About 50 million Americans have arthritis, and about 22 million have some disability from it. As we age, this problem will only get worse. We need more research into its root causes, and also we should lose weight! Thank heavens for joint replacement surgery.
Two recent reports raise hope that both bariatric surgery and drug treatments can be effective in helping obese individuals cope with the rigors of weight loss.
Since 2010 the University of Massachusetts Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation has been maintaining a national database (FORCE-TJR) of total joint replacement surgical and patient-reported outcomes of the surgery. Recently, a disturbing trend has been observed in the data from this study.
Metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions including high blood pressure, a high blood sugar level, excess abdominal fat and abnormal cholesterol levels, is known to increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and
The American Heart Association has voiced their opinion regarding taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages in reaction to an article published in the British
Only two years after banning the free toys from kids meals high in fat, salt and sugar, turning Happy Meals into the unhappy meal,
Body Mass Index or BMI is a widely used indicator of obesity, and obesity is known to influence health and possibly risk of death. Studies based on BMI, however, have not universally demonstrated that a high BMI is linked to an increased mortality risk.
The association between obesity and socioeconomic status has been known for years. A new study done by researchers at the University of Washington, and led by ACSH advisor Dr. Adam Drewnowski, lends further
If ever there was a need for an effective new drug, it would be something to treat obesity. Yet, following the Fen-Phen debacle in 1997, when Wyeth was forced to withdraw their highly effective appetite suppressant (also called Redux) due to heart valve toxicity and rare cases of often fatal primary pulmonary hypertension, drug companies and the FDA were scared off to the point that 13 years would pass before another appetite suppressant would be approved.
Academy Award winning actor Tom Hanks, who is known for taking on roles requiring him to lose or gain significant amounts of weight, revealed yesterday on
Among 400 older patients with arthritis of the knees, a combined approach including diet and exercise had more beneficial effect on symptoms than either intervention alone.
It s not a new finding that obesity among pregnant women can adversely affect the health of both mom and baby. But the risk of adverse effects such as hypertension, gestational diabetes, and emergency C-section