June 2, 2011

Refusing to Treat the Obese

1 Should Doctors Set Weight Limits on Patients?

Fourteen of 105 south Florida ob-gyn practices set weight limits for new patients or turn away those who are obese, says a new survey. Reasons include equipment that can’t handle obese patients and the increased risk of complications due to obesity. "I feel it's unethical to turn away any patient based on physical attributes," said Patrick McBride, MD, MPH, U Wisconsin Sch. of Med. and Public Health. "We're called to serve all patients who come to us, and it would set a very dangerous precedent." "It's a form of discrimination," said ethicist Gail Geller, Johns Hopkins Berman Inst. of Bioethics. The Am. Med. Assn. doesn’t have a policy on obesity but advises doctors not to refuse patients due to race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation and gender identity.

More at Www.ama-Assn.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: People Support Obesity Anti-Discrimination Laws

Tags: American Medical Association, Fat Discrimination, Obesity, Obesity Discrimination, Treating Obese Patients, Ob-Gyn, Refusing to Treat Obese Patients, Bioethics, Patrick McBride, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Gail Geller, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

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Constant Reminder: Portion Sizes

2 USDA Releases Plate Icon, Replaces Pyramid

A simple, yet colorful, plate icon has replaced the food pyramid. The new plate icon, called MyPlate, from the USDA advises Americans to fill half their plates with vegetables and fruits. Whole grains and protein should make up the other half with a small side of low-fat dairy. CNN reports that Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that MyPlate allows Americans to quickly understand how to eat a nutritious and balanced meal. MyPlate is meant to be a "constant reminder" of correct portion sizes when you look at your own plate.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Replace Food Guide Pyramid with New Symbol

Tags: Plate Icon, New Food Pyramid, Usda Plate Icon, Guide Healthy Eating, Tom Vilsack, Myplate, Portion Control

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Both Wet and Dry Saliva Work

3 Saliva Test Detects CMV in Newborns

Research conducted at the University of Alabama found that testing newborns’ saliva accurately diagnosed those infected with cytomegalovirus which may cause hearing loss. Approximately 35,000 healthy one day olds had mouth swabs which were put in solution and allowed to dry. Rapid culture and PCR which produces multiple DNA copies so it can be detected were done. Eighty-five infants tested positive for CMV infection with both tests using wet saliva but dry saliva worked as well. False positives detected by PCR suggest contamination from breast milk or the birth canal so a second test within the first three weeks of life after a positive one is recommended. This screening will allow researchers to do prospective studies to better understand CMV’s role in pediatric hearing loss.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Cytomegalovirus Tied to Hearing Loss in Kids

Tags: CMV, CMV and Hearing Loss, Cytomegalovirus, Hearing Loss in Kids, Cytomegalovirus and Hearing Loss in Kids, PCR, Rapid Culture Test

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