July 15, 2011

Sometimes Ya Feel Like a Nut

1 In-Shell Pistachios Lower Calorie Intake

New research finds that eating in-shell pistachios curbs consumption and decreases calorie intake. The first of two studies finds that participants who ate in-shell pistachios ate 41% fewer calories than those who ate shelled nuts. The second finds that discarded shells are a visual cue that encourages mindful eating. "In-shell pistachios are the original 'slow food,'” says behavioral eating expert and study author, James Painter, Ph.D., R.D., Eastern Illinois U. However, all bets were off when the discarded shells were removed from snackers’ sight. Plus, research conducted by the US Dept. of Agriculture found that fat in pistachios may not be completely absorbed by the body, indicating that pistachios may contain fewer calories per serving than originally thought.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Daily Serving of Pistachios Good for Heart Health

Tags: Dieting, Healthy Snacks, Pistachios, US Department of Agriculture, Mindful Eating, Calorie Consumption, James Painter, Eastern Illinois University

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A Last Resort

2 Backlash over Idea of Removing Obese Kids

David Ludwig, a Boston pediatrician and author of a controversial opinion article on childhood obesity, has clarified that he recommends removing obese children from families only as a last resort. MSNBC reports that Ludwig blames "some of the media" for exaggerating the story and causing "pain and suffering for people." In his opinion article published this week in Journal of the American Medical Association, Ludwig writes that removing children from their homes is very rarely the solution to childhood obesity. However, Ludwig does write that there's a role for the state in helping obese children, possibly sparing them from weight-loss surgery down the road.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Obese Kids in Foster Care, Removing Obese Kids from Home, Placing Obese Children Foster Care, David Ludwig, Helping Obese Kids

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Bladder Cancer Rates Worrisome

3 Dapagliflozin's Safety Being Reviewed By FDA

The safety of the experimental type 2 diabetes drug dapagliflozin will be reviewed by an FDA panel due to serious concerns about the risk of two cancers. Dapagliflozin lowers blood glucose by decreasing its absorption from the kidneys so it is excreted into the urine. In the Bristol Myers-Squibb and AstraZeneca's clinical trial, 10 people in the treatment group developed bladder cancer and nine developed breast cancer. In the control group, zero and one person developed bladder and breast cancers, respectively. Health officials were particularly concerned about bladder cancer rates. Those who took the drug for two years had better glucose control and lost more weight compared to an older drug but these benefits have to outweigh any risks before it is approved for widespread use.

More at Yahoo! AP | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Diabetes Drug May Up the Risk of Some Cancers

Tags: AstraZeneca, Dapagliflozin, Diabetes Drugs, FDA, Type 2 Diabetes, Bristol Myers-Squibb, FDA Safety Reviews

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