a protein that promotes inflammation in the body, in their saliva. Normal weight people did not exhibit this escalation in interleukin-6 levels when exposed to repeated stress. The inflammation caused by interleukin-6 has been associated with a number of conditions for which obesity itself creates an increased risk, including hardening of the arteries, type 2 diabetes, cancer and fatty liver disease, the researchers said. "You already are at risk for these diseases by being obese, and then you have these magnified responses ... Read more

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Junk Food Cravings Linked to Brain Lapse

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 25, 2014 – Can't resist that fat-filled goodie? You can blame it on a brain lapse. Giving in to cravings for high-calorie junk food is associated with a lapse in the part of the brain involved in self-restraint, Canadian researchers report in a new study. The dorsolateral prefrontal cortex helps people control their own behavior, according to the study. Previous studies have shown that increasing activity in this part of the brain can cut cravings for unhealthy foods, but the new research found that reduced activity has the opposite effect and can lead to overindulgence in junk food. "It has long been thought that the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex helps to keep automatic, or knee-jerk, reactions in check," study senior author Peter Hall, from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, explained in a news release. "We discovered that when you temporarily dampen the ... Read more

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Obesity Isn't Sole Cause of Type 2 Diabetes

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THURSDAY, Sept. 25, 2014 – Although the type 2 diabetes epidemic is commonly linked to being overweight or obese, excess weight isn't the only factor driving the trend, new research suggests. In just the past few months, at least three new studies have reported on other factors that may underlie a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. These factors include genetic mutations, a lesser-known hormone called amylin, as well as disturbances in the body's natural clock. The idea that type 2 diabetes isn't only caused by obesity isn't a new one. "Genetics is a big factor in type 2 diabetes. Certain ethnic groups get type 2 diabetes at much higher rates, and at much younger ages than other groups," said Dr. Christine Resta, an endocrinologist at Maimonides Medical Center in New York City. "Obesity is clearly part of type 2 diabetes for most people. But the diagnosis is probably about 50 percent luck, due ... Read more

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Increasing Skirt Sizes May Hike Your Breast Cancer Risk: Study

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 24, 2014 – If you want to minimize your chances of developing breast cancer, staying the same skirt size over the years might help, a new study suggests. "Our study has shown that an increase of one size every 10 years between 25 and postmenopausal age [over 60] is associated with an increase of breast cancer [risk] in postmenopausal women by 33 percent," said lead researcher Dr. Usha Menon, head of the Gynecological Cancer Research Center at University College London. The findings are based on information from nearly 93,000 women enrolled in a British database for cancer screening. When the women entered the study between 2005 and 2010, all were over age 50. None had a diagnosis of breast cancer. At age 25, the women's average skirt size had been an 8. When they entered the study, at the average age of 64, the average size was a 10. Three out of four women reported ... Read more

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Social Networking Sites Can Help Obese Lose Weight: Study

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 – Social networking sites can help people lose weight, according to a new study. For people who are obese, sites like Twitter and Facebook can be an inexpensive and convenient source of support from doctors as well as peers, researchers found. "One advantage of using social media over other methods is that it offers the potential to be much more cost effective and practical for day-to-day use when compared to traditional approaches," the study's lead author, Dr. Hutan Ashrafian, a health policy researcher at Imperial College London, said in a university news release. "The feeling of being part of a community allows patients to draw on the support of their peers as well as clinicians. They can get advice from their doctor without the inconvenience or cost of having to travel, and clinicians can provide advice to many patients simultaneously," Ashrafian, who is ... Read more

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U.S. Waistlines Keep Growing, With Women Leading the Way

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TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 – Americans' belt size continues to inch up, and women's waistlines are widening faster than men's, according to new government research. The average waist size ballooned more than an inch – from 37.6 inches to 38.8 inches – between 1999 and 2012, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers found. Based on their waist circumference, 54 percent of Americans were abdominally obese in 2012, up from 46 percent 13 years earlier. "Waists are still expanding in the U.S., and particularly so among women," said study researcher Dr. Earl Ford, a medical officer at the CDC. While men's waists increased less than an inch – about 0.8 of an inch on average – women's midriffs grew about twice that, or 1.5 inches, Ford said. Waistlines larger than 35 inches for women and more than 40 inches for men are considered abdominal obesity, a risk factor for heart ... Read more

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FDA Approves New Obesity Drug Contrave

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THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval of a new weight-loss drug on Wednesday marks the third time the agency has given its blessing to a new diet medication since 2012. Called Contrave, the medicine is a combination of two approved drugs: naltrexone, which treats alcohol and drug addiction, and bupropion, which treats depression and seasonal affective disorder and is used to help smokers quit. The agency said in a news release that Contrave can be used by obese adults and by overweight adults who have at least one other weight-related condition or illness, such as high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults in the United States are obese, the FDA said in its news release. "Obesity continues to be a major public health concern," said Dr. Jean-Marc Guettier, ... Read more

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Novel Weight-Loss Drug Contrave Is Approved

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 – A new weight-loss medication for the overweight and obese has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration. Contrave is a combination of two already-approved drugs, naltrexone and bupropion, in extended-release form. The former is approved to treat alcohol or opioid dependence, while the latter is approved for depression, seasonal affective disorder and as a smoking-cessation aid. The drug is approved for use in people with a body-mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, which is considered obese, the FDA said in a news release. It also is sanctioned for people with a BMI of 27 or higher, which is considered overweight, who also have at least one weight-related chronic health condition. Such a condition would include high blood pressure, high cholesterol or type 2 diabetes. More than one-third of adults in the United States are obese, the FDA said, citing ... Read more

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FDA Approves Contrave (bupropion/naltrexone) for Weight Management

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

September 10, 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Contrave (naltrexone hydrochloride and bupropion hydrochloride extended-release tablets) as treatment option for chronic weight management in addition to a reduced-calorie diet and physical activity. The drug is approved for use in adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater (obesity) or adults with a BMI of 27 or greater (overweight) who have at least one weight-related condition such as high blood pressure (hypertension), type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol (dyslipidemia). BMI, which measures body fat based on an individual’s weight and height, is used to define the obesity and overweight categories. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults in the United States are obese. “Obesity continues to be a major public health concern,” said Jean-Marc Guett ... Read more

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'Fat Shaming' Doesn't Motivate Obese People to Lose Weight: Study

Posted 11 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 – Discrimination against overweight or obese people, commonly known as "fat shaming," does not help them lose weight and may do more harm than good, according to research from London. Being harassed or treated with disrespect, receiving poor service while shopping or being thought of as stupid may actually lead to more weight gain, the researchers found. "Our study clearly shows that weight discrimination is part of the obesity problem and not the solution," said the study's senior author, Jane Wardle, director of the Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Centre at University College London (UCL). "Weight bias has been documented not only among the general public but also among health professionals, and many obese patients report being treated disrespectfully by doctors because of their weight. Everyone, including doctors, should stop blaming and shaming people ... Read more

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